(The Calumet Chapter of the IMA is a not for profit organization for anyone with an interest in accounting serving Northwest Indiana and the southern suburbs of Chicago. You do not need to be an accountant to join this group)


The IMA (Institute of Management Accountants)is the world's leading association for management accounting and finance professionals. It is an international organization. The mission of the IMA is to provide a dynamic forum for management accounting and finance professionals to develop and advance their careers through certification, research and practice development, education, networking, and the advocacy of the highest ethical and professional practices. The IMA has approximately 60,000 members worldwide.

The IMA is the exclusive promoter of the . Students may sit to take the exam. The the education requirement is a BS degree from an accredited organization you do not need 150 hours of education to sit for the CMA exam.

You must be an a member of the IMA to be a CMA

You do not have to be a CMA to be a member of the IMA (membership is for anyone with an interest in accounting and finance)

On October 9, 2008 Calumet Chapter President Mark T. Camarena, CMA presented to the Purdue University Calumet Finance and Accounting Club. For more information on the club visit

The slides from the presentation which includes details on the CMA exam is available here Role of Managerial Accountant, IMA, and CMA powerpoint presentation.

You can join IMA by going to Join Calumet (Hammod)Chapter 081 IMA please make sure to select Calumet (Hammond 081) as Chapter Affiliation.

Membership for College Students is a mere $39.00 for a year an exceptional value.

Regular membership is $195.00

A discounted rate of $98.00 is available for full time faculty members of an accredited organization.

If you require assistance with registration please contact Dick Mielcarz , VP of Membership,708.799.6234 by E-mail at



On Wednesday April 29, 2009 The Calumet Chapter of the IMA will come to Purdue University Calumet for the Purdue Calumet Hospitality Tourism Management Classt (HTM) grand finale event. Prior to the dinner we are delighted to announce that Dr. Karl Reichardt, CMA of Valpariso University will give us a preview of the 2008 Accounting Salary Survey which will be published in a summer issue of Strategic Finance. Dr. Karl Reichardt, CMA has authored this piece for 20 years. This year will be his last year. He has promised to keep his presentation light for the spouses/guests in attendance. Dr. Reichardt's presentation will begin in the Purdue University Calumet Cafeteria at 6:30 p.m. If you simply with to here Dr. Karl Reichardt speak on he 2008 Accounting Salary Surve there is no charge.

At 7:30 p.m. those joing us for dinner will be seated. The menu is as follows Limited seating is available. The cost is $25.00 for all attendees spouses/guests are encouraged to come to this event which has become a Calumet Chapter Tradition. You are also welcome to come alone as several of us will. The theme is Masqurade Ball. The menu is as follows Mixed Greens with Balsamic Vinigrette, Crab Cakes, Fresh Tomato Soup, Rack of Lamb with Herb Crust or Apple Brandy Chicken or the vegetarian Eggplant Parmigiana. Desserts White Chocolate and Raspberry Parfaits or Chocolate Boxes. The Speciality Bread will be Cranberry Orange Bread. The specialty butter will be honey butter, and the drink of the evening is Peach Tea punch. At the time this site was last updated 4 seats were still avaialble. To reserve yout spot(s) please e-mai e-mailing or call chapter President Mark T. Camarena, CMA 630.530.6707 (W) 219.864.8685 home or e-mail Adolph Ferber who is graciously putting this event together for us or call Adolph at 219.836.1476 (H). Purdue University Calumet is located at 2200 169th Street Hammond IN and is President Mark T. Camarena, CMA's alma mater

On Wednesday May 6, 2009 The Calumet Chapter of the IMA comes to Governor's State University to hold a joint meeting with the Governor's State University Finance and Accounting Club. This meeting will be at 5:00 p.m. The topic will be Benefits of CMA certification and how to obtain CMA certification. The speaker will be Calumet Chapter President Mark T. Camarena, CMA. A $10.00 donation is requested for this event. Portions of the proceeds will be donated to Governor's State University. If you are not a Governor's State University Student please reserve by April 29,2009. You can do so by e-mailing or call Mark at 630.530.6707(W)or 219.864.8685(H) or Dick at 708.799.6234(H)

On Tuesday May 19, 2009 The Calumet Chapter of the IMA has our Concluding Celebration at Gino's Steakhouse at 1259 Joliet Street (US 30) Dyer IN 46311. We want to thank everyone for making 2008-2009 a great year in Calumet Chapter History we invite spouses/guests to join us on this very special night when we welcome "The Process Specialist" Leanne Hogland-Smith, President of Advance Systems whose Column Appears weekly in the Post-Tribune.

She will be speaking on "Life is a Journey Will you have a Smooth Ride or a Bumpy One?" Leanne's first book Unlocking Sales Results: The Keys to Becoming the Red Jacket in a Sea of Gray Suits is scheduled to be published in April 2009. Leanne Hoagland-Smith has agreed (as long as everything goes according to schedule) to come before this meeting and have books available for purchase which she will sign. Networking will begin at 6:00 p.m. With Introductions at 6:30 p.m. followed by dinner. The cost is only $30.00. Reservations requested by May 14, 2009. To make reservations You can do so by e-mailing or call Mark at 630.530.6707(W)or 219.864.8685(H) or Dick at 708.799.6234(H)

More information is avaialable May 19, 2009 Calumet Chapter Year Concluding Celebration Flier Please feel free to print and distribute to anyone who may be interested in this event.

On January 20, 2009 for the 9th year the Calumet Chapter's very own Howard D. Ellison, CPA,CMA,CVA of Wermer, Rogers, Doran and Ruzon LLC (A proud sponsor of the Calumet Chapter of the IMA for many years) presented "The Annual Tax Update" Howard brang with him a 81 page bound booklet which highlighted the changes in the tax law and provided refreshers about previous tax law. We are greatful for Howard for making this presentation and look forward to him presenting the 10th Annual "Tax Update" in 2010. You can reach Howard via e-mail at or visit his firms website Wermer Rogers, Doran, and Ruzon LLC

The Calumet Chapter thanks Tim Anderson (on the left near the screen), CPA partner with the Accounting Firm of Clifton Gunderson in Schererrville Indiana and J. Brian Hittinger attorney with the law firm of Krieg Devault in Schererrville Indiana for helping us meee the 2 hout ethics requirement for CMA certificate hoders. On November 19, 2008 both spoke at the Amarillo Roadhouse. It was very interesting to learn about the ethics of a CPA as compared to the IMA code of ethics as well as the numerous ethics laws lawyers our subject too. We filled the back room at the Amarillo Roadhouse in Schererville and hopefully achieved our goal of informing as well as having some fun.

The Calumet Chapter Thanks David Marshall Principal with Infotech and a Board Member of the Chicagoland Chapter of Cerfied Fraud Examiners for his presentation on "College Student Night and Member Appreciation Night I".

"Using Internal Controls to Prevent Fraud" which was given on Tuesday October 21, 2008 at JJ Kelley's in Lansing Illinois. We also wish to thank all of you that came out. We hope you found this to be an informative and fun event. We hope to see you again very soon. Remember when you choose to join the IMA choose Calumet (Hammond) 081 as your chapter affiliation.

For more information about the Calumet Chapter of the IMA e-mail

For more information about the IMA visit The National IMA Website