BECAUSE no other accounting credential lends itself more directly to today’s complex and changing business environment.

BECAUSE you will distinguish yourself as a business professional who is committed to a strict code of ethics.

BECAUSE you will confirm substantial knowledge of accounting, finance, and important related fields and demonstrate the ability to integrate this information into the business decision process.

BECAUSE you will demonstrate your commitment to personal and professional development and lifelong learning.



In 1996, Vern Beddome and the IMA Greater Milwaukee Chapter established the CMA AWARD OF EXCELLENCE.  This annual award is given to the Greater Milwaukee Chapter member who completed their CMA exam with the highest cumulative score on parts taken.  All parts of the exam do not have to be taken within the calendar year.  The award will be given each year at the Member Recognition Night following the calendar year in which they completed the exam.

Past winners of the award are:

1996                            Debbie Traut                                       Ernst & Young

1997                            Robert Kampstra*                               PriceWaterhouseCoopers

1998                            Sarah Huska                                       Ernst & Young

1999                            Kristine Walsh Huber                         Master Lock Co.

2000                            James Schroepher                             BDO Seidman, LLP

2001                            Shannon Baldwin                               Consultant

2002                            Mark Norvill                                          Legacy Bank

2003                            Tammy Knutson                                  Milwaukee Achiever Literacy

2004                            Jim Sigl                                                The Titus Group

2005                            Brian Lange                                         PKWare, Inc.

2006                            Mauro Batisteza                                  Corn Products International

2007                            Stacy Kliest                                          Johnson Diversey, Inc.

2008                            Sheryl T. Pitter                                     Joy Global, Inc.

2009                            Jon Heder                                            Briggs & Stratton

2010                            Brad Tapper                                         Eaton Corp.

2011                            Xin Xu**                                                Marquette University Student

2012-13                       Mengmeng Wang                              Marquette University Student

2013-14                       Dawn Wesendorf                               Sargento Foods


*Winner of the IMA Robert Beyer award for top score in the nation.

**Winner of the Priscilla S. Payne Student Performance Award for outstanding scores.