President's Message

Welcome to the San Diego Chapter of IMA! 

Happy Spring, IMA San Diego Members!

There is a lot of new energy in the chapter right now, and it’s exciting.  We have several new volunteers who have offered their time and talents to reinvigorate the chapter.  David Villasenor, who has been running the Controller’s Council for the past year has agreed to serve as Chapter President for the 2019-2020 year.  His colleague at Aston-Carter, Anthony O’keefe has volunteered to help out with the Controller’s Council and technical meetings.  Ping Ying is our new Vice President of Membership and Keir Majarrez will be serving as Chapter Secretary.  Dan Goldzband has volunteered to be an Academic Relations Director and Juventino Gaytan has agreed to lead Social Media Publicity.  Thanks to each of these folks for stepping up
If you want to join our leadership team, there are still opportunities.  Email us through our chapter email

Our March meeting featured Sheela Kinhal, President at Kinhal Shah, LLC | Privacy & Cyber Security Advisory, who spoke on the California Privacy Law that will take effect next January.  Sheela offered some practical tips for organizations of all sizes to get ready for this law.  At the top were to have an organizational policy on privacy and train all employees on that policy.  Additional actions depend on the size of your organization and the types of information you handle and keep.

Thank you to our meeting sponsors, EY  and Aston-Carter.

IMA Annual Conference in San Diego! Early Bird Registration is now open for the IMA 100th Annual Conference and Exposition (ACE), June 15-19, 2019 at the Sheraton San Diego Hotel & Marina.  Don’t miss this opportunity to get up to 28 CPE credits, network with management accountants from all over the world and celebrate 100 years of IMA (or NAA or NACA) here in our own back-yard. There are 75 sessions to choose from across eight specialty tracks.  The list of speakers and topics is impressive!  For more information, or to register, go to  

Upcoming events:

  • Thursday, April 18, Controller’s Council – Ethics with Dana Basney at CBIZ, 11:30 – 1:00
  • Monday, May 13, Accounting Day at the San Diego Convention Center, details at (
  • Thursday, May 16, Chapter Meeting – Topic and location to be announced 5:30 – 7:00
  • Wednesday, June 19, Controller’s Council – GAAP Update with James Comito, CBIZ 11:30 – 1:00

I told you it was exciting.  Stay tuned for more news!



Kelly Benner

President, San Diego Chapter, IMA