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AMERICAN RECOVERY ASSOCIATION ANNOUNCES PARTNERSHIP WITH RECOVERY DATABASE NETWORK

Sep 14, 2017 • NewsNo Comments

IRVING, Texas, September 15, 2017 – The American Recovery Association (ARA), the world’s largest association of recovery and remarketing professionals, is excited to announce a new partnership with Recovery Database Network (RDN). RDN, a business unit of KAR Auction Services (NYSE: KAR), is a specialized provider of software and data solutions related to the recovery of assets for the automotive finance industry. The agreement will help lenders manage and monitor vendor compliance by integrating ARA’s Compliance Monitoring System and compliance metrics with the various software solutions offered by RDN.

RDN VendorVision is a secure, web-based compliance management platform that connects companies with their vendors.

“This partnership will make RDN VendorVision a central component of the ARA’s broad portfolio of exclusive member benefits,” said Dave Kennedy, president of ARA. “By integrating RDN’s Recovery Solution and VendorVision products with ARA’s Compliance Monitoring System, clients will now have the ability to set standards and verify the necessary compliance training required for their recovery vendor network – creating a ‘culture of compliance’ within the American Recovery Association.”

There are currently nearly 150 lenders already utilizing both the RDN and the ARA systems. These lenders, as well as repossession agents within the industry, can benefit from this partnership.

“RDN is committed to supporting our lending partners with simplified, integrated and efficient products and services,” said Michael Briggs, president, and CEO of CarsArrive and RDN. “By working with ARA, we can help promote, monitor and manage compliance and meet the shared needs of repossession agents and lenders.”

The RDN partnership is just one of the many benefits offered to ARA members. Some of ARA’s other partnerships and member benefits include AW Direct, Experian Auto-check, Goodyear Tires, Direct Connect, Cruise One, Harding Brooks Insurance, National Independent Auto Dealers Association and PRIOS.

For more information about ARA, its partnerships and its member benefits, please visit repo.org. 

About American Recovery Association, Inc.

American Recovery Association (ARA) is the world’s largest association of recovery and remarketing professionals. ARA members specialize in locating and repossessing collateral on behalf of lending institutions, including banks, savings institutions, finance companies, credit unions, rental/leasing companies, and auto, truck and equipment dealers. ARA is a nonprofit association whose members serve 27,000 national and international cities. All members are certified independent business operators. For more information, call 972.755.4755 or visit the website at www.repo.org.

About Recovery Database Network: RDN is a specialized provider of software and data solutions related to the recovery of assets for the automotive finance industry. RDN connects auto lending institutions with every company in the repossession and disposition value chain: repossession companies; field visit companies; skip‐tracing companies; forwarding companies; and auto auctions. VendorVision from RDN is a secure, web-based compliance management platform that connects companies with their vendors. With VendorVision, organizations can define their compliance standards, manage documentation, track vendor performance, and assign tasks to achieve alignment. VendorVision offers a simple, user-friendly interface that is integrated with RDN’s industry-leading repossession management software. www.recoverydatabase.net

RDN Media Contact

Tobin Richer

KAR Auction Services, Inc.

(317) 249-4521

Tobin.richer@karauctionservices.com

 

 

A Look Back at NARS 2017

Aug 18, 2017 • NewsComments Off on A Look Back at NARS 2017

We had a wonderful time at NARS 2017 and hope you did too. Each year, we strive to make the event even bigger and better than before. From the networking and fun during the NARS Golf Tournament, the AT&T Stadium Tour and the DRN sponsored Patriot Party, to the roundtable sessions and dynamic speakers, there was never a dull moment. Attendees left the summit with key takeaways to bring to their businesses, inspired to finish the year out strong. Here’s a look at all the fun we had at NARS 2017.

Member highlight: Vreeland Wood of VJ Wood Towing, Recovery & Repair

Jun 6, 2017 • ARA Member Spotlight, NewsComments Off on Member highlight: Vreeland Wood of VJ Wood Towing, Recovery & Repair

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This month’s member highlight is on Vreeland Wood of VJ Wood Towing, Recovery & Repair, a third generation, family owned and operated towing and recovery company located in Hamburg, PA.

Vreeland and his wife Linda are very involved in their local community and have just donated land for use as a community garden. They also serve on the Board of Directors of “The Our Town Foundation,” a non- profit community economic development organization.

This foundation not only helps the city maintain its properties, but also hosts several local festivals, including the famous “HAMBURGER FESTIVAL,” which garners around 40,000 people!

Mr. Wood is the operations chairman and serves on the council at his church. He is also on a committee helping to purchase and restore their local theater, “Hamburg Strand,” an icon in their city.

For the past 12 years, Vreeland and his wife have enjoyed traveling many states with 2 of their 6 kids with their “RepoZest Drag Racing Team,” and are the proud grandparents of 7 grandchildren under the age of 3 l/2 years.

Thank you Vreeland, for being an outstanding ARA member!

Member Highlight: David Landy

May 16, 2017 • ARA Member Spotlight, NewsComments Off on Member Highlight: David Landy

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This month’s member highlight is on David Landy of Universal Auto Recovery in Detroit, Michigan. David has been an ARA member since 1985 and is heavily involved in the Detroit community. He and his wife Carolyn are actively involved in their church, serving as deacon and chaplain. For the last 10 years, David has facilitated a group called Celebrate Recovery, an outreach program for those living in the inner city who are struggling with various problems, ranging from hurts and hang ups to addictions.

Outside of this ministry, David and Carolyn enjoy fishing, hunting and competitive archery. They have six children and five grandchildren, with another grandbaby on the way. Thank you, David, for being an outstanding ARA member for the past 32 years!

