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Jim Dezell, Senior Vice President, Marsh Trade Credit

jim dezellJim joined Marsh in 2003, and has over 24 years of trade credit insurance experience. Jim is the practice's Growth Leader, and is based in the New York office. Throughout his career, he has structured and orchestrated some of the largest credit insurance programs in the U.S. -- several for global companies that are leaders in their industry segments. He has placed programs for major manufacturing concerns, chemical producers, media groups, publishers and consumer product companies. He focuses on educating Marsh staff and their clients on the values of trade credit protection.

Before coming to Marsh, Jim was the Regional Vice President for Swiss Re's credit insurance arm, NCM (now known as Atradius). Jim started there in 1988. He oversaw their operations in the Northeast, and was responsible for opening NCM's offices in Canada in 1999.

Jim has extensive experience in finance, credit and business development.

Jim earned a BS in Communications from Boston University and an MBA in International Business from Boston College.


Michael Ford, Vice President of Regulatory Compliance and Quality, BDP International

michael fordMichael Ford is a career professional in international transportation, specializing in import/export documentation and regulatory compliance. He is responsible for BDP International's regulatory compliance unit.

Michael's activities include developing and administering the company's consulting arm in value-added product offerings such as regulatory compliance, supply chain security, duty drawback, insurance, customer education and logistics process analysis/management, and all topical governmental issues connected with the handling and administration of export and import cargo.

Michael's leadership in communication and system logic on governmental rules and regulations is central to BDP's ability to understand and resolve complex regulatory issues quickly, decisively and with minimal impact upon customers.

Michael has been associated with BDP for more than 34 years. Prior to his current role, he headed the company's regional ocean export service division as vice president. For the past 17 years, he has worked with and served as an advocate for some of the world's leading companies, interacting with the U.S. Customs Service and the Department of Commerce/Census Bureau, in the development, piloting and automation of import and export programs. Among his other affiliations, Michael is the co-chair for trade on the Export Committee in the development of the new Customs ACE system and has served with Customs as a member of COAC (Commercial Operations Advisory Council), a vice-chair of the Mid-Atlantic District Export Council, and chair of the partner sector with the American Chemistry Council, Responsible Care Committee. He also teaches an MBA international logistics course at Saint Joseph's University in Philadelphia.


Kevin Hebner, Senior Foreign Exchange Strategist, JPMorgan Chase Bank, N.A.

kevin hebnerPrior to his position at JPMorgan, Kevin was a global investment strategist and partner at Third Wave Global Investors, a global macro hedge fund based in Greenwich, Connecticut. From 1999 to 2004, he was a global investment strategist and managing director at Credit Suisse Asset Management, Japan, and was UBS's Japan strategist from 1996 to 1999.

Kevin holds a PhD in financial economics from Queen's University, Canada.


Lizbeth Rodriguez-Johnson, Attorney, Holland & Hart LLP

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Craig Schurr, Senior Vice President and Manager, FirstMerit Bank - International Banking Division

craig schurr Craig Schurr is a Senior Vice President and Manager of FirstMerit Bank’s International Banking Division. Craig is responsible for the overall international business activities of the Bank including foreign correspondent banking, foreign exchange, trade finance and structured finance products and the sale of services to companies throughout FirstMerit Bank’s banking franchise.

Craig joined FirstMerit in 2009 and has over 44 years of experience in banking with 32 years focused solely on international banking. Previously Craig worked for National City Bank, Bank One, Mellon Bank, and Equibank where he held senior management positions in Audit, Treasury Management and International Banking.

Craig is a Board member of the Bankers Association for Finance and Trade and also co-chair of the association’s North American Council. Craig is a member of the Northern Ohio District Export Council (NODEC) and a former member of The Global Council, the Advisory Board of Thunderbird, The School of Global Management in Glendale, Arizona Mr. Schurr is currently an Adjunct Professor at Thunderbird the School for Global Management teaching a class in Export Import Management, a volunteer for the Financial Services Volunteer Corp and a frequent speaker at regional and national trade association conferences.

Over his career Craig has assisted hundreds of companies throughout the United States with their global business whether it is improving payment experience for global sales through effective deployment of trade tools, enhancing performance of global sourcing operations through effective management of the financial supply chain or efficient treasury management and hedging of foreign cash operations. Craig co-developed and taught an all day seminar entitled Inside Trade Finance which was designed to provide exporters with financing tools that effectively enhance and improve the profitability of international sales while enhancing relationships with global customers.


