San Diego Chapter Newsletter

IMA San Diego Chapter News
May 2020


Mark your calendar!

  • Controller’s Council – Blockchain
  • Please join Chief Operating Officer of the Global Blockchain Business Council (GBBC) Mercina Tillemann to discuss blockchain and how it is revolutionizing payment and other systems worldwide.
  • When:  May 20, 2020 from 11:45 AM to 1:00 PM (PT)
  • Agenda:
    • 11:45 - 12:00 Registration/ Technology Time
    • 12:00 - Speaker starts
    • 1:00 - Adjourn
  • This presentation will be via Zoom.  Login will be sent to all registrants prior to the meeting.  Registration is required.


RSVP at    using the button at the bottom of the page.

Around the IMA

  • Don’t forget to take advantage of numerous free high-quality CPE programs through IMA. Specifics are listed on our home page.
  • IMA’s Hardship Program is available to all members in times of need. This one-time grant allows members to retain their membership free of charge for a six-month period. Hardship requests may be made to
  • In line with its mission to serve the profession, IMA is offering nonmembers the opportunity to access select IMA resources free of charge for 90 days. Nonmembers can set up a profile and access IMA’s free resources.

From the Chapter Board.

IMA’s chapter competition provides a good benchmark of the effectiveness of each chapter in providing service to our members and supporting the IMA Strategic Plan.  Measures include membership growth (acquisition and retention), CPE attended by our members, certification and achievement of electives that support member service.

Through the end of March, the San Diego Chapter was 22nd out of 79 large chapters.  A year-end assessment by chapter board members showed that we qualified for the "Excellent" level of Chapter Service (Fourth highest out of five levels). 

 We look forward to building on our successes in the coming year, despite the current challenges.  Watch for a virtual Board Planning Session in the coming month or so.  Feel free to send any ideas or suggestions to us through the chapter’s email address below.

 2020-2021 Chapter Board of Directors

Chapter Board members’ terms align with the IMA competition year – May 1 through April 30. We appreciate those who have volunteered to help maintain a high level of service to IMA members in the San Diego area.


Board members can be contacted either through MyIMA Network (formerly LinkUP IMA)  or our chapter's email address (

A brief description of each position is  at San_Diego_Chapter_Volunteer_Position_Descriptions.pdf




David Villasenor



Past President

Kelly Benner

Vice President - Administration



Jim Carr


Pem Smith (acting)

Vice President - Membership

Richard Schaper

Director - Member Acquisition


Director - Member Retention


Vice President - Education


Director - CMA Programs

Derek Murphy

Director - Controller's Council

David Villasenor

Vice President - Communication

Pem Smith

Director - Newsletter and Email



Pem Smith (Acting)

Associate Webmaster


Director - Social Media

Juventino Gaytan

Director - Campus Influencer Program

Dan Goldzband

Director - Academic Relations (University of San Diego)

Mark Judd

Director - Academic Relations (UCSD)

Dan Goldzband

Thank you to our volunteers for helping us to serve our members!  To volunteer for an open position, send us an email. We can tailor positions to fit your interests and time availability - just ask.