License Plate Recognition and Industry Council Highlights NARS 2014

Apr 10, 2014 • ARA News and EventsComments Off on License Plate Recognition and Industry Council Highlights NARS 2014

The following is a guest post by Paul Kulas. The original version can be found HERE


I recently spoke at the North American Repossessors Summit (NARS) and I couldn’t be more excited about what I see happening in the automobile repossession industry. The next generation of auto repossessors and skip tracers were in full force at NARS 2014. There were young people everywhere, the energy was great, there was real momentum towards co-opetition, Automatic License Plate Recognition (ALPR) was one of the hot topics. (more…)

Member Highlight: Ian Eusebio

Apr 9, 2014 • ARA Member SpotlightComments Off on Member Highlight: Ian Eusebio

Member Highlight

This month’s Member Highlight is Ian Eusebio, son of Michael Eusebio from DigitalDog Auto Recovery in El Dorado Hills, California. Ian is currently a junior at his local high school in El Dorado Hills with future plans of attending a 4-year college to major in engineering or computer science. This interest came about when he decided to join a district robotics club called Circuit Breakers. After being in the club for 3 years, his passion for robotics and engineering has greatly increased. (more…)

A Note From Joan Hudson, NARS 2014 Planning Committee Member

Apr 4, 2014 • ARA News and EventsComments Off on A Note From Joan Hudson, NARS 2014 Planning Committee Member

Joan MJ

Thank you to all of our vendors at this year’s NARS 2014. It was wonderful to see new and returning vendors experience so much one-on-one interaction with attendees.

A special shout out to Jim Deeson at Recovery First Insurance. All his $100.00 giveaway was a cash donation to the NARS Scholarship Fund. Thank you, Jim!

Miller Industries was our Hole In One sponsor for the golf tournament and they had the room full of attendees excited to win the NASCAR tickets they were giving away. Unfortunately, no one won the hole in one prize, but you’ll have a chance to try again during the NARS 2015 golf tournament.

I am pleased to announce a big percentage of the NARS vendors expressed they would attend and exhibit at the ARA 50th Annual Convention in Clearwater, Florida in September.

Please watch for future emails announcing more upcoming events. In the meantime, check out our Facebook page to find photos of yourself at NARS.

See everyone at NARS 2015!

Joan Hudson

Standing Together at NARS 2014

Mar 27, 2014 • ARA News and EventsComments Off on Standing Together at NARS 2014

NARS 2014

The 6th Annual North American Repossessors Summit showed much success this year with empowering speakers and dynamic discussions revolving around the importance of standing together to revive industry standards. With more than 400 attendees, American Recovery Association and Time Finance Adjusters joined forces to host the greatest NARS the industry has seen thus far.  (more…)

ARA Partners With Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company

Mar 12, 2014 • ARA News and EventsComments Off on ARA Partners With Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company

We are excited to announce our recent partnership with Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company. This new partnership will enable all ARA members to go directly to the association’s website and purchase tires at a substantially discounted cost. By utilizing the members-only resource page, members will be able to choose and pay for tires and services, and then go to any local Goodyear store that handles national accounts to have their tires installed. The program will start with tires and related services, such as mounting and balancing, and will then expand to include roadside service, batteries and other automotive products.

“This is one of the most dynamic offerings any association has consummated, and we think this is a game-changing relationship for our members,” said Les McCook, Executive Director of ARA. “We appreciate the efforts of the Goodyear team that helped us overcome the hurdles to make this a reality.”

In addition to the recently announced WEX integration to get ARA members a bottom-line savings on their fuel purchases, the association has successfully addressed two of the largest hard costs in our members’ businesses. To take advantage of this new member benefit, visit ARA’s Member Resource page:

In addition to the strategic partnership, Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company also committed to be the lunch sponsor at NARS 2014, hosted by ARA and TFA (Time Finance Adjusters).

KeyNET Presentation at NARS 2014

Mar 11, 2014 • ARA News and EventsComments Off on KeyNET Presentation at NARS 2014

The North American Repossessors Summit (NARS), an industry event hosted by the American Recovery Association, Inc. (ARA) and Time Finance Adjusters (TFA), is proud to announce that Brad Berry, a Senior Field Advisor for Advanced Diagnostics USA, and Tony Presido, Director of USA distribution for Advanced Diagnostics USA, will give a brief presentation on the importance of locksmithing next Thursday, March 20th at 10:00 a.m. before the summit. (more…)

Has Our Passion Been Lost?

Mar 5, 2014 • Recovery Industry NewsComments Off on Has Our Passion Been Lost?

The following is a guest post by Alex Price.

Greetings from the great State of Alabama! ROLL TIDE ROLL!!

Passion:  (noun) any powerful or compelling emotion or feeling.

I know I’m not the only one asking, “Where did the passion go?”  Not to sound like a grumpy old man here, but it was not too long ago that a person got up each morning with one desire: to be the best in their chosen profession. We woke up each morning and did what it took.  We worked long hours, studied, read anything we could get our hands on to figure out how to do the job better.  We went to seminars, took notes, networked with our peers and shared information in an effort to reach our pinnacle of success. (more…)

Michael Dougherty Announced As NARS 2014 Keynote Speaker

Feb 28, 2014 • ARA News and EventsComments Off on Michael Dougherty Announced As NARS 2014 Keynote Speaker


We are excited to announce that Michael Dougherty, the Managing Partner of Weltman, Weinberg, & Reis Co., LPA, will keynote NARS 2014. He has dealt with the CFPB directly and understands how repossession agents are also directly affected by the new compliance standards.

As a previous speaker at the 2012 summit, Dougherty discussed how the CFPB would soon impact and change the recovery industry. This year, he will expand on the realities of what has actually happened and what this means for recovery agents. His presentation will outline his experiences in dealing with recovery agents who have not been compliant, as well as the consequences associated with it. With Dougherty’s thorough knowledge of compliance, this is sure to be a very engaging and dynamic discussion on the past, present and future impact on the new compliance standards within the repossession industry.  (more…)

ARA February Webinar Registration Now Available

Feb 20, 2014 • ARA News and EventsComments Off on ARA February Webinar Registration Now Available


Join us for our February webinar focusing on: Third Party Compliance & Complaint Handling presented by Dave Kennedy of First Credit SolutionsRegister now for our upcoming webinar sessions:

Wednesday, February 26, 11:30 a.m. CST / 12:30 p.m. EST

Thursday, February 27, 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

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.

If you have any questions or feedback about our continuing education webinar series, please contact ARA Home Office at 972-755-4755 or

NARS 2nd Annual Golf Tournament

Feb 19, 2014 • ARA News and EventsComments Off on NARS 2nd Annual Golf Tournament

NARS Golf Tournament – March 22


Sponsored by MVTRAC, the 2nd Annual NARS golf tournament will be held at the beautiful Luna Vista Golf Course.

  • Four-person scramble tournament
  • $70 entry fee per player (lunch included)
  • Transportation will be provided upon request

The Luna Vista Golf Course was voted one of the top golf courses in the U.S. by Golf Digest. You don’t want to miss your chance to tee up at one of America’s greatest greens. To register for the tournament, email or call 972.755.4755. (more…)

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