Gene M. Smith, Smith Brandon International, President

Gene M. Smith is the President of SBI and founded the company in 1996 with Harry B. Brandon. She specializes in international business intelligence and investigative services, and has extensive experience in economic and political analysis. Since SBI's founding, she has worked on projects around the world, with an emphasis on developing countries in Latin America, Southeast Asia, Central Europe, the Middle East, and Africa.

Gene has particular expertise in providing investigative services, including:

  • Due diligence
  • Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) investigations
  • Industry-specific country reports
  • Risk avoidance analysis
  • Background investigations of US and foreign businesses and individuals
  • Support for market entry abroad by newly formed business entities
  • Tailored business and competitive intelligence

She also has assisted international law enforcement authorities in the investigation and prosecution of fraud.

Gene Smith has developed a broad array of global resources that include a network of in-country associates who support strategic intelligence-gathering operations and state-of-the-art databases.

Her practice provides unique access to sources of information on companies, individuals and potential partners in developing nations and emerging economies. Beyond professional associates in countries around the globe, she has developed relationships with US and foreign government sources, international diplomatic resources, as well as sources in the US from competitive intelligence and law enforcement circles.

Gene is a former Officer with the US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), serving at the US Embassy in Brasilia, Brazil, and the US Consulate in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Prior to her service with the US Government, Ms. Smith was a prosecutor and trial attorney in Louisville, Kentucky and New Albany, Indiana.

Gene Smith received a B.A., with honors, from Spalding University (Louisville, KY). She has a Juris Doctor from the University of Louisville School of Law (Louisville, KY), which included a comparative law program through the University of Houston Bates College of Law in Cuernavaca, Mexico. She is fluent in Portuguese and speaks Spanish and French.

Skip Brandon, Smith Brandon International, Chief Operating Officer

Harry B. 'Skip' Brandon is Chief Operating Officer of SBI and founded the company in 1996 with Gene M. Smith. He has an extensive background in US and international investigations and counter-terrorism activities, with special expertise in providing in-country support to international corporate projects. His experience and expertise is particularly great in Latin America, Asia, Africa and Central Europe.

Skip Brandon has used a "hands-on" approach to various projects. He has:

  • Reviewed corporate operations from a security and anti-corruption perspective
  • Conducted security assessments of manufacturing plants and building complexes
  • Given lectures as part of law enforcement training sessions
  • Investigated security lapses and proposed improved security measures for companies operating in unstable environments
  • Developed and presented training modules related to the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA)

Skip Brandon is uniquely qualified to advise clients and provide accurate and timely information on such issues as risk avoidance and uncovering intelligence efforts directed against their companies. He is equally qualified and experienced in ensuring employee safety and asset security in high-risk areas, particularly in developing nations. Skip is a frequent contributor to television and radio news programs such as ABC, CNN, FOX News, MSNBC, and NPR.

Prior to founding SBI, Mr. Brandon directed the FBI's worldwide counter-terrorism efforts and had wide ranging responsibilities over National Security programs in his ultimate assignment as Deputy Assistant Director of the FBI for Counter-Terrorism and Counter Intelligence. Skip participated in domestic and foreign policy deliberations as a member of various Presidential Commissions, National Security Council working groups, and interagency forums. He testified frequently before the US Senate and the US House of Representatives. During his tenure with the FBI, Skip was assigned to numerous posts across the US, including Puerto Rico, where he was the Special Agent in charge of all FBI activities in the Caribbean Basin.

Skip holds a Masters of International Relations from the University of Texas (Austin, TX). He received his undergraduate degree from the University of New Mexico (Albuquerque, NM), and is also a graduate of the National War College (Washington, DC). A decorated combat veteran, Skip served six years with the US Navy, which included service in Vietnam. Mr. Brandon speaks fluent Spanish.

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The GSCFMI Curriculum



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The GSCFMI curriculum is presented equally in six primary subject matter concentrations:

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Sanctions, Embargo, Denied Parties

All US persons must comply with Office of Foreign Asset Controls (OFAC) regulations. The US Department of the Treasury, through OFAC, administers and enforces economic and trade sanctions based on US foreign policy and national security goals. Enforcement actions are taken against foreign countries and regimes, terrorists, international narcotics traffickers and those engaged in activities which threaten the national security, foreign policy or the economy of the United States. How sanctions and embargos are imposed and enforced based on specific US foreign policy and national security goals is addressed. Further, the due diligence steps necessary to avoid costly violations and/or imprisonment are reviewed.

End Users, Due Diligence & Necessary Documentation in the Event of an Audit, Best Practices


This course segment explores the authority of OFAC, as well as authority granted by specific legislation, to impose controls on transactions and freeze foreign assets under US jurisdiction. Many sanctions are based on United Nations and other international mandates, are multilateral in scope, and involve close cooperation with allied governments. Best practices for maintaining documentation in the event of an audit or an enforcement action that may involve a supplier or a customer are also discussed.


