IMA Names New President

MONTVALE, NJ (September 21, 2000) - Robert E. Bell, Jr., CMA, CPA, the current CEO of Hickory Brands, Inc. (NC) is the new President-Elect, 2000-2001, for the Institute of Management Accountants. He was named at IMA's 81st Annual Conference in Philadelphia, PA and assumed office on July 1. In 2001, Mr. Bell will succeed Frank C. Minter, CPA, Executive-in-Residence for the School of Business at Samford University in Birmingham, AL.

Mr. Bell currently chairs the Strategic Planning Committee responsible for developing and recommending long-range business and growth objectives that will service IMA members.

Since his first association with IMA in 1973 with the Catawba Valley Chapter, Mr. Bell has served the organization in many capacities. Highlights include: National Director; Chair of Academic Relations Committee; National Nominating Chairman; member of Marketing and Membership, as well as the Member Interest Groups Committees; and Area Vice President.

Prior to joining Hickory Brands, Mr. Bell worked for Arthur Andersen & Co. in Charlotte, NC, and also with the United States Army. A graduate of the Citadel, Mr. Bell has his MCAA from the University of South Carolina, and he and his wife, Andrea, live in Hickory. He is a current member of the AAA and the AICPA.

With 70,000 worldwide members, the Institute of Management Accountants is the world's largest organization dedicated to advancing management accounting and financial management. It has been serving individual professionals and corporations for nearly a century. The Institute's programs include CMA and CFM certification, continuing professional education, corporate training programs, special interest membership groups, a national college program reaching 600 campuses, and professional publications, including the monthly “Strategic Finance," and "Management Accounting Quarterly."

The Institute of Management Accountants is based in Montvale, New Jersey.

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