It’s February Already, Time to Ramp Up


From Roy Stout, CMA Board Chairman

This time of the year the activities at your association really begin to ramp up.  I am here to tell you that things are moving at a very fast pace.

Our Education Department is working overtime to keep the Association’s calendar full with webinars, seminars and group meetings right through the first quarter of 2007.  One of many noteworthy programs is the 3-part webinar series “Success Mastery” to assist you in managing work and life challenges.  The series was first presented in November 2006.  It was so popular and so well received by the audience, we could not help but to present it again.  This webinar series is presented by Jodi Walker, an outstanding speaker.  Many of us had the opportunity to hear Ms. Walker in Las Vegas at the Western Region Credit Conference.  Her presentations are filled with sound advice and practical applications.  If you have not heard her before, take this opportunity to get acquainted with her works.  For more information about this series and the other educational opportunities, check the “Events” tab on our website, or click here.

Speaking of the Western Region Credit Conference, you will be happy to know that the planning is well underway for this coming year’s conference where we will be celebrating the 25th Year Anniversary of the conference.  Please let us know how we can make an already very good conference into a great conference which you will not want to miss.  We would love to hear from you.

This is also the time of year that we nominate one of our own to be honored as the California or Nevada Credit Executive of the Year.  We are searching for that individual who has made your work in the credit profession just that much better.  A mentor possibly, an outstanding leader, a constant contributor to the field of credit professionalism, a caring teacher, a dedicated colleague; you know who they are.  Why not nominate them for the Credit Executive of the Year Award which will be presented at the respective California and Nevada Annual Meetings by last year’s winners.  Further information about nominations and deadlines is available by clicking this link.

I would like to thank the nominating committee for completing their task.  I believe they have chosen a panel of very qualified individuals to be the Directors and Officers of your Association for the year 2007-2008.  The slate of selected candidates will be published soon.  I hope all of you will join me in giving our continued support to their future efforts in maintaining our status as one of the finest credit professional organizations in the country.  I wish to send my personal congratulations to the newly selected Directors and Officers.  I know from your resumes that you are all highly qualified and will do an excellent job.

I also want to extend my personal congratulations to our Collection Division.  Rich DeOcampo and his staff just recently accomplished an unbelievable 80% recovery rate on international claims.  Good job collection crew, keep up the good work.  It almost makes me wish I had some troubled international accounts.  If you do, make sure you consider our Collection Division for some seriously good results. 

And now for something entirely different, I hope everyone is as ready as I am to watch the Super Bowl this weekend.  As a Midwest boy, the game could not have played out any better with both Chicago and Indianapolis playing the big game.  It would be wrong for me to use this forum to promote any particular bias or preferences, so I just have one thing to say, “dah Bears”.  Seriously, be sure to take time off from the pressures of our jobs and have a really wonderful time at the Super Bowl party of your choosing.

Until our paths cross again, keep your eye on the ball and keep moving forward on the field of life…

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