The Wild West Council (“WWC”) is the regional Council for eleven chapters of the Institute of Management Accountants (IMA) located in Arizona, Nevada, Southern California, and Utah. About Us
Speaking of our Winter Meeting, we are looking forward to a great weekend shared with the IMA Inland Empire Chapter. We start out the weekend with Inland Empire’s Chapter Meeting on Thursday, January 19th from 6 – 8 p.m. with a presentation on “2017 Economic Outlook – Global, US and Southern CA”. On Friday morning, , January 20th, we are working on a CMA Rally in conjunction with Cal Baptist University. Starting at 1 p.m., we will have four hours of CPE starting with Don Bradshaw, MBA, CPA. Don is a Professor at Irvine Valley College and will be speaking to us on “Implementing & Maintaining Internal Controls”. Next is Steve Fraser, Sr. Director of Finance & Business Operations, Ontario Reign, speaking to us on the “Accounting for Ontario Reign” followed by a tour of the Ontario Reign hockey facility. That evening, we will have dinner at the FlamingoPalm Cuban Café. On Saturday, January, 21st, we will hold our meeting at Sumitomo Rubber N.A. Inc. from 9 a.m. to noon, followed by lunch on our own. In the afternoon, we will tour the Planes of Fame Air Museum from 2 – 4 p.m. Later that evening, we will go to dinner at PaulMartin’s American Grill.
As we prepare for our next meeting, it is time for us all to think of our current volunteer roles and what we would like to do next year. This year, we are trying something different by adding a nomination/volunteerform to our website which will also be distributed by email. We are looking to get interest from our WWC community and existing board members. What are you interested to volunteer in next year for the WWC, and what positions would you be interested in for the future? Our mission is to assist and support the Chapters, and the more people we have involved, the more we can do to accomplish this and the more support we can provide to the Chapters. While we are always looking for leaders to fill our main VP and Director positions, we can always use help with projects or committees, too. You can help as much or as little as you’d like. Please get in touch with me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in helping at the Council level.
We’re also very excited about two other programs going on:
1. CMA Review Course: In conjunction with the Arizona Valley of the Sun Chapter, we are holding our third webcast version CMA Review Course with our live instructor, Mitchell Davidson, CMA, CPA, CIA, CFE, Senior Consultant – Global Disputes & Investigations at Navigant. This will take place over five hours on seven Saturdays and can be done from any location. The first five-hour class begins Saturday, March 4th. Registration is now open with an early bird discount savings of 15 – 25% until January 15th.
2. Scholarships for the Annual Conference Registration: We would like to send two students to the IMA Annual Conference. If you know any students you would like to recommend or if you are a student and you would like to go the Annual Conference, please see the information on how to apply. The Scholarship Application will be distributed on Monday, January 24th and is due on Tuesday, February 28th.
Our last meeting of the fiscal year ending June 30th will be in Phoenix, AZ, in conjunction with the AZ Valley of the Sun Chapter. We are looking forward to another fantastic weekend there on April 21st-22nd! If you haven’t made it to one of our meetings yet this year, this is the one you don’t want to miss! Please be sure to check the calendar page and the Competition Manual to make sure you don’t miss any deadlines. Some awards require submissions by March 31, while most competition forms are due by April 30. If there is any way that the Wild West Council can help your Chapter, please do not hesitate to ask me or any of WWC Board. Also, please be sure to like our Facebook page and follow us on Twitter to keep up with our events and news!
Deborah C. Michalowski, CPA
Council President, IMA Wild West Counci