The Michiana Chapter is located in Northwest Indiana and serves the South Bend area. It has about 60 members. The chapter holds monthly technical meetings from September through May. The Michiana Chapter joined the Michigan Council in June 2008.
The Michiana Chapter is one of eight chapters in the Michigan Council of IMA, which offers additional educational and leadership opportunities. The Michigan Council offers an all-day Fall Seminar, in Lansing, Michigan, which features nationally known speakers on a variety of topics.
History of the Michiana Chapter
The Michiana Chapter of IMA was originally chartered as the South Bend
Chapter of the National Association of Cost Accountants on June 24, 1936 with a
membership of 33. Early meetings were held at The Hotel LaSalle. One of the 1st
speakers was J.E. McCarthy, Dean of the College of Commerce, University of Notre
T.H. Milby from the Studebaker Corporation was the first Chapter President.
The Chapter won a banner under the leadership of Edward Westphal, in 1938. A
second banner was won in 1964 under the presidency of Louis S. La Pierre, III.
In 1969-1970, the Chapter reached its highest membership level, at 432
In June, 1969, David McNitt, of the Michiana Chapter, met with the National
Promotional Services Director to discuss splitting of Elkhart County from the
Michiana Chapter of the National Association of Accountants. It was agree that
the split be accomplished without disrupting the Michiana Chapter.
The NAA Elkhart County Organizing Committee was formed in the summber of
1969. In October, 1969, interested members of the Michiana Chapter met to
discuss the split. It was decided that the new chapter would bring NAA services
closer to a great many members and attract many new members. The spin-off would
not have any adverse effect on the Michiana Chapter, with a membership of over
400. By March, 1970, the required petitions had been gathered, and a charter was
granted, effective April 1, 1970. The Elkhart Area Chapter serviced the
principal cities of Elkhart, Goshen, Nappanee, Ligonier, Syracuse, Milford and
Lagrange, Indiana, and also the communities of Constantive, White Pigeon and
During the 1992-1993 year, the Elkhart Area Chapter again merged with the
The Chapter has received national competition banners in the Stevenson
Division; 8th place in 1998-1999; 10th place in 1999-2000 and 23rd place in
2000-2001. With declining membership, the chapter moved to the Warner Division
for smaller chapters in 2001-2002. In that division, the chapter received an 8th
place banner in 2001-2002 and 12th place in 2002-2003.
Formerly part of the Lincoln Trails Regional Council of IMA, Michiana became
a member of the Michigan Regional Council of IMA at the beginning of the
2008-2009 fiscal year.