Jerry Ashton, former CEO and President of CFO Advisors, Inc. and now semi-retired, serves as EVP and Co-Founder of RIP Medical Debt which is a non-profit dedicated to buying - and then abolishing - unpaid and unpayable personal medical debt. A book he is co-authoring with Robert Goff titled "The Patient, The Doctor and The Bill Collector: An Obamacare and Medical Collections Survival Guide" will be published in late 2015.
The old saying, “When you lie down with dogs, you get up with fleas” appears to be the guiding maxim today in our industry as it deals with the portfolios of debt it is either sold or assigned by financial institutions. And it is fair to say that JPMorgan Chase is one of the biggest […]
Jerry Ashton brings in the New Year with a blog about resolutions and consciousness. “Does this sound like a bad pairing?” Ashton asks.
After laying out his examples of ways in which the collections industry may have missed the mark – everything from that fake courtroom story to payday-loans schemes – Ashton suggests that change is actually within each agencies’ and collector’s power. The fault – and the solution – “is not in our stars, but in ourselves.”
The story offers five resolutions that could be valuable to anyone thinking of effective changes to make in the coming year.
Once again, the ARM industry is caught up in the age-old quandary: do we follow the Golden Rule, or the Rule of Gold?
What if ethics were promoted as an essential ingredient in the ARM industry cookbook for individual, corporate, and agency success? What if we ensured that its presence in our operations were enshrined in our policies, procedures, and mission statements; and enforced in our daily actions?
Update to November 2010 story about Linda Almonte, a banking professional and former employee of JP Morgan Chase, who had been fired by that firm – she claimed – for questioning the intelligence and legitimacy of their decision to sell off a flawed portfolio of credit card write-offs.
Recent defenses of the debt collection industry are falling on deaf ears. Maybe it’s time for ARM professionals to consider the morality of certain types of debt that fall on their desks.
There’s a huge backlash on college campuses over the cost of education and the debt students carry upon graduation. Education debt collectors could be the target of this ire soon.
As can be learned by watching the WikiLeaks spectacle, society is not all that welcoming to those who tattle, complain, or provide refuge for those who do. And yet, without that opportunity to safely speak one’s mind, this would be a sorry, regimented world indeed.
If there were to be an Academy Award ceremony for the debt collection industry for our key supporting role in the economic meltdown, there would also have to be a category for “Best Guy (or Gal) in the Role of Bill Collector.”
The reactions to a particular ARM industry story from across the Internet speak volumes about the thinking of debt collection professionals as the industry heads towards an uncertain future.