North Central Affiliate of the National Association of Credit Management (NACM)
has named Jerry Drake, CCE, financial services manager for Viracon Inc. of Owatonna,
Minn., the 2004 Credit Business Executive of the Year. The peer-reviewed award
is given to an NACM member who has demonstrated exceptional leadership within
the organization and contributed to its growth and development through volunteer
For more than 30 years Drake has been an active NACM member, and is also a
board member of NACM North Central and incoming chairperson for 2005-2006. He
has also served as chairperson of the National Improved Construction Practices
Committee (ICPC) and the National Construction Industry Credit Group. He earned
his certified credit executive (CCE) designation in 2000.
"Jerry really deserves this honor," said Don Pyatt, president of
Viracon. "He has shown the same dedication and leadership here at Viracon
throughout his 20 years with the company. Both Viracon and Apogee have benefited
greatly from Jerry's participation in NACM."