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Share your story!

  • 1.  Share your story!

    Posted 12 days ago
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    Hi All,

    While we continue to practice social distancing, IMA remains optimistic and we look forward to the safe reopening of business, and life, here in the U.S. and globally. During times like these when so many of us are working remotely, it's easy to feel isolated. The IMA community is in this together.

    Together, connected, we are #strongertogether.

    We want to hear from you. Join the conversation and share how you're dealing with COVID-19. Tell us how you're doing or share a photo of your workstation, your "coworkers" or even a recent virtual meeting.

    Clay, my "coworker", seems to have perfect attendance at meetings - see the attachment!

    Thanks!

      Jeff



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    Jeff Thomson, CMA, CSCA, CAE
    President and CEO
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  • 2.  RE: Share your story!

    Posted 12 days ago
    Great picture, Jeff!

    Fortunately I work in the marketing industry and so we have been able to maintain operations remotely. Since I have been saving time not commuting, I have decided to do a full renovation of my kitchen, a lot of trial and error, but it's coming along nicely. My workstation is slowly being overran with home improvement tools and my co-workers tend to slack off quite a bit.

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    Robert Rossetti, CMA
    Associate Director of Finance
    Philadelphia, PA
    United States
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  • 3.  RE: Share your story!

    Posted 7 days ago
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    I work in the software industry, so have worked from home for 20 years.  Not much change, work wise for me, but I miss traveling to clients and office meetings.  Attached is my co-worker - we decided it was Hawaiian shirt day in the office.....

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    Catherine Long CMA
    Las Vegas NV
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  • 4.  RE: Share your story!

    Posted 6 days ago
    I started working on the first week of stay-at-home here in Texas.  It's been a transition to start a new career in consulting, juggle a new set of teammates, and to keep the "roommates" happy.  I'm loving the new job and the wonderful way they have allowed us to stay connected and feel like part of the team while working and onboarding remotely.  They have also pivoted from a very in-person approach to client work to a still personal but remote way of working.  It's had some challenges, but with a company intranet and group emails we have been able to reach out to our teams as well as others for advice and assistance!

    Dottie is my personal assistant - her favorite job duties are sitting next to me to watch for mistakes as the mouse moves across the screen, making sure my desk is clean by knocking everything off, and helping with emails by pouncing on the keyboard.  Currently I assume she's on her break - she and her brother are running around the house at top speed.


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    Rachel Sullivan CMA
    Consultant
    Cedar Park TX
    United States
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  • 5.  RE: Share your story!

    Posted 6 days ago

    Dear Jeff,

    Thanks for the optimism. It's important that we make the best out of it and there are positive opportunities too. For a starter your new colleagues seem the be "the pick of the bunch". Compliments for the recruiting process. :-)

    Engagement with the wider Internet community is one of our organization's most important functions and the pandemic has forced us to take a fresh look at how we engage with our stakeholders. In pre-coronavirus days, we met with people at RIPE, roundtable and regional meetings, face-to-face training courses, member lunches, and by sending our staff to the events and meetings held by so many others in the industry and community. COVID-19 has changed how we do all this. To say our travel costs will come in under budget this year is probably something of an understatement :-) But removing the physical element of how we engage and educate does not reduce the need to do this. With this in mind, we're are experimenting with how online engagement can meet the shortfall in physical engagement, but we're also looking at how the current situation might change how we engage over the longer term.

    We've been able to organize a big virtual event last week (RIPE 80) and this went very well. Our philosophy is that we don't want to simply put a physical RIPE Meeting online but rather work to create a virtual event that engages an online audience and brings the community together in a unique and worthwhile way. Around 2,000 people attented RIPE 80, which is a record for a RIPE Meeting and the opportunity brought new people in who normally would not have been able to attend a physical RIPE Meeting and a lot of these newcomers asked great questions. This seemed easier somehow virtually, so that was a real positive surprise.

    Take care, enjoy the company! Clay is a beauty. 

