IMA logo - The Association of Accountants and Financial Professionals in BusinessThe Nation's Capital Chapter #0044  

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October 2015   


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Congratulations to Our Newest CMA!


Phoebe Matthews-Cheng


CMA: Explain the value of the certification to others!


The CMA is very attainable. Phoebe

 did it, and so can you!


Our chapter promotes preparation and success.

Click for information on our CMA Program.



Welcome to Our Newest Members!


Jeffrey Phongphouthai       Carroll Martin 

Leonie Rozario        Rahel Willis        Sean Biehl

Pacome Epiphane Tchatchoua Tchatchoua


IMA Member Milestones - Congratulations!


10 Years - Rhonda Brown and Mark Hoffman






Dear Members,

“How to Prepare a DCAA-Compliant Cost or Price Proposal" was a well attended Government Contractor Breakfast on September 15.  Please consider attending our next breakfast, Tuesday November 10 (see details at our web site and calendar).

Our Wednesday September 16 Table Topics on Government Financial Statements focused on the Fairfax County School Board and previewed those of Alexandria Virginia.  With late arrivals we had nearly 12 participants for the presentation by Stephen Wills explaining GASB 74 & 75 and the Effect on State and Local Governments.    Accounting and reporting for pensions and other post-employment benefits (OPEB) will increasingly affect our property rates and income tax liability. The 5 p.m. start and favorable traffic volume plus the 2 CPEs is very well received!
Friday September 25 was our day to cheer on the National’s versus the Philadelphia Phillies with a 7:05 p.m. first pitch!  Your support of chapter activities is much appreciated!

This month’s Strategic Finance topics continue the wide scope and detailed analysis tradition.  Consider and how news articles move from data to publications.  Many accounting management practices relate to business processes including

The RSVP link is ready for you to join us on Saturday October 17 for the IMA Ethics Seminar, led by IMA NCC Past President Chris Chaconas.  Earn 2 CPEs. Following the 7 a.m. breakfast, the program begins at 8 a.m. and concludes by 10 a.m.  For $25 this is an excellent value and on point for your CMA!   Reserve Now
We hope to see more members join us on Wednesday October 21 as we consider Decision Making Models, Budgets, and Biases. Richard “Gus” Gustafson, Professor of Practice, CFO Academy, and National Defense University, will explain how decisions and supporting decision makers is not just “about the numbers”.    Our meeting begins at 5 p.m. with Financial Statement Analysis, 6 p.m. networking, a special Prime Rib Dinner, and the 7 pm presentation! Reserve Now This is our final Fall 2015 Holiday Inn of Rosslyn event.  As of November our locations change. 
Please encourage membership in our IMA and promote the CMA certification program, beginning with the CMA exam. With planning and preparation the CMA is very attainable!
Please visit our web site and connect with your IMA Chapter!




Kathleen Sobieralski, President


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Career Opportunity


IMA has a free online job listing to help you find your next career opportunity.  Go to and filter the results by State (you can select multiple states by holding down the CTRL button on your keyboard as you select the State name).


Here is one of the most recent listings for our area:


Job ID: 25153739
Position Title: Vice President of Finance
Company Name: B. E. Smith
Location(s): Columbia, Maryland, 21044, United States  
Posted: September 30, 2015
Job Function: Vice President
Entry Level: No
Job Type: Full-Time


Apply URL:


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IMA Global Board of Directors - Call for Nominations


Take your leadership to the next level and be a role model for the profession by serving on IMA’s Global Board of Directors. You can grow your critical leadership skills, become an active participant in setting the profession’s agenda, and empower the profession through external organizations.

Ready to start? Apply now.

Want to nominate someone? E-mail Pat Stefanczyk, IMA vice president of governance and volunteer relations, at or call her at (800) 638-4427, ext. 1592, or +1 (201) 474-1592 (if outside the U.S.) by October 9, 2015.

All applications must be received by October 16, 2015


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Competency Crisis: What Skills Do Accountants Lack?


Are you a "DIY" accountant?  If so, you're "costing your business money and time, " says Dan Gotte, CMA, CPA, CFO and partner at Fuse Financial Partners. According to Dan, management accountants need to develop deep research and investigative skills to fix the mistakes of the past and make processes more efficient.


IMA recently posted Dan's Return on Opinion video regarding this issue.  Check it out!


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Check out our full monthly calendar on the website.  It lists all the upcoming events - our NCC (Nation's Capital Chapter) events as well as many free CPE opportunities presented by IMA Global.


  • Oct 17     ETHICS SEMINAR  Reserve   Details    Join members and colleagues for a hot breakfast and 2 hours of CPE presented by our chapter's own Chris Chaconas.


  • Oct 21    DINNER MEETING  - Decision Making Models, Budgets Biases presented by Richard "Gus" Gustafson   1-2 hours CPE   Reserve    More info  


  • Oct 22     The Modern Finance Tour - New York  Join in this complementary event to hear experts discuss modernizing the way finance and accounting work. Register    Details



  • Nov 5   CMA School of Washington's CMA1 online classes begin   more info...


  • Nov 11  IMA Volunteer Leader Teleconference (for chapter/council officers)



  • Nov 14     Potomac & Chesapeake Council Meeting (for chapter officers)



  • Nov 30    GOVT CONTR BREAKFAST   Reserve    More info   Topic TBD



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Online registration is now open for IMA's Student Leadership Conference taking place November 12-14 in Lake Buena Vista (Orlando), FL       




The Nation's Capital Chapter has partnered with the CPA School of Washington to provide live CMA internet classes. more.....

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