The NACM Northwest Foundation has been around for nearly two decades, providing scholarship opportunities to credit professionals.
The scholarships offered through the Foundation assist applicants in the pursuit of education and training, achieving professional designation, and attending national and regional programs.
Board of Directors
The Foundation’s Board of volunteer Directors are elected annually by its membership. Board members are responsible for raising and distributing funds to support a wide variety of educational and professional development pursuits. To this end, the Foundation has awarded nearly $100,000 in scholarships.
Phylliss Clark Memorial Fund
The Phylliss Clark Memorial Fund was established in honor of the well-known and respected manager of the NACM Oregon education/communications department, who died in an auto accident Memorial Day weekend in 1993. Because of Phylliss’ strong commitment to education and her dedicated service to NACM and CFDD, the Foundation established an endowment worthy of her memory.
Each year, earnings from the endowment are distributed as scholarships to qualified members of the two Oregon-area Credit & Financial Development Division (CFDD) chapters to offset registration and attendance costs to regional conferences. In selecting these yearly scholarship recipients, special recognition is given to first time attendees.
The NACM Northwest Foundation promotes and advances the professionalism of individuals in credit management and provides career development opportunities. (Applications must be downloaded to your computer for electronic signatures to work on fillable PDFs)
Charlene Gothard, CBF, and senior credit representative at Purina Animal Nutrition LLC, received several NNF scholarships that helped pay for attending the Pacific Northwest Credit Conference and National Credit Congress. She is the CFDD National Chair Elect and strongly supports NNF’s mission of helping credit professionals. Participating in NACM or CFDD is “investing in yourself, professionally,” says Gothard. “NNF scholarships are a way to make that investment even if you may work at a company that doesn’t support professional development. If your company does support professional development, it’s a way to pay them back.”
“Just the fact that an NNF scholarship is available to any local credit professional is amazing,” says Isaac Miller, NACM Northwest Board member and branch credit manager at Food Services of America. Miller received an NNF scholarship four years ago to attend NACM’s National Credit Congress. The conference was an experience he remembers to this day, though it was the availability of a scholarship that Miller found even more remarkable.
Pat Swope, CCE, CICP, Pacific Seafood’s director of accounts receivable and credit, credits NNF with inspiring both his staff and some aspects of his own professional development. NNF’s benefits were experienced by Swope when he received a scholarship for attending a National Credit Congress in Orlando, Florida. It was the only Credit Congress he has attended, but “what I saw at the congress convinced me to focus on getting my CCE.”
Jeff Butterfield, CCE, who works with Swope at Pacific Seafood took some of the key beginning CBA classes after receiving tuition assistance from NOF. “The NNF scholarship really got him started toward his first credit designation,” reports Swope. Butterfield has since attended NACM’s Graduate School of Credit and Financial Management at Dartmouth and in June of 2014 received his CCE designation. His success has inspired another credit professional at Pacific Seafood, Kathi Pieper, CBF, CCRA, to start on her own journey towards certification. Pieper passed the CBF exam in the summer of 2014.
Debora Diamond-Burt, CBA, CICP, and credit manager at Schnitzer Steel, discovered the benefits of an NNF scholarship when Portland hosted the NACM conference on international credit practices. An NNF scholarship awarded to Diamond-Burt and several credit administrators at Schnitzer, allowed them to stretch their company’s conference budget. “Several people were able to attend the conference instead of just one person,” Diamond-Burt says.
Debora’s first experience with NNF was when she received a scholarship to attend the CFDD National Credit Congress – an event she had not been able to attend. “The biggest benefit of NNF scholarships is the benefit of additional education,” Diamond-Burt realized. “Helping offset the cost to both employee and employer encourages us to go.” Her Schnitzer co-workers have drawn the same conclusion. Attending the International Business Day in Portland “started them on their path towards obtaining their certification,” reports Diamond-Burt. It sparked interest in certification and NACM-offered classes – for which they requested scholarships.
As a member of NACM’s National Board of Directors, Rick Weisman, CCE, Financial Manager at Graybar Electric, must attend the National Credit Congress. Yet every time Weisman has asked for assistance from NNF “They’ve been very willing to help,” he says. “The application is easy to complete,” says Weisman. “It’s a relief knowing how willing they are to help anyone with a need and an interest in education.