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NACM-Canada Announces 14th Annual Credit Conference & Exposition, October 25-26, 2012

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Columbia, MD: August 2, 2012—NACM-Canada will hold its 14th Annual Credit Conference & Expo at the Crowne Plaza Airport Hotel on October 25-26, 2012 in Toronto, Ontario. With the Fall Global Export Forecast Report set to be released soon, Keynote Speaker EDC Economist Peter Hall will discuss the state of the Canadian economy leading up to the report's release. The rest of this year's program will feature presentations from some of most respected figures in commercial finance in Canada and the United States.

Dennis Thomassie, CCE Honored with Marilynn Daugherty Spirit Award

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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.

Seattle-Area Credit Executive, Lindgren-Boyce, Honored with National Award of Excellence

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July 17, 2012: Columbia, MD—The National Association of Credit Management (NACM) has recognized Heidi Lindgren-Boyce, CCE of Snoqualmie as the recipient of the 2012 CCE Designation of Excellence Award.* Lindgren-Boyce was honored at NACM's 116th Annual Credit Congress and Exposition, held in Grapevine, TX, June 10-13, 2012.

Recipients of NACM's Designation of Excellence Awards are dedicated to the credit profession, committed to improving themselves through higher education (achieving certification) and enthusiastic about the difference they can make. For those who know Heidi Lindgren-Boyce, these qualities easily come to mind when considering this dynamic credit professional, enthusiastic volunteer leader and unwavering advocate.

Lindgren-Boyce is the senior credit manager for Seattle-based Star Rentals, Inc., a provider of construction equipment rentals and a used equipment seller with 18 locations throughout the Pacific Northwest. She is the prior recipient of five awards over the years from her local affiliate, NACM-Western Washington-Alaska-Hawai, as well as NACM-National's CBF Designation of Excellence. Fellow NACM members, of Lindgren-Boyce, have said "Her willingness to work hard for this organization has really affected results that benefit us all," and praised her dedication to helping other credit professionals achieve their certification and education goals.

Salt Lake City Credit Professional, D’Ann Johnson, Receives National Award of Excellence

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July 17, 2012: Columbia, MD—The National Association of Credit Management (NACM) has recognized D'Ann Johnson, CBF of West Jordan, UT, as the recipient of the 2012 CBF Designation of Excellence Award. Johnson was honored at NACM's 116th Annual Credit Congress and Exposition, held in Grapevine, TX, June 10-13, 2012.

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 honor those designation holders who strive for excellence in all aspects of their professional development. Based on her noteworthy record of accomplishments and service, D'Ann Johnson was chosen as this year's outstanding CBF designee.

Illinois Credit Professional, Lawrence O’Brien, Honored As Mentor of the Year

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Award Presented by the National Association of Credit Management

July 19, 2012: Columbia, MD—The National Association of Credit Management (NACM) honored Lawrence O'Brien, CCE, ICCE of Algonquin as the 2012 NACM Mentor of the Year during the association's 116th Annual Credit Congress and Exposition, held in Grapevine, Texas, June 10-13.

Lawrence O'Brien, is not only a mentor, but a teacher and volunteer who encourages others to do the same. Guided by that belief, O'Brien implemented a unique approach when he secured budget money to promote continued education and professional designations for the credit staff at his company, Potash Corporation in Northbrook. So far, four of five Potash credit managers have done so, earning their CCE and CICP designations.* In addition, Potash's credit department staff are members of many industry organizations and associations.

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