Thea Dudley

Speaker, Trainer, Strategist
Finance, Business, Leadership

Thea Dudley is a credit management survivor in the building material and construction industry. She started out working with her subcontractor dad, and shortly thereafter realized that manual labor was not for her. She then moved into the power seat of the business — granting credit and collecting the money. Thea has spent her 30 year career working across the credit departments of manufacturers, suppliers, dealers, contractors, subcontractors, leading credit teams, aiding accounts payable, and bringing order to cash processes to improve the cash flow of both the company and the customer. She held Vice President of Finance roles at two major industry players, and has trained and managed credit managers, sales reps, and even company presidents to think of the credit function in a profit-generating light.

Thea writes a credit Q&A Column and Webex series for LBM Journal. She is a past contributor to ProSales magazine and is a frequent speaker at industry events, podcasts and virtual learning. Thea works with credit departments across the country to secure healthy AR management and proactive credit and collection practices.

Professional Summary

Thea Dudley is one of the nation's leading experts on AR management in the building material dealer and construction space. She has spent her entire career in the construction and building materials industry. Building on her understanding of contractor credit, she quickly moved into credit management roles with Roofing Supply, Louis and Company, and West-Mar. She then spent 16 years with Guardian Building Products, developing many of their credit programs and running the financial services department before moving to SRS Distribution. Thea is now following her passion of educating and leading the next generation of credit overlords. She has developed a Credit Masterclass for Levelset and her first book, The Credit Overlords Guide to Credit and Collections is heading into its revised second edition this fall.


Popular Programs

Credit 101 for Sales

Top 10 Cashflow Killers and How to Avoid Them

What Keeps Credit Managers Up At Night and Why You Should Care

The Changing Role of Risk Management

Credit: Your Secret Sales Weapon

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"Thea's tell-it-like-it-is approach is refreshing, entertaining, and insightful. Her messages, based on real-life stories, set her apart from speakers who don't have the authentic experience to draw from. She delivers honest answers to tough questions. It's clear that she knows her stuff.”

Rick Schumacher | Executive Editor & Publisher, LBM Journal


“Thea packs her sessions with simple and enlightening knowledge applicable to everyone in the industry. Her coaching-style approach of soft skills and workplace communication are delivered concretely with a heaping helping of humor that keeps the audience engaged.”

Alex Dunn | Director of Content Marketing, Levelset, A Procore Company


“We have had the pleasure of working with Thea in a variety of settings. Her vibrant personality and refreshing no-nonsense approach is welcomed by our members and customers, and consistently sets our educational programs apart from the competition.”

John Flora | President & CEO, NACM Business Credit Services