MONTVALE, NJ -- In recognition of the exceptional achievements of professionals in the finance and accounting fields, the Institute of Management Accountants (IMA) and Robert Half (RHI) are cosponsoring the 2003 Financial Executive of the Year Awards. Nominations are being accepted through June 13, 2003.

Awards will be presented to outstanding professionals in each of the IMA's 24 participating regions of the United States. In addition, one nominee will receive the prestigious national award.

"This is the seventh consecutive year the IMA has presented these awards to acknowledge financial executives for their extraordinary accomplishments," said David Schweitz, CAE, Executive Director of the IMA. "We look forward to saluting this year's honorees."

"These awards are designed to distinguish our top financial community leaders and recognize them for their integrity and hard work," said Wayne Mello, Executive Director of Robert Half Finance & Accounting, a division of RHI. "We're looking for nominees who demonstrate a true commitment to the profession."

All winners will receive a complimentary two-year IMA membership, a special gift delivered to their place of work and an invitation to an honorary banquet where they will receive their award. In addition, the national winner will be awarded a three-year IMA membership, a $2,500 scholarship donated to the school of his or her choice and will be featured in Strategic Finance, IMA's national magazine.

Anyone can nominate a financial executive. To submit a nomination, fill out an online form at, or call a local IMA chapter to request a form. IMA members and non-IMA members are eligible for the award.

The Institute of Management Accountants is the leading professional organization devoted exclusively to the fields of management accounting and financial management. The IMA has 67,000 members, including 265 national and international chapters. The IMA provides members with career support and professional development through education programs, certifications, networking and leadership opportunities. For more information about the IMA, visit

Robert Half was founded in 1948 and is the first and largest specialized staffing firm for accounting and finance professionals. Its staffing divisions include Accountemps ®, Robert Half® Finance & Accounting and Robert Half® Management Resources, for temporary, full-time and senior-level project professionals, respectively. The company has more than 320 offices throughout North America, Europe, Australia and New Zealand, and offers online job search services on its divisional websites, all of which can be accessed at

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