    Kind rgs,

    Gwen van Berne



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    Gwen Van Berne CMA
    Chief Financial Officer
    Rotterdam
    Netherlands
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  • 6.  RE: Share your story!

    Posted 5 days ago

    Nice pup and comfortable looking office Jeff.

    I am dealing with this economic shutdown by getting in as much beach walking, bike riding, golf, kayaking, and other fun activities as possible. My office is really the outdoors, as I am newly retired. 

    Stay safe and well!

    Jim



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    James Horsch CMA, CFM, CAE
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  • 7.  RE: Share your story!

    Posted 4 days ago
    Jim,

    i am glad you are enjoying retired life in
    FL.  Plus your  hair blowing in the sea breezes makes it less obvious you need a haircut!

    Keep the posts coming!

    Thanks.


      Jeff

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    Jeff Thomson, CMA, CSCA, CAE
    President and CEO
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  • 8.  RE: Share your story!

    Posted 4 days ago

    Jeff,

    Hair grows regardless of our work location, so in order to avoid looking like a shaggy dog (even your coworker Clay clearly is well groomed during this time), I enlisted the support of my wife Kathy, to give myself a haircut. Actually it turned out better than either one of us expected. I call it my Covid Cut! And don't worry I don't see this as something I want to continue after this is all over !   Stay healthy and safe everyone!




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    C. S. Bud Kulesza CMA, CFM
    Austin TX
    United States
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  • 9.  RE: Share your story!

    Posted 4 days ago
    Thanks Bud, Kathy did a great job!

    In NJ, Clay the chocolate lab can get a haircut as that is considered an essential service but Jeff his "master" can't - not yet deemed essential or safe.

    Keep the posts coming, sharing stories and pics serves to uplift us all.

      Jeff

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    Jeff Thomson, CMA, CSCA, CAE
    President and CEO
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  • 10.  RE: Share your story!

    Posted 4 days ago
    thank you  for giving me this opportunity to share my story
    I am Hisham from Yemen where it lif in continually war for 6 years and covid19 make it worse
    we life under hard circumstances and my mother has COPD disease and now  I make her under control and apply special terms for her to avoid with covid 19 infection

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    Hisham Abdu
    Taiz Town
    Yemen
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  • 11.  RE: Share your story!

    Posted 3 days ago
    Hi everyone and greetings from San Diego!

    COVID19 has been hard on our community and country.  It's hardest on my little ones but they're troopers and both Mom and I try to do what we can in order to keep their spirits up.  My wife and I are a different story.  We understand and feel the need to socialize with other adults as well as just "get out of the house."  Nevertheless, our kids give us strength and my wife just started her first W-2 job today after emigrating to this country over 7 years ago.  I on the other hand haven't skipped a beat.  I continue to work remotely for all three of my jobs which has been a blessing albeit sometimes difficult trying to homeschool and work at the same time.

    One thing I've learned over this whole pandemic ordeal is that my employers and my clients have been extremely patient and understanding.  In my experience having that child being noisy in the background is now forgivable and tolerable (for a few seconds) whereas before I would be dying of embarrassment on the inside.  It goes to show that human-ness, that is, compassion an understanding still happens and I feel that we have been forced to slow down and be more methodical about our human interactions.

    Thanks for reading,
    Juventino Gaytan Jr., MBV, MAcc

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    Juventino Gaytan MBV, MAcc
    JG Tax & Notary Services
    Chula Vista CA
    United States
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  • 12.  RE: Share your story!

    Posted 2 days ago
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    Home has became command-central for supporting my accounting classes "virtually" the rest of the Spring and Summer semester.  Versus getting stuck in my home office every day, I found it nice to mix things up and sometimes pick a cozy chair next to the fireplace on the chilly, dreary days.  A nice break between Zoom sessions!  And my students and colleagues get to see my IMA "uniform" some days also!

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    Lisa Book CMA, CFM, CSCA
    Lecturer in Accounting
    Indiana University Southeast
    New Albany IN
    lmbook@...
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