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…)

ARA August Webinar Registration Now Available

Aug 14, 14 • ARA News and EventsNo Comments


Join us for this month’s webinar focusing on: How To Handle Bankruptcy In The Field And The Issue Of Personal Property presented by Dave Kennedy of First Credit Resources. 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: Patrick Dunleavy

Aug 6, 14 • ARA Member SpotlightNo Comments

Member Highlight Patrick Dunleavy

PatrickThis month’s Member Highlight is on Patrick Dunleavy, Remarketing Director of TCAR Recovery in New York. Over the past several months, Patrick has been spearheading ARA’s Young Professional Repossessors Commission (YPRC), a group of young professionals comprised of ARA members, family members and business associates. (more…)

New Insurance Partnership To Benefit Members

Aug 5, 14 • ARA News and EventsNo Comments

ARA is proud to announce its partnership with Harding Brooks Insurance and Northern Star Management to offer exciting new benefits, available exclusively to all ARA members.

Through this partnership, members will have the opportunity to take advantage of a variety of unique offerings including performance-based dividend returns, interest-free payments and voluntary employee benefits such as life, disability and accident insurance. Harding Brooks Insurance and North Star Management will also utilize ARA’s Compliance Monitoring System, which will save members both time and money to ensure their company meets ARA’s minimum compliance standards. (more…)

The Implications of an Expanding Repo Industry

Auto Finance Excellence featured ARA in a recent article about the recovery industry. The original version can be found HERE

Led by automobiles, the repossession business is poised to enter five relatively fat years following five lean years, bolstered by a stronger economy, greater sales of new vehicles and increased lending to borrowers with less than perfect credit, according to a new report.

Repo companies that do their business “the right way” – i.e., by complying with stricter federal regulations and lender oversight – are likely to take a greater share of the expanding business. (more…)

Ron Brown to Emcee NARS 2015

Jul 24, 14 • ARA News and EventsNo Comments


The North American Repossessors Summit is proud to announce that Ron Brown, industry veteran with more than 40 years experience, will emcee the 7th Annual NARS on March 12-14, 2015.

NARS’s 2015 theme, Money In The Bank, is focused on how to make a profit by using the building blocks of success: people, strategy, finance, sales and marketing and compliance. This year’s summit will include breakout sessions for more specialized education and a lineup of highly sought-after speakers – all focused on experiences and knowledge based on the building blocks of success that will help attendees increase business profits, if applied. (more…)

Member Benefits Update

Jul 9, 14 • NewsNo Comments

This original post was featured in the ARA July News & Views. Please note – Emily Massey’s correct email address is:

As Chairman of the Member Resources Committee, there are a few updates that I would like to share with you. Last month, we mentioned that committee member, Steven Summs, was working with Motor Guardian Cam, a company that manufactures in-vehicle continuous recording systems for the towing and recovery industry. He recently tested two different video dashboard camera models, model MDR-3311 and model MDR-3320, with both cameras offering a two-channel recording. Each model records the driver’s route with the MDR-3311 having an external camera that mounts on the back window to provide a view from behind and the MDR-3320 having a second camera built in focusing on the driver. (more…)

Member Highlight: Lori Bookout

Jul 2, 14 • ARA Member Spotlight1 Comment

Member Spotlight - Lori Bookout
LoriBookoutThis month’s Member Highlight is Lori Bookout, Manager of ARB of Louisiana. Lori and her staff have been collecting donations for the Humane Society of Northwest Louisiana, an organization that addresses the concerns and needs of animals within the area. Their mission is to eliminate the suffering of animals and to do everything they can to provide a home for the animals.

Without the support of the community, this organization could not continue. Lori’s daughter, Britney Bookout, is also working for a local veterinarian while attending school. Lori’s family and staff are definitely keeping the organization alive and we’re proud to have her within our membership!

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

Automatic License Plate Readers Putting Clients at Risk?

Jun 30, 14 • Recovery Industry NewsNo Comments

Paul Kulas shares his thoughts on Automatic License Plate Recognition. The original version can be found HERE.

Across the automobile finance and recovery industries people will tell you that automatic license plate reader (ALPR) technology has been a valuable recovery method. As one BellesLink customer says, “Anything that helps me locate a vehicle is good. ALPR is one more tool in my toolbox.” But ALPR is not without downsides.


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