UNIVERSITY PARK, Fla. -- National Creditors Bar Association (NCBA) presented its 2018 awards and scholarships last week at the NCBA 2018 Fall Conference in Nashville.

President’s Award: Weltman, Weinberg & Reis, Co., LPA

President Yale Levy presented the 2018 President’s Award to the law firm Weltman, Weinberg & Reis, Co., LPA of Cleveland, Ohio. The NCBA President’s Award is given annually to an individual or a NCBA member firm who exhibits outstanding leadership for the benefit of the association. The service of this award’s recipient is of such a magnitude that NCBA may not have achieved its current level of excellence without their efforts. Past recipients include Nathan Willner, Steve Markoff, Yale Levy, Brent Yarborough, Harvey Sharinn, Adam Olshan, Tom Canary, Mike Buckles, Tomio Narita, June Coleman, Brenda Majewski, Alane Becket and Mark Groves.

Donald Kramer Award: Representatives Alex Mooney and Vicente Gonzalez

NCBA presented its 2018 Donald Kramer Award to U.S. Representatives Alex Mooney (R-WV) and Vicente Gonzalez (D-TX). The Donald Kramer Award, named in honor of NCBA founder Don Kramer, is presented to individuals whose efforts have made a substantial and lasting impact for the benefit of the creditors rights community.

Representatives Mooney and Gonzalez are the co-sponsors of H.R. 5082 – Practice of Law Technical Clarification Act of 2018.

NCBA Member of the Year Award: Manuel H. Newburger

National Creditors Bar Association (NCBA) presented the 2018 Member of the Year Award to Manuel H. Newburger with the law firm Barron & Newburger, P.C. of Austin, Texas. Mr. Newburger is the first recipient of the award, given to a NCBA Member who demonstrated extraordinary commitment to the NCBA vision.

Outstanding SCBA Award: Texas Creditors Bar Association

The 2018 Outstanding SCBA Award was presented to the Texas Creditors Bar Association. The award recognizes a state creditors bar association (SCBA) which has best demonstrated high-level activity in the legal community and NCBA, and which has overcome significant challenges.

Community Service Award: Bass & Associates, P.C.

The NCBA 2018 Community Service Award was presented to the law firm Bass & Associates, P.C. The award recognizes a NCBA member firm that has donated generously to the betterment of their community. Bass & Associates, P.C. organized the Irreverent Warriors Silkies Hike: 22 With 22 for the 22. In addition to the firm’s recognition, the recipient receives a check to the charity of their choice: Irreverent Warriors.

2018 Scholarships

The following scholarship recipients were formally announced at the NCBA 2018 Fall Conference in Nashville, Tennessee. In a tie for second place were Dakota West and Tiffany Price. Dakota West is from West Law Group, PLLC and is a Junior studying Mechanical Engineering at The University of Alabama. Tiffany Price is from Reimer Law Co. and is an undergraduate senior studying Psychology/Public Relations and Strategic Communication at Ashland University. Dakota and Tiffany each received a $1,000 scholarship.

The first place winner was Kain Maher from Becket & Lee.  Kain is a sophomore studying English education at Millersvile University. Kain received a $5,000 scholarship.

The NCBA Scholarship Program was established to promote financial literacy to our future leaders of our communities. This year’s applicants were asked to submit a video or essay on the topic “The Importance of Access to Credit – Dos and Don’ts to Establish and Maintain Good Credit”. The submissions were judged on originality, clarity and insight on the subject. Members of NCBA