For Fairmont Hotels Controller Harold Burgess, the skills learned as a CMA were more than just a luxury.
Q: What made you decide to become a CMA?
A: In 2005 I graduated from Simon Fraser University with a BA in Communications. That summer I attended a CMA Career Fair on campus. The presentation was very effective, and I was very impressed with the interaction with other CMAs and candidates and what the designation had to offer. That’s where I made the decision to become a CMA.
Q: What was your favourite part of becoming a CMA?
A: I would the say the Strategic Leadership Program is really what sets the CMA program apart. Interacting with other professionals ranging from CEOs, Directors of Finance to Controllers from a variety of industries made the SLP very exciting. The real life case projects were very beneficial and the instructors made the classes highly interactive, so we were able to get diverse opinions from everyone. I think that’s what made the classes so effective and added value to the designation.
Q: How has your career changed since you earned your CMA Designation?
A: I have relocated through several locations within the same company. Each move was a promotion to a new position throughout my career with Fairmont Hotels and Resorts in 7 years. I have been able to utilize the skills and knowledge I gained from the CMA Program in every position I have held, and in each case I was able to take my department to the next level.
Q: Has becoming a CMA helped you become a better leader?
A: I would say it’s helped me manage department heads and other leaders more effectively. Specifically, I’m better able to educate them in becoming Accountants within their disciplines. As a result, in 2007 my company honoured me with awards for both Leader of the 1st Quarter and also Leader of the Year.
Q: What advice do you have for prospective CMA students?
A: Take your time in choosing the right designation for you. Understand what you want to do and where you want to be, and this will guide you in making the right choice. The CMA designation gave me the flexibility to understand the entire operation versus just the numbers. As our website says, the CMA designation provides you with three essential and interdependent business disciplines: accounting, management and strategy.
A designation equal to your ambition.
A CMA designation does more than teach you to make sound financial decisions; it prepares you to lead. Whether your goal is to become a Chief Officer of a blue-chip corporation or the next great entrepreneur, as a CMA you’ll have both the credentials and the training to succeed.
How to become a CMA:
1. Complete your university degree (or equivalent).
2. Complete CMA’s required topics in accounting and business. This can be done either at a post secondary institution or through CMA.
4. Complete your CMA professional studies (Note: There are different options available to complete your CMA; as an example, you can take the program on its own or as part of a Combined MBA-CMA Program.)
The First Step is the Information Session.
Learn more about courses, programs, exams, prerequisites, and everything else you’ll need to know about becoming a CMA. Plus all of your questions will be answered by a working CMA. Events are about an hour in length. Visit futurecma.com for upcoming Info Sessions in your area.
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