July 10, 2014: Columbia, MDâ€”The National Association of Credit Management (NACM) honored Patrick Spargur, ICCE of Las Vegas, Nevada as the 2014 NACM Mentor of the Year during the association's 118th Annual Credit Congress and Exposition, held in Orlando, Florida, June 8-11, 2014. Spargur is credit manager at Global Experience Specialists, Inc. of Las Vegas, a worldwide event marketing company specializing in connecting people through live events.
Patrick Spargur is recognized for promoting continuing education and participation in his NACM affiliate, Credit Management Association (CMA) and in his industry trade association, the Gaming Credit Group where he served as group chair from 2011-2014.
"Patrick is willing to sacrifice his time, both work and personal, to teach and enhance the knowledge of his staff and peers in the profession of commercial credit," said Gent Culver, CICP, manager, credit and collections, Investor Relations and Treasury, International Gaming Technology. "He has an 'open door' policy, making himself available at all times...to counsel fellow employees on life issues, helping them and guiding them through personal problems." Marcus Valerio, controller-Americas at Gaming Partners International USA, Inc. said that Spargur "goes out of his way to help with problems, questions and sometimes with general life issues."
A well-respected speaker and panelist at various conferences, Spargur is much in demand. He was honored as the 2013 CMA Mentor of the Year and received the 2013 FCIB Development and Growth Award. FCIB (the Finance, Credit and International Business Association) is NACM's international division, under which Spargur also holds the Certified International Credit Professional (CICP) designation and FCIB's lifetime International Certified Credit Executive (ICCE) designation, an international credit and risk analysis professional certification for those who excel beyond the CICP. Among other various volunteer positions, he served on the FCIB Global Board of Advisors in 2013.
Spargur's level of volunteering is exemplified by being the co-founder of Project 150 LV, a non-profit organization that provides clothes, food and support for homeless high school students in Las Vegas. The program was started at one local high school to support 150 homeless students. In two years, it expanded to 34 high schools in Las Vegas and Reno, where it now helps over 1,500 students.
"I feel like I share this with all those who mentored me and try to teach me to be an example for others," Spargur said. "Getting involved with the designation process was very important to solidifying my career path. To be able to share and receive ideas, you have to participate, you have to be active. You have to continue to look for any ways you can help."
The National Association of Credit Management warmly congratulates Patrick Spargur on being honored as the 2014 Mentor of the Year.
ABOUT THE NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF CREDIT MANAGEMENT
NACM, headquartered in Columbia, Maryland, supports more than 15,000 business credit and financial professionals worldwide with premier industry services, tools and information. NACM and its network of affiliated associations are the leading resource for credit and financial management information, education, products and services designed to improve the management of business credit and accounts receivable. NACM's collective voice has influenced federal legislative policy results concerning commercial business and trade credit to our nation's policy makers for more than 100 years, and continues to play an active part in legislative issues pertaining to business credit and corporate bankruptcy. Its annual Credit Congress is the largest gathering of credit professionals in the world.
The NACM-National Honors and Awards Committee bases its awards on a scoring system that rates nominees in nearly 50 areas of professional life, including their participation in NACM activities on local and national levels, service on local and national industry credit groups, educational attainment in the credit field, continuing education participation, professional accomplishments and dedication to the profession.
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National Contact: Caroline Zimmerman, 410-740-5560
Source: National Association of Credit Management