Chairmans Message from Mary Lynn Jordan

Greetings to All!

I want to start out this month’s letter with a little history about CMA.  CMA was first founded in 1883 and was called “Credit Men’s Association”.  Obviously a whole lot has changed since then, and that is because CMA has been able to stay relevant to the members over the last 125 years. 

An association is defined as follows:
“A group of people who voluntarily come together to solve common problems, meet common needs, and accomplish common goals.”

CMA’s mission is “To be the leading resource for credit and financial management by providing information, products and services for effective accounts receivable management and by promoting professional education and development.”

This is very important to remember.  We, as members of CMA, are responsible and accountable to be involved.  We have a responsibility to let the staff and Board know what we want our association to look like.  No one knows better than us, what is needed in order to perform our jobs.  As the role of the credit professional has evolved, and will continue to evolve, CMA has provided the tools needed to perform our jobs quickly and with confidence that we are doing the best job possible.  CMA has been able to do this because they listen to what the members want.  That is why it is so important for you as a member of CMA to give your input!

I would like to bring your attention to a new feature that Dina Amadril has recently introduced called anscers video tutorials.  These are short video tutorials on how to use the system.  If you are not familiar with anscers, this is a site developed by CMA for credit professionals, and these videos are short and easy to follow.  Please check them out and give your feedback to Dina at the following email address:

Lastly, on a personal note, I would like to remind us all that life is short, and balance in our lives is so important.  Take time for your family, your friends and for yourself.

All my best to you and yours,

Mary Lynn Jordan


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