Member Highlight: Debra Durham

Feb 5, 2014 • ARA Member SpotlightComments Off on Member Highlight: Debra Durham

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Our second Member Highlight is Debra Durham from Midwest Adjusters, Inc. in Springfield, MO. Besides initiating and creating an anti-contingency campaign within the industry urging agencies to “stop contingency and to end the violence,” Debra has made a huge impact within her local community. Her family helped with the Joplin Tornado a few years ago by assisting those whose vehicles were still running but stuck in debris.
Currently, Debra volunteers at her local humane society and fosters dogs until she can find them a forever home. Most of her donations go to no-kill animal shelters, while her husband does some volunteer work with his hot rod group.

We are honored to have such a humanitarian in our membership. Way to go, Debra!

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 rachel@wellingtongrouppr.com.

Business Tip Spotlight: Background Checks

Feb 4, 2014 • Tools & InsightsComments Off on Business Tip Spotlight: Background Checks

The following is a guest post by Doug Duncan, President of TalentValue.

Every job applicant will not be completely honest and disclose all requested information on his or her application. In fact over 50% of every resume has an error – either they falsified the information or left something off. Unfortunately, some applicants are not entirely forthcoming, and this is where background checks from Veriproved, the official ARA background checking company, becomes valuable. While some employers conduct background checks on several applicants before a job offer is made, others wait until after they’ve made a job offer. Both are viable options, but there are advantages and disadvantages on both sides. (more…)

ARA January Webinar Registration Now Available

Jan 27, 2014 • ARA News and EventsComments Off on ARA January Webinar Registration Now Available

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Join us for our January webinar focusing on: How To Get Your Employees Compliant presented by Doug Duncan of TalentValueRegister now for our upcoming webinar sessions:

Tuesday, January 28, 11:30 a.m. CST / 12:30 p.m. EST

Wednesday, January 29, 2:30 p.m. CST / 3:30 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 and lenders. The one-hour webinar offers education about the latest recovery laws and regulations, compliance policies and industry issues.

The January webinar will cover important practices for how to get your employees compliant and how to maintain their compliancy. This webinar will be presented by Doug Duncan of TalentValue, a company that provides human resource solutions to help hire, train and retain the right people through innovative, interactive and integrated web based systems.

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: Ray Franklin

Jan 8, 2014 • ARA Member SpotlightComments Off on Member Highlight: Ray Franklin

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As we enter the new year, we would like to begin showcasing our members and their immediate families in this special “Member Highlight” section of the ARA News Blog. All of our members are multi-faceted small business men and women who employ thousands of people around the country. But many also have interests outside of the recovery industry and contribute to the community in various ways.  (more…)

New York Attorney General Issues a Warning to Repossessors

Jan 6, 2014 • Recovery Industry News1 Comment

The New York State Office of the Attorney General recently issued a detailed letter to repossessors doing business in the state of New York regarding the acceptance of specific assignment types that could be illegal as defined by New York State law. Review the full letter below:

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STATE OF NEW YORK OFFICE OF THE ATTORNEY GENERAL (more…)

New TalentValue Partnership

Dec 20, 2013 • ARA News and EventsComments Off on New TalentValue Partnership

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2014 is the beginning of a great new year for the ARA.  One of the most positive steps forward for our association is the new alliance partnership that we have formed with TalentValue. We have operating, financial and marketing systems and tools that allow our membership to succeed and thrive. Today, we unveil our ARA TalentValue Human System. This is a customized human resource process to help you hire, train and retain great people for your business. You will have the capabilities as a small business person that companies 100 times your size can only dream of. (more…)

MasterFiles: “The Three Types of Tracing”

Dec 18, 2013 • Recovery Industry NewsComments Off on MasterFiles: “The Three Types of Tracing”

The following is a guest post by Alex Price.

MasterFiles is proud to present a FREE webinar broadcast on the Three Types of Tracing. You can view the webinar Wednesday, December 18 – Friday, December 20 at 1:30PM or 2:00PM CST.

Seminar Description

In this class, we will cover the three types of tracing:  Micro-Tracing, Macro-Tracing and Skip-Tracing. Before you move forward in your process, it’s important to understand where you’re going and why. (more…)

ARA December Webinar Registration Now Available

Dec 11, 2013 • ARA News and EventsComments Off on ARA December Webinar Registration Now Available

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Join us for our December Webinar focusing on Marketing Strategies For Your Growing Business presented by Annie Gerson and Rachel Hoffman of Wellington Group. Register now for our upcoming webinar sessions:

Tuesday, December 17, 2:30 p.m. CST / 3:30 p.m. EST

Wednesday, December 18, 11:30 a.m. CST / 12:30 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.

*Please note: this presentation is geared more towards business owners and senior managers rather than office employees.

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

The December webinar will cover important marketing practices to better serve your business and to ensure you are staying compliant. This webinar will be presented by Rachel Hoffman and Annie Gerson of Wellington Group, a marketing, public relations and social media firm that delivers creative and strategic communications programs.

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.

The Three Types of Tracing

Dec 10, 2013 • Recovery Industry NewsComments Off on The Three Types of Tracing

The following is a guest post by Alex Price.

Greetings from the great state of Alabama – Roll Tide Roll!!

Today, we’re going to cover an important topic – the three types of tracing. So you ask, why all these threes?  The number three is generally attributed with a meaning of completeness:  A beginning, middle, an end.  Birth, life, death.  Past, present, future.  Sun, Moon, Earth.  Two lines cannot connect without a third line to form the heavily symbolic triangle.  Notwithstanding the obvious allusion to the Holy Trinity in Christianity – religions of many varieties are chock full of occurrences of threes.  And, when have you ever heard a Genie offer less than three wishes?  Oh yeah, one helpful bit of advice when you’re outside: “Leaves of Three: Let them be!” (poison ivy) (more…)

ARA’s New Compliance Monitoring Software

Nov 25, 2013 • ARA News and EventsComments Off on ARA’s New Compliance Monitoring Software
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ARA recently launched a new compliance monitoring software system to help lenders view the compliancy of all available recovery agents. The new software was created in response to the recent compliance regulations set out by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB). (more…)

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