ARA January Webinar Registration Now Available

Jan 21, 15 • ARA News and EventsNo Comments

Register Now for this month's webinar


Join us for our January webinar, The Service Members Civil Relief Act, presented by Dave Kennedy of First Credit Resource. Register now for our upcoming webinar sessions:

Tuesday, January 27, 10:30 a.m. CST / 11:30 a.m. EST

Thursday, January 29, 1:00 p.m. CST / 2:00 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

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 webinar will be open to both employees and business owners.

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

Meet the NARS 2015 Headline Sponsor: Digital Recognition Network

Jan 20, 15 • ARA News and EventsNo Comments


We are excited to announce that Digital Recognition Network (DRN) will be the Headline and Cocktail Sponsor at NARS 2015. The DRN Affiliates Meeting will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, March 12th and will highlight the best way to be a profitable affiliate with DRN. The meeting will cover 2014 affiliate success metrics and best practices for success. Attendees will get to hear real-life stories about how affiliates have seen an increase in their revenue by implementing LPR’s best practices. The discussion will be followed by two technology announcements as well as exposure to a new productivity tool and camera system.

If you are interested in attending NARS, click HERE.

Sponsorship and exhibitor opportunities are also available. Visit to lean more.

Member Highlight: Todd Abelhouzen

Jan 8, 15 • ARA Member SpotlightNo Comments

-1bda-44f5-8e06-7dc9ccbb297eThis month’s Member Highlight is on Todd Abelhouzen, President and General Manager at Intermountain Research & Recovery, Inc. and dedicated member of our association.

Todd started his company in 1989, marking 25 years in the repossession business. Over time, Todd has purchased several other Auto Recovery Businesses from retiring owners including A-1 Recovery Service in Salt Lake City, Utah, Pathfinder Recovery in Reno, Nevada, and GLS Recovery in Orem, Utah. Additionally, Todd has served as a Board Member with Time Finance Adjusters, National Finance Adjusters, and American Recovery Association.

Outside of the recovery industry, Todd has started other businesses that develop real estate and emergency food storage, allowing him to work with international and local agencies to provide food to areas affected by earthquakes and storms.

Todd also volunteers with sportsmen and wildlife conservation groups. In fact, last month, Todd and his 10-year old stepson assisted with the capture and translocation of Pronghorn Antelope in southern Utah.  Rather than shooting the animals, the sportsmen worked hard to help create and grow successful healthy populations for hunting, wildlife viewing and ecosystem diversity.

Todd has four amazing daughters: McKenzie (age 20), Marley (age 17), Avery (age 14) and Ashton (age 11), all of whom he is extremely proud.  Todd recently married and is expecting a baby boy in the next few weeks with his wife, Jennifer.

At age 45, Todd finds himself much less worried about the little things and has realized that people are far more important than money or possessions. We wholeheartedly agree.

Do you have an exciting hobby or are involved in raising money or awareness for a worthy cause? Please help us by submitting pictures and stories of those who deserve some recognition or those who are involved in projects of interest. We’d love to hear from you – submit your interesting stories and photos to

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…)

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