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Message from the President

Hello Muscle Shoals Chapter Members, Students and Guests

I am honored to have the opportunity to serve as president of the Muscle Shoals Chapter of the Institute of Management Accountants (IMA) for the 2018-2019 year. I would like to thank Dr. John Berzett for an excellent year of speakers and accomplishments during the 2017-2018 year and his unwavering support of IMA. I would also like to recognize the accomplishments of the other past presidents and their leadership teams of the Muscle Shoals Chapter of IMA.


The board has worked extremely hard this summer in contacting and gaining commitments for speakers for our monthly meetings for the upcoming year. I believe we have lined up an excellent group of speakers who will cover a variety of interesting topics such as business ethics, the new lease accounting standard, blockchain, and a tax update at our January 2019 meeting. We encourage all members to attend the meetings, and we ask our members to encourage co-workers and other business associates to become active in IMA as well.


The board has also worked very hard in putting together our 2018-2019 program book. The board and I would like to thank the sponsors of our program book, many of whom have supported our IMA chapter in various ways for numerous years. Please remember and be supportive of our sponsors when in need of goods and services that they offer.


I believe it is important that we have a strong and active IMA chapter in our community. In recent years, there have been several positive developments related to new business and industry opportunities for the greater Shoals area. I believe the presence of a strong IMA chapter can only serve to further enhance our area’s image as we continue seeking to attract new industry to this area.


Our meetings will be held at the Marriott Shoals Conference Center. The cost of dinner will be $26.00 for business professionals and faculty. The Muscle Shoals Chapter of IMA will continue to subsidize students’ meals so that their price is $13.00


And finally, let me encourage each and every member of our chapter to communicate with the board as to how we can make IMA membership more valuable in our local chapter. In my career, I have continued to maintain membership only in those professional organizations where I have received personal and professional benefits. Therefore, your honest feedback and communication is very important.


The Muscle Shoals Chapter of IMA and the Athens State University IMA Student Chapter are active chapters for professionals and aspiring professionals to learn and collaborate together. I look forward to a great and exciting year.


Mark Lawrence

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