Magazine article Business Credit

NACM Graduate School Delivers Tools for Success

Magazine article Business Credit

NACM Graduate School Delivers Tools for Success

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You don't have a weak handshake, do you? How's your financial statement analysis? What, exactly, are you communicating when you stand with your hands flat on a table and your shoulders hunched forward when addressing your staff? Is a trustee appointed or elected in a Chapter 7 bankruptcy liquidation-or can it be either?

Though these questions might not seem related, they could be the key to producing a well-rounded credit professional. That's what students found out when attending the NACM Graduate School of Credit and Financial Management (GSCFM) this past June. Held for the first time at American University in Washington, DC, the GSCFM program provided educational instruction over a two-week period in financial analysis, economics, bankruptcy law, corporate strategy, etiquette and body language, among other topics. Participants attending for their second year were also given the opportunity to earn their CCE designations.

Rocky Thomas, CCE, director of credit, South, at J.J. Haines & Company and a former national chairman of NACM, values the continuing learning process that the school affords. This was his second year attending the school. "I don't think one ever really knows it all," he said. "I don't think you can get enough education, especially to keep up-to-date with changes in business models, accounting rules and the law. The workforce is changing too. If you don't stay on top of these things, you're going to be left out in the cold."

Corey Fader, credit manager at Coastal AgroBusiness Inc., a first-year student, said that the school would definitely help his career. "I thought it was a great opportunity to learn from the professionals about the things that we use every day. But I also learned a lot from the students."

That seemed to be a common theme among the attendees, who learned from each other and valued the relationships that grew between them. "You develop relationships that will help you throughout your career, and you learn from the experience of others," Fader said. "Relationships might be the biggest aspect of the school. We met as strangers and left as friends."

"We bonded so well together and everybody worked as a team," said Susan Thomas, CCE, credit consultant at Eli Lilly and Company, who earned her CCE designation at the school this year. "We forged some good relationships. Were already planning to meet next year at Credit Congress. …

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