presented by Les McCook, ARA Executive Director
972-755-4755 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
During its annual meeting on February 2, 2016, the Irving Convention and Visitors Bureau presented four annual awards, recognizing outstanding achievement and contributions to the hospitality industry and to the Irving Community.
The American Recovery Association was unanimously selected as this year’s recipient of The Townsell Award. The Townsell Award recognizes an Irving-based individual or community organization that has made a difference by making Irving home to significant meetings, conventions, or events, just as Jackie made a home for Bear Creek residents.
Join us for our January webinar focusing on:
Breach of the Peace and the Telephone Consumer Protection Act
presented by Dave Kennedy of First Credit Resources
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 email@example.com.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Walter and Carla were married January 1989 and have been in the recovery business for almost 27 years. They learned a lot in their business, and in turn, raised their family within our industry family. Their two sons, Trae and Colby, are both members of the Young Professional Repossessor Commission. Over time they too have added family members and introduced them to our industry family as well. Colby’s wife Angie works with the Justice’s.
After working under Jack Justice and Don Thornton, Walter and Carla started Justice Brothers. They went on to purchase Alert Recovery and became proud ARA members, as well as members of Eagle Group XX. Walter and Carla have never forgotten the professionalism that Don Thornton instilled in them from the beginning and consider him one of their greatest mentors.
The recovery industry has been a constant in the Justice household. They consider working in this industry a hobby since they enjoy it so much. Well, that, and golf…
We are so very pleased to have Walter and Carla among our constituents. They are a perfect example of a family who gives back and encourages the younger generation of recovery professionals to contribute as well. Thank you both for all that you have done for our industry through the years.
Mississippi Auto Recovery’s Martha Randall and a few of her young at heart friends were looking for a creative way to raise funds for their church — thus the Delta Rockers were born. The Delta Rockers, all dancers aged 60 and up, took off and became quite the sensation. Covered in sequins, the Delta Rockers perform at no charge for non-profit groups, veterans groups, nursing homes, cruises and fundraisers of all sorts. The group puts on a wonderful show that involves a variety of music and costume changes. We’re sure these ladies mystify any audience for whom they perform.
We are so proud of Martha and her fellow Delta Rockers for the wonderful work they are doing.
DeAnn grew up in the repossession business and is a third generation participant in our industry. She works with her brother in managing the day-to-day operations of Preferred Adjusters, Inc. in Austin, TX. Although the business is her main job, her true calling is riding horses. She is an accomplished rider in several equestrian disciplines, including Dressage, Show Jumping and Hunter. One of her most rewarding life experiences is teaching others the skills of horsemanship. Over the years her most special students have been autistic children. DeAnn has been able to share her equestrian skills to help change the lives of these children.
On August 7, 2015, DeAnn was diagnosed with stage three breast cancer. Since that time, all of life’s little pleasures are a struggle. She has lost her job at the stable and is unable to ride. With all of the other issues she is dealing with, the loss of the joy of working at the stable is one of the hardest to face.
In her community, DeAnn has always been known to be the one to call if you are having personal issues or need a friend. If someone needed a place to stay or help with the daily challenges of everyday life, she was there for them to lean on or to lend a sympathetic ear. Now, it is this very same community that is giving her the lift that she so desperately needs. Her network of support includes all of her Facebook friends as well as a local support group of women who have dealt with, or are currently dealing with, breast cancer. Some of her very close friends have started a Go Fund Me page (https://www.gofundme.com/deannjuliano) to help her cover the cost of treatments and living expenses since the loss of her riding income.
We all have DeAnn in our prayers and hope that the positive prognosis that her doctors have given holds true. As of today, she has undergone four of her six chemotherapy treatments and still faces radiation, surgery and another round of treatments that will last another eleven months. We all know DeAnn is an incredibly strong and determined spirit and we know she will conquer this.
Thanks for all that you do, DeAnn! You are such a blessing to our association, community and industry.
This month we feature a rising star within the American Recovery Association, Brent Hoel from Charleston, West Virginia. As a third-generation ARA member, Brent has grown up in the industry, attending conventions with his father and getting ready to take the reins of the family business. After graduating from Fairmont State University with a business degree, he has continued to build on a strong legacy with his memberships in YPRC, TFA and Eagle Group XX. As one of the first members of YPRC, he recognizes the responsibility and opportunities ahead for his generation: “I’m trying to become more hands on, since we are going to be the ones in the positions to make changes and decisions. I’ve been around these organizations for so long, but never really had a voice.”