President's Message


Virginia Skyline IMA

President’s Message


I'm excited to announce this year's line-up of programs!  Our board members have been busy this summer recruiting some great speakers.  We're offering 17 hours of CPE between this September and next May!  If we add in the 8-hour tax course offered by the VSCPA, we’re at 25 hours of CPE in Harrisonburg over the next 9 months!

Our lunch meetings will be held at Vito’s Italian Kitchen on Port Republic Road and Bella Luna Wood-Fired Pizza downtown on Water Street.  These meetings last about 90 minutes during which time you get to eat, interact with other area accountants and earn an hour of CPE! Everyone is welcome whether you’re an IMA member or not. 

We’re kicking off the year on September 15th with a legislative update by Senator Mark Obenshain and Delegate Tony Wilt, both representing the 26th District of Virginia.  In October, we’ll be hearing from the executive directors of two area not-for-profits – Downtown Renaissance and Mercy House.  We’ll also be collecting gently worn shoes for Well of Hope (more information to come). 

In lieu of our regularly scheduled lunch meeting in November, we’re encouraging everyone to attend an 8-hour program sponsored by the VSCPA.  David Peters will be leading a workshop entitled “AICPA’s Annual Federal Tax Update” which is being held at the Spotswood Country Club.

Our annual half-day seminar is on Thursday, December 8th at the Spotswood Country Club and features 1 hour on DOL Audit Activity and Common Compliance Findings in Retirement Plans, 1 hour on Mergers & Acquisitions and 2 hours on Cyber Crimes and the Coming Storm.  Also, make sure you mark your calendars for next May 18th for our annual 8-hour session which includes Ethics. 

In February, we get to hear about the new Hotel Madison & Shenandoah Valley Conference Center and will also be recognizing our scholarship recipients.  Then, Brian Shull will be giving us an update on local economic development at our March lunch meeting.

We’re excited to be meeting at the MillerCoors Shenandoah Brewery in Elkton in April.  After an informative tour of the plant, we’ll have a chance to socialize and sample some of their beers.  This will be a great way to celebrate the end of busy season and the beginning of spring!

As you can see, we’ve got a great line-up of speakers and topics for the coming year! 

Debbie Galway

Chapter President