President's Message

Hello IMA Akron Chapter Members! 

I am thrilled to get the 2017-2018 year started as your returning chapter president.

It was so awesome for our Akron chapter to achieve 2nd place in the world in 2016-2017 inter-chapter competition, winning the Remington Rand Trophy, the 2nd place Stevenson Division banner, and the Bronze Medal for Public Relations competition!  Akron chapter’s #2 Finish in the Stevenson Division was only 476 points behind oil-rich #1 chapter Qatar.  This outstanding #2 Finish is a rare event in the chapter’s 80-year history (the chapter finished #2 only two other times – 1977-78 and 1948-49 – and #1 only once – 1960-61).  We couldn’t have done this without all the chapter members staying so engaged and active in the chapter’s activities.  Thanks for making last year an outstanding year for IMA Akron Chapter.  Let’s go for #1 this year!!!  I am so proud of you all!  We are like the "Cavs" of the IMA Chapters!

We have put together an outstanding speaker slate again for this year, as you will see in the program book and newsletters.  If you are a CMA or CPA and need low-cost CPE credits, you can earn 2 CPEs at each dinner meeting.  You just pay for the cost of dinner.  If you don’t want dinner, that is an option to earn FREE CPE credits.  The IMA website also offers free webinars to earn additional CPE.  We have speakers from Robert Half, Goodyear, and Mr. Excel (Bill Jelen) will be our Professional Development speaker on October 27, 2017.  This event will fill up fast, so be sure to register.  The link is on our home page   

 This year there is a special focus on the CMA certification.  We have additional competition opportunities surrounding this certification, and we will take every opportunity to allow the chapter ways to become more engaged in this area as well as gain valuable competition points.  Last year we had a CMA Jeopardy night.  It was so much fun, we are repeating that this year in February 2018, along with a CMA Family Feud.  We continue our partnership with Gleim, offering a significant discount on CMA study materials for those who are members of a chapter.  We also offer a CMA mentoring program free to anyone interested.

Our chapter has a lot of fun, too.  We went to an Akron Rubber Ducks baseball game in August 2017.  We are planning a tour of Goodyear’s race tire production process this fall.  We help the community and have been on wine tasting events. 

Our chapter success rests on the engagement of our membership.  If you have any suggestions or questions, or want to become more involved, do not hesitate to contact me at, or any of the other members of the Board. 

Looking forward to another great year!  We also have a new look to our website.  Be sure to check it out at


 Linda Garrison

President 2017-2018

IMA Akron Chapter