The tenth anniversary year of IMA Switzerland has been one of many highlights. In October CEO Jeff Thomson found time in his busy schedule to pay us a visit. We’ve set a record event attendance at the March event on big data in Geneva. We’ve been awarded the MEF fund from IMA and attracted a sponsorship first time to help fund our events. There is an excellent pipeline of events coming up with the Management Accounting Conference with IMA Chair and former chapter president Christian Cuzick on 21 October in Zug, a student conference on 22 October, and a very high profile Mergers & Acquisitions course and simulation at IMD in Lausanne, led by IMD professor and IMA member Leif Sjöblom. We have much more in the works for 2020! Marco Otti, our new board member will drive many of those. Since Patrick Ory joined, we have four board members based in Geneva. This new “community” will build further on this thriving part of our chapter.
We stay true to our mission – to CERTIFY new members and students, EDUCATE our members in regular top quality meetings, and CONNECT at valuable networking events. We keep the simple strategy to bring our chapter to the next level: we raise the quality of our events in order to attract and retain more members. We engage more active members and new board members. Lastly, we build long-term partnerships that increase our ability to serve our members well.
During my conversations with our Swiss members, I had the pleasure to learn that a lot of volunteering is happening here: Stefan Maurer writes CSCA exam questions, Marco Otti reviews Strategic Finance articles, Leif Sjöblom edits the IMA Case Journal, to name a few examples. Not to forget the many members that speak at, host, or help organize our events. Thank you, to everyone who gives back to our community! The chapter is always needs more active members and board members who want to contribute in any way! Just reach out to me.
President, IMA Switzerland Chapter