Honored by the NACM Credit and Financial Development Division
July 26, 2012: Columbia, Maryland—The Credit and Financial Development Division (CFDD) of the National Association of Credit Management (NACM) honored Dennis Thomassie, CCE, a member of CFDD Dallas/Fort Worth, with its Marilynn Daugherty* Spirit Award during its annual luncheon on June 12th at the 116th NACM Credit Congress and Exposition, held in Grapevine, Texas. The Marilynn Daugherty Spirit Award recognizes an individual who is dedicated and loyal to the credit profession, which is demonstrated through leadership, mentoring and teaching. The award is not given on a yearly basis, rather, when the CFDD judging committee feels an individual merits such an honor.
Thomassie, a resident of Irving, is corporate credit manager for RSR Corporation in Dallas. Thomassie is responsible for RSR's U.S. credit operations, including its five distribution centers. RSR customers range from Fortune 100 companies to small oil field distributors. RSR is very supportive of Thomassie's involvement in NACM and CFDD and credits him with making major contributions to the success of its operations, partially by keeping credit losses "astoundingly low to nonexistent." Before RSR, Thomassie graduated from Louisiana State University with a BS in Marketing and flew four-engine jet transports globally for the U.S. Air Force. He served for eight years, achieving the rank of Captain.
An exemplary credit professional, Thomassie achieved his Certified Credit Executive (CCE) designation in 1995 and has been a member of the National Battery Components and Zinc Suppliers Credit Group for over 20 years, for which he has served as chairman. Thomassie shares his knowledge of effective credit management by writing for his chapter's newsletter and presenting programs and seminars, locally and nationally, on various topics.
Thomassie became a CFDD member in 1995 and has served in several official NACM and CFDD capacities since 1996. He currently serves as president of his local chapter, CFDD Dallas/Fort Worth. He has also served as a regional director and chairman on the CFDD National Board of Directors, as well as a director on the NACM National Board of Directors.
To repay those who have mentored him, Thomassie mentors, and teaches others how to mentor. He has taught the CFDD mentoring program for several years. He has literally mentored hundreds of credit professionals. He is a mentor to mentors. "His greatest passion is mentoring," said Janis Rowe, CCE, fellow CFDD Dallas/Fort Worth member. "Dennis gives tirelessly of his time and is held in great esteem by all who know him for his dedication, sage advice and patient loyalty. His true reward is helping people improve themselves."
"To be acknowledged as someone who has followed in Marilynn Daugherty's footsteps, and who has attempted to give back to CFDD members even a portion of what I have gained is humbling," said Thomassie. "Those of us who were lucky enough to see her in action remain grateful for that opportunity and I plan to prove myself a worthy benefactor of her knowledge and spirit."
CFDD warmly congratulates Thomassie on receiving the Marilyn Daugherty Spirit Award for 2012.
*The Marilynn Daugherty Spirit Award was established in 2001 to honor the memory of Marilynn Daugherty, a long-time CFDD member. Daugherty (1948-2001) was a dedicated mentor, businesswoman, confidant, advisor, peer and friend to countless CFDD and NACM members. She offered many individuals a helping hand to grow and reach their fullest potential, both professionally and personally. Her unquenchable spirit touched the lives and careers of many people at all levels of the business credit and financial communities. Daugherty's years of service to CFDD as a member, director, officer and chairman of the board were marked by unbridled compassion, dedication, fairness, graciousness and loyalty.
About the National Association of Credit Management
NACM, headquartered in Columbia, Maryland, supports more than 15,000 business credit and financial professionals worldwide with premier industry services, tools and information. NACM and its network of affiliated associations are the leading resource for credit and financial management information and education, delivering products and services, which improve the management of business credit and accounts receivable. NACM's collective voice has influenced legislative results concerning commercial business and trade credit to our nation's policy makers for more than 100 years, and continues to play an active part in legislative issues pertaining to business credit and corporate bankruptcy. Its annual Credit Congress is the largest gathering of credit professionals in the world.
About the NACM Credit and Financial Development Division
CFDD's mission is to develop tomorrow's business leaders through core offerings, and its vision is to be a leading provider of professional development opportunities. Membership enhances professional status while promoting attainment of educational goals, business contacts, networking opportunities and leadership development. The CFDD National Conference this year is being held September 20-21 in Seattle, WA.
NACM has a wealth of member experts in the fields of business-to-business credit and law. Consider using NACM as a resource in the development of your next credit or finance story.
Source: National Association of Credit Management
NACM-National Contact: Caroline Zimmerman, 410-740-5560
Local Contact: Wendy Bartlett, CCE, CFDD immediate past chairman, 469-533-6250