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Heard It through the Grapevine

Magazine article Business Credit

Heard It through the Grapevine

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Plenty to Do Off-Hours at Credit Congress in Four Close Cities

You, the hard-working credit professional, come to Credit Congress for many thingsmost importantly, the educational and networking opportunities offered each year. But all work and no play makes a dull credit manager. ..that's at least the case in this version of the adage (plenty of poetic license taken, admittedly).

As such, having a bevy of options in the city hosting Credit Congress each year is important to allow NACM members to let loose. Last year's host city, Nashville, takes a backseat to almost no one with its well-earned moniker of "Music City." Still, as they say, "everything is bigger in Texas." And so are the opportunities for social interaction as attendees this year will have not only various bars, restaurants and other amenities within the Gaylord, but four cities' worth of world-class attractions to visit.

For those who didn't get enough country and western flair in Nashville, or for those who are new to Credit Congress this year, Fort Worth has just the place less than a 30-minute drive away: The Fort Worth Stockyards historic district ("The Stockyards").

"It's got rodeos, country and western dance halls and concert halls," said area resident Angela Cavazos of Mohanna & Associates. "It's a really neat experience." Dottie Smith of NACM Southwest agrees the Stockyards area is filled with "what people think Texas is: BBQ joints, steakhouses, cowboys, cattle."

Of course, another aspect people think about when they think of Texas is sports. Tb wit, The Sporting News named greater Dallas the number one sports city in the nation for 201 1, beating out Boston, Philadelphia and New York for the distinction. And it doesn't get any bigger than the Dallas Cowboys' enormous new football stadium, the largest and most amenity-rich in the National Football League. It's affectionately been dubbed "Jerry World," mashing tñe theme that it's akin to a Disney of sports with its gregarious owner Jerry Jones. NACM is offering a VIP-guided tour of the stadium on Sunday, June 10, before Credit Congress kicks into high gear.

For those wishing to see a top-level team actually play during the trip, the Texas Rangers Major League Baseball team has home games scheduled on June 12-13 versus the Arizona Diamondbacks. Coming off two consecutive appearances in the World Series, the Rangers have become a hot ticket for baseball aficionados and novices alike. And though it doesn't get mentioned in the same breath as historic sites like Wrigley Field and Fenway Park, Rangers Ballpark in Arlington offers a fan-friendly experience that is hard to top. "It's more along the lines of the modern stadiums like Jacobs Field (Cleveland) and Camden Yards (Baltimore), with a lot going on in the concourses," said MLBS Director Greg Powelson. "It's a really good time."

And, though there's no telling whether the Dallas Mavericks (the National Basketball Association's 2010-2011 World Champions) have another deep playoff run in them on tñe hardwood, it's certainly possible the team will again have games running into June against the likes of the Los Angeles Lakers or Miami Heat. Those who might want to be a little more hands on can race over to the Texas Motor Speedway. There, auto- racing fans can take driving courses that emulate just about every part of the NASCAR experience, besides being spun out by the oft-suspended Kurt Busch- and that's probably for the best. …

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