Member Highlight: Malcolm & Michele Ray

Apr 6, 2017 • NewsComments Off on Member Highlight: Malcolm & Michele Ray

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This month’s member highlight is on Malcom and Michele Ray, owners of Safety Adjusters, Inc. and high school sweethearts who’ve been together for nearly 35 years. Safety Adjusters, Inc. was founded in 1965 by Doyle Ray, Malcolm’s Dad; the two bought the company in 1988 and have been running it side by side ever since.

They have been ARA members since 1981 and also belong to TFA. Malcolm is a lifetime member of the Young Men’s Business League (YMBL) and has served in numerous positions throughout the years, including President, Fair Chairman, Rodeo Chairman and Board Member.

Both Malcolm and Michele have been volunteers and have donated their time to working YMBL charity events and to various other efforts to raise money to find a cure for Cancer, Muscular Dystrophy and many other diseases.

Michele is an animal rights activist, donating time and money to local animal shelters in an attempt to rescue and find forever homes for neglected and abused animals.

When not working or donating his time, Malcolm enjoys working on his farm, traveling with family and trail riding.  Michele enjoys anything family, interior decorating and design, and for those of you who know her… shopping!

Register Now for the March Webinar

Mar 22, 2017 • NewsComments Off on Register Now for the March Webinar

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Join us for our March webinar focusing on:

Social Media & Workplace Violence

presented by Dave Kennedy, ARA Director of Compliance & CEO of First Credit Resources

REGISTER

Wednesday, March 29
11:00 a.m. CT / 12:00 p.m. ET

or

REGISTER

Thursday, March 30
2:00 p.m. CT /3:00 p.m. ET

American Recovery Association provides a free continuing education webinar series for recovery and remarketing professionals. The one-hour webinar offers education about the latest recovery laws and regulations, compliance policies and industry issues.

This presentation is geared towards owners, managers, employees, and field agents. ARA members must register online for the webinar with individual email addresses to receive a certificate of completion. If computer sharing is necessary, please provide a list of employee names and email addresses in an excel spreadsheet to tricia@americanrecoveryassn.org.

If you have any questions or feedback about our continuing education webinar series, please contact ARA Home Office at 972-755-4755 or homeoffice@americanrecoveryassn.org.

Home Office Has Moved!

Mar 1, 2017 • ARA Member Spotlight, NewsComments Off on Home Office Has Moved!

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That’s right, our office has officially moved. The new address is: 1400 Corporate Drive, Suite 175 | Irving, TX 75038. Please take note of this address change for any of your administrative purposes, especially for any mail you plan to send us. We would like to highlight Nichole Harvill, CSR, of A.R.B. of Louisiana Inc. for being the first visitor to ARA’s new home office! We’d also like to thank Tricia Corkern and Reina Pastrana for holding down the fort at home office and for their exceptional service to ARA.

Register Now for the February Webinar

Feb 8, 2017 • NewsComments Off on Register Now for the February Webinar

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Join us for our February webinar focusing on:

Staying Current on Compliance
presented by Dave Kennedy of First Credit Resources

Register Online

Wednesday, February 15, 11:00 a.m. CT / 12:00 p.m. ET

OR

Register Online

Thursday, February 16, 2:00 p.m. CT /3:00 p.m. ET

 

This presentation is geared towards owners, managers, employees, and field agents.

ARA members must register online for the webinar with individual email addresses to receive a certificate of completion. If computer sharing is necessary, please provide a list of employee names and email addresses in an excel spreadsheet to tricia@americanrecoveryassn.org.

American Recovery Association provides a free continuing education webinar series for recovery and remarketing professionals. The one-hour webinar offers education about the latest recovery laws and regulations, compliance policies and industry issues.

If you have any questions or feedback about our continuing education webinar series, please contact ARA Home Office at 972-755-4755 or homeoffice@americanrecoveryassn.org.

Member Highlight: Brad Webb

Feb 7, 2017 • NewsComments Off on Member Highlight: Brad Webb

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This month’s member highlight is on new board member Brad Webb of Premier Adjusters. Back in November on one of the coldest nights of the year, Brad’s adjuster, Dave Wojcik, repossessed a vehicle for a major lender. As Dave was driving down the road he noticed the lights on the car were flashing, so he pulled over and found the owner of the vehicle inside. It turned out that the elderly man had been sleeping in his car because he had recently lost his job and couldn’t afford to pay his electric bill.

Brad and Dave decided to split the man’s electricity bill to help him get through the Thanksgiving holiday. The following day the gentleman redeemed his vehicle and thanked everyone at Premier Adjusters for their kindness and informed them he had just gotten his old job back and that things were looking up for him.
Thank you Brad and everyone at the Premier Adjusters office for going above and beyond your duties and upholding the highest moral standards.

Member Highlight: Joan Hudson

Jan 5, 2017 • NewsComments Off on Member Highlight: Joan Hudson

 

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This month’s member highlight is Joan Hudson, owner of A.R.B. of Louisiana and 17-year ARA member and Director. Outside of being an exemplary ARA board member, Joan is passionate about volunteering with the non-profit Providence House, a shelter for battered women and their children, in Shreveport, Louisiana. Providence House is more than just a shelter, it’s also a rehabilitation center that takes 18 families at a time through an 8-week course to teach life and job skills. Once the family completes the course, Providence House provides them with housing. Joan runs errands, picks up groceries from Brookshire’s, fulfilled Christmas gifts for an entire family, and worked with John Messiah at Uber to provide the women at Providence House with a special Uber discount that allows them to get from point A to point B. Joan is grateful to have support from her whole A.R.B. team and says Providence House is a great cause that she is happy to put her time and energy into.

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