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David Dungan, Director of Credit
Justin Brands, Inc. (A Berkshire Hathaway company)
Fort Worth, Texas
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Corporate Credit Mgr
Fulton Paper Company
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Kimberly-Clark Customer Financial Services
Leadership Profile: Steve Savino
Steve Savino, Manager of Credit & Collections
ASSA Abloy Americas Division, New Haven, CT
The Credit function - especially in today's rapidly changing and competitive environment - cannot exist as an overhead department. Rather, we need to think of Credit as a revenue source. That's possible with the resources in the typical credit operation, but only if you think a little differently. At ASSA Abloy Credit, we're working on implementing a new business model whereby we can help our customers' customers obtain financing through an outside captive finance firm. This will help us book sales even if it's not in our customers' budgets. This kind of thinking really brings credit beyond straight risk-management (which is very important, of course) and is the key to not only surviving, but prospering in the coming years.
- Married. Wife Elizabeth is a microbiologist.
Interests & Hobbies
- Volunteer crisis counselor for Samaratins, a non-profit suicide prevention line. First, it certainly gives you perspective. Second, in my 'day job,' I'm negotiating financial matters; and at night, I'm able to use the same negotiating skills with people to help keep them alive. In these times there are a lot of similarities in both positions!
- President of the NE Regional Dallas Cowboys regional fan club - Americas' Team!
- Director of O.P.M., cable network TV show on consumer credit issues.
- Member, NACM Connecticut, 30 years
- NACM Architectural Door & Hardware Mfgers Credit Group, NACM CT
- Director NACM CT Chapter
- Northeast Division Credit Manager, Rexel Company, Upper Marlborough, MD, 2007 - 2010
- Credit Manager, Stanley Access Technologies, The Stanley Works, New Britain, CT, 2003 - 2007
- Director of Credit/Asset Manager, Gerber Scientific, South Windsor, CT -- 1990 - 2003
- Credit Manager, WFSB TV 3, Hartford, CT, a Post-Newsweek station, 1986-1989
- School teacher, Connecticut system
B.S., business administration with sociology minor, Eastern Connecticut State University, Willimantic, CT
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