NACM and FCIB Launch GSCFM International

Recognizing the growing importance of international business, NACM is pleased to announce the Graduate School of Credit and Financial Management International (GSCFMI) beginning in June 2014. Developed in partnership with FCIB, the new, four-day program will run concurrent to the traditional Grad School program.

"Dealing cross-border and cross-culture can result in many pitfalls that, if not managed correctly, can negatively impact the value and collectability of receivables and, as a result, a company's balance sheet," said Craig Schurr, senior vice president and manager of international banking at FirstMerit Bank and instructor for GSCFM International. "The speed of business today, facilitated by technology and a seemingly endless sea of information heightens the importance of getting 'it' right every time. The added pressure of dealing with new and ever-expanding regulatory environments makes the job of today's international credit and finance professional even more challenging. It is more critical than ever that international businesspeople have up-to-date information, tools and connections to facilitate flawless performance of their responsibilities."

GSCFM alumni, CCE, CICP and ICCE designation-holders are encouraged to attend the program, which includes 24 hours of total educational programming on top of various networking opportunities. Michelle Sparks, CCE, a regional credit manager with Allied Building Products Corporation who recently completed Grad School, said she believes there is a need and demand for continuing education opportunities focused on international business and credit developments. "So many companies are international today, and the way credit is handled when dealing out of the country is so different. A program of this nature will be very helpful," Sparks said.

The schedule of classes and instructors list for GSCFMI is as follows:
  • Export Compliance: Lizbeth Rodriquez, Esq., Holland & Hart LLP
  • Investigation & International Business Ethics: Harry Brandon and Gene Smith, Smith Brandon International, Inc.
  • Foreign Exchange: Kevin Hebner, JPMorgan Chase Bank
  • Sovereign & Political Risks and the Role of International Credit Insurance: Jim Dezell, Marsh USA, Inc.
  • Payment Methods and Legal Structures: Craig Schurr, FirstMerit Bank
  • Incoterms and Their Applicability: Michael Ford, BDP International
For more information on GSCFMI, visit


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