2010 North American Recovery Summit

Jan 18, 2010 • ARA News and EventsComments Off on 2010 North American Recovery Summit

Last year, more than 150 recovery specialists from around the country converged on Dallas to join together for the first North American Repossessors Summit hosted by the ARA. (more…)

Pictures from the 2009 Annual Convention

Oct 14, 2009 • ARA News and EventsComments Off on Pictures from the 2009 Annual Convention

Enjoy a few pictures from our recent convention! Thanks and congratulations to everyone for their hard work and dedication to American Recovery Association. To see more pictures from the 2009 Annual Convention, to visit us on YouTube.

2009 ARA Convention

2009 ARA Convention

2009 ARA Convention

2009 ARA Convention Recap

Oct 2, 2009 • UncategorizedComments Off on 2009 ARA Convention Recap

Another year has come and gone. Despite, the challenges presented by the economy, we are incredibly pleased with the turnout and enthusiasm during the 45th Annual ARA convention.  Our members enjoyed reconnecting, sharing in lively discussions about our association and provided our new Board of Directors with guidance on the future of ARA.

We were also able to bring more than a dozen clients to our convention – including Wells Fargo, Chase, Capital One, Americredit and several others – to speak with the Board, address our members and, hopefully, lay the foundation to better partnerships.  I’d like to thank our Executive Director, Les McCook, for forging these relationships and ensuring that ARA remains top of mind for lenders across the country.

During this year’s convention, we also discussed our current initiation fee structure.  While our current fee structure may have served our goals in years past, it is no longer a viable solution to growing and retaining the best in our field.  That in mind, the new Board of Directors will be working on ways to restructure our fees to be affordable, while still retaining the market value that ARA is known for.

As with every convention, the membership elected new members to serve on the 2010 Board of Directors.

Jim Hall, President
Joe McOwen, Vice President
Chris Dunleavy, Secretary/Treasurer
Art Blanchette, Immediate Past President
Todd Abelhouzen, Director
Art Christensen, Director
Tom Crosby, Director
Chris Finn, Director
Paul Hallock, Director
Mary Jane Hogan, Director
Brian Long, Director

To the 2009 Board of Directors, I want to express my sincere appreciation and gratitude for all of your hard work. I would also like to thank the home office for their unwavering dedication and hard work to make ARA a success.

I would be remiss if I didn’t mention our marketing/communications partner — Wellington Group. Dawn Wellington and Allison Bonlander have worked so hard on behalf of ARA. Their ability to prepare me for media interviews ensured I represented ARA in the best possible light and resulted in some of the best articles we could have hoped for.

Lastly, I would like to thank the membership for electing me to serve this association six times.  While I hope that I’ve been able to make a positive impact on ARA, I can guarantee ARA and each and every one of you has made a positive impact on me.

Thank you all for the confidence you had in me.

ARA Honored with Humanitarian Award

Aug 14, 2009 • ARA Member SpotlightComments Off on ARA Honored with Humanitarian Award

ara-award1We are honored to have been awarded the RSIG Humanitarian Award for 2009!  According to RSIG, the award was presented to American Recovery Association “in recognition of your selfless act of generosity through your contribution to the Recovery Agents Memorial Fund, for the benefit of Jason McClendon.”

Thanks to all of our members for helping make our contribution possible!

President’s Welcome

May 25, 2009 • ARA News and EventsComments Off on President’s Welcome


I am excited and pleased to welcome you all to the “new look” of the American Recovery Association website. Our staff has worked diligently to make the ARA website the best in the industry. The new site has been designed to be more user friendly for ARA members and clients alike. We are confident everyone will find it easier to navigate. We’ve also added more informative and educational content – like a new blog, which will keep you up to date with ARA news, industry related subjects and more!

We are so excited about this new venture and hope you enjoy it. If you have any input or suggestions for the site, please do not hesitate to contact the home office at 972-755-4755 or contact a member of the board directly.

Check back often for more news and updates from American Recovery Association!

Thank you,

Art Blanchette, President

American Recovery Association, Inc.

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