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International Investigations & Best Practices by Region

The best practices on the collection of intelligence and information for effective risk management and strategic planning are presented. The instructors provide advice based on their extensive experience on how to manage or avoid risk within various industries and geographic trading regions.

Using International Business Ethics to Strengthen Business Relationships

Gain regional and broad understandings of the various areas of the world to obtain necessary documentation and information on a global scale. Students are given practical methods to obtain information dependent on the area of the world and the various cultures in those regions. Additionally, the ability to recognize distracters that keep credit managers from successfully doing business around the world is taught.


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Basics of FX and How Markets Function

The foreign exchange market is a global market for trading currencies and determines the relative values of different currencies through a trading platform. How does the FX exchange market assist in facilitating international trade and investment? What impact can Foreign Exchange speculation have on the value of currencies, based on the interest rate differential between currencies? This course segment probes the intricacies of the "interbank market."

FX "The Balancing Act"

This session focuses on the impact of rapid and large flows of "hot money" on currency values due to changes in interest rates, GDP growth, FX reserve balances, trade surplus/deficit balances, current account balances, large cross-border mergers and other economic conditions. How the recent global "sovereignty" issues have impacted the currency values and currency availability of specific countries is also examined.


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Sovereign Risks Around the World

Through case studies, examine the global environment of ongoing elevated sovereign risk and the implications for banks and corporations doing business in specific countries. Sovereign credit risk has become a significant issue for European banks, and over coming years will affect global financial stability. The tools available to reduce the risks of non-payment are addressed.

Political Risks, Recent and Upcoming Events

Historically, specific political risk events have been virtually impossible to predict. The options available to manage and mitigate the risks of expropriation, nationalization and embargoes in various hot spots across the globe are explored.


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International Payment Methods

This session evaluates the various payment methods available when doing business internationally. Each method is examined exploring: the costs, administrative aspects, the level of risk of getting paid and the expected time frame for collection.

Creative Finance Structures

Discuss sophisticated finance packages to offer your clients to increase sales for various industries/products. Options to increase sales and speed collections, enhancing your company's bottom line, are reviewed.


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Use of Incoterms by Transportation Mode

The proper use of Incoterms in the various modes of delivery is reviewed in this segment. Learning to avoid costly mistakes in the transfer of documents can help you maintain control of your global shipments.

Incoterms and In-depth Review of Responsibilities, Obligation, Charges and Transfer of Title

This class familiarizes students with their obligations using Incoterms so they may fully protect their company through the transfer of title for transactions. A comprehensive understanding of a credit manager's responsibility to the point of transfer is necessary to ensure assets are covered through the delivery process.


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NACM and FCIB are honored to have eminent and esteemed practitioners in international business and financial management presenting its educational sessions.

Jim Dezell, Senior Vice President, Marsh Trade Credit Lizbeth Rodriguez-Johnson, Attorney, Holland & Hart LLP
Michael Ford, Vice President of Regulatory Compliance and Quality, BDP International Craig Schurr, Senior Vice President and Manager, FirstMerit Bank - International Banking Division
Kevin Hebner, Senior Foreign Exchange
Strategist, JPMorgan Chase Bank, N.A.
Gene M. Smith and Skip Brandon, Smith Brandon International, President and Chief Operating Officer, respectively


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Application Process and Tuition Investment


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To apply for admission to the GSCFM International program, complete the Application for Admission form. The application may be emailed to or mailed to NACM-National, 8840 Columbia 100 Parkway, Columbia, MD 21045-2158.

A $250 application fee must accompany the application form. This fee will be applied to the participant's tuition upon acceptance to the program.

The program tuition is $2,500. The program tuition covers the cost of books and materials, instructional fees and use of the school's facilities, dorm rooms, linen service, parking and athletic passes, meals and beverage breaks.

Due to programming and facility commitments, the following refund and cancellation policy applies:
- Prior to March 1st - full refund minus a $250 processing fee
- March 1st to April 30th - 50% refund for cancellations
- After April 30th - no refunds will be given though substitutions will be considered

In addition, a photo (passport, clear digital or driver's license), and a current resume must also accompany the application form. This information is provided to the faculty in order to help them prepare for the class.

All applicants will receive formal notice of admission to the program within three weeks of application. An invoice for the balance is sent following this notification. Payment is due upon receipt; tuition must be paid in full prior to the start of the program. Program materials will not be sent until the tuition is paid in full. All applicants should carefully read the program's Refund and Cancellation Policy found on the GSCFM page of NACM's web site. For questions, comments or to confirm administrative policies, please contact the NACM Meetings Department at 410-740-5560.

