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posted Feb 8, 2013, 3:08 PM by Hartford Chapter   [ updated Nov 7, 2015, 3:30 PM ]

An article from Melissa Leonard, Gleim Chapter Coordinator

Why Become a CMA: An Interview With Amy Ford

Gleim is excited to announce the release of our new 2016 edition of Gleim CMA Review – the review course trusted by more ICMA Medal Winners. The new Gleim Premium CMA Review System features over 40-hours of comprehensive videos from university instructors and includes in-depth instruction on detailed examples and multiple-choice questions as well as engaging lectures on the core concepts.

Amy Ford, CMA, CPA, is the featured professor in the CMA Gleim Instruct Video Series. Her experience in public accounting, teaching, and passing the CMA exam make her the perfect choice for these productions.

While Amy was in the Gleim studio filming the new series, we sat down with her and asked why she decided to pursue the CMA after she already had her CPA.

She explained that, like most traditional accounting students, she sat for the CPA exam right after completing her accounting degree. However, she kept hearing one astounding fact at IMA conferences and presentations that convinced her to sit for the CMA exam as well: approximately 75% of undergraduate accounting majors who follow an audit track in a large or regional firm find themselves in a company doing business or management accounting in two to five years.

"The CPA designation and material is focused on the public accounting track. But what about the skills needed to work inside the company? That is where the CMA designation and materials is needed," Amy said.

After four years in public accounting, Amy began teaching financial, management, and advanced management accounting classes at Western Illinois University. She recalls, "If most of my students were going to need the skills and knowledge tested on the CMA exam, then I needed to be familiar with this credential." In 2011, nine years after sitting for the CPA exam, she decided to sit for the CMA exam – and she went on to win the Certificate of Distinguished Performance using Gleim CMA Review. Now she says that"[taking the exam] was the best decision of my professional teaching career, as it has lead to so many opportunities for both myself and my students."

Gleim is excited to add Amy to our team of professional educators who continue to help us produce the most widely used CMA Review on the market.

Besides the addition of Amy and her expertise, the new edition also features exclusive access to our accounting team of experts, Access Until You Pass guarantee, and free shipping within the contiguous United States.

As a Hartford Chapter member, you receive significant discounts on the Gleim Premium CMA Review System. Contact Melissa Leonard at 800.874.5346 ext. 131 or to take advantage of the offer or if you have any questions.