SPRING IS HERE. Spring has sprung, the grass is riz...
The famous poem from Ogden Nash reassures us that the best time of year is at our doorstep.
In Hawaii, Lei Day is the statewide spring celebration held on May 1.
In Alaska, preparation is underway for the arrival of cruise ships and thousands of visitors to the 49th state.
Here in Seattle, our biggest May Day event is the opening of boating season with a parade of yachts cruising into Lake Washington.
For NACM, spring is all about Annual Seminars and the National Credit Congress. It’s our time to focus on education and building the commercial credit profession. In the next month, we will be seeing most of our members at one or more events. We look forward to networking and helping you address your credit reporting, collections and other professional needs.
We also have a new Membership Campaign starting May 1st lasting through the end of Fall. It will be a lot of fun and I’m guessing you will want to be an active participant in helping us identify new members.
Enjoy your Spring celebration and thanks for being part of NACM Business Credit Services.
President and CEO
Annual Seminars. Arriving soon in a 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. It’s not too late to register but you better hurry:
- Fri., May 1 – Sheraton Waikiki, Honolulu
- Mon., May 4 – Hilton Seattle Airport, SeaTac
- Wed., May 6 — Crown Plaza, Anchorage
Annual Awards Announced. Congratulations to Recipients
Sandra Fletcher, Stellar Industrial
Instructor of the Year
Joshua Nolan, CCE, Oldcastle Precast
Mentor of the Year
Maggie Hynaman, CCE, Salmon Bay Sand & Gravel
Student of the Year
Tammy Rasco, Crescent Electric Supply
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Membership Campaign. Are you ready for some football?
This is spring but, hey, football season is just around the corner! Our NFC Champions just returned from a practice in Hawaii getting ready for what will be another great season of Seattle Seahawk football. But how does this relate to NACM and new members? It’s simple.
If you identify 3 new members, your name will be placed in a drawing for 2 tickets to a late season Seattle Seahawks game at CenturyLink Field. These are the hottest tickets in town and they could be yours! But wait! There’s more.
For each “warm lead” you submit that turns into a new member, we’ll give you a $25 gift card! If you submit 3 names of people you know who have an interest in NACM, you could make $75 and win Seahawks tickets!
Every member is eligible whether you live in Western Washington, Alaska, Hawaii, or wherever you happen to be. (No, we’re not springing for plane tickets but, if you win, it will be worth the trip.)
So, jump into the fray and start referring new members. Pete, Russell, Marshawn, Richard and the rest of the ‘Hawks will be glad to have you cheering your lungs out at CenturyLink. And, if they end up having an “off day”, there’s always shopping at Nordstrom.
Go Hawks…and NACM.
NACM Collections Services. Growing for you!
Construction News. Housing Starts Remain an issue
Tower cranes are everywhere in downtown Seattle. The region has a lot of construction happening in commercial and multi-family development. Home construction, however, is still not back from its pre-recession peak.
This article from the Seattle Times takes a look at the statistics of housing starts in the greater Seattle area and the impact on construction employment.
Website Exploration. Take a look at the Event Calendar
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 the Event Calendar – which lists upcoming events for the next few months.
If you’re interested in our classes, seminars or other activities, this is the place to look. Check back frequently because the postings change all the time.
FORE! Golf is Coming! Spend the summer practicing
The 87th Annual Bryce T. Wilson Golf Tournamentreturns for 2015 on September 18 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 CCE 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.
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! Thanks to one of our early sponsors:
119th NACM Credit Congress. See you in St. Louis!
See you soon on the banks of the Missouri River.
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.
In Memorium. Larry Clement
Solar Energy. The boom is just beginning
We sometimes take for granted our affordable energy in the Pacific Northwest. Yet, as our friends in Hawaii have learned, there is an option that comes from the sky. And, it’s not rain.
Solar energy is a growing industry that is continually changing – especially in its financial payback. Here’s an article from MSN.com that might interest you as you look to the future of powering your business or home.
President and CEO
NACM Business Credit Services
910 SW Spokane Street
Seattle, WA 98134
May Industry Group Meetings
Seattle / Tacoma:
5/6 – Food
5/12 – Transportation
5/13 – Marine
5/14 – Waterworks
5/19 – Floor / HVAC
5/20 – Tacoma Construction / Food
5/21 – Wiring / Ad Media
5/28 – Eastside Construction
5/20 – Alaska Suppliers & Food
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
Maryallene Otis, CCE, CICP
Nucor Steel Seattle, Inc.
Joshua Nolan, CCE
Oldcastle Precast, Inc.
Cortney Foster, CPA
Immediate Past Chair
Paulyne Vandersloot, CCE, CICP
Mutual Materials, Inc.
Ferguson Enterprises, Inc.
Northern Air Cargo, Inc.
Atlas Sales Co., Inc.
Doug Jacobson, CCE
Stoneway Roofing Supply, Inc
CPD Alaska, LLC
Debbie LeBlanc, ICCE
Ocean Beauty Seafoods, LLC
Heidi Lindgren-Boyce, CCE
Star Rentals, Inc.
K & L Gates, LLP
Lasher Holzapfel Sperry & Eberson
Stoneway Concrete, Inc.
Ivan Wright, CICP
Canyon Creek Cabinet Co.