Magazine article Business Credit

NACM-National Chairman

Magazine article Business Credit

NACM-National Chairman

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She was a bright and efficient young woman. She had learned to make the most of every moment and opportunity. When a time came that she needed to work outside the home, she relied on friends for a recommendation. As friends always do, someone knew someone, who needed someone!

The young woman was hired by a company on a temporary basis and was very successful. Following an acquisition made lay the company she was placed in charge of all credit-related tasks for the new and larger company on a full-time basis. Realizing immediately that she had a need for more education and information to be successful in her new position, she did as she always had--she depended on her networking contacts to lead her to the right place, and they did.

The right place for her was NACM. Her introduction to NACM came out of need--not accident. NACM and its many' arms provided her with the opportunities for education, networking and professionalism that she required. The young woman made use of all NACM had to offer. As she excelled she began to give back to the organization. She served on Boards and Committees wherever possible. The organization prospered from her involvement as it always does when members are active and committed.

This young woman is Dawn Wallace Cook, Chairman of this year's NACM Board of Directors. Her journey began with a temporary job and has brought her to the present time: today, Dawn is Treasurer of Newton Manufacturing, a company based in Detroit. The company has grown from a small local company to one with global business. The changes in the operation of the company were easy for her to prepare for because of the training she received through NACM. She will tell you that her success has been possible because of the solid foundation she acquired through NACM education and involvement. Dawn believes that the traditional role of the credit manager will continue to change dramatically in this country. In order to be successful, the credit professional of today and tomorrow must be willing to learn new ways to do their job. They must be able to quickly adapt to new and more efficient and effective ways to manage their responsibilities. The global market will require more knowledge and increased understanding of cultural differences, economic changes and diverse work ethics espoused by companies around the world. Credit managers will have to reinvent themselves continually, so they are able to anticipate the changes before they take place. Just staying up with today's markets is not enough to ensure success in the future--you must always be one step ahead of the present. …

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