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New Leadership for IMC USA

Posted By Loraine A. Huchler CMC, Tuesday, May 14, 2013
Updated: Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Last Thursday, May 9, in Portland, Oregon, IMC USA held the Annual Meeting of the Institute and elected officers to the Board of Directors.

I’d like to thank you, the members of the Institute, who elected me as Chair and CEO as well as re-electing Don Matheson (CARO) as our Treasurer, and electing three new directors, Cynthia Currence (GA), Kathy Nelson (OSWW) and Juan Negroni (At-Large member from Connecticut).


I’d like to provide a few excerpts from my brief remarks at the Annual Meeting.


First, I’d like to recognize our Immediate Past Chair, David Norman, for his leadership during the past two years. The difficult economic climate provided both challenges and opportunities; David encouraged the board to make changes, to think more creatively, to innovate, to try new things.


Some of the most visible innovations include:

  • Certificate of Management Consulting for Executive MBA students
  • Membership for consulting firms
  • IMC Annual Conference - GROW!
  • Mastering Management Consulting (MMC) Capstone Course
  • C2M Live! Virtual Community
  • C2M Connections Monthly Newsletter
  • Marketplace Directory to connect clients to consultants


Some of David’s less visible contributions include:

  • Strengthening our board culture especially around balancing our dual roles of governance and operations
  • Creating a board position for Academic Affairs to support our University Initiatives
  • Focusing the board on execution of our strategic plan to steer our organization out of these difficult economic conditions
  • Continuing our past efforts to broaden our focus on the consulting profession – this is so very important.


Please join me in recognizing David for his contribution as Chair and CEO during the last two years.


So where are we going?


I’ll start at the obvious place: our Vision:

We are THE community of professional consultants who define excellence and advance ethics for the management consulting profession.


And our Mission:

To promote excellence and ethics in management consulting through certification, education and professional resources.


We are a membership organization and certifying body. I believe that our certification is a singular mark of distinction. Our future success depends on our ability to protect and promote its value - in our own minds and the minds of others. Our role as a membership organization is to create a place, a community, for consultants to learn, to share, to collaborate, to grow, to change, and to give back.


As we build on the changes begun during the last several years, we will:

  • Increase our focus on the value of excellence, including certification, education and ethics.
  • Provide more opportunities to participate in short projects and committees that allow members to learn new skills, to create valued relationships, and to make meaningful contributions
  • Broaden our value to a wider range of consultants to grow our membership.


Our organization has survived the latest economic challenges, while other organizations have not. For us to thrive, we must continue to change how we see our organization – change from a narrow consultant-centric focus to a profession-centric and client-centric focus.


Many of us guide our clients through change - we should be experts at responding to change. But I suspect that it is a fundamental human reaction to push back against change. I am asking each of you to recognize that inner voice that resists change, to expect change, and, yes, even to embrace and be part of that change.


I know from my own experience that this is THE place to form deep, trusting peer and mentor relationships – the essence of community.

I look forward to the opportunity to work together to make this community a better place.

Thank you,


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Ken Lizotte CMC says...
Posted Tuesday, May 14, 2013
The emphasis on certification and ethics truly distinguishes IMC from all other consultant groups that I know of. It's a perfect vision and target.
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Manola C. Robison CMC FIMC says...
Posted Tuesday, May 14, 2013
Many Thanks to David for his leadership and encouragement to Loraine who has all the leadership faculties to continue moving our organization forward.
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Chris N. Lambrecht CMC says...
Posted Tuesday, May 14, 2013
Excellent Loraine, particularly the comment concerning client centric focus. I wish you the very best of luck in this new leadership role.

David, thanks for your contributions, I empathize with how difficult these past few years have been.
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Mark Haas CMC FIMC says...
Posted Tuesday, May 14, 2013
Count me in as a strong supporter of the vision and leadership at Chair, board and chapter levels. We have some incredible talent in our members and I look forward to continuing to connect with as many of them as possible through C2M, GROW!, and other national and local initiatives.

Membership has its privileges and, after 18 years as an IMC member, almost all of my recent engagements have a strong IMC connection - either as a referral, partnership, information source in marketing or delivering services, or just as a sounding board.

Thanks to IMC for helping me grow as a professional, providing a place for me to contribute to my professional community, and connecting me with hundreds of respected, accomplished and enjoyable people, many of whom have become lifelong friends.
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Ronald H. Wohl CMC says...
Posted Tuesday, May 14, 2013
As a proud senior member and CMC of our unique organization I fully subscribe to this vision and mission and to what IMC USA continually develops and supports for the consulting profession. Each year, I am surprised as to how well the actions of our chapters, and our board have made IMC such a robust developer and contributor of the consultants who join and grow in our midst. Although fierce competitors and savy marketers in their markets, IMC members and especially our CMC members are enthusiastc colleagues and learned contributors to each other member. IMC members are professional and ethical friends, as well.
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Raymond W. Suarez CMC says...
Posted Tuesday, May 14, 2013
Congratulations and kudos, Lorraine. All the best, David!
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Judith Light CMC FIMC says...
Posted Wednesday, May 15, 2013
Many thanks to David and those who have served on the Board in the last two years. Loraine's leadership is well underway to continue and to expand execution of initiatives. We continue to set a high standard for ourselves personally and as an organization. The engagement of new members of the Board and incoming members and CMC's encourages the vitality and continuing focus on service to clients and each other. Thank you to the Portland chapter for hosting us.
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Constantinos Stavropoulos CMC says...
Posted Sunday, May 19, 2013
All the best Lorraine and thank you David
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