Magazine article Business Credit

O.D. Glaus, Jr., CCE: The Father of Credentialing

Magazine article Business Credit

O.D. Glaus, Jr., CCE: The Father of Credentialing

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Known as the "father of credentialing" to many, O.D. Glaus Jr., CCE passed away in February 2010. His contribution to the credit profession and to NACM is legendary. "O.D. was the type of person that, the first time you met him, he left an impression," said current NACM National Chairman Phyllis Truitt, CCE, director of credit at Atlas Van Lines, Inc. "He added value to people's lives. He was there to assist you in any way he could and he would always make time, no matter how busy he was."

"He was just such a grand person and he will be missed," she added.

A native of Nashville, Glaus received his bachelor's and master's degrees from Vanderbilt University, where he was active in fundraising activities, alumni affairs and a trustee for the Phi Kappa Psi Fraternity. Glaus was also always active in community and business activities, holding many positions at the Belmont United Methodist Church and becoming a member of both the Masonic Lodge, including the Knights Templar, Shrine and Potentate Guard, as well as the Elk's Lodge.

Glaus, NACM Chairman from 1971-1972, was a true Southern gentleman who is still held in the highest esteem by his colleagues in the Association and in the business community. His wide range of expertise and proven expert judgment, along with the qualities of thoughtful deliberation and thoroughness, provided NACM members with dynamic leadership for many, many years.

A veteran with four years of service in the European and Pacific Theaters during World War II, he started his business career as a university instructor, then went to Genesco in Nashville, where he worked as general credit manager for virtually his entire career of 48 years, 46 of which were spent as an NACM member. Throughout his time in NACM, he was an active member both on the local and national levels. He contributed outstanding service to the Association, holding just about every office in the association, and was involved in nearly every major development in the profession in the last 35 years.

"In everyone's life there is a mentor--a teacher, counselor and friend. O.D. was all of that to me. We called him 'professor,' but ironically, it was his quest for constant learning that made him such a student of the art of business credit" said Terry Callahan, CCE, president of the Credit Research Foundation (CRF). "I owe the success I've had in my career to him for all that he taught me and the example he set for me when I started in business credit 35 years ago, and he will always be remembered by the thousands of lives he touched. …

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