Karen Schmidt, who has been named Credit Management Association’s 2013-2014 Mentor of the Year, has truly been an asset to the association and is the quintessential volunteer. Schmidt has served on the CMA Membership Committee, Service Committee, Honors and Awards Committee, Chair of her Industry Credit Group and the CMA Board of Directors. Aside from all that volunteering, she’s found time to mentor countless people in the credit industry. In fact, the Honors and Awards Committee received numerous nominations for this recipient, all from individuals she has mentored. They describe her as a “great source of information and support”; “Always available to assist when needed”, and “Her patience, knowledge and outstanding work ethics make her a stand-out in her field.” Aside from her loyalty to the Credit Management Association, Schmidt’s loyalty extends to her employer, whom she’s been with for 43 years.