In what came as a shock to perhaps only the winner herself, Regine Hilgers, CICP, EMEA credit controller based in Germany for Ashland Specialty Ingredients, was presented with FCIB's Service Development and Growth Award as the Annual International Credit & Risk Management Summit came to her native Germany in May. Flanked by the first winner of the award – Mannes Westhuis, CICP, of Bierens Collection Attorneys – as well as NACM's Robin Schauseil and FCIB's Noelin Hawkins; the seemingly tireless Hilgers accepted the distinction designed to recognize the valuable contributions volunteers are making to further grow and develop FCIB’s member services and to encourage more people to serve. The award program is a way to thank and honor FCIB members who, by their demonstrated commitment and example, inspire others to engage in volunteer service.
Westhuis, the first ever recipient in 2011, said he hopes the achievement by himself and Hilgers – as well as Luis Noriega, who was the first North American-based recipient last year -- helps inspire credit professionals to do more to support the profession and FCIB as an organization.
"The award says you can combined the 'what's in it for me' – getting in touch with leads, customers – with social and professional responsibility,” Westhuis told NACM. “It can go hand-in-hand, together. If you don't support an organization like FCIB, the credit profession won't grow and won't get better."
Brian Shappell, CBA, NACM staff writer