President's Message

Greetings Bluegrass IMA,

A new year always prompts us to cast our gaze forward.  We ponder new aspirations.  We consider the possible and plan to overcome current challenges.  The past year has presented our chapter with numerous challenges, yet as a chapter we have persevered and thrived.  Although we are far from the largest local IMA chapter, we have been a leader in maintaining chapter activities in a virtual capacity during the current pandemic.  We have recruited top-notch presenters to engage our members, including a Global IMA Board of Directors member.

The Bluegrass Area IMA chapter board intends to continue this strong momentum through the remainder of our current meeting year.  We have exciting speakers scheduled for February and March discussing emotional intelligence in organizations and CMA exam preparation.  While we are still finalizing the details, we have tentatively scheduled a national leader on analytics and advanced cost accounting to present in April, our annual joint meeting with APICS (supply-chain management).  More on that meeting to come.  

It is my sincere hope that by our May "Family Night" chapter meeting we will be able to host some form of in-person social activity.  As we gain more visibility to what will be possible, we will communicate plans.

To close, it is my intention, if at all possible, to have in-person chapter meetings beginning in the Fall.  Of course, realities and governmental restrictions could prevent such meetings.  However, we are planning on returning to in-person meetings in August, or September.  As we look forward to our next meeting year, we will need to name a new board.  We have opportunities for new members to join our chapter board, so if you feel you might be interested in joining our chapter leadership, please reach out to me, or one of the other board members.  

Thank you to all our members who make this chapter what it is.  Looking forward to another fantastic IMA year.

Sincerely,

JP Stearns