It is with the greatest of sadness that we deliver to you today the heartbreaking news of the death of our industry peer and friend, Ronda Blair Rossi. Ronda died on Tuesday, December 22, 2015 and on behalf of all of us here in the Accounts Receivable Management Industry, our most heartfelt condolences and sympathy have been conveyed to Ronda’s husband Scott and her family.
Ronda will be deeply missed, but our fond memories of her will live on. Prior to her imminent death, in her usual style, she asked that she not be grieved but that we celebrate her life! If you were fortunate enough to know her, you were likely lucky enough to have shared many laughs with her at an industry conference (or more!) throughout the years. Although she has not been actively employed in the industry for a few years, in her caring way she maintained her relationships with so many.
Ronda always joked about starting out in the industry at age 2! When she joined VanRu in 1987 she worked diligently for the Rubin Family for almost seventeen years. It was no easy decision when she moved on to CBE Group in 2004 where her sales expertise in student loan collections and financial services was sought.
Ronda returned to VanRu for a couple years in 2006, joined the CCS Companies in 2011, and then later retired from the industry altogether in 2012. Ronda valued authentic relationships and did her utmost to nurture them. Along the way, colleagues, clients, vendors and competitors alike who’d ever had the privilege of working with her, always found her a special pleasure to work with.
She was an extraordinary person. This is truly a great loss to our Industry as a whole. Ronda will be profoundly missed by everyone whose lives she touched. She will be cremated and her ashes spread at her beloved Cubs’ Wrigley Field. Nevertheless, by her own last wishes, let us remember Ronda each time, with a smile upon our faces.
Roxanne Bartley, Bartley Ventures LLC
Kaye McComas, Glass Mountain Capital LLC
A Ronda Blair-Rossi memorial fund has been established with the Grant Community High School Foundation. The Foundation will provide assistance for school-related expenses for students whose families are in financial need, provide scholarship opportunities, provide funds for instructional classroom technology and
innovative classroom projects, and other charitable and educational purposes for the sole benefit of Grant Community High School’s students. Donations of any amount are appreciated!
You may access the GCHC Foundation via the link below and enter your donation amount. In the “donation on behalf of” section, please include the following information only. No other information is required.
First Name: “In Memory of”
Last Name: Ronda Blair-Rossi
Follow this link to the GCHS Memorial Fund