It is with great sadness that I write to you today of the passing of a very long time ARA member, Addison Kelley. His daughter, Julie has been running his company for the last few years as Addison dealt with several medical issues.
Addison was one of the first members to welcome me as a new member into the association and he was always a joy to talk to. He always had a smile and a good story for you. We miss his white Stetson that was used to gather many vote forms or as a collection plate on a special occasion.
To honor our long time ARA member, Addison Kelley, we will gather your messages and send his family a montage of tributes and memories from our members. Please write your brief note in the comments section of this post.
We feel badly about the lateness of this announcement, but we did not learn of his passing until Thursday afternoon.
American Recovery Association
Addison F. Kelley
Addison F. Kelley, age 78, passed away on March 31, 2011 in Corpus Christi, Texas.
He was born on June 3, 1932 to Addison and Zona Kelley. He served in the U.S. Navy during the Korean War. A.F. owned his own company, Addison Kelley’s General Auto Adjusters. He enjoyed participation in Oso Masonic Lodge, Shrine Temple, De Molay and traveling the country-side with his wife and friends. He will always be remembered for his sense of humor, ability to never meet a stranger, service to the community, and of course his ‘Big White Hat’. A.F. was a loving father, grandfather, great grandfather and brother.
A.F. is preceded in death by his wife of 57 years, Dorothy Louise and his infant son Addison ‘Bud’ Kelley and his parents.
A.F. is survived by his daughter Julie Gregory and four grandchildren Addison Gregg, Kristin Cannon, Jennifer Gregg-Morgan and Eric Gregory as well as his five great-grandchildren; his brothers, Kenneth and Douglas Kelley of Fort Worth, Texas, and Darrell Kelley of Oklahoma, and his sister Nadine Kelley Johnson of Edinburg, Texas.
A viewing will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, April 7, 2011 at the Seaside Reid Chapel with a Funeral Service to be held at 11:00 a.m.
Entombment will follow at Seaside Memorial Park.
It was clear to us from the conversations at the North American Repossessors Summit (NARS) that this industry is being dragged to the alligator pits under the weight of the recent fuel price increases. Since mid-February, ARA has been researching various fuel surcharge formulas that could be applied to our business model. Although it may not be perfect, we have found one based on numbers that clearly demonstrate the added burden that recovery agents nationwide are currently enduring. (more…)
OPENLANE and Recovery Database Network (RDN) to Exhibit, Offer Promotions at North American American Repossessors Summit
REDWOOD CITY, Calif., February 28, 2011 – OPENLANE, Inc., a leading online auction company in North America for automotive dealers to buy and sell wholesale vehicles, today announced continued momentum within its programs and services geared toward providing online remarketing services for recovery agencies, with quarter-over-quarter growth of more than 200 percent in its program during the first year of operation. OPENLANE’s recovery remarketing programs grew 230 percent in the last two quarters of 2010 and that momentum has continued into this year with growth of 360 percent since the beginning of 2011. (more…)
Sign up to participate in phase two of the industry scorecard!
The industry scorecard is an important and innovative tool for the recovery and lending industries. It is an effective way to identify and measure your company’s best-demonstrated practices and how you compare to other companies. Having an industry scorecard gives your company a unique, competitive edge. Your participation is crucial to help raise the standards of the recovery industry. (more…)
The ARA Collateral Recovery and Remarketing Accreditation Program is an important education and training program that will have a positive impact on your business and the industry. This is unlike any other industry training program. Don’t take our word for it. See what lenders and members have to say: (more…)
To: All ARA members and non-members
Last week, we issued a letter letting the industry know ARA is committed to a unified industry and is assuming the responsibility of speaking for the industry. As part of industry unification, we asked all recovery agents to make ARA the one and only repossession trade association they join. As a result of the letter, we have received overwhelming support for our efforts. (more…)
OPENLANE, the leading online wholesale auction in North America, has a limited-time offer for RSPs who list and sell recoveries on OPENLANE.com. List and sell your first recovery on OPENLANE’s Open Auction, and you’ll receive a $400 AMEX Gift Card!* It’s a great way to get started remarketing your recovered collateral – easily and profitably. This offer ends February 28, 2011, so act quickly! (more…)
Unfortunately, the era of negotiations, meetings, and discussions on mergers between the three national repossession associations has ended. There are no further meetings planned, and there are no further negotiations anticipated. If you are not yet a member of ARA, there may never be a better opportunity to become a member and to help unite our industry. (more…)
Summit Challenges Participants to Expand the Future of the Recovery Industry
American Recovery Association, Inc. (ARA), the world’s largest association of recovery and remarketing professionals, presents its premier annual industry event. The summit will provide attendees with a full program of insightful, forward-looking topics lead by key industry leaders. (more…)
Industry Scorecard Sets Standards to the Entire Recovery and Lending Community
Dallas, TX, February 1, 2011 – American Recovery Association, Inc. (ARA), the world’s largest organization of professional finance adjusters and certified recovery specialists, and Subprime Analytics, a leader in performance analysis of subprime portfolios, today announced the second phase of the recovery industry scorecard initiative with compiled data from January 1 to December 31, 2010. (more…)