NERC Quarterly Educational Session - Register Here

When:  Jan 26, 2019 from 8:30 AM to 2:00 PM (ET)
Associated with  NorthEast Regional Council

NorthEast Regional Council Quarterly Educational Session


Saturday, January 26, 2019


“Behavioral Accounting and Ethics:  Are You in Touch With Your Biases?” (1.5 CPE)

with Michael Ruff, CMA, CPA


“The Great Wave of RPA (Robotic Process Automation)”

(1.5 CPE) with Dave Sackett

To register,  click on REGISTER NOW  at the bottom of this page.

If you are not a member of IMA NERC Community, you will need to create a user name and password which is free of charge. 


8:30 AM – 9:00 AM

Registration, Coffee and Refreshments

9:00 AM – Noon

Educational Sessions (3 CPE’s)

Noon – 1:00 PM


1:00 PM – 2:00 PM

Quarterly Meeting -ALL invited to attend


Cost: $40.00 - Please pay at the door (credit card accepted)
$10 for part time undergrad students
Free for full time students with college ID - Must RSVP in advance


Please make checks payable to IMA NERC
If you cancel after Jan 22nd, you will be responsible to pay the fee.
Cost includes 3 CPE, morning refreshments and lunch.


Location: Babson College – Olin Hall (#46 on map) Room 102

231 Forest Street, Babson Park, Massachusetts

Campus Map:

Parking: Knight Lot (#43 on map) on Babson Way


Nearby accommodations:

CPEs will be uploaded to your IMA transcript within one week of the event. If you require a certificate of completion for another accreditation, please let us know, so we can prepare it for you in advance.


Michael Ruff is a full-time faculty member at Northeastern University’s D’Amore-McKim’s School of Business accounting department and also currently holds an appointment at Harvard University’s Faculty of Arts and Sciences Division of Continuing Education Summer School program in Cambridge, MA.  He first started teaching part-time and evenings in 1991 at Boston University, and then later at Bentley University and Regis College.  He enjoyed teaching so much that he just couldn’t resist the opportunity in 2007 to accept a full-time teaching position at Clark University Graduate School of Management in Worcester, MA.  He subsequently joined Bentley’s full time faculty in 2011 while completing his PhD there, and accepted his current position at Northeastern in July 2016.  Mike’s professional experience includes over twenty five years of accounting, management advisory, and financial management experience, primarily in the academic health care and nonprofit sectors. His prior affiliations include Ernst and Whinney (now Ernst and Young in Boston), Hospital Corporation of America, Lifespan (Providence), Boston Medical Center, Partners Healthcare System, and the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center.  His management accounting experience includes financial forecasting and budgeting, cost accounting, and special project analyses.  Mike is a native of Pennsylvania and a graduate of the Pennsylvania State University (BS), the Boston University Graduate School of Business (MBA), and the Bentley University McCallum Graduate School of Business (PhD in accountancy). He maintains active CMA, CGMA, and CPA licenses and certifications, as well as Fellow and Certified Patient Account Manager designations with the Healthcare Financial Management Association. He has been a proud member of the IMA Boston Chapter for over 25 years, and is also a member of the American Accounting Association, the American Institute of CPAs, the Mass Society of CPAs, and the Massachusetts/Rhode Island Chapter of the Healthcare Financial Management Association.

Dave Sackett is the Senior Director of Finance & Administration for ULVAC Technologies, Inc. in Methuen, MA. ULVAC is a Japanese-owned company that sells manufacturing equipment, components and services to high tech companies; like those in the semiconductor market. He graduated from Westfield State University with a degree in Business Management/concentration in Accounting. He promotes the concept of lifelong learning. His career focus has been to streamline and improve operations which have primarily been through the use of technology. He is on a national committee to investigate finance and technology solutions. He speaks on the topics of AI, RPA, Accounting Automation, ERP solutions, Blockchain and Cryptocurrency.

Robotic Process Automation (RPA) is a fast-growing, artificial intelligence (AI) using technology that should eventually impact nearly all finance and accounting departments. Many Fortune 100 companies are going through a digital transformation and they are utilizing software bots today. Smaller companies have an opportunity now to implement an RPA solution on a much smaller scale for a positive ROI. Dave will share his research and the experience of his RPA implementation to reduce manual transactions. Other solutions using RPA will be introduced. Questions and audience participation are encouraged throughout the presentation. 


Getting to Babson College by Car

From the east: Take the Massachusetts Turnpike to Exit 15 (Interstate 95/Route 128). After the tolls, follow signs to Route 95/128 South to Exit 21 (Route 16 Newton/Wellesley) …

From the west: Take the Massachusetts Turnpike to Exit 14 (Interstate 95/Route 128). After the tolls, follow signs to Route 95/128 South to Exit 21 (Route 16 Newton/Wellesley) …

From the south: Follow Route 95/128 North to Exit 21 (Route 16 Newton/Wellesley) …

From the north: Follow Route 95/128 South to Exit 21 (Route 16 Newton/Wellesley) …

Then … At end of the off ramp, follow signs for Route 16 West (Washington Street). Continue on Route 16 West for 2 miles through Newton Lower Falls and Wellesley Hills. Turn left onto Forest Street and follow for 1 mile to Babson College; the main entrance is on the right. Enter college and follow College Drive all the way to the very end (you will see Olin Hall on right #46 on the map, the parking lot is past the hall to the right). Take a right on Babson Way and entrance to Knight Lot #43 will be on right. (Parking lot is directly across from huge construction of the new athletic brick building, #30)

Don’t Miss Out!    Save these Dates!!!

March 23, 2019 @   Framingham State University, Framingham, MA

“CLEW (Chapter Leadership) Training”


April 13, 2019 @ Springfield Technical Community College, Springfield MA 

“SASB/Sustainability Accounting” with Robert Ronan

and “Data Governance” with Peter Sheldrick


September 22-24, 2019 @ Ashworth by the Sea, Hampton Beach, NH

“12th Annual IMA NERC Fall Conference”


A Council Meeting will be held in conjunction with each of these events. 

All are invited and encouraged to attend!


Babson College
Olin Hall - Room 102
231 Forest Street
Babson Park, MA 02457