SOURCE: Investment Management Consultants Association

October 09, 2007 17:38 ET

Investment Management Consultants Association (IMCA) 2007 Fall Professional Development Conference Sets Record Attendance

DENVER, CO--(Marketwire - October 9, 2007) - The Investment Management Consultants Association (IMCA) hosted the 2007 Fall Professional Development Conference September 30-October 2nd at the Hilton Chicago. This was the largest conference in the organization's history, with a record 1,200 investment professionals attending the two-and-a-half day event. IMCA's 2007 Spring Professional Development Conference set a record of 1,080 attendees, and by year-end the 6,700-member association will process over 4,000 registrations for their five certificate programs and seven national and specialty conferences.

The conference offered 16 general sessions and 20 workshops. Ann Combs, JD, former assistant secretary of the Employee Benefits Security Administration, gave a government update that included five trends affecting the Washington agenda and an update on the current and future impact of the Pension Protection Act of 2006. Former White House director of economic policy Todd Buchholtz addressed key market-drivers using excerpts from his best-selling book, "New Ideas from Dead CEOs." MarketWatch senior columnist and mutual fund industry writer Chuck Jaffe conducted an unprompted and controversial interview of three money managers from a private equity fund, a hedge fund, and a mutual fund. Maria Otero, adjunct professor at Johns Hopkins and listed by Newsweek magazine as one of the 20 most influential women in the United States, delivered a compelling argument for U.S. investors to invest in micro-finance markets. Marvin Zonis, PhD, a professor of international economics from The University of Chicago Graduate School of Business, gave back to back presentations on the increasing challenges the United States faces as a global superpower.

IMCA Executive Director, Edythe Pahl, stated, "The educational programs from IMCA conferences have always been seen as representing the forefront in investment management content. We really pushed ourselves to accommodate this many attendees. We saw a 25-percent increase over our 2006 Fall Professional Development Conference -- almost 250 individuals." The growth of the 2007 Fall Professional Development Conference is most symptomatic of the growth of IMCA overall. Since 2003, the organization has grown by 50 percent. The number of Certified Investment Management Analyst professionals crossed the 5,000 mark early in 2007.

Founded in 1985 and located in Denver, Colorado, the Investment Management Consultants Association, Inc. offers the only advanced designation designed specifically for investment consultants, the Certified Investment Management Analyst(SM) (CIMA®) program. IMCA also offers an advanced wealth management designation for advisors who work with high-net-worth clients, the Chartered Private Wealth Advisor(SM) (CPWA(SM)) designation.

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