President s Message. Dear Friends:






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President’s Message

Dear Friends:

I imagine that the hardest President’s message that I will ever write will be my final one but for now the hardest one for me to write is the December message about the winter holiday. In fact I was tempted to ask Tina Arteaga, Newsletter Director, who I think has done a great job with this newsletter simply to re-print my message where I wrote about “The Elf on The Shelf”. However, this year in the mail came a bro-chure from the Munster Theatre at the Center for Visual and Performing arts which in it listed the 2015 schedule.

On the schedule playing from November 19, 2015-December 27, 2015 is A Christmas Story. A Christmas Story was written by Hammond Indiana Native Jean Shepherd and is a story about Ralphie’s quest for the Red Ryder BB gun that long ago Christmas. Now you might ask why would I be so excited that this play was coming to a venue in Munster Indiana? If you are on the Calumet Chapter Board you may know that for the past several years Dick Mielcarz has served as the Master of Ceremonies and entertains us with a unique brand of trivia. At last year’s holiday gathering one round of trivia was about A Christmas Story.

The reason the brochure excited me was I thought this would be a wonderful special event for us the Calu-met Chapter to participate in Dinner and play and perhaps we could get someone from the accounting de-partment at the Center or to speak to the group and it could really bring things together. During this holi-day season I hope you have the chance to get together with your loved ones and I hope that the Calumet Chapter has provided many special events for you in the pass and here is hoping for many more.

Mark T. Camarena, CMA President

“El Presidente”

Calumet Chapter IMA (a not for profit association of accountants and finance professionals in business. The Calumet Chapter 081 Hammond serves Northwest Indiana and Southern Suburbs of Chicago IL)

Celebrating our 70th year in 2014-2015

Visit us online at

630.530.6707 (W)

e-mail me anytime


Dear Fellow Members,

I want to apologize for not producing a newsletter for December & January. I was

having some medical issues, and trying to enroll my daughter in college.

I was asked by my doctor to take some time to myself. I did as the doctor asked

and am feeling better. I thank everyone for their support and ask that you forgive

my inability to produce the newsletter. I think we will be back on track for the rest

of the year.


Tina Arteaga

Newsletter Editor


The Calumet Chapter wishes to thank our 2014-2015 Sponsors they allow us to keep costs

down. We ask that whenever possible you support our sponsors and let them know you

are using them because of their sponsorship of the Calumet Chapter of the IMA.


Calumet Hammond Chapter Upcoming Events

2014-2015 Proposed Scheduled (All tentative and subject to change)

Normal Schedule: Networking and Registration 6 p.m. Please be seated by 6:30 p.m. for Dinner and Introductions. Events Conclude by 9:10 p.m. Cost $30 for IMA members/guests (do not have to be a member to attend) and $20 for College Stu-dents includes meal and non alcoholic beverages normally a cash bar is available. Board meetings are at 5:15 p.m. prior to the event anyone interested is welcome to the board meeting.

Tuesday February 17, 2015 "Business Law" presented by John R Terpstra Business Trans-action and Commercial Litigation Attorney at Hinshaw and Culbertson LLP Zuni's 2907 W 45th Avenue Highland Indiana.

Tuesday March 24, 2015 "Stock Market Outlook" -presented by Karl Mauer of Merrill Lynch at Scrementi's 9716 W 121st Street Mokena IL

Tuesday April 21, 2015 "Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago" with Doug Tillet returning from his year assign-ment assisting Fed chairman Janet Yellen at Theo's 9144 Indianapolis Blvd Highland Indiana.

Saturday May 16, 2015 Calumet Chapter Night at the Races Balmoral Race Track 26435 Dixie Highway Crete IL Guests welcome.

Possible tours to look into - Family Express in Valparaiso Indiana, Albanese Candy factory- Merrillville Indi-ana, and Crown Brewery, Crown Point Indiana any other suggestions or anyone willing to help


Expense Management: Best Practices and Benchmarking for 2015

Wednesday, February 18, 2015 (UTC - 5) 1 p.m. - 2 p.m. EST

Event Description

Travel and Entertainment (T&E) expenses—second only to pay-roll as the largest business expense—are becoming increasingly more difficult to control as companies expand across borders and grow through acquisitions. Therefore, effective budgeting, planning, and management of T&E expenses is critical for com-panies of all sizes in 2015 and beyond.

How does your company’s overall T&E spending, as well as spending within key categories, compare with other companies? How are companies leveraging automation to better understand and control how employees are spending the company dime? Join us for an hour-long discussion about the best practices to reduce T&E spending and simplify expense management pro-cesses in 2015.


Robert NeveuPresident, Co-founder Certify, Inc.

Jamie ShadaAccounting Opera-tions Analyst Garmin

Register Now!

Price: Free

CPE Credit: 1 Credit Field of Study: Accounting

Research Area: Technology Enablers Program Level: Basic Prerequisites: None


New Members- Attend a 2014-2015 event FREE. As we

cele-brate our 70


year we are offering ALL members a chance to

attend one of our events for FREE. Once your membership is

confirmed by IMA Global that you are in the Calumet Chapter

081 Hammond you will receive an e-mail letter from President

Mark T. Camarena, CMA “El Presidente” inviting you to come

to one of the 2014-2015 events free of charge. The normal cost

is $30 for regular members and $20 for Students but if you

join now you can attend one of the events for free. A normal

event includes a meal and one hour of CPE. A schedule of

events is listed in this newsletter.


Calumet Chapter 2014-2015 Officers and Directors

Mark T. Camarena- President

630-530-6707 (W)

Jim Spice- Secretary

815-549-8132 (Cell)

Deb Heim – Treasurer

Adolph Ferber Vice President of Administration

219-322-5848 (H)

Richard Mielcarz Vice President of Communications and New Members

708-799-6234 (H)

Bill Biller Vice President of Professional Education

219-765-3587 (H)

Anthony Fontana Vice President of Membership Retention

Wes Christensen Corporate and Academic Development


Al Zurawski Director of Employment and Chapter Photographer

219-477-4488 ext 222 (W)

Tina Arteaga Newsletter Director

Warren Cebulko Director of Program Rosters

312-808-3890 (W)

Brian Guse Director at Large

219-362-1531 (W)

Nate Van Der Male Director at Large

708-261-0019 (W)

Kyle Jones Director of Public Relations



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