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IMA Global Awards

It is our honor to honor you! Each year IMA seeks nominations for the IMA Global Awards. We are proud to recognize our accomplished, selfless, fulfilled, distinguished, prestigious members and industry professionals. Below is a description of each award.


To recognize an IMA member who has shown exceptional leadership skills in service to IMA consistent with IMA’s Mission and Core Values. This award recognizes contributions in volunteer leadership positions held over a period of years through demonstrated leadership attributes and personal expertise. There is no obligation to make an award. A maximum of two awards will be given annually.

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To recognize an IMA member who exemplifies the true spirit of volunteerism through exemplary volunteer service to IMA consistent with its Mission and Core Values. This individual, regardless of length of service to IMA or IMA leadership positions held, will have demonstrated unselfish commitment and exceptional performance in support of the organization. This award is truly for an individual who goes beyond what might be expected and serves as an example of volunteerism for others to follow. There is no obligation to make an award. A maximum of two awards will be given annually.

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To recognize a member of IMA’s Global Board of Directors who, consistent with IMA’s Mission and Core Values, exemplifies what a Global Board member should be and do. This individual, regardless of length of service to IMA, serves as an example for all Global Board members and sets a standard for superior performance, participation, and service. There is no obligation to make an award. Only one award will be given annually.

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To recognize an IMA member whose successes, exceptional achievements, dedication, and professionalism bring honor to IMA and the profession, consistent with IMA’s Mission and Core Values. There is no obligation to make an award. A maximum of two awards will be given annually.

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To recognize an individual (nonmember) whose successes, exceptional achievements, dedication, and professionalism bring credit to IMA and/or the profession and to themselves, consistent with IMA’s Mission and Core Values. There is no obligation to make an award. A maximum of two awards will be given annually.

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To recognize young professionals with outstanding and creative approaches to problem solving within the accounting and finance profession. Up to five awards will be given annually.

The Award is open to anyone who meets the following criteria:

  • Under the age of 33 as of July 1
  • Employed in the accounting or finance field
  • Completed undergraduate degree from an accredited school
  • Demonstrated and outstanding contribution in a professional role
  • Preferred: Holds CMA designation or is a current CMA candidate

To apply for this award, please submit your résumé, a letter of recommendation with reference contact information (optional), and a response to one of the following questions as a personal statement in 250 words or less:

  • Describe how you demonstrate leadership.
  • What do you consider to be the greatest challenge facing the accounting profession today?
  • Discuss a time you faced an ethical dilemma and how you handled the situation.
  • How has certification furthered your career growth?
  • How have you positively impacted your company or the accounting profession?

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Distinguished Advocate Award:

Robert S. Kaplan, Ph.D.

Distinguished Member Award:

Pascal Peter, CMA, CIA

Liv A. Watson

Exemplary Board Member Award:

Tim Trout

Exemplary Volunteer Award:

Stephen J. Smith

Carolyn L. Reis

Exemplary Leadership Award:

Pat Basile, CMA

Olen L. Greer, CMA, Ph.D.

Young Professional of the Year Award:

Katie M. Aton-Jackson, CMA, CPA

Bradley A. Comm, CMA

Ross Donovan, CMA

Laura J. Humbert, CMA, CPA

Sean Stein Smith, CMA