President's Message

I am excited to serve as your IMA Chapter President for the 2020-2021 year. Brian did an excellent job of moving our Chapter forward last year, and I hope to keep us growing even more in the months ahead.

As I consider the road before us, we will engage in three actions to make next year successful: Collaborate, Educate, and Initiate.

Let me explain:

Collaborate – Our chapter will be providing a plethora of opportunities for networking, mentoring, and building business relationships. One of the biggest benefits I have received over my last two years with IMA has been learning from others within our chapter. As we take the time to learn and share with one another, we will all become stronger.

Educate – We are committed to providing relevant, applicable, and informative CPE trainings. With topics such as Data Analytics, Robotic Process Automation (RPA), and Ethics, we will give you the tools to help you excel in your workplace. We will keep you informed on tax law changes and look further into the long-term effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Initiate – I like this pillar best because it speaks to the entrepreneur spirit in each of us. Our members will be looking for new ways of growing their careers, leading their organizations, and improving their communities. Using the tools we provide will allow them to take the initiative to be the best they can be.

Using these three pillars, we will build a strong and successful future for all of us.

I look forward to working with each of you in the year ahead!

Rich Leonard
Chapter President 2020-2021


“IMA’s mission is to provide a forum for research, practice development, education, knowledge sharing, and advocacy of the highest ethical and best business practices in management accounting and finance.”

The IMA AZ Valley of the Sun Chapter is a chapter of the worldwide association of accountants and financial professionals working in business called the Institute of Management Accountants (IMA).    We, like our global organization, are committed to helping you – and our more than 500 members (125,000+ members globally) – to expand your professional skills, better manage your organization, and enhance your career.

Founded in 1964 and 1969 respectively, the Phoenix and Scottsdale chapters merged in 2002 into the current AZ Valley of the Sun chapter.  Our global organization, with more than 90 years serving the financial management and accounting profession, was founded in Buffalo, NY in 1919 as the National Association of Cost Accountants (NACA).  The name was later changed to the National Association of Accountants (NAA) and in 1991, the organization name was again changed to the Institute of Management Accountants (IMA), signifying the broader role as the association for accountants and financial professionals working inside organizations.   Today, our global association is known by the shorthand – IMA.   Like our global organization, our chapter vision is to be the leading resource for developing, certifying, connecting, and supporting the world’s best accountants and financial professions in business.

IMA’s mission is to provide a forum for research, practice development, education, knowledge sharing, and the advocacy of the highest ethical and best business practices in management accounting and finance.  They do this by:

  • Offering a rigorous, highly respected credential – the CMA – that recognizes and rewards expertise
  • Building a peer network of professional relationships to share industry experience, access career opportunities, and make business contacts to last a lifetime.
  • Providing extensive education programs to advance professional knowledge, increase leadership potential, and satisfy CPE requirements
  • Giving a voice to the profession with insightful and timely journals and newsletters
  • Promoting leading-edge research and industry best practices
  • Advocating for the profession in a challenging regulatory environment.

IMA currently represents more than 125,000+ accountants and financial professional in business.  The participation of each of our members makes the success of our mission possible.     

 Please join us as we continue to develop today’s accounting and financial professionals that make a difference in Greater Phoenix and beyond!