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St. George Business Credit Professional, Angie Monroe, Honored as Student of the Year by NACM

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angie-monroeJuly 10, 2014: Columbia, MD—The National Association of Credit Management (NACM) honored Angie Monroe, CBA, of St. George, Utah as the 2014 NACM Student of the Year during the association's 118th Annual Credit Congress and Exposition, held in Orlando, Florida, June 8-11, 2014. Monroe is a credit analyst at Roofers Supply, Inc. of St. George, a family-owned and operated wholesale supplier of roofing products since 1994, selling to homeowners, contractors and commercial roofing companies.

Pursuing professional development in a post-recession landscape can be a challenge. For Angie Monroe, attending Stevens-Henager College, meant fulfilling her dream of earning her BA in Accounting in May. In the field of credit management, Monroe earned her NACM Credit Business Associate (CBA) in 2011. The CBA designation is NACM's initial professional certification. Individuals earn the CBA by successfully completing three business credit courses (Basic Financial Accounting, Business Credit Principles and Financial Statement Analysis) and then passing a related exam. Over the years, Monroe has also taken several continuing education courses. In Monroe's own words, "NACM is amazing and I love furthering my horizons. I could not have asked for a better experience. I've enjoyed the professional designation path. I've acquired a lot of knowledge and it's been a challenge."

Monroe's career in credit began in 2006 at Roofers Supply as a credit manager, moving up to credit analyst in 2010. She is a member of the Southern Utah Contractors & Building Trades Suppliers Industry Credit Group, serving as chairperson from 2011-2012. Her volunteering at the local level includes raising funds for cancer awareness and combating teenage drug problems.

Las Vegas Professional, Patrick Spargur, Honored As Mentor of the Year by the National Association of Credit Management

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patrick-spargurJuly 10, 2014: Columbia, MD—The National Association of Credit Management (NACM) honored Patrick Spargur, ICCE of Las Vegas, Nevada as the 2014 NACM Mentor of the Year during the association's 118th Annual Credit Congress and Exposition, held in Orlando, Florida, June 8-11, 2014. Spargur is credit manager at Global Experience Specialists, Inc. of Las Vegas, a worldwide event marketing company specializing in connecting people through live events.

Patrick Spargur is recognized for promoting continuing education and participation in his NACM affiliate, Credit Management Association (CMA) and in his industry trade association, the Gaming Credit Group where he served as group chair from 2011-2014.

"Patrick is willing to sacrifice his time, both work and personal, to teach and enhance the knowledge of his staff and peers in the profession of commercial credit," said Gent Culver, CICP, manager, credit and collections, Investor Relations and Treasury, International Gaming Technology. "He has an 'open door' policy, making himself available at all times...to counsel fellow employees on life issues, helping them and guiding them through personal problems." Marcus Valerio, controller-Americas at Gaming Partners International USA, Inc. said that Spargur "goes out of his way to help with problems, questions and sometimes with general life issues."

Minneapolis Credit Professional, Jeffrey Hawkins, Garners National Honors

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jeff-hawkinsJuly 10, 2014: Columbia, MD—The National Association of Credit Management (NACM) honored Jeffrey Hawkins, CCE of Lauderdale, Minnesota as the 2014 NACM Instructor of the Year during the association's 118th Annual Credit Congress and Exposition, held in Orlando, Florida, June 8-11, 2014. Hawkins is the assistant credit manager at Ferguson Enterprises Inc. of Roseville, a diverse wholesale distributor of residential and commercial plumbing supplies including pipes, valves, fittings, and heating and cooling equipment, serving customers in all 50 states, Puerto Rico, the Caribbean and Mexico since 1953.

For many years, Hawkins has been an instructor and mentor for continuing education classes for Forius NACM North Central, an NACM affiliate. "Jeff's commitment to his students is evident in their successful accomplishment of attaining their CBA credentials," said Toni Nuernberg, CAE, CBA, president/COO of Forius NACM North Central. "Not only does he come to each and every class prepared, but he works between classes to respond to each student's questions or needs to assure everyone successfully completes the course."

"Jeff is passionate about teaching and is committed to his students," said Duane Schwartz, CCE, corporate credit and collections manager of the Tile Shop. "He continually promotes the credit profession and the importance of continuing education and networking."

Spokane Valley Credit Professional, Sheryl Rasmusson, Receives NACM-National Award of Excellence

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sheryl-rasmussonJuly 9, 2014: Columbia, MD—The National Association of Credit Management (NACM) honored Sheryl Rasmusson, CBA of Spokane Valley, Washington with the 2014 CBA Designation of Excellence Award during the association's 118th Annual Credit Congress and Exposition, held in Orlando, Florida, June 8-11, 2014. Rasmusson is the office manager at Kilgore Architectural Products, Inc. of Spokane Valley, a commercial contractor specializing in translucent and metal panels, sunshades, architectural louvers, glass canopies and skylights serving Washington, Idaho, Montana and Oregon.

While at Kilgore, Rasmusson has handled all office management responsibilities with an emphasis on credit functions. She is a very active member of the NACM Affiliate, NACM Inland Northwest (NACM INW), serving on its Board of Directors and various committees and task forces. She is currently chairman elect and ready to take the chair position in 2015.

The Credit Business Associate (CBA) designation is NACM's initial professional certification. Individuals earn the CBA by successfully completing three business credit courses (Basic Financial Accounting, Business Credit Principles and Financial Statement Analysis) and then passing a related exam. NACM's Designation of Excellence Awards honor designation holders who strive for excellence in all aspects of their professional development. Rasmusson is very proud of her CBA designation which she earned in 2011 through online and self-study programs offered by NACM. "She is a huge advocate for the scholarship program and what it means to those working toward their accreditation," said Jennifer Walsh, CBF, president Honors and Awards Committee, NACM Inland Northwest "She is constantly sharing her experiences on earning her CBA with others and telling them the positive changes it created for her personally and professionally."

Waukesha Credit Professional, Myra Kingstad, Receives National Award of Excellence

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myra-kingstadJuly 9, 2014: Columbia, MD—The National Association of Credit Management (NACM) honored Myra, Kingstad, CBF of Waukesha, Wisconsin with the 2014 CBF Designation of Excellence Award during the association's 118th Annual Credit Congress and Exposition, held in Orlando, Florida, June 8-11, 2014. Kingstad is the collections specialist at Walter USA, LLC of Waukesha, a company that for more than 80 years has offered an extensive selection of cutting tools for milling, drilling, turning and boring in the United States, Canada and Mexico.

The Credit Business Fellow (CBF) designation is NACM's intermediate professional certification. Individuals earning the CBF have met specific academic and participation-based benchmarks, and are knowledgeable about and have contributed to the field of business credit. NACM's Designation of Excellence Awards honors those designation holders who strive for excellence in all aspects of their professional development. Based on her noteworthy record of accomplishments and service, Myra Kingstad was chosen as this year's outstanding CBF designee.

Kingstad has been at Walter USA since 2007, where in her own words, she likes "troubleshooting, challenges and working with customers." In her association with NACM Midwest-Wisconsin, the local affiliate of NACM, she serves as vice chair of the Advisory Board. Her impressive level of volunteering extends to her membership in the National Association of Professional Women and working with political and charitable groups.

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