Welcome to the Website of the IMA Wild West Council

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  

Council President Deb Michalowski                        President's Message

It is hard to believe that I am writing my last WWC President’s letter. :(   

So what is left to do?  As we move toward the end of the fiscal year, we are thinking about competition deadlines, our Leadership Training and our Officers and Director’s for next year’s Board. 

    Last weekend, we held our Winter Meeting in Ontario, CA in conjunction with the IMA Inland Empire Chapter. We attended several interesting and informative CPE sessions, held a productive business meeting, and had several fun social/networking events, including an afternoon at the Planes of Fame Museum in Chino CA . Those who attended that agree it was a really fun experience. Be sure to see pictures from the weekend in this newsletter and on our Facebook page! 

    As I mentioned, we are currently trying to fill our Slate of Officers for next year, and we are always looking for IMA leaders to join us on the WWC. 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 debmichalowski@gmail.com if you are interested in helping at the Council level or complete our NEW nomination/volunteerform (takes 5 – 10 minutes to complete). 

    Also now is the time to be aware of upcoming IMA chapter and council deadlines.  To aid in knowledge of 2017 deadlines, they are listed below:  

  • March 31, 2017* 
    • Elections & Appointments 
    • Up-to-date website for chapter award consideration 
    • Manuscripts for Lybrand Medal consideration 
    • Public Relations Report for chapter award consideration 
    • Community Service Report for chapter award consideration 
    • Newsletters for chapter award consideration 
  • April 30, 2017* 
    • Annual Transmittal Form (Level of Achievement, Electives etc.) 
    • Council Award of Excellence 

* Submission is required to stay in competition & compensation. 

The complete list can be found on Global’s Chapter portal site (requires chapter portal access) :  https://chapterportal.imanet.org/chap_documents/2016-2017%20Chapter%20Competition%20and%20Compensation%20Guide.pdf. 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.

    We’re also very excited about three programs going on: 

  1. CMA Review Course: In conjunction with the IMA 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 25th.  To avoid late fees, you should register by February 24th.
  2. Student CMA Exam Review Scholarship ($600 Value): We are excited to offer a CMA Exam Review Class to a WWC area student.  Research has proven that taking the exam near the end of your undergraduate studies will give you an advantage of passing since the candidate is in a study regime and they are currently studying the coursework.  The Webcast CMA Review Class is executed by both the IMA Wild West Council and the IMA AZ Valley of the Sun Chapter.   The webcast is provided through AdobeConnect which is available on the web (Google Chrome and Firefox preferred) as well as through an app on tablets and smart phones.  If you know any students you would like to recommend or if you are a student and you would like to prepare for the CMA Exam, please see the information on how to apply.  The Scholarship Application will be distributed on Monday, January 23rd and is due on Wednesday, February 15th.
  3. Two Student Scholarships for the Annual Conference Registration: We would like to send two students to the IMA Annual Global 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 23rd 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 IMA AZ Valley of the Sun Chapter.  We are looking forward to another fantastic weekend there April 21st-22nd!  Back by popular demand is IMAAZ’s Steak Fry on Friday night, with picnic plates and utensils provided to our WWC!  Steaks knives are frowned upon by the TSA.   Plus great CPE, including Leadership Training, Tour and Dinner at the Desert Botanical Garden, and a CMA Rally (looking for a contemporary title). If you haven’t made it to one of our meetings yet this year, this is the one you don’t want to miss!  

    Finally, please be sure to like our Facebook page and follow us on Twitter and LinkedIn to keep up with our events and news!



Deborah C. Michalowski, CPA

Council President, IMA Wild West Council


Recent Announcements

  • Registration is now open for our next on-line CMA Review Course For more information, check these links:To see a sample viewing of our Part 2 class on YouTube https://youtu.be/C0ItUNUcmqwCheck out details on our CMA Certification page ...
    Posted May 27, 2017, 3:34 PM by Deb Michalowski
  • WWC Pins Are Now Available Be the first one in your chapter to sport one of the new IMA Wild West Council pins!  Pins are $10.00 (pick up at  our next Council Meeting).  To ...
    Posted Jul 4, 2016, 1:36 PM by Deb Michalowski
  • Upcoming WWC Meeting Dates Join us at one of our upcoming quarterly meetings:August 18-19, 2017 - Orange County     October 27-28, 2017 - Tucson     February 16-17, 2018 - San Diego (in conjunction with the ...
    Posted May 27, 2017, 2:37 PM by Deb Michalowski
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