2014 Director Candidates to the NACM-National Board- Western Region
Western REGION MEMBERS
Members belonging to CMA Business Credit Services (Los Angeles and Reno), NACM Business Credit Services (Salt Lake City), NACM Business Credit Services (Western Washington/Seattle, Alaska and Hawaii), NACM Inland Northwest (Spokane), NACM Oregon (Portland), San Diego Credit Association (San Diego, Albuquerque and Colorado), and Southwest Business Credit Services (Phoenix) are invited to cast one vote each to elect their NACM Director ‚Äď Western Region.
Ballots must be received by 5:00pm CT time on October 15, 2014 in order to be deemed as eligible. Ballots received after this date and time will not be counted.
How to Vote
Click the Vote link in the email you received.
Please cast one vote:
|Marsha Johnson, CCE||Sheryl Ann Rasmusson, CBA|
ABOUT THE CANDIDATES
Tec Equipment, Inc.
NACM Oregon Member
Marsha Johnson, CCE has spent her entire career in the credit and collections field. Upon graduating from college with a degree in economics, she learned interesting and valuable lessons while working as one of Household Finance's first female manager trainees. Looking back on her early career, Marsha credits her mastery of some of the most basic, yet critical, skills of a credit professional to the time she spent in consumer finance, where she developed a deep, practical understanding the real-world cause and effect of the economic forces.
For the last decade, she's worked for TEC Equipment, Inc., the west's premier, multi-point, full-service truck dealership group headquartered in Portland, Oregon. Founded in 1976, Thompson Equipment Company, now known as TEC, sells parts, new and used trucks, insurance, and offers truck and trailer services, including leasing and rentals. After four years with TEC, Marsha was promoted into the role of Corporate Credit Manager in 2008. During her tenure as TEC's Corporate Credit Manager, the company has more than doubled in size and currently operates more than 20 locations in Washington, Oregon, California and Nevada.
Marsha leads the TEC Credit Team which is responsible for all credit and collections activity for parts, service, and truck and trailer rental and leasing. At TEC, Marsha is also responsible for a significant amount of customer service and supports issues arising from cash or COD sales in addition to handling all credit card transactions and disputes. She's helped implement training at TEC store locations located throughout the I-5 corridor and has also helped integrate five new acquisition locations. Marsha is very proud of being able to manage a growing accounts receivable portfolio while maintaining a high level of customer service, with both internal and external customers and constituents.
Marsha is an active member of the CFDD Portland Chapter, having served as the Chapter's Chair from 2005-2006. She was honored by the Portland Chapter with the Distinguished Member Award and was further honored to receive the CFDD National Distinguished Member Award in 2013.
In 2008, Marsha was elected to serve on the NACM Oregon Board of Directors and will complete her term as Chairman in March 2015. She was honored in 2010 with the NACM Oregon CCE Designation of Excellence Award.
Marsha is an avid fan of education, not only attending offerings but also teaching them. She's taught many collection-related seminars ranging from telephone collections, improving collection results to dealing with difficult customers. Marsha has also led many seminars to assist members on their NACM professional designation journey. Seeing the importance of serving as a mentor and coach to her credit team, she supports and encourages them to stay informed along with growing professionally through professional education. Marsha earned NACM's highest designation, the Certified Credit Executive (CCE) in 2009.
Marsha says that the greatest challenge facing the NACM Affiliate network today lies in understanding how to move forward, while remaining relevant, given today's changing workforce demographics. "As we experience a shift in generations, we need to understand what will work going forward," says Marsha. She's committed to helping NACM take that hard look and to listen so that NACM can remain vibrant and viable well into the future.
"NACM is a wonderful organization that has the potential to assist and support the majority of businesses in the US." Marsha said. "As a member of the NACM National Board, it will be my goal to ensure that we do the hard work to clearly identify where NACM's opportunities are and go after them." If elected to serve as a Director, Marsha commits to be visible in the local community and in the Pacific Northwest and will dedicate her full energy to do whatever she can to assist with the goals and programs on the National level."
Marsha earned a degree in economics from the University of Washington.
Kilgore Architectural Products
NACM Inland Northwest (Spokane, Washington) Member
Sheryl Ann Rasmusson, CBA oversees and manages all credit application processing, customer financial review and assessment, insurance, contracts and sales orders, while managing an office of seven and field crew of eight to 14 for Kilgore Architectural Products. Kilgore Architectural Products is licensed as a commercial contractor in Washington, Idaho, Oregon and Montana. Over the past 12 years, Kilgore Architectural Products has incorporated sales, project management and installation crews to furnish and install specialty products on schools, libraries, churches, industrial and retail facilities, government buildings and private projects.
While starting out in 1993 as an Administrative Assistant at the largest and oldest architectural firm in Spokane, Sheryl gained experience and knowledge in building and construction management. To advance in her career, she then began working for a general contractor, focusing in the areas of marketing, contracts and bookkeeping. After joining Kilgore in 2003, Sheryl was able to use the construction knowledge she'd gained to move into business and credit management.
Sheryl joined the NACM Subcontractors & Suppliers Industry Credit Group, serving as Group Chair in 2011 and 2012. Believing in volunteerism, she became involved with her NACM affiliate, joining the Board of Directors in January 2010 where she currently services as the First Chair. She's been an active committee member at NACM Inland Northwest, holding positions on its Scholarship, Nominating, Events and Executive Committees; Sheryl also participated in the Emerging Leaders Focus Groups, sponsored by NACM-National and NACM affiliates in 2013.
Outside of NACM, Sheryl works with Pine Tree 4H Club and has helped to provide support to a local family caring for their son who was battling cancer. She is a member of the Greater Spokane, Inc. Association, a business chamber, which concentrates in the four key business areas: economic development, education and workforce, public policy and small businesses. She is also a member of the Building Industry Association of Washington, Spokane Home Builders Association and the Spokane Regional Plan Center.
In 2010, Sheryl began working to formalize her credit education by entering the NACM Professional Certification program. In 2011, Sheryl earned NACM's Credit Business Associate (CBA) designation. In 2014, Sheryl was honored by NACM Inland Northwest when she received the CBA Designation of Excellence Award. She also received the NACM National CBA Designation of Excellence Award in 2014. She believes that education will grow the membership and, armed with knowledge, members will in turn protect their company's bottom line.
If elected, Sheryl looks forward to gathering and adding to the different perspectives of the Board, while striving to provide NACM members with "best in class" educational and networking opportunities. Member engagement is also key. Sheryl looks forward to continuing work on the initiative to bridge the generational gaps among members so that NACM can thrive and grow. Sheryl believes that NACM provides services and products that are critical to protecting and assessing credit risk and that maintaining superior services and products is the key to the continued success of the organization. Incorporating valuable traditions with new ideas will help NACM continue to grow. Sheryl welcomes the opportunity to "give back to a great organization."