An Address from the President
It is my honor to serve as the President of the Upper Peninsula chapter of the Institute of Management Accountants for the 2018-2019 year. Most of our IMA members may not be familiar with who I am or my background so please allow me a moment of your time to formally introduce myself. My name is Dr. Stacy Boyer-Davis. I am an Assistant Professor of Accounting and the interim Assistant Department Head for Accounting, Finance, and Computer Information Systems at Northern Michigan University. In 2017, I moved from Pennsylvania with my husband, daughter, (and two cats), to join the College of Business teaching faculty. My 20+ years of work experience is broad and varied ranging from private accounting in the oil and gas industry to public accounting services (tax, audit, attestation, and consulting), and from serving as a divisional compliance manager for the largest healthcare textile laundry in Pennsylvania, followed by the Director of Accounting Services for a state-system university. My education is as equally varied. I earned my Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting, coupled with three Masters degrees: Accounting and Finance, MBA, and Human Resources Management, and a Ph.D. in Business.
Extraordinary Service by Dr. Joel Thompson
I have big shoes to fill in this role. Following Dr. Joel Thompson is difficult to say the least. He has been a member of the IMA since 1988 (30 + years) and has served as the President of the U.P. chapter from 2003 – 2018. Only Franklin D. Roosevelt has served a presidency longer than Dr. Thompson. During Joel’s presidency, the IMA has taken plant tours of Pioneer Surgical, Fraco Concrete, Verso Corporation, and Argonics, to name a few. Joel led the members each year with the PBS telethon drive service project. We will continue to uphold your legacy, Joel, to advocate the management accounting profession, empower our members with strengthened on-the-job skills to better manage companies and accelerate careers, and promote member enrollment and participation. On behalf of the IMA Upper Peninsula chapter and the board that serves its constituency, we would like to express our sincere gratitude to you for your extraordinary service to the IMA U.P. chapter.
IMA Annual Conference and Expo
I had the distinct privilege to attend the IMA Annual Conference and Expo held in Indianapolis, IN in June. One of the hallmarks of this conference was meeting Jeffrey Thompson, the President and CEO of the IMA and Ginger White, the Chair (2018-2019), along with many of IMA members from around the country and world. A primary reason for my attendance was that I was one of two academics selected to present their research as part of the Research Lab events. The conference offered numerous presentations with distinguished guests. Two, in specific, that I attended included Emmitt Smith, pro football Hall of Famer, NFL’s all-time leading rusher, 3-time Super Bowl champion presenting “Game On: A Championship Vision” and Alec Ross, New York Times best-selling author and former senior advisor for innovation at the State Department presenting “Understanding Our Changing World.” Scott Manninen, the Controller for Eagle Mine, Lundin Mining Corporation, and I attended a special viewing of the film All the Queen’s Horses, depicting the Rita Crundwell fraud perpetrated in Dixon, Illinois. I even had my photograph taken with the IMA robot, frequently seen on the recent advertisements about how we, as members of the IMA and managerial accountants, must provide value to our organizations or face replacement by Bob, the robot.
The board of the U.P. chapter of the IMA will meet on Friday, October 12, 2018 at noon at Hudson’s Grille in Marquette, MI. If anyone from our chapter is interested in serving as a member the board during the 2019-2020 year, please contact me.
Plant tours are currently being planned for fall 2018 and spring 2019. More information will be available as part of the next newsletter. Member suggestions, along with member volunteers to conduct plant tours in their organizations, are welcomed!
The board is very interested in ideas from the members. If the members would like to have chapter meetings once or twice a year, let’s discuss it. Perhaps we can have speakers at the meetings, tour additional facilities, incorporate service projects, and encourage greater participation in our organization. The U.P. chapter is yours! Please, let the board know how we can better serve YOU.
My contact information is located on the IMA website directory and please feel free to reach out to me at any time with questions, for more information, or to discuss the IMA.