IMA?s Jeff Thomson and Curtis Verschoor Named ?Top Thought Leaders in Trust?; IMA?s 2016 Annual Report emphasizes the role of trust and ?deeply rooted values?

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IMA’s 2016 Annual Report emphasizes the role of trust and ‘deeply rooted values’ in once again achieving record growth

MONTVALE, NJ, February 1, 2017—For the sixth consecutive year, Jeff Thomson, CMA, CAE, president and CEO of IMA® (Institute of Management Accountants), and Curtis Verschoor, CMA, CPA, chair emeritus of IMA’s Committee on Ethics, have been named as 2017 Top Thought Leaders in Trust, an award issued by Trust Across America-Trust Around the World (TAA-TAW).

“The release of this year’s list coincides with the beginning of the fourth year of the formation of our Trust Alliance, a growing group of global professionals committed to learning about and advancing the cause of organizational trust,” said Barbara Kimmel, CEO and Cofounder of TAA-TAW. “Many of this year’s honorees are well-known CEOs, authors and leadership advisors, while others are quietly working behind the scenes as teachers and researchers. We acknowledge and reward all their efforts in elevating societal trust.”

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. In his role as chair emeritus of IMA’s Committee on Ethics, Verschoor has contributed his expertise on ethics, trust and sustainability to the development of IMA’s Statement of Ethical Professional Practice, which serves as a guideline for appropriate business conduct for IMA members.

“IMA prides itself on having qualified and dedicated leaders at the helm of this organization. For the sixth year in a row, Trust Across America identified the hard work of these two integral players that drive IMA’s success,” said Marc Palker, CMA, RTRP, Chair of the IMA Global Board of Directors. “This recognition is a reflection of all of the hard work our staff and members put into maintaining and growing our integrity.”

IMA’s 2016 Annual Report, released today, emphasizes how trust and deeply rooted values have played in the organization’s success this fiscal year. Through its commitment to ethics, innovation, and integrity, the organization now serves more than 80,000 global members and 16,000 student members. Additionally, IMA’s CMA® (Certified Management Accountant), the leading global management accounting certification, reached a major milestone this year. “In fiscal 2016, we minted the 50,000th CMA,” Thomson writes in the letter from the CEO. “That’s 50,000 management accountants who have embraced the credential’s rigor, relevance, integrity, and trust.”

The report also highlights other major achievements of the organization, including the opening of its newest office in Singapore, a 9 percent growth in new CMAs and the allocation of more the $30,000 in academic scholarships.

To view IMA’s Annual Report, visit:

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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