June 13, 2013: Columbia, MDâ€”The National Association of Credit Management (NACM) honored Stacey Smythe, CCE of Kent, Washington as the 2013 NACM Mentor of the Year during the associationâ€™s 117th Annual Credit Congress and Exposition, held in Las Vegas, Nevada, May 19-22, 2013. Smythe is a credit manager at Progressive International, a source for a wide range of functional, inventive and fun kitchen gadgets and tools geared to individual tastes and all levels of cooking know-how, also located in Kent.
Smythe is recognized for her contribution to the establishment of a mentor program for those new to the field of credit management for her local Credit and Financial Development Division (CFDD), CFDD Tacoma. She believes that education is a key component of a well-rounded life, both personal and professional. Guided by the belief that continuous learning is a worthy objective to be pursued individually and among peers, she is well known within NACM and CFDD for sharing her well-honed knowledge and wisdom. Empathy and encouragement characterize her approach to helping colleagues move through the credit landscape.