|Tamra S. Bevan, CFSP|
Profile: Tamra S. Bevan, CFSP, CFC
Job Title: Document Administrator
Company: Premera Blue Cross
Stats: Married. Three beagles (Duncan, Daisy Mae and Demi Sue)
Education: Bachelor of Science in Visual Communications w/concentration in Computer Graphics and Graphic Design; Business Forms Management Association (BFMA) member with active participation at both local and international educational events; Certified Forms Consultant (CFC); Certified Form Systems Professional (CFSP); CFC and CFSP Study Group Moderator; Form Systems Certification Board (FSCB) member.
How I Got Started: I actually started by drawing on continuous forms as I (and my little brother) was "locked up" in two bindery carts tied together. This served as an occasional daycare service for my mother, formerly a bindery manager for a business forms manufacturing company. Several years later, I was promoted to temporary employee of this same company working on multiple hand-bindery projects. Who knew a preteen could make so much money, especially when compared to baby sitting!
>Having grown up in the industry, it was only natural that my family encouraged, and I followed, their push into four years of graphics in high school, and then a major in visual communications in college (computer graphics, graphic design, multi-media, print production management, and so on). While in college, I was also a consultant for the computer graphics lab and a camera operator for a local prepress imaging company.
To my fortune, my first post-college job landed me in our industry. The rest of the story is history. My professional career has now spanned desktop publishing and prepress management for a forms manufacturing company, print procurement and operations management for a marketing agency, and now, forms management at Premera Blue Cross.
As for BFMA, I owe thanks to a past coworker of mine for introducing me to this fabulous organization, and the industry-related certifications that it supports. I also owe thanks to the members of the NW Chapter for making me feel so welcome, and for never letting me go. I have been actively involved with the BFMA for several years now, and plan to continue my involvement for many, many years to come.
Current Professional Duties: I was instrumental in the implementation of a corporate forms management program at Premera Blue Cross. I continue to assist in the expansion of our program throughout the organization, along with the development, testing and training on our custom forms management system.
On a day-to-day basis you will find me doing any of the following functions: design and analysis, database administration, compliance screening, bootleg forms policing, systems training, client education, promoting our program, and so on. I am fortunate to work with an excellent team of supportive and dedicated associates that believe in the disciplines of forms management. I am such an advocate of BFMA and CFSP that I'm also known as the "BFMA Recruiter" by team members.
As for BFMA, I am honored to be on the international board as VP of Administration, a member of the Form Systems Certification Board (FSCB), as well as President for BFMA's NW Washington Chapter. I am also a speaker at both the local and international level.
How Being a CFSP Has Helped My Career: First of all, just studying for the CFSP exam exponentially increased my knowledge of this industry. At the time I was highly trained in a few key areas of the exam, but was quickly brought up to speed in other areas through my involvement in a study group. Since earning my CFSP, I believe that it gave me the edge for being hired for my current employer. My team views me as the "resident expert" and my title gives our program that extra bit of creditability, and even leverage throughout our organization.
Recommendations to Future CFSPs: Don't be afraid of the test! This test is designed for the seasoned professional, not the beginner; therefore you are being tested on what you already know. In areas that you feel weak, join a study group and soak up the experience of others. In return, saturate them with your expertise and you will all benefit immensely. In addition, take advantage of the BFMA educational opportunities at both the chapter level (where available) and the international level. Go on applicable industry tours to see and touch things first hand. The combination of self-study, group-study, tours, and other BFMA educational opportunities will only make you stronger.
I'm not implying that this test is easy. What good would the certification be if it was? However, the structure of this test does give you a little room to be great in one area and a little weak in another area and still pass. However, if you don't succeed the first time, your results will reveal your weak areas to concentrate harder on for the next exam. You are a professional in this industry and you deserve to have this certification. Go for it!
Favorite Movie(s): Pretty much any "chick flick" will make me happy, or sad, depending on the movie. I love the romance, the humor and the friendships. And yes, I will cry even on the hundredth viewing of movies such as The Bridges of Madison County, Untamed Heart and The Notebook.
Passionate About: Friends and family, my three beagles, husband and children, camping with all of the above, and of course, the BFMA and the CFSP program.
Personal Statement [Personal and/or Professional]: Don't go to bed mad! I unfortunately learned the hard way, so will try to never let it happen again. Life is precious and we must always communicate with the ones we love.