Application Checklist

  • Application form and deposit
  • Photo
  • Resume

Mail completed application package to:

8840 Columbia 100 Parkway
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Financial Scholarship Assistance

The NACM Scholarship Foundation, Inc. provides scholarships for financial assistance (partial funding) for GSCFM International students. The Professional Advancement Scholarship (PAS) is designed to support first-year GSCFM students and GSCFM International students who meet all entry standards, and are committed to the rigorous educational studies expected of its participants. Scholarship amounts are determined based on need and availability of funds. Please visit the Scholarship Foundation web page to learn more.


GSCFMI-logo webThe Graduate School of Credit and Financial Management International (GSCFMI)

Conducted on the Campus of Dartmouth College

Program Dates:  June 22- July 2, 2015

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"Global business has been around for hundreds of years and has always been daunting. Expertly dealing with multiple financial, legal and political systems presents constant challenges. Dealing cross border and cross culture can result in many pitfalls that, if not managed correctly, can negatively impact the value and collectability of receivables, and as a result, a company’s balance sheet. The speed of business today, facilitated by technology and a seemingly endless sea of information heightens the importance of getting “it” right every time. The added pressure of dealing with new, and ever expanding, regulatory environments makes the job of today’s international credit and finance professional even more challenging. It is more critical than ever that international business people have up-to-date information, tools and connections to facilitate flawless performance of their responsibilities. The international track of NACM’s Grad School is the perfect opportunity for credit and finance professionals to get the tools they need to succeed."
Craig Schurr, Senior Vice President and Manager FirstMerit Bank - International Banking Division
The National Association of Credit Management entered the arena of continuing, executive education almost 75 years ago. Today, NACM continues its dedication to the global promotion and enhancement of the business credit professional through its many educational programs, led by the GSCFM. NACM, in partnership with FCIB – internationally recognized as the premier association of executives in Finance, Credit and International Business – is pleased to uphold its position as leader in executive, continuing education with the new GSCFM International.

GSCFM International vigorously delves into complex global issues facing credit professionals across the world. In the evenings, participants have the unique privilege of networking with some of the brightest and most up-and-coming credit professionals, the students in the GSCFM program running concurrently with the GSCFM International.


Who should attend:

  • GSCFM alumni
  • CCE designation holders
  • CICP and ICCE designation holders
  • Executives who lead and conduct international credit operations

Learn more about the program.

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Dartmouth College is not a sponsor or co-sponsor of the NACM's GSCFM International.


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The GSCFMI Experience



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Thoughts on the relationships formed at GSCFM:

"It had such a positive impact on me and the networking was outstanding. I'm still in touch with the people I went to school with..."
Susan Delloiacono, CCE,
Director of Credit Services
CertainTeed, a subsidiary of Saint-Gobain Corporation
"I'm still in touch with at least half of my class. We became such good friends over the years, and also collaborate on many levels professionally."
Abdellah Laaraj, CCE, CICP
Finance Program Manager
Medtronic USA


Find out how to apply.

The GSCFM International program, like GSCFM, is held on the campus of Dartmouth College in Hanover, New Hampshire. Hanover is a picturesque community nestled in a valley on the banks of the Connecticut River. It is a little more than two hours by car from Boston, five from New York and three from Montreal.

Dartmouth College dormitories house participants, staff and instructors during the program. Meals are provided for participants, who are encouraged to attend every meal to facilitate professional networking and build fellowship among the faculty and other participants.

Participants may be required to complete advance-reading assignments so they are prepared to be actively involved in class discussions. Any assignments or reading lists will be shipped to participants in advance of the program. Attendance at all scheduled class sessions is mandatory. So each student maximizes on their attendance, participation in the discussion of assignments, class activities and projects is required.

On the final night of GSCFMI, participants receive a certificate of completion at a celebratory dinner. This final evening crowns four days of intense course work and solidifies newly cultivated relationships.

Preliminary Program Schedule

Monday, June 16
8:00am - 5:00pm Participant Arrivals
5:00pm Campus Tour and
Welcome Cookout
Tuesday, June 17 - Thursday, June 19
8:00am - 12:30pm Class in Session
12:30 - 1:30pm Group Lunch
1:30 - 3:30pm Class in Session
5:00pm Networking Dinner
Friday, June 20
8:00am - 12:30pm Class in Session
12:30 - 1:30pm Group Lunch
1:30 - 3:30pm Class in Session
5:00pm Photo Session, Certificate
Ceremony and Dinner
**Please note that all times are approximate
and are subject to change. 

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