President's Message

Message from your President,

Exciting things are happing with the Pittsburgh chapter! First, we have our annual Ethics CPE meeting coming up in February.This is always a well-attended event and we hope that you can join us on Feb 19th! This is an inexpensive way to get the 2 CPE required for your CMA credentials.We have a great speaker and the food at the Rivers Club is always good.  You will not be disappointed!

In other news, your Pittsburgh Chapter is transitioning from the Keystone Mountain States Council to the OH Regional Council. The KMSC has been inactive for many years and the Board decided to join the OH Regional Council in order to gain the advantages of having a Council relationship.This should help the Pittsburgh Chapter to continue to serve our members for years to come with leadership training opportunities and guidance for the chapter in various areas. We should also have the ability to partner with the council and other chapters for CPE as well as corporate and campus outreach opportunities.This is very exciting and you will be hearing more about this transition in the coming months.  

Also, Robert Morris University recently became an IMA Endorsed School which signifies that their accounting program provides the rigorous curriculum needed for students to prepare for the CMA exam and successful careers in management accounting. They join the University of Pittsburgh that obtained this status a few years ago.   Congratulations to both on this great achievement.

Robert Morris University also recently formed an IMA student Chapter that will be on display at their annual Business Summit for the students on February 18th.  Members of the Pittsburgh Chapter will be on hand to participate in a round table discussion to promote the IMA and the CMA program to RMU students. Welcome and good luck to the RMU IMA Student Chapter.

Pittsburgh will also be host to the annual IMA Student Leadership Conference later this year. This is wonderful opportunity for the region and look forward to hearing more about this coming soon.


Keith Schwarz

Pittsburgh Chapter President

2019 IMA Student Night at RMU 

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Panel discussion with Pittsburgh Chapter members: Dr. Karen Shastri, Max Ruben, Margaret Smith, and Christina Keener.

Nick Skinner, Recipient of $1,000 Scholarship, presented by Carolyn Wolfe.

Students attended from Robert Morris University, Clarion and University of Pittsburgh.

Over 75 students, faculty, and IMA members were in attendance for our 2nd Annual Student Night on March 27th.   The event was held at Robert Morris University in Moon Township at Hopwood Hall.   Special thanks to the RMU staff that helped to make the event a success including Dr. Jacob Peng and Renee Lyles.

We had students from several universities represented at the event including RMU, Clarion University, PITT, and Southern New Hampshire University. The night started off with a tasty sandwich buffet that was enjoyed by all.

The program began with an introduction to the IMA and the CMA certification by Pittsburgh Chapter President Keith Schwarz. Board Member Loretta Corrigan then presented the benefits of Student membership in the IMA.  That was followed up with a panel discussion on various topics featuring 4 Pittsburgh Chapter members: Dr. Karen Shastri, Max Ruben, Margaret Smith, and Christina Keener. They all did a great job of representing the IMA and CMA program to the students.

Board Member Carolyn Wolfe presented the 2019 $1000 Scholarship to RMU student Nick Skinner. Nick was very appreciative of the scholarship.   Next year’s scholarship application should be available on the Chapter website later this year.

The keynote speaker for the evening was Diane Lazarowicz from Top Performance Results, LLC. She presented the students with some great tips and tricks for networking for career success.   She had the students develop their personal career message that can be used when networking and Diane even invited to bring some students with her to a networking event.

The event was a huge success and was made possible in part by a Memorial Education Fund Grant from the IMA.

Respectfully Submitted,

Keith Schwarz, CMA