What do you believe is the best way an individual can find their ideal career path?
First find out what you like to do, and then spend time to study and practice. It is great to study and pass a certificate such as the CMA. Sometimes when you change industries, you might start at a lower position to gain the experience. All your work experience will be a good and long term investment for your career.
Do you have any advice to new members or people starting their career in Management Accounting?
Management accounting involves more than the bookkeeping and spreadsheets. If you are passionate about the goal of the business and developing others, you will find that management accounting is very interesting at different companies.
When and how did you first become involved with the IMA?
I joined IMA about 15 years ago, and then became CMA in year 2005. I was involved at the Tyler chapter in Texas, and eventually became that chapter's president.
What has been the most fulfilling aspect of volunteering with the IMA?
It was great experience to serve the chapter and the members. The people I've met are very professional and want to help with each other’s development.
As Treasurer, what has been your greatest accomplishment with the Nation's Capital Chapter?
I am currently working with the board members responsible for the technical meeting and the government contractor meeting. These are the primary activities that our chapter offers members in DC, MD and VA. And I am also involved in transitioning our chapter’s finances from the previous Treasurer.