May 19, 2021
What encouragement we are beginning to feel with Covid numbers finally decreasing, vaccinations climbing in the general population, and people starting to get out around a bit more. I’m feeling nearly giddy about the near possibilities of seeing credit peers in person! The last year taught us so many life lessons, some of which we wish we didn’t have to experience (on reflection), and many more we’ll carry with us in newly developed lifestyles and professional ambitions.
I have to tell you, NACMCS staff have completely mastered this new virtual interaction that has developed into a heightened expectation. And while it is certainly secondary to in-person meetings, our use of the virtual platforms for industry groups, live demos, member and in-house meetings, educational sessions, accredited classes, and even our annual association member meeting have all become virtual offerings in the past year. We see ourselves coming/going on screen all day long!
What does the rest of 2021 look like for NACM activities? I can share with you the following plans: We are currently surveying industry group members and are transitioning individual groups back to in-person meetings as the majority become ready; some may stay virtual for now and we are ready to serve either way. Most classes will remain virtual this year, although you may start to see in-person opportunities in the third quarter. Out of accommodation to the annual Credit Congress postponing to October this year, Western Credit Conference will not be held in-person, but rather a virtual, live, and affordable series of offerings are being developed as an opportunity for those who won’t have approval to travel. More information to follow on this. NACMCS’ Foundation has developed a virtual raffle platform that just rolled out with really nice items available for winning. Members will enjoy visiting the virtual raffle at this link: https://nacmcsfoundation.eventgroovefundraising.com/raffle. Please also share the link with friends, family, and other peers to support the Foundation. Remember, all proceeds go toward scholarships for credit professionals seeking higher education. The annual golf scramble hosted by the Foundation is set for September 17 at the beautiful Coeur d’Alene Resort Golf Course.
Let us know how you’d like to hit your re-start button and engage with NACM!
Jennifer L. Walsh, CCE
NACM Commercial Services