IMA's Jeff Thomson and Curtis Verschoor Named Top Thought Leaders in Trust for the Fifth Straight Year Receive Lifetime Achievement Awards

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MONTVALE, NJ, February 4, 2016
 – For the fifth consecutive year, Jeff Thomson, CMA, CAE, president and CEO of IMA® (Institute of Management Accountants), and Curtis Verschoor, Ph.D., CMA, CPA, chair of IMA’s Committee on Ethics, have been named as 2016 Top Thought Leaders in Trust, an award issued by Trust Across America-Trust Around the World (TAA-TAW). 

After a rigorous selection process and careful consideration of their leadership practices, Thomson and Verschoor were honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award, a designation awarded to individuals who have maintained Top Thought Leader status for five consecutive years, highlighting their dedication to building organizational trust. Thomson and Verschoor join a prestigious list of award recipients – including Howard Schultz, CEO of Starbucks, and Roger Bolton, chairman and president of the Arthur W. Page Society.

“We congratulate all of our honorees whose work is shining a spotlight on the importance of trust and providing a roadmap for others to follow, said Barbara Kimmel, executive director of TAA-TAW. “They inspire organizations to look more closely at their higher purpose.”

Shortly after assuming his role as president and CEO of IMA in 2008, Thomson introduced IMA’s Global Core Values, which have solidified the association’s reputation as a trustworthy and valuable business partner. Strengthened by Thomson’s commitment to ethical behavior, IMA has grown in size – now serving more than 80,000 professionals, its largest member base since 1996 – as well as influence and respect while pursuing partnerships that serve the public interest.

Verschoor, the author of 11 books and more than 200 journal articles on ethics, trust and sustainability, has been instrumental in the ongoing development of IMA’s Committee on Ethics and the IMA Statement of Ethical Professional Practice, which serves as a guideline for appropriate business conduct for IMA members. He shares his thought leadership through a monthly column in IMA’s Strategic Finance magazine and other outlets.

“It’s exciting that year over year, the Trust Across America organization indentifies two key leaders at IMA as ethical and integral members of not only their organizations, but their fields of work,” said Benjamin R. Mulling, CMA, CPA.CITP, chair of the IMA Global Board of Directors and CFO of Tente Casters, Inc. “Their recognition is a reflection of who IMA is as an organization – a soundboard for ethical practices – and we are grateful for their contributions.”

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About IMA® (Institute of Management Accountants)
IMA®, the association of accountants and financial professionals in business, is one of the largest and most respected associations focused exclusively on advancing the management accounting profession. Globally, IMA supports the profession through research, the CMA® (Certified Management Accountant) program, continuing education, networking and advocacy of the highest ethical business practices. IMA has a global network of more than 80,000 members in 140 countries and 300 professional and student chapters. Headquartered in Montvale, N.J., USA, IMA provides localized services through its four global regions: The Americas, Asia/Pacific, Europe and Middle East/Africa. For more information about IMA, please visit

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