Member Highlight: Art Christensen

Dec 9, 14 • ARA Member SpotlightNo Comments

Screen Shot 2014-12-02 at 3.59.48 PMThis month’s Member Highlight is on Art Christensen, President of the Commercial Service Corporation and longtime member of ARA.

There is not enough room in this newsletter to highlight the accomplishments of Mr. Christensen, a one-of-a-kind man who has made invaluable contributions not only to the industry, but also in his community in Maplewood, New Jersey.

Art was one of the first to use automation in the industry, automating ARA, AFA and some of the largest repossession companies in America. His unbelievable career spans across 54 more years, four national association memberships and immeasurable contributions to ARA and the industry as a whole. (more…)

NARS Unveils New Website and Opens Early-Bird Registration For Three-Day Summit

Nov 11, 14 • ARA News and EventsNo Comments

We are proud to announce the unveiling of our recently redesigned NARS website, The site, which is now live, features new registration and exhibitor forms and other improvements to streamline user convenience during the summit’s registration process, as well as enhances the user’s overall experience with learning more about the event. (more…)

Member Highlight: Jeanne Bennett

Nov 10, 14 • ARA Member SpotlightNo Comments

Jeanne Bennett

Jeanne Bennett

This month’s Member Highlight is on a truly remarkable woman, Jeanne Bennett, owner of ATCO/Bennett Recoveries, Inc.

Jeanne volunteered her time as a Guardian Ad Litem for 13 years, as well as served on the Foster Care Review Board for 8 years.  Additionally, she has been a Sunday school teacher and ran a Scout Pack for four years, where she won a citywide Scout Award.

We’ll never forget receiving a call from Jeanne stating she was in jail and needed money to be bonded out, when in fact, she was a part of a “jail” fundraising project for Multiple Sclerosis, raising money for her favorite charity. This is just one of many great memories we have of Jeanne. (more…)

Compliance Will Separate Repo Winners From Losers

Oct 30, 14 • Recovery Industry NewsNo Comments


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Paul Kulas shares his thoughts on compliance. The original version can be found HERE.

In the recovery industry, Consumer Finance Protection Bureau (CFPB) compliance is still the topic everyone is talking about. Compliance has felt like a winter storm you know is coming, but hasn’t arrived yet. For your clients, the auto lenders, it’s a different story. CFPB regulations have hit them hard and created a “comply or die” situation. (more…)

Member Highlight: Mary Jane Hogan

Oct 15, 14 • ARA Member SpotlightNo Comments

Mary Jane Hogan Member Highlight

Mary Jane Hogan

This month’s Member Highlight is Mary Jane Hogan, President of National Locating & Recovery in Birmingham, Alabama and the First Lady of ARA. Mary Jane was the longest serving board member in the history of ARA and her commitment and loyalty is unquestioned. Her 23 years of service to an association that is “her life” will be remembered for it’s commitment, loyalty and drive to the entire membership. The fact that the membership elected her to the board eight times says a lot about their belief and confidence in her. (more…)

ARA’s 50th Annual Convention A Huge Success

Oct 13, 14 • ARA News and EventsNo Comments

Last month, ARA held their 50th Annual Convention in Clearwater Beach, Florida at the Hilton Clearwater Beach Resort. With more than 200 attendees, this was the biggest attendance that we have seen in years. Thanks to all of the speakers, exhibitors and guests who attended and participated at this year’s event – it was a huge success. The 51st Annual Convention is sure to be even bigger and better!

Convention   Convention  (more…)

Skip Tracing: The Lost Art of Conversation

ARA friend and colleague, Alex Price, recently wrote a guest blog for BellesLink regarding the art of communication in the skip tracing field. The original version can be found HERE

For years I have used my writings to advocate the power of networking, and have gone so far as to acknowledge that most of the success I have had in life is due to my ability to network. I have never thrown a business card away. I even carry a small recorder with me at all times to record some simple highlights of a conversation so that I can document it at a later time, as the old memory is not what it once was, and the gems gleaned from impromptu conversations are sometimes the most valuable. (more…)

Navy SEAL Commander, Rorke Denver, to Keynote NARS 2015

Sep 18, 14 • ARA News and EventsNo Comments

Photo credit: Aaron Huniu Photography

Photo credit: Aaron Huniu Photography

We are proud to announce that Commander Rorke Denver, decorated SEAL commander, training officer, author and movie star, will keynote NARS 2015. Denver will share military strategy and leadership lessons that attendees can use to enhance their success in the recovery industry while emphasizing the importance of industry unity. (more…)

ARA September Webinar Registration Now Available

Sep 9, 14 • ARA News and EventsNo Comments


Join us for this month’s webinar, How To Minimize Risk: Information On Safe Driver Programs, presented by Mike Peplinski, ARA’s insurance representative from Harding Brooks Insurance. Register now for our upcoming webinar sessions:

Wednesday, August 20, 11:30 a.m. CST / 12:30 p.m. EST

Thursday, August 21, 2:00 p.m. CST / 3:00 p.m. EST (more…)

Member Highlight: Emily Massey

Sep 3, 14 • ARA Member Spotlight2 Comments

Member Highlight - Emily Massey

This month’s member highlight is on Emily Massey of Stinger Certified Asset Recovery in San Antonio, Texas. Emily has been an avid member of this year’s Member Benefits Committee and has provided some great contacts to help make new benefits for our members. She’s currently working with a District Manager of Verizon Wireless to address a variety of opportunities to provide for ARA members, including the possibility of an equipment and accessories discount, data usage at 10gb per wifi device, customer support nationwide and contract length. (more…)

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