The month of June proved to be a busy month, for me personally. I had several meetings and conventions and on a personal note was the recipient of a surprise birthday party where about 70 of my closest friends and relatives took over a restaurant in Tracy, CA., and got me good. It was a very enjoyable and up lifting experience, for me, and a birthday that I will remember for a long time.
Another very enjoyable experience was attending the NACM’s National Credit Congress and Expo that was held at Bally’s & Paris Hotel’s in Las Vegas. It had been several years since I attended the National Convention and I was so glad that I went this year. I’m told, by many that attend regularly, that this year was one of the best ever for both attendance, as well as content and exhibits. I was impressed, particularly with the educational sessions that were made available, and the numerous choices that were offered. Everything from testing for your CCE, or CBA, or CBF, to just brushing up on your Excel skills, or how to Negotiate with customers, and so much more. I found it hard sometimes to decide which session to attend, because of having too many good choices at the same time slot. I understand the attendance was somewhere in the area of 2,800 this year, and I believe that was a record.
For those who missed going this year, or for those that wish they could go again, there is a second chance for you coming up in October. The WESTERN REGION CREDIT CONFERENCE to be held at the Monte Carlo Hotel and Convention Center also in Las Vegas, NV. From the 17th through the 19th of October. I know that a lot of work is being done, as I write this, to prepare for another great annual event, and you will soon be receiving the information and details for registration.
The Staff at CMA always does a great job putting this together for us. I would encourage anyone that is interested in getting valuable information, and finding tools to help you and your company manage Credit and Collections and Accounts Receivable along with other General management skill techniques, to attend this event. I’m convinced you will get more good information in a short two or three days, than you would get in weeks of attending individual classes and seminars and training sessions. All of which is presented by seasoned and very experienced and educated professionals.
We are all fortunate to be a part of CMA Business Credit Services (NACM Affiliate), and to have valuable events like WESTERN REGION available to us, and it would be a shame not to take advantage.
I will be there for sure to welcome each of you, and I hope you will come up and say hello, and let me the other Board Members and Staff know what we can do to make your experience better. We are always looking for feedback so we can continue to improve YOUR association, and we welcome your suggestions.
Enjoy the upcoming summer months and I look forward to seeing all of you soon.
CMA Chairman of the Board