Charlene Gothard, CBF
CFDD National Chairman (2015-2016)
CFDD has been very important to me through the years. It has given me the education I needed for my job, the networking to support that learning, the chance to grow and share with other members and a plethora of friends along the way.
I was always willing to participate, in the background, doing whatever was needed for the chapter on a local level. Then a very good friend pushed (and pushed) to get me out of my comfort zone. I moved through the chairs on the local level (a couple of times) and then that good friend pushed me to become an area director and here I am today before you. During this time, I have had the support from that friend and many other friends I met along the way. That is what is really great about CFDD - the support everyone is willing to give, share and sometimes shower upon you. Each one has stepped up time and time again. All of these wonderful people support, mentor and guide not only me, but many others, time and time again.
I challenge each of you to take that step out of your comfort zone and rely upon the CFDD tradition; you will always receive more than you give.
I would also like to thank my family for their support during this 26 year adventure with CFDD.
My theme for this year is CFDD- A Collaborative Family of Dynamic & Dedicated Credit Professionals. We all know what CFDD really means, but this is what CFDD truly is. It is about the members, the family, the learning, the sharing and the passion for our profession, education and networking.