CMA January Member of the Month: Regina Howe, State Restaurant Equipment

The January CMA Member of the Month is a good reminder of how a Group dynamic (and the information exchanged in a Group) can be so different from month to month, and why it is important to try to attend as many Group meetings as you can.

Regina Howe of State Restaurant Equipment is a 27-year Credit industry veteran who has participated in several industry credit groups throughout her career. She’s used CMA’s collection services (when she worked in the construction industry) and has recommended CMA’s services to other companies because of the success that she had with collections, information, prelims and liens.

A new member of the Food Group in Nevada, she came to a Group meeting in October (which provided some good conversation but not a lot of actionable items she could bring back to her company), and then again in December. “In December, I was very impressed with the increased number of members in attendance, the information shared, and the conversations that we shared besides past due info. I do realize that membership, attendance and participation are very important to the success of the group, and I am very interested in participating regularly, seeing what I can bring to the group as well take away from the meetings,” she said.

We appreciate her positive attitude and enthusiasm towards making her company better, the Group better, and  using her membership to its fullest capabilities by participating in CMA.

Thanks again for being part of CMA!

CMA Member of the Month, October 2016: Dave Boudreau, Pacific Seafood

Dave Boudreau of Pacific Seafood
Dave Boudreau of Pacific Seafood

There’s an old proverb that there’s no substitute for experience. When dealing with an Industry Credit Group, as you may know, just because someone has experience doesn’t mean that they’re willing to share it for the overall good of the Group. However, if you’ve been to a Las Vegas Commercial Credit Group meeting over the past 8 years, you may know our October CMA Member of the Month, Dave Boudreau of Pacific Seafood of Las Vegas, an active participant in the group who is always willing to share his knowledge and best practices with them.

In addition to simply attending CMA Credit Group meetings for more than 50 years across several industries, Dave provides excellent contributions to the Group, especially on the topics of how to get paid, navigating internal customer channels and payment portals. He has always been one of the first members to show up for CMA meetings, he is always prepared with his reports and he always adds valuable comments to the Group discussions. He’s also a proud veteran of the U.S. Army.

An active CMA member since March 2008 with Pacific Seafood (and he’s been active with CMA with other companies before that), we commend Dave for participating, and we look forward to his continued support.

Members of the Month are nominated by CMA members, Group members, volunteers and CMA staff to highlight those members (or member companies) whose engagement with CMA has helped improve the overall credit profession for others.

For more information on how you can participate in any of the areas mentioned within this article, or to nominate any members for this honor, contact Diana Escobar at descobar@emailcma.org or 818-972-5300.

CMA Member of the Month, July 2016: Lorie Mohs, American International Supply

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One of the greatest benefits of joining an association is the offering of professional educational opportunities to advance its members’ knowledge. The July CMA Member of the Month is someone who has taken advantage of that knowledge, and in turn received her professional designation.

In this past testing period, Lorie Mohs of American International Supply, was the only CMA member who passed the certification to receive her Credit Business Associate (CBA) designation. In addition, she regularly attends CMA and NACM events, including the recent NACM National Credit Congress in Las Vegas, along with other seminars and webinars offered throughout the year.

She is also a regular and active contributing member of the HVAC and Plumbing Suppliers industry credit group.

“The NACM certification program is a way for credit professionals to demonstrate their skill levels across many different industries,” said CMA President and CEO Mike Mitchell. “After speaking with several hiring managers from prominent companies, they acknowledged that having obtained a professional designation puts a credit professional at an advantage over others who have not done so. We applaud Lorie for her commitment and hope she continues to advance through the entire designation program.”

On behalf of the Credit Management community, congratulations Lorie for this honor, and thanks for being an active member of CMA.

Members of the Month are nominated by CMA members, Group members, volunteers and CMA staff to highlight those members (or member companies) whose engagement with CMA has helped improve the overall credit profession for others.

For more information on how you can participate in any of the areas mentioned within this article, or to nominate any members for this honor, contact Diana Escobar at descobar@emailcma.org or 818-972-5300.

CMA Member of the Month, March 2016: EMJ Metals

The March CMA Member of the Month is a company which benefits by simply utilizing the services that CMA offers.

EMJ Metals has been an active A/R information contributor, and its staff are genuinely great to work and speak with. EMJ also uses CMA’s reports and other CMA services.

EMJ Metals is one of CMA’s longest standing members, and we appreciate the relationship that CMA has with David Schulten and his team. On behalf of CMA, we thank EMJ for its participation, and we look forward to their continued support.

Companies like EMJ who submit their full aging get 25 free B2B NACM National Trade Credit Reports (and discounts on additional reports), the ability to support their good customers (and report their bad ones), time and money savings by not having to respond online to RFIs or Group worksheets – their trade data is automatically added by anscers, assistance in strengthening the CMA & NACM Databases, and more. The members who tell us that they get the most out of CMA are the ones who actively participate and contribute.

Members of the Month are nominated by CMA members, Group members, volunteers and CMA staff to highlight those members (or member companies) whose engagement with CMA has helped improve the overall credit profession for others.

For more information on how you can participate in any of the areas mentioned within this article, or to nominate any members for this honor, contact Diana Escobar at descobar@emailcma.org or 818-972-5300.

CMA Member of the Month, February 2016: Alexis Scott, CBF, Maltby Electric

Alexis Scott, Maltby Electric
Alexis Scott, Maltby Electric

An active participant in an Industry Credit Group is someone who attends meetings, shares best practices for the good of those in the group, submits their reports and gets useful information out of the meetings that they can take back to the office and make informed business decisions based on that information. Active participation is contagious, and the folks who tell us that they get the most out of the meetings are the ones who actively participate.

The February CMA Member of the Month is someone who personifies the term “ACTIVE PARTICIPANT,” whose involvement inspires others to continue to contribute to the Groups as well as the other educational offerings from CMA.

An active member of the Northern California Electric Group, Alexis Scott, CBF, of Maltby Electric has been active in the Group for more than six years.

She takes it upon herself to mentor others in the group, commonly sharing best practices with the Group whenever appropriate. In fact, several from that group approached CMA staff privately to commend her for doing that.

Alexis uses CMA’s construction forms filing services and other CMA services, and is a strong advocate for CMA’s educational programs and services, as she is a huge supporter of CMA.

On behalf of CMA, we thank Alexis for her participation, and we look forward to her continued support.

Members of the Month are nominated by CMA members, Group members, volunteers and CMA staff to highlight those members (or member companies) whose engagement with CMA has helped improve the overall credit profession for others.

For more information on how you can participate in any of the areas mentioned within this article, or to nominate any members for this honor, contact Diana Escobar at descobar@emailcma.org or 818-972-5300.

CMA Member of the Month, January 2016: Ross Cirrincione, Ganahl Lumber

Ross Cirrincione, Ganahl Lumber
Ross Cirrincione, Ganahl Lumber

The dictionary definition of a mentor is someone who teaches or gives help and advice to a less experienced and often younger person, someone who is a trusted counselor or guide in developing a career path. The January CMA Member of the Month is someone who defines the word “MENTOR,” whose personal leadership and knowledge of the credit profession has led others to take the next step in their careers.

Ross Cirrincione has had the opportunity to mentor many over the years. An active Credit Management Association volunteer, he is really a person who is willing to share his knowledge with others to help them as individuals grow into careers. Two of his mentees rose to be corporate credit managers.

If that wasn’t enough, he volunteered to work with an individual to help her learn to manage her time better. He drove from San Diego to Irvine every Monday for a month to help her become more organized, helping her immensely.

Among his volunteer work, he spent time as a member of a panel on construction law last year at the Western Region Credit Conference and will participate as a panelist at the upcoming CreditScape Summit in March and the Credit Executive Symposium.

Despite all of this, he is one of the most humble and approachable credit professionals in the industry (as long as you don’t owe his company any money!)

For those who attend any of the Industry Credit Group meetings that he’s involved with, Ross is not shy about speaking up to give his opinion and frequently stays after meetings to clarify points and give advice to credit managers on the techniques he uses.

On behalf of the Credit Management profession, thanks for all you do Ross!
Members of the Month are nominated by CMA members, Group members, volunteers and CMA staff to highlight those members (or member companies) whose engagement with CMA has helped improve the overall credit profession for others.

For more information on how you can participate in any of the areas mentioned within this article, or to nominate any members for this honor, contact Diana Escobar at descobar@emailcma.org or 818-972-5300.