Category - Jon’s Blog

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Nov

What do you think NACM should be doing?

A few thoughts from Jon Flora, President & CEO About 4 years ago, we surveyed our membership to find out what you wanted and needed from your professional association. At that time, many of you asked for online classes, additional seminars, and more focus on professional education versus social activities.  Since then, we have tried hard …

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Oct

Time to Focus on Learning

A few thoughts from Jon Flora, President & CEO As autumn arrives, our focus falls on education. It’s something we’ve been trained to do since kindergarten. For NACM and our members, that means we’re hosting seminars, conferences and even short Lunch & Learn events. And, the way we host some of those is changing. To …

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Sep

Be Prepared

A few thoughts from Jon Flora, President & CEO In the areas we serve, the idea of preparing for earthquakes, tsunamis, and volcanic eruptions is part of the culture. We’ve seen the power of Mother Nature. (Note to self: Check the Emergency Preparedness Kit this weekend.) In the last week, we have seen that power …

3
Aug

Senator McCain is Right

By Jon Flora, President & CEO As many know, I live on an island and commute daily by ferry. It’s a beautiful way to get to work especially during the summer months. Mountains, sunsets, and an occasional whale. You don’t get that on a clogged freeway! The 20 minute ferry ride gives me time to …

30
Jun

National News, Our Great People, and MORE…

Thoughts from Jon Flora, CEO, NACM Business Credit Services In what seems to be an annual exercise, I’m writing this from 35,000 feet on my home from National Credit Congress. If you weren’t in Dallas, you missed a good event. Our fellow members found the educational programs to be quite good this year. And, the …

5
Jun

Is your company struggling to find a credit professional?

Thoughts from Jon Flora, President & CEO This column has generated an unusual amount of response in the last two months. In particular, the April commentary about job-seeking when over 50 hit home for several of you. I’m glad it was helpful. It also created interest from a couple of companies looking for new employees …

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May

This Memorial Day — Remembering the Service of NACM member, Foss Maritime

Today, we take time to remember those who made the ultimate sacrifice in service to our nation.   Go with us on a look back in history to the service of Foss Maritime during WWII: In February 1941, the 1889 tugboat Arthur Foss was sent under charter agreement with contractors to Wake Island in the …

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May

What can we learn as we build for the future?

By Jon Flora, CEO< In recent weeks, I’ve been sticking my nose into a handful of retail stores known to be struggling.  Partly looking for a good deal but mostly out of morbid curiosity, I ventured into Sears and Radio Shack.  I also spent some time in an owner-operated model train store. Sears was the …

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Apr

Looking back, Looking forward when you’re looking for work

Either way, NACM Business Credit Services is here to help YOU By Jon Flora, CEO It’s April 1st. Aside from playing practical jokes, this is the first day of NACM’s new fiscal year. We celebrated yesterday being heroes for 2016-17. Today, we become zeroes and start all over again. The circle of life, I guess. …

7
Mar

Customer Service: It takes a commitment

A note from Jon Flora, President & CEO March greetings, everyone! This month, I am writing at 35,000 feet returning from our first Hawaii Winter Credit Forum. The Forum was a great success with about 50 Hawaiian members and a few Mainlanders, too. It was a very good educational event and, after the survey results …

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