Magazine article Business Credit

NACM Graduate School Connects, Educates and Grows Credit Professionals

Magazine article Business Credit

NACM Graduate School Connects, Educates and Grows Credit Professionals

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"It's an awesome experience that I will use not only for the rest of my career, but throughout my life."

"I didn't know what to expect, but everything flowed so smoothly, it was scary."

"I will be encouraging all of the credit managers to attend."

These are just a few of the sentiments shared by some of the more than 30 students that attended NACM's Graduate School of Credit and Financial Management (GSCFM) in 2015. First- and second-year students, hailing from more than a dozen states and Canada, made their way to Dartmouth College in Hanover, NH, June 22- July 2, for an intense, executive-level educational experience that covered financial analysis, managing legal issues, economics, corporate strategy, presentation skills and so much more.

"I have attended several seminars and conferences the organization offers," said Eve Sahnow, CBF, corporate credit manager for Oregon-based Orepac Building Products, Inc. "The graduate school program is the apex of opportunities."

"I've attended two other financial analysis classes, and I learned more here than both of those combined," said a first-year student about the "Financial Reporting and Analysis" course taught by Charles Mulford, Ph.D., CPA. Another agreed, "It was quite advanced for a non-accountant, but I felt very supported and am much more confident in my skills."

The GSCFM Student Leadership Award, given to a second-year student voted on by his or her peers, went to David Groom, national accounts manager for Allied Building Products in Woburn, MA.

"My experience at the GSCFM program has been an invaluable asset to my career," Groom said. "The program provided me with an opportunity to expand my knowledge base in all aspects of the credit profession ... I have established a strong network with other credit professionals." Over the past two years, "this group of professionals worked closely together ... and continue to support one another. I'm extremely proud and humbled to have been recognized by this group as a student leader. This is a program like no other in the credit profession."

The program culminated with a day-long presentation by motivational speaker Janine Driver of the Body Language Institute in Alexandria, Va. The New York Times Best Selling author and frequent media show guest moved attendees to tears and laughter, while teaching them how to read other people's body language as well as how to channel their own positive messages. Students found the presentation engaging, powerful and life changing. "This material is so important, but it is often disregarded," a first-year student said. "I am very grateful for the experience and am looking forward to learning more in year two."

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