High Point, N.C. — At its launch event today, DFS Solutions introduced the Certﬁed Commercial Finance Managers Association (“CCFMA”). “The CCFMA will serve not only as the governing body for CCFMs but will also provide comprehensive education programs to help those in our profession meet the highest standards in terms of knowledge, service excellence, and integrity,” said Toby Gelinas, Executive Vice President of DFS Solutions.
Deﬁning Standards for Commercial Finance Managers
The CCFMA’s mission is to provide consistent standards for the commercial ﬁnance industry by establishing the benchmark for education, oversight, and a code of ethics. “Commercial equipment dealers often struggle to ﬁnd staﬀ qualiﬁed to provide their customers with the ﬁnancial solutions they need buy their equipment,” says Gelinas. “When you hire a CCFM, you know you’re getting someone who has demonstrated the ability to run your ﬁnance department”.
A Rigorous Curriculum
The CCFMA oﬀers a variety of courses for both existing commercial ﬁnance managers who wish to perfect their skills as well as individuals wishing to start a career in commercial ﬁnance.
Courses normally take 12 weeks part-6me, and the curriculum includes:
- Commercial Credit
- Financial Statement Analysis
- Lender Management
- Sales Financing
- Service and Communica6on
- Selling Money
- Value-Add Products
- Documenta6on and Delivery
- Performance Reporting
Providing Oversight and Accountability
The CCFMA also handles any disciplinary issues with its members. “Just like other regulatory body, we want to hear if one of our members doesn’t meet the standards of our organization,” says Gelinas. Members found to be in viola6on of the CCFMA’s Code of Conduct will be immediately stripped of their designation.