President's Message

September 2017

Our board has been hard at work this summer lining up speakers for the coming year.  We're offering 18 hours of CPE between this September and next May! 


Our lunch meetings this fall will be held at a variety of locations in Harrisonburg – see the schedule for details.  These meetings last about 90 minutes during which time you get to eat lunch, interact with other area accountants and earn one hour of CPE!  Everyone is welcome whether you’re an IMA member or not.


We’re kicking off the year on September 21st with Jeff Souder speaking about the future of JMU athletics and the new convocation center.  In October, we’ll be hearing from two area not-for-profits – Cat’s Cradle and The Community Foundation, and our November speaker will be Joyce Krech from the Shenandoah Valley Small Business Development Center.


Our annual half-day seminar is on Thursday, December 14th at the Spotswood Country Club and features Jeff Smith from Brown Edwards giving a tax update, Dr. Mark Warner from JMU speaking on leadership, and Rebecca Simmons presenting on process management.  Also, be sure to mark your calendars for next May 17th for our annual 8-hour seminar which includes the required ethics course and an Excel update. 


We’ll once again be offering scholarships to accounting students at our three local colleges/universities.  New this year, we’ll also be offering several scholarships to area high school seniors who plan to major in accounting. 


We hope you’ll be able to join us for our lunch meetings and half and full-day seminars during the coming year! 


Debbie Galway


Debbie Galway, President

Virginia Skyline IMA Chapter

President's Message