NACM National Chairman Marshall Kahn, CCE, kicked off the second full day of the 2012 Credit Congress with news that NACM enjoyed its second consecutive year of profitability after a couple of lean years during the deep U.S. and global recession.
Kahn noted that membership remains well above 15,000 at 2011's end, yet reiterated the importance for members with potential for national and board of directors to step up to become a board volunteer in the near future. And though speaking about the importance of Washington advocacy and calling your lawmakers on behalf of issues important to credit professionals, his sentiment about taking action drew parallels on other key issues for the association and profession, such as membership recruitment.
“Please don't assume that others will carry the burden of acting,” Kahn said. “Each of you plays such an important part through participation.”
Among those showing the way in that regard were affiliates MACM Midwest, NACM Upstate New York in Buffalo and NACM Wisconsin; and each of which received a 2012 membership award.
Kahn also invoked a long-standing theme at NACM: Strength in numbers. It's a theme speaker/author Garrison Wynn also drew upon during his presentation. The former comedian energetically delivered a speech about the need for credit managers to prove competence and trustworthiness in credit departments, all while peppering in a healthy dose of humor for the Credit Congress delegates. And, as he put it, trust is largely built on two things; compassion and competence.
And while teamwork and strength in numbers matters, Wynn also stressed to delegates the need to, as an individual, act naturally. Every winning team needs different personalities, even employees that could be labeled as negative (they might be the one that sees a problem in advance that some more optimistic employees might miss).
“The reality of things is we have to be honest about who we are...voice what you know,” Wynn said.
-Brian Shappell, CBA, NACM staff writer
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