Member Highlight: AJ Bruce

Aug 10, 2016 • ARA Member SpotlightNo Comments

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AJ Bruce, son of Paul Bruce, Jr., has always had a passion for weapon design and application. Even in his childhood, AJ was enthralled with the Military Channel. This fascination manifested not only in AJ’s unfolding career, but in his strong character as well.

AJ received his Master’s Degree in mechanical engineering from Stevens Institute of Technology in Hoboken, New Jersey this past spring. AJ worked his way through college, doing whatever necessary to achieve his goal. This competitive outdoorsman stunned employers when he and four other seniors from his class entered their project in a demonstration against schools from all over the country. AJ’s team won the bid and were deemed the “A team,” resulting in him obtaining three job offers from military contractors before his graduation. (more…)

Member Highlight: Marcelle Egley-Sparks

Jul 11, 2016 • ARA Member SpotlightNo Comments

 

Marcelle Egley-Sparks, owner of ABA Recovery, is a true inspiration. Aside from managing the daily stress and responsibilities of being a business owner, Marcelle dedicates her free time to her local Awana program. Through the Awana program, Marcelle is able to mold and influence young lives by mentoring the children and instilling strong leadership characteristics in them. Marcelle has always been a wonderful role model within our industry and the children of her Awanas group are lucky to have her as a mentor. Thank you, Marcelle, for all that you do for us and for your community.

Thank You, Jim Hall

May 10, 2016 • ARA Member SpotlightNo Comments

Jim Hall

Jim Hall is one of those men who go above and beyond in every aspect of life. Jim has given innumerable hours to growing and improving our association and industry as a whole. We are very proud to call Jim an ARA board member and friend. We would like to specifically thank Jim for his contribution to NARS 2016. Jim, in addition to his NARS committee duties, organized and facilitated the NARS 2016 AT&T Stadium Tour. From coordinating with the stadium to making sure the tour and transportation went smoothly, Jim prepared and planned every step of the way. Thank you, Jim, for all the work that you have done for ARA and NARS. We truly appreciate your loyalty and dedication to ARA and our industry. Without Jim, and the rest of the 2016 planning committee, NARS would not be the successful event that it has become.

Are you paying too much for background checks?

May 5, 2016 • ARA News and EventsNo Comments

Register Now for this month's webinar
Join us for our May webinar focusing on:
Low Cost, Secure Background Checks – A Major
Step On The Road To Compliance

presented by Doug Duncan and Ken Graves of TalentValue
 
Register Online

Wednesday, May 11, 2:00 p.m. CDT / 3:00 p.m. EDT

OR
Register Online

Thursday, May 12, 11:00 a.m. CDT / 12:00 p.m. EDT

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.

We are also excited to announce that the state of Louisiana now recognizes all ARA webinars as part of the eight hours of continuing education that is required to renew state licenses.

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.

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NARS 2016 Sets The Bar

Apr 27, 2016 • NewsNo Comments

Rocky Bleier & Jerry Wilson

The 8th Annual North American Repossessors Summit (NARS) ushered in a new era for the recovery and remarketing industry. From a record-breaking attendance of nearly 600 attendees, including recovery and remarketing professionals and lenders, to a wildly successful auction contributing $9,600 to the Recovery Agents Benefit Fund, NARS proved to be the “must attend” event of the year. NARS 2016 was a high-demand event for both attendees and exhibitors alike. Sponsorships and exhibitor opportunities were sold out far in advance even though additional opportunities were added for the 2016 summit.
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Harding Brooks Insurance

Apr 5, 2016 • Tools & InsightsNo Comments

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Harding Brooks Insurance Agency
is excited to be the 2016 Headline Sponsor for the second consecutive NARS! At NARS 2015, we were able to meet many new ARA members, and discuss the questions and concerns facing the industry today. Harding Brooks is committed to the success of the repossession industry. Our goal has been, and will remain to be, the leader in providing expert advice on insurance and industry standards. (more…)

Register Now For The March Webinar

Mar 24, 2016 • NewsNo Comments

Register Now for this month's webinar

Join us for our March webinar focusing on:
Personal and Workplace Safety and Personal Property Handling
presented by Dave Kennedy of First Credit Resources

Register Online
Tuesday, March 29, 2:00 p.m. CST / 3:00 p.m. EST

OR

Register Online
Wednesday, March 30, 11:00 a.m. CST / 12:00 p.m. EST

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.

We are also excited to announce that the state of Louisiana now recognizes all ARA webinars as part of the eight hours of continuing education that is required to renew state licenses.

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.

Important Note To Our Members

Feb 23, 2016 • NewsNo Comments

Dear ARA Member,

I am writing to you today as a member and not a Board Member of the ARA.  I am very concerned about the RDN contract that is being presented to the industry.  Am I the only one? What are you doing about it?  Are you just bending over and signing it?  

When I signed on, I was told that, as a full version user, I would never have to pay to receive or report a repossession.  That was supposed to be the benefit of being a full version user versus a limited version user. 

As a Board Member, I was present when the RDN principals came to us and made promises that we would never see a price increase from them.  They stated that there were very early users that were paying less than $100 a month and they would NEVER pay any more than that to be an RDN user.  I feel deeply betrayed because I helped promote the use of RDN in the beginning and now I feel personally responsible for this.

They came to the ARA convention and said that these terms were forever as long as we stayed a full version user.  Now they have sold out to corporate America and the greed that goes with it.  We are looking at a 300% increase in my monthly expenses and because some clients have quirky billing procedure issues, I may have to pay $10 to receive and bill the same assignment. How is this helping our industry.

Now that clients are using this software to assign accounts, RDN thinks we have no choice but to sign so they can do anything they want to to us.  I am not sure what our choices are but I do not want to go down this road of dictation and unreasonable demands from people riding the backs of the agents to benefit themselves.

If I am wrong, please tell me so; it is this association that I love and trust.  If you are facing the same concerns, then let me know so that we can address this together. Maybe CORP could get involved.

Mary Jane Hogan
National Locating & Recovery, Inc.
Cell   205-529-6874

Register Now For The February Webinar

Feb 16, 2016 • ARA News and EventsNo Comments

Register Now for this month's webinar
Introducing The ARA Marketplace 
presented by Les McCook, ARA Executive Director 
Register Online
Wednesday, February 17, 1:00 p.m. CST / 2:00 p.m. EST
The ARA website has had several new upgrades and programs added to it. From an exciting new industry marketplace to updates to the ARA compliance monitoring system, we have some really exciting additions to introduce to you.
If you have any questions or feedback please contact ARA Home Office at
972-755-4755 or homeoffice@americanrecoveryassn.org.

ARA Awarded The Townsell Award

Feb 10, 2016 • ARA News and Events, NewsNo Comments

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During its annual meeting on February 2, 2016, the Irving Convention and Visitors Bureau presented four annual awards, recognizing outstanding achievement and contributions to the hospitality industry and to the Irving Community.

The American Recovery Association was unanimously selected as this year’s recipient of The Townsell Award. The Townsell Award recognizes an Irving-based individual or community organization that has made a difference by making Irving home to significant meetings, conventions, or events, just as Jackie made a home for Bear Creek residents.

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