This year has started out like none other than I can remember. Thank you for the opportunity to serve as your President this fiscal year. Since I have become involved in SCMS—more than just participating in the Annual Meeting, I have been around so many great leaders and want to thank all of them for their leadership. I want to especially thank Byrd Heaton, Dana Collins, Sheryl Elliott, Sue Bos, and Pat Wynn for their leadership and mentoring. I also want to thank Narnesha for all the assistance she has given SCMS over the past several years and welcome Tara as our staff liaison. I also want to thank last year’s Committee Chairs for their hard work. And lastly, thank you, Sue, for putting together the wonderful team—Sandy Brenner, Tanya Shell, Peggy Brown, and Pay Wynn--for me to work with in leading SCMS during the current year. While we have some challenges ahead of us, I couldn’t ask for a better team of individuals to work with as your Executive Committee.
It has been several months since we have been able to meet in-person. One of the many traits we, as accountants generally possess, is the ability to find effective ways to adapt to new challenges that our businesses face. The Board of Governors and especially the Education Committee with the assistance from Global staff have already started working on bringing education opportunities to you virtually. We will offer continuing education via Webex on Monday and Tuesday afternoon / evening September 21st and 22nd. Please watch for the registration details in your e-mails, on LinkedUp, on Facebook, and on the SCMS website.
As I write this message, not only has our traditional Mid-Year been changed but the fall IMA Global Board Meeting that was scheduled to be held in Montvale and the Student Leadership Conference have been rescheduled as virtual meetings. We will still award the SCMS scholarship to Ingrid Zarate Albarran from Las Vegas and will also support the Student Leadership Virtual Conference.
I appreciate this opportunity and acknowledge the challenges we face as well as the possibility of future issues that might present themselves before we are able to meet in person. I truly hope we will be able meet in Arizona and I will be able to see as many of you as possible. As SCMS members, we should strive to always support IMA’s mission and goals, and this is more important during the current circumstances than in the past. Together we can achieve more than alone so if I or any of the current Board of Governors can assist you, please let me know. If you have ideas to more our organization forward, please don’t hesitate to share your expertise.
MaryValerie Reeves, CMA, CPA, CIA, CGMA