April 2015 eNews

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TAKING THE PULSE OF NACM. New opportunities coming soon

By now, you have probably heard that the Western Region Credit Conference is returning to the Northwest this fall.  Long a fixture of the Las Vegas convention scene, western members have been asking for something new and different.

Our three regional affiliates based in Seattle, Portland and Spokane have stepped up to bring the conference back to the upper left hand corner for the first time in several years.  Special recognition needs to be extended to our friends in Portland who agreed to take on the lion’s share of the work for this return to the Northwest.

We hope you will make the trip to Portland in October for what will be an excellent conference focusing on technology and credit.  More information is below and you will be receiving additional details in the weeks ahead.

Reading through this e-news, you’ll see we have a lot happening.  All of it is focused on building and supporting the credit profession.  I hope you’re taking advantage of these opportunities and will continue to find value in what we’re offering.  If you’re not, tell us.  And, if you do, we’ d like to hear that, too!

Thanks for your involvement in NACM.  We appreciate the opportunity to serve you.

Best regards,

Jon Flora

President and CEO

NACM Board Election Results

NACM Board Election Results
Please join us in congratulating the newest members of the NACM Business Credit Services Board of Directors.  The following have been elected to serve a three year term on the association’s Board:
  • Michelle Lindsey, CPD Alaska, LLC
  • Tim Buckley, Lynden, Inc.
Elected to a second three year term was:
  • Ivan Wright, Canyon Creek Cabinet Co.
 Your Board officers for the coming year are:

Chair:             Maryallene Otis, CCE, CICP

   Nucor Steel Seattle

Chair-Elect:   Joshua Nolan, CCE

   Oldcastle Precast

Councilor:     Paulyne Vandersloot, CCE, CICP

Mutual Materials

President:     Jon Flora

   NACM Business Credit Services

 
Thank you all for participating and, to your companies, we appreciate your willingness to allow your employees to participate in this important way.

Professional Education: Financial Statement Analysis | On-line Class Begins April 6

This college accredited introductory course onfinancial statement analysis provides you with

with a fundamental understanding of how to interpret accounting data presented in financial statements issued by corporations.

The online class begins April 6, lasts until June 19 and is a key part of working toward your professional certification.

While the classes are online, you’re still able to engage with your fellow students through the online system called Canvas. NACM is thrilled to offer these online courses that reach our broad demographic area.  Last quarter we had members from California and Oregon. Register Today!

Certification Kudos. A new CBA is awarded

We are pleased to offer our congratulations to Andrea Callon, Oldcastle Precast, Inc. (Auburn, WA) for passing the exam for the Certified Business Association award from NACM.

The CBA is an academic-based designation which signals mastery of three business credit related disciplines: basic financial accounting, business credit principles and introductory financial statement analysis.

This is an important step forward in professional education and career development.

Well done, Andrea Callon, CBA!

Lunch & Learn
New Account Risk & Existing Portfolio Management -
Best Practices April 14, 12:00 - NACM Office

Our third Lunch & Learn will welcome Bob O’Brien from our partner, Dun & Bradstreet. 

Focusing on Best Practices, Bob will speak to New Account Risk and Portfolio Management.  He’ll include how to use credit reporting tools to forecast risk and how to manage current accounts to keep them out of trouble.  Click here to register.

Each discussion is held at our office in Seattle, has a speaker addressing a topic many of you have asked for, and include a box lunch. Each program will be limited to the first 20 participants, run about 90 minutes and cost $30.

If you want to bring a non-member to introduce them to NACM, they’re welcome, too! The first quarter schedule is included in the calendar at right. We look forward to seeing you on April 14!

Annual Seminars. Coming to town near you

One of the real values of NACM membership is the FREE Annual Seminar.  This year, we are pleased to welcome Toni Drake, CCE.  Toni is well known around NACM and has been a frequent presenter at Credit Congress.

She will be offering a presentation in two parts:  Managing Your Edge in Negotiations andTeaming with Sales.

You’ll learn how to develop a winning strategy for negotiating and learn the benefits of working together with your sales people.

We’ll also have some NACM updates and much more.  Make a note of the following dates:

  • Friday, May 1 – Sheraton Waikiki, Honolulu
  • Monday, May 4 – Airport Hilton, Seattle
  • Wed., May 6 — Crown Plaza, Anchorage

For more information, check out the May Event Calendar on our website.

Each session will be followed by light appetizers and refreshments, and include social time with friends and colleagues.  See you in May!

FORE! Golf is Coming! Spend the summer practicing

The 87th Annual Bryce T. Wilson Golf  Tournament returns for 2015 on September 18th at Maplewood Golf Course, Renton, WA.

It’s not too early to begin thinking about inviting your foursome, sponsoring a hole, or contributing prizes.  Steven Hopkins is Chair of the new Tournament Committee and has already begun contacting members about participating.  If you’d like to be involved, send an email to him here.

Early sponsors include:  BMC and Stoneway Electric Supply.

The Maplewood course is very busy this year which will mean having to move through 18 holes quickly. Golfing will begin with a shotgun start promptly at 8:00 a.m. and we have to be off the course by 12:15 p.m.  Lunch, prizes and festivities will follow afterwards.

The Wilson Tournament raises money to support scholarships for professional education for our credit professionals.  Whether you like to golf or just hang out around a beautiful course, this is always a fun day for all.

See you September 18th!

Website Exploration. Take a look at the Job Bank

We are continually making changes to our website and encourage you to take a few minutes to wander around it.  One of our highest areas of traffic is with the Job Bank – both from people looking for a job and companies seeking to fill positions.

If you have an opening, fill out the form and we’ll get your job posted.  And, if you’re looking for a position, check back frequently because the postings change all the time.

This is all part of NACM’s goal to attract and keep great people in commercial credit.

119th NACM Credit Congress. We'll meet you in St. Louis!

The 119th Credit Congress is set for May 17-29 in St. Louis. This is the biggest annual event in our profession with great speakers and special events.

We are joining with NACM Inland Northwest and NACM Oregon for an opening night kick-off party just for our members from 7:00-9:00 p.m. on Sunday.  As always, it will be great start to the week. If you’re planning to attend Congress, plan to join us on Sunday night for a fun time with friends and colleagues.

Western Region Credit Conference . The CFDD National Conference will happen at the same time!

The NACM Western Region Executives are bringing the Fall conference back to the Northwest!

We’ll be in Portland October 14-16 for what is shaping up to be an excellent educational opportunity. It will be sharp, concise and fun.

If you can’t make it to Congress this year or want new and different educational opportunities, this is your event.

The WRCC will also dovetail with the CFDD National Conference also being held in Portland this year. Aligning the two programs enables you to do both for an affordable price.

Registration prices will be $350 Early Bird prior to August 15) and $450 afterwards.

Scholarships are available, too.  You can apply via our website.

Complete details will be coming soon so mark the dates in your calendar. You won’t want to miss this year’s regional conference.

Jon Flora

President and CEO

Contact Information

NACM Business Credit Services
910 SW Spokane Street
Seattle, WA 98134

(206) 728-6333
(800) 423-5710

April Industry Group Meetings

Seattle / Tacoma:
4/1 –   Food
4/9 –   Waterworks
4/14 –   Transportation
4/15 –   Tacoma Construction / Food
4/16 –   Wiring / Ad Media
4/21 –   Floor / HVAC
4/23 –   Eastside Construction

Anchorage:
4/15 – Alaska Suppliers & Food

Honolulu:
3/14  – Hawaii Hospitality
3/15  – Hawaii Food
3/16  – Hawaii Building

Upcoming Education Events

Lunch & Learn Programs
All programs will be held from 12:00-1:30 at NACM’s office on Seattle’s Harbor Island, include lunch, for $30 per person.

Tuesday, April 14
Credit Reporting Trends
Bob O’Brien, Dun & Bradstreet

Annual Seminars

FRIDAY, MAY 1

Sheraton Waikiki, Honolulu
Seminar:  2:00-5:00
Networking:  5:00-6:00
 

MONDAY, MAY 4

Airport Hilton, Seattle
Seminar  1:00-4:00
Annual Meeting   4:00-5:00

 

WEDNESDAY, MAY 6

Crown Plaza, Anchorage
Seminar:  1:00-4:30

Board Leadership

Chair of the Board
Paulyne Vandersloot, CCE, CICP
Mutual Materials, Inc.

Chair-Elect
Maryallene Otis, CCE, CICP
Nucor Steel Seattle, Inc.

President
Jon Flora

Secretary
Ricole Isbey-Johnson

Treasurer
Cortney Foster, CPA

Councillor
Rick Worden, CCE
K & L Gates, LLP

Directors

Krystal Daugherty
Ferguson Enterprises, Inc.

Colin Dolin
Northern Air Cargo, Inc.

Mary Anne Friedrich, CBA
Keller Supply Co.

Momi Glushenko
Allied Building Products

Doug Jacobson, CCE
Roofline Supply

Debbie LeBlanc, ICCE
Ocean Beauty Seafoods, LLC

Heidi Lindgren-Boyce, CCE
Star Rentals

Chris Morgan
K & L Gates, LLP

Josh Nolan, CCE
Oldcastle Pre-Cast

Dan Pharris
Lasher Holzapfel Sperry & Eberson

Shoni Tiede
Stoneway Concrete, Inc.

Ivan Wright, CICP
Canyon Creek
Cabinet Co.

For all your commercial credit needs, go with the winner

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