Letter from the CEO
Trust – or too often, the lack of it – is one of the central issues of our time. Without it, institutions don’t work, societies falter, and people lose faith in themselves, in each other, and in their leaders. But with trust, we succeed. We thrive. We grow.
Trust is born from values, and both are bedrocks of IMA. They uphold our reputation. They allow us to perform in good times, and in disruptive, challenging times. They give us the fuel to innovate, and to deliver meaningful outcomes and opportunities to you, our members, and to the profession of management accounting.
Deeply rooted values shaped IMA’s success in fiscal 2016. Our passion for serving members, highest standards of integrity, innovation and continuous improvement, and teaming to achieve – these are our guiding principles. They’re not just platitudes or words on the walls. They are measures of success, embedded in not just what we produce, but how we produce it. And data and experiences from within and outside IMA tell us that if you hold yourself to high brand, high reputation, you will deliver great results to employees, members, and the profession. We’re doing just that.
Deeply rooted values shaped IMA’s success in fiscal 2016.
Growth with confidence and integrity.
Most organizations strive to grow. Only great ones grow with confidence and integrity. IMA intends to grow the right way – in a way that should make every one of us proud. In fiscal 2016, our membership levels reached milestones, again. We are more than 80,000 global members and 16,000 student members strong. There is strength in those numbers. More members mean more sharing of best practices, more mentors, more advocacy, and more community building. More value – for you.
The CMA® (Certified Management Accountant) certification, the world’s leading management accounting credential, is growing, too. In fiscal 2016, we minted the 50,000th CMA . That’s 50,000 management accountants who have embraced the credential’s rigor, relevance, integrity, and trust. IMA doesn’t grandfather anyone into our exams. Everyone who passed the test worked hard for it. They truly earned it. For employers, the CMA signifies confidence in an employee’s knowledge and skill set. For individuals, it symbolizes professional proficiency and opportunity. It’s a competitive differentiator for everyone.
As noted, the CMA program continues to grow in value, candidates, reputation, and trust. Every CMA has passed exams with the same objective standard around the world. When you hire a CMA, whether in Boston or in Beijing, in New Delhi or New York, you have the confidence and trust that the individual has passed multiple exams covering the management accounting body of knowledge including ethics.
Innovation is the fuel that keeps IMA thriving, and striving, on your behalf to create value, relevance, and differentiation in all our products and services. We follow the credo from Cynthia Barton Rabe, “Don’t let what you know limit what you can imagine.” We will continue to stretch our imagination into the future, your future, as we develop our technology, products, and service plan. In addition to winning industry awards, we have produced many innovations such as CareerDriver®, our new website with personalization, a new publishing product line launched with a book on innovation, and much more.
IMA is healthy from a financial and cultural perspective, and we continue to grow in members, CMAs, reputation, and influence around the world. We have a rich history and a bright future as we rapidly approach our 100th year anniversary. We appreciate your trust in us. That matters more than anything, and we promise we will not let you down.
Jeffrey C. Thomson, CMA, CAE
President and CEO