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For the last several months, the West Coast Port Slowdown has negatively impacted a significant number of NACM members.
In January, I started hearing from a number of you asking for our help — and those calls continued into February. Major labor issues are generally not something NACM gets involved with but this time was different. Many of you were hurting and not getting help from elected leaders. So, NACM dove in.
We reached out to Washington Governor Jay Inslee making a case for him and his western gubernatorial counterparts to jointly call for a resolution to the labor slowdown. Also contacted were our Congressional delegation and the White House with similar requests on behalf of our members.
At this writing, it appears the parties have reached agreement which is long overdue but welcome nevertheless.
Our elected leaders were less than enthusiastic about getting involved in this issue. NACM became one of a loud choir of business leaders and associations calling for action; and I believe our representatives were ultimately pressed into doing something positive for business.
This was an appropriate time and manner in which to use your association. And, by joining with others, I think we helped make a difference.
I want to thank every one of our members who contacted me. It was an interesting, frustrating, and enlightening experience to be involved in this matter on your behalf.
Thanks for your involvement in NACM.
President and CEO
Membership Drive. One month to go to make $100!!
This year is all about growth and we’re asking everyone to get involved in recruiting new members. Between now and March 31st, if you send us a “warm lead” – which means you’ve actually talked to someone who would like to know more about NACM – and we close the deal, we’ll pay you $100 per new member.
If you think this is an impossible task, we already have three new members in the last few weeks and a more are in the pipeline. You can score some green and it’s easy. Just talk to people you know and encourage them to consider NACM Membership. New people or folks that left us and want to come back home. They’re all welcome and eligible. So, come on! Join others who are out there waving the NACM flag. Let’s GROW in 2015!
Lunch & Learns. Credit Standards & Risk is next!!
You’ve asked for educational programs about a variety of subjects specific to your needs. We’ve heard you and have introduced our new Lunch & Learn Series.
The next seminar will focus on Credit Standards & Risk presented by long time NACM member Gale Burbach of Charlie’s Produce. 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 soon.
119th National 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 Congress . If you’re planning to attend Congress, plan to join us on Sunday night for a fun time with friends an colleagues.
Also, if you want to attend Congress but need some financial help to do it, apply for an NACM Don Conklin Scholarship. It’s easy to do. Just fill out and support the application form available here.
Register now and take advantage of early bird pricing! Just click here for more information.
See you under The Arch or next to the Budweiser Clydesdales!
Western Region Credit Conference. It's coming back to the Northwest!
After many years of heading to Las Vegas for the big fall event, the NACM Western Region Executives are bringing the 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 some new 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.
Complete details will be coming soon so mark the dates in your calendar. You won’t want to miss this year’s regional conference.
Product Spotlight. Collections Services
Turn to NACM Business Credit Services for your Collections needs.
Whether you’re doing business locally, regionally, nationally or internationally, we can provide the Collections services you need. And, we do it at a reasonable rate.
If this sounds like a tool you need, NACM will be glad to work with you to tailor a solution. Simply call your Sales Representative or the NACM office at 206-728-6333
Please Be Alert. They're NOT NACM!!
We recently learned of a start-up collections agency based in Phoenix, AZ that goes by the name “National Credit Management Association (NCAM)”. They are apparently making calls on NACM members in the Southwest and causing what could be considered intentional confusion. We have no way of knowing the quality of their work nor the fees charged, so we believe it’s best to steer clear of them. The matter is being pursued by our national headquarters.
If you get a call from “NCAM”, please get their name and phone number, and send it to us for follow-up at firstname.lastname@example.org. Then hang up!
And, if you need help with your Collections, get in touch with us. We’ll be glad to lend a hand.
Thanks and be alert!
NACM Board Elections. March 9-20
Every Spring, we ask you to take a few minutes to vote for candidates to represent your interests on the NACM Board of Directors. This year, elections will take place electronically from March 9-20.
Ballots will be sent to the primary contact for each member company who will then be asked to cast votes for their choice to serve. Background information will be sent out a week prior to the election. We have some very good candidates this year and, as always, this will be a tough choice. So get ready to cast your votes!
President and CEO
NACM Business Credit Services
910 SW Spokane Street
Seattle, WA 98134
March Industry Group Meetings
Seattle / Tacoma:
3/4 – Food
3/10 – Transportation
3/11 – Marine
3/12 – Waterworks
3/17 – Floor & HVAC
3/18 – Tacoma Construction & Food
3/19 – Wiring & Ad Media
3/26 – Eastside Construction
3/18 – Alaska Suppliers & Food
3/17 – Hawaii Hospitality
3/18 – Hawaii Food
3/19 – 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.
Thursday, March 12
Credit Standards & Risks
Gale Burbach, Charlie’s Produce
Tuesday, April 14
Credit Reporting Trends
Bob O’Brien, Dun & Bradstreet
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