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.
President and CEO
NACM Board Election Results
- Michelle Lindsey, CPD Alaska, LLC
- Tim Buckley, Lynden, Inc.
- Ivan Wright, Canyon Creek Cabinet Co.
Chair: Maryallene Otis, CCE, CICP
Nucor Steel Seattle
Chair-Elect: Joshua Nolan, CCE
Councilor: Paulyne Vandersloot, CCE, CICP
President: Jon Flora
NACM Business Credit Services
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
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.
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.
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.
119th NACM Credit Congress. We'll meet you in St. Louis!
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!
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.
President and CEO
NACM Business Credit Services
910 SW Spokane Street
Seattle, WA 98134
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
4/15 – Alaska Suppliers & Food
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
FRIDAY, MAY 1
Sheraton Waikiki, Honolulu
MONDAY, MAY 4
Airport Hilton, Seattle
Annual Meeting 4:00-5:00
WEDNESDAY, MAY 6
Crown Plaza, Anchorage
Chair of the Board
Paulyne Vandersloot, CCE, CICP
Mutual Materials, Inc.
Maryallene Otis, CCE, CICP
Nucor Steel Seattle, Inc.
Cortney Foster, CPA
Rick Worden, CCE
K & L Gates, LLP
Ferguson Enterprises, Inc.
Northern Air Cargo, Inc.
Mary Anne Friedrich, CBA
Keller Supply Co.
Allied Building Products
Doug Jacobson, CCE
Debbie LeBlanc, ICCE
Ocean Beauty Seafoods, LLC
Heidi Lindgren-Boyce, CCE
K & L Gates, LLP
Josh Nolan, CCE
Lasher Holzapfel Sperry & Eberson
Stoneway Concrete, Inc.
Ivan Wright, CICP