In September 2014, the IMCA Government Relations Committee (GRC) traveled to Washington, D.C. to raise the profile of IMCA with lawmakers and regulators.
GRC members and IMCA Cheif Executive Officer Sean Walters met with members of Congress and Congressional staff at an event hosted by Rep. David Scott (D-GA), who serves on the House Financial Services Committee.
In addition, IMCA Chair John Nersesian, Walters and past Chair Betsy Piper/Bach also met with David Grim, deputy director of the SEC's Investment Management Division and his senior policy team and also with Andrew Bowden, director of the Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations of the SEC.
The goal of the meetings centered on expanding awareness of IMCA and the important role played by the CIMA® and CPWA® certifications. "By continually reaching out and building awareness of IMCA, we raise the visibility of our organization, our members and our increasingly relevant education and certifications," Walters said. "Our members and their clients know the important role education and standards play in the financial success of American investors, but we also want those leaders in government, financial oversight and in the media to understand who we are and what we are about."
Look for updates from these meetings in the September 2014 edition of IMCA's Legislative Intelligence, a member-only newsletter. IMCA does not advocate positions or lobby political leaders. But IMCA does play a vital role in educating advisors and investors and is available to help the trade and consumer media, elected leaders, and financial regulators in their various roles serving the public and the financial services industry.
The GRC trip to Washington has become an annual event.
IMCA's Government Relations committee outside the U.S. Capitol.
In November 2013, the IMCA Government Relations Committee (GRC) made its second annual pilgrimage to Washington, D.C., along with several IMCA board members. On November 19, the GRC hosted a reception in the Cannon House Office Building with Congressman Rick Nolan (D-MN) and guest speaker George Miller (D-CA), ranking member of the House Committee on Education and the Workforce, the House committee that oversees pension regulation. . Read all of the details in the November 2013 Legislative Intelligence Update.
Three other members of the House of Representatives, senior staffers, and other Washington VIPs also attended the reception. The attendees had the opportunity to learn about IMCA and its dedication to promoting qualified and ethical investment management and consulting services, and to hear from congressmen Nolan and Miller on the issues of the day in Congress.
“I was very pleased with the turnout and interest expressed in the work of IMCA members,” said IMCA volunteer chair Betsy Piper/Bach, who had asked Congressman Nolan to host the event. “It was enlightening for both congressional staffers and our members to exchange ideas and learn more about each other’s views regarding trends in the financial services industry.”
On November 20, GRC members met with individual senators and representatives from their own districts. The meetings included members of both parties and focused principally on IMCA’s certification work and a corresponding interest in learning legislators’ views on issues affecting the industry.