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San Jose-Area Credit Professional, Kathleen Tomlin, Honored with O.D. Glaus Credit Executive of Distinction Award

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June 17, 2013: Columbia, Maryland—The National Association of Credit Management (NACM) honored Kathleen Tomlin, CCE of Dublin, California as the 2013 O.D. Glaus Credit Executive of Distinction* during its 117th Annual Credit Congress and Exposition, held in Las Vegas, Nevada, May 19-22, 2013. The Glaus Award recognizes an individual who has made significant contributions to the credit profession, who upholds the tenets of lifelong learning and who is highly esteemed by his or her peers. Tomlin is regional credit manager at Central Concrete Supply in San Jose, a company recognized for engineering higher-performing concrete, delivering high early-strength, low shrinkage and superior permeability with a significantly lower carbon footprint than standard ready-mix concretes.

Tomlin, exemplifies all the attributes of an experienced and dedicated credit professional. She has been active in the credit field for over 26 years, and is a member of NACM affiliate Credit Management Association (CMA). As Brian Atteberry, chairman of the CMA Honors and Awards Committee, said, “Kathleen represents the qualities we value and is considered by her peers to be an innovator, results-oriented individual who works for the benefit of the profession.”

Redwood City Professional, Hector Benitez, Receives National Award of Excellence from National Association of Credit Management (NACM)

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June 17, 2013: Columbia, Maryland—The National Association of Credit Management (NACM) honored Hector Benitez, CBF of San Jose, California with the 2013 CBF Designation of Excellence Award during the association’s 117th Annual Credit Congress and Exposition, held in Las Vegas, Nevada, May 19-22, 2013. Benitez is manager of credit and collections at Equinix, Inc. of Redwood City, a company that operates global International Business Exchange data centers in 15 countries worldwide, promoting safe and efficient data sharing.

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 his noteworthy record of accomplishments and service, Hector Benitez was chosen as this year’s outstanding CBF designee.

Houston-Area Business Credit Executive Val Venable Honored with National Association of Credit Management Award

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June 12, 2013: Columbia, Maryland—The National Association of Credit Management (NACM) honored Val Venable, CCE of Houston, Texas (Meyer Park/Willowdrome area) with the 2013 Alice M.H. McGregor Award during its 117th Annual Credit Congress and Exposition, held in Las Vegas, Nevada, May 19-22, 2013. NACM’s highest honor is the Alice McGregor Achievement Award, which memorializes one of NACM’s great leaders. This prestigious award recognizes creative approaches and consistent high performance that benefit the recipient’s company, affiliate, the national organization and the business credit profession. The award acknowledges exceptional achievement and an outstanding record of contributions to the profession. Award recipients serve as role models, set standards for others and apply their professional expertise outside of their companies. NACM was proud to present this award to Venable, who is the director of credit for Ascend Performance Materials, manufacturers of polyamide raw white and solution dyed fibers and filaments for textile and carpet yarn applications in Houston.

Venable has decades of service and accomplishments with NACM. Most recently, she testified at a May 21 hearing of the American Bankruptcy Institute’s Commission to Study the Reform of Chapter 11 held at NACM’s Credit Congress. Venable was one of three panelists that spoke about the problems that unsecured creditors have in dealing with the Bankruptcy Code’s Section 547 preference provisions.

Salt Lake City Credit Professional, Douglas Darrington, Receives Instructor of the Year Award from the National Association of Credit Management

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June 12, 2013: Columbia, MD—The National Association of Credit Management (NACM) honored Douglas Darrington, CCE of Magna, Utah as the 2013 Instructor of the Year during the association's 117th Annual Credit Congress and Exposition, held in Las Vegas, Nevada, May 19-22, 2013. Darrington is credit manager for Kilgore Companies LCC of Magna, a company specializing in road, utility and site construction, excavation and the maintenance of asphalt.

At Kilgore, is responsible for all credit functions in five company divisions across three states. Coworker Brian Hall praised Darrington saying, "This past year, [he and] his team reduced accounts receivables greater than 90 days by seven percent. This reduction is a direct result of his management and instruction skills. He brings the best out in his employees and takes the time to teach them."

Chicago-Area Business Credit Professional Denise Moller Honored as Student of the Year

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June 11, 2013: Columbia, MD—The National Association of Credit Management (NACM) honored Denise Moller, CCE, ICCE of Darien, Illinois, as the 2013 NACM Student of the Year during the association's 117th Annual Credit Congress and Exposition, held in Las Vegas, Nevada, May 19-22, 2013. Moller is a credit analyst with Tru Vue, a pioneer in non-glare glass surfaces used in commercial and museum-quality products in McCook.

Pursuing professional development in a post-recession landscape can be a challenge. For Denise Moller, attending NACM's Graduate School of Credit and Financial Management (GSCFM), held on the campus of Dartmouth College, meant fulfilling her dream of earning her Certified Credit Executive (CCE) designation. This executive-level certification from NACM endorses its achievers as capable of managing the credit function at an executive level in the areas of accounting, finance, domestic and international credit concepts, management and law. Moller was also voted by her peers to receive the graduate school's 2012 Student Leadership Award. Each class is comprised of two full-time sessions, each lasting nearly two weeks, for two consecutive years. The award reflects the participation and dedication of the student that most enhanced the experience for the rest of the attendees, who form quite a bond over the equivalent of a month's time together.

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