President's Message

I am privileged and honored to have the opportunity to serve as president of the Muscle Shoals Chapter of the Institute of Management Accountants (IMA) for 2017-2018 fiscal year. I first became acquainted with the IMA in 1992 as an aspiring accounting student at Athens State University where I served as the second president of the University’s IMA student chapter, so I would like to consider myself a lifelong supporter of the organization.  I would like to thank Dr. Mark Lawrence for a phenomenal year of speakers and accomplishments during the 2016-2017 year and his unwavering support of IMA.  I would also like to acknowledge the accomplishments of the remaining past presidents and their leadership teams of the Muscle Shoals Chapter. 


The board of directors has worked collaboratively and earnestly this summer to prepare a slate of topics and speakers that will hopefully education, inform, and inspire you as local business professionals and supporters of the chapter. As usual, we have four monthly meetings planned during the months of September, October, November, and January.  Please reference the Technical Program Schedule on page 2 of the program book for further details.  We hope that you will plan to join us for each meeting as we present programs focused on controllership best practices, renewable and sustainable energy, must-dos for implementing the FASB’s new revenue recognition and lease standards, and tax law updates as many of us prepare for the 2018 tax season.  Of course, your support of the UNA Accounting Awards banquet at the conclusion of the year in April is the perfect way to recognize and encourage young accounting scholars entering the accounting profession. 


Please help us to spread the word about the program lineup with your fellow IMA members, colleagues, business associates, students, and friends. Let me take this opportunity to encourage you to participate regularly in the meetings and to even consider a leadership position with the Muscle Shoals IMA chapter.  I truly believe that association with the chapter promotes personal learning, enrichment, collaboration, and networking that contribute to the success of individuals, their employing organizations, their schools, the community, and the chapter membership as a whole.  The Muscle Shoals Chapter is the parent chapter of the Athens State University Student Chapter.  Together, these active chapters support aspiring and seasoned business professionals alike to add value to their organizations and promote sound business and financial practices.


Our meetings will be held at the Marriott Shoals Conference Center in Florence, AL. The cost of dinner will be $25.00 for business professionals and faculty.  We are pleased to continue the practice of subsiding student meals, resulting in a price of $12.00 for aspiring college students.   


Finally, your feedback is important to the board. At each of the meetings, you will be given the opportunity to provide feedback on that evening’s topic and speaker.  Feedback is important as we strive to continuously improve the program offerings and add value to you and the local business community.  Thank you for taking a few minutes at each meeting to provide feedback.


I look forward to your enjoying of the program lineup and support of the Muscle Shoals Chapter.

Dr. John Berzett