the tsl interview
made several good
friends from my
time involved with
CFA. There is no doubt
in my mind that I’ve
gained insight as to
how to run my
business better from
getting to know
those contacts I’ve
made through CFA.
lenders, and we’ve started developing
more education programs for that segment of the membership, and trying
to focus more on what the existing
membership is looking for.
In my opinion, opening up the chapter membership and Executive Committee spots to non-lenders was another
step and it was a big one in changing
the perception and the future direction
of the Association as it continues to
adapt to member needs. I think we have
continued to adapt to changes in the industry and promote what we offer and
explain why lenders and factors should
be involved in CFA, and now we need to
communicate the message.
Is there anything you would like CFA
members to know that you’ve learned
through your experiences as presi-
dent and chairperson?
I would tell them that the volunteer
leadership of the Association is made
up of quality people who really work
tirelessly, often unappreciated, for the
good of the members. People who are
not involved should consider getting
involved. It has been a very rewarding
experience for me.
I’ve made countless business
contacts, developed strong industry
relationships and made several good
friends from my time involved with
CFA. There is no doubt in my mind that
I’ve gained insight as to how to run my
business better from getting to know
those contacts I’ve made through CFA.
When I’m looking at making a change
in my business, I’ll call some of the
people I’ve met around the country or
different markets with whom I don’t
compete and say, “Hey, how do you do
things?”, and it’s that open exchange
that can be so useful.
People may misconstrue what’s in-
volved in becoming a volunteer or be
hesitant to take that initial step. The
chapters are a great way to take that
first step and become more involved.
I was involved at the chapter level
first, and my motto has always been,
if somebody asks me to do something,
I won’t say no unless I just can’t due
to scheduling issues. And so when I
was asked to do things as a chapter
volunteer I said yes, and before I knew
it I was on the Management Commit-
tee and went through the chain.
Michele Ocejo is executive editor of The