Dr. Flesher will be a guest blogger writing posts to help CMA candidates to pass the CMA exam. Dr. Flesher has written this article to let you know about his background and dedication to the CMA Exam.
DALE L. FLESHER coauthors the GLEIM CMA REVIEW books with Dr. Irvin Gleim and has done so since 1984. Follow Dr. Flesher here for updates to the exam and news about the IMA and management accounting.
Dr. Flesher is professor and Arthur Andersen Alumni Lecturer in the School of Accountancy at the University of Mississippi, and serves as associate dean of the School of Accountancy. He is the coordinator of all graduate programs in Accountancy at Ole Miss. Dr. Flesher joined the Ole Miss faculty in 1977, following four years at Appalachian State University. He received both bachelors (1967) and masters (1968) degrees from Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana. He holds a Ph.D. in accounting from the University of Cincinnati (1975).
Dr. Flesher holds CPA, CIA, CMA, CFM, CFE, and CGFM certificates. Dr. Flesher took the CMA Exam in 1974 and holds CMA certificate No. 178 (with a Certificate of Distinguished Performance for one of the ten highest scores in the nation that year). When Dr. Flesher passed the exam, there were no review materials available to provide guidance to study. When the IMA later introduced the Certified Financial Manager Exam, he received CFM certificate No. 2.
In the early 1980s, Dr. Flesher began writing a CMA Review textbook, which he circulated to several publishers. The editors were always complimentary of the manuscript, but said the market was too small. Thus, no publisher was willing to take a risk on publishing his book. At the same time, unbeknownst to him, Gleim was also preparing a CMA Review book. Gleim was the successful publisher of the best-selling CPA Review books in the country. As a result, “Gleim” was a household name (at least in accountants’ households). Eventually, one of the editors to whom Dr. Flesher had submitted his manuscript told Gleim that Dr. Flesher was also working on a CMA Review book. As a result, Gleim called Dr. Flesher and suggested that the two should become coauthors. It did not take him long to realize that, because of Dr. Gleim’s reputation, half of the royalties on a Gleim/Flesher book would probably amount to much more than 100% of the royalties on a sole-authored Flesher book. Thus, Dr. Gleim and Dr. Flesher collaborated to produce what was to become the most successful CMA Review system in the world. At one time, about 95% of all CMAs had used the Gleim/Flesher materials to prepare for the exam. The Gleim/Flesher CMA Review is the trusted name in CMA preparation for 30+ years.
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