“Dedicated to Those Dedicated,” by Larry Convoy

At CMA, we are of the mindset that the more effort and information our members put in, the more they will benefit. Regardless, it never ceases to amaze me as to how committed certain members of industry credit groups are.  Below are some examples of credit people making the extra effort.

We have group members like Kevin who flies the company plane from Palm Springs to Fresno for an hour and half meeting. Patti takes the train from San Diego once a month to attend her group’s meeting. Marcie drives from Northern Cal to Bakersfield because she knows the value.

The effort is not just showing up for the group meeting on meeting day. Raj scans web sites daily for industry related news that he can share with his group. TJ has trained his staff to enter alerts as part of their credit duties resulting in 20-30 vital pieces of information per month. Anne reminds her group of conference calls and due dates and looks out for the best travel rates for National meetings.

We have members like Mary Lynn who allows her group to use her company’s facility for meetings; when some companies will not allow competitors on their grounds. There is Linda, who organized a telephone campaign to personally contact members not attending or contributing. Ron brings several employees from his department to every meeting and credit professional event to expose them to the benefits of Industry groups.

To the people mentioned above, we thank you. From your dedication, the rest of the members of the group benefit as well.

Are you participating with the industry credit groups? If you are, you probably know that over the past 12 months, more than 26,000 RFIs were submitted, with more than 14,000 of them being RFIs for new applications. If you’re not participating, what are you waiting for? Contact me and I can get you started.


Larry Convoy
Supervisor-Industry Credit Groups

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