Happy New Year everyone! With the beginning of every new year, we like to think about the goals and objectives we set for ourselves in the coming year, to move forward both personally and professionally. A major goal of CMA’s this year is to expand the credit community, creating a better network for our members. Traditionally, we have looked at growing that community unilaterally within our own market (primarily California and Nevada). Now, we have the opportunity to expand the community by working with other credit associations to bring our respective communities together. By bringing credit professionals together through various networking activities, we can create a unique benefit through collaboration that our individual associations cannot achieve on our own. This is the true essence of what associations like CMA are designed to do – leverage the power of many individuals and organizations to create value that no one individual or company can create on its own, especially in the increasingly global nature of all of our businesses.
For the first time in its history, CMA is working with other credit associations to share educational and training resources, and to host customer account discussions among members of our common industry groups. CMA is collaborating with NACM Business Credit Services in Seattle and Southwest Business Credit Services in Phoenix to produce educational webinars and industry credit networks that our three associations can offer to our respective members – for FREE. Our goal is share our collective resources to add more value to our annual memberships. We all want our members to get more for their membership dues.
We are kicking off this collaboration with Bob Shultz’s Collections Negotiation Skills webinar on January 25 at Noon PST. Collectively, there are more than 150 credit professionals from all across the West registered to attend. In an environment where a credit professional’s time is at a premium, we are very encouraged to see members express interest in learning more skills and gaining more knowledge to improve performance. We hope that the members who participate in these new joint programs will see the untapped potential value that an expanded credit community has to offer. More information on this and other educational offerings is at www.creditmanagementassociation.org/events.
Along the lines with this is an expanded CreditScape program, which includes the hottest topics we’ve heard in nearly every conversation we’ve had with members: credit card chargebacks, companies changing their own terms, skills that credit professionals need to stay relevant, and overall dealing with change in your organization. I really hope to have your support and attendance to help “prove” that CMA is doing what’s best to help your company’s credit department.
We hope you have a great year and are able to reach your personal and professional credit goals, and we remind you that CMA is here to help.
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