CMA Credit Executive of the Year – Joe Lucas

CMA Credit Executive of The Year 2009 Introduction by Paul Beretz 

It’s a pleasure to have the opportunity to introduce the CMA Credit Executive of the Year for 2009.
Seventeen of the past recipients of this prestigious award composed the nominating committee to select the recipient for 2009. 

From the nominations submitted by CMA members, the committee applied several qualities to choose the award winner. The attributes considered included a demonstrated belief in education, reputation as both a manager and leader and CMA/NACM involvement. 

Regardless of the final outcome, each of the six finalists for the award will receive a certificate of achievement that recognizes outstanding service to CMA and the credit profession. 

Those finalists are Kathy Clark, The Disney Company; Lee Clutter, Smart Modular Technologies; Michael Dennis, CBF, Seagate Technology; Mike Gallagher, Independent Electric Supply; Joseph Lucas, Rexel USA and Michael Puccinelli, CCE, Versign. 

As a member of the selection committee, I can tell you that it was a difficult decision. All of these finalists have outstanding credentials. However, specific to the award winner for this year, we received several nominations for this individual with comments regarding mentoring skills, sales-orientation and supporting and encouraging credit education.
Some of the quotes provided by those nominating the winner of the award for 2009 include “the candidate shows a devotion to credit and to the people that work in the organization;” “a positive attitude that the staff would always succeed;” “possesses superior communication skills;” “ a great listener and motivator.” 

The award for CMA Credit Executive of The Year 2009 is presented to Joe Lucas. Joe has been in credit management for more than 20 years, in industries such as paper products and electronic components. He currently is Division Credit Controller of Rexel USA, a distributor of electrical parts and supplies. Joe earned his BA from San Francisco State and an MBA from JFK University. 

Please join me in celebrating Joe’s success as he is awarded CMA’s Credit Executive of The Year!

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