President's Message

This past year has been hard on all of us.   Covid has wreaked havoc in our daily lives.  Some more than others.   I hope that each of you have been able to stay safe and healthy during this time.  Fortunately, it looks like brighter days are ahead for us.

During this time, your Pittsburgh Chapter has been working hard on bringing our members quality free CPE.   We held 5 virtual webinars since last fall ranging from topics on Hiring & Onboarding Employees Remotely to our annual Tax Update in January.   Board Member Margaret Smith led our annual Ethics workshop and Pittsburgh Chapter member Mike Ralph just recently did a webinar on Business Process Optimization.   Thank you to all our speakers for the great presentations.   Special thanks for board member Nick Sinkavich for moderating our webinars and to all our 2020-21 Board Members for your help in making the best of this past year.   

Your Pittsburgh chapter is much more than just CPE and webinars.   The local chapter has many opportunities to promote the IMA and the profession and support each other.   Western PA has many great colleges and universities that have student chapters that we can support and members have the opportunity network with other professionals in the management accounting field at social events sponsored by the chapter. 

I have a call to action.  We are at a critical point in our Chapter’s history.   We need volunteers to sustain the chapter into the future.   Any amount of time would be welcomed, and any level of involvement would be appreciated.  We will not turn you away if you are willing to volunteer.   We could use help in areas such as Social Media, Student Outreach and Social Event Planning but if you are willing to contribute any amount of time and have an idea on how to improve your Chapter, please reach out to us.

The Pittsburgh Chapter is the fourth oldest chapter, and we are very proud of that.   We have a long tradition of providing excellent professional development for our members.  We hope you will join in that tradition by offering your talents and service to your Pittsburgh Chapter.   Please contact us at pittsburgh@imachapter.com and someone will get in touch with you to discuss how you might be able to volunteer in your Pittsburgh Chapter of the IMA.

Sincerely

Keith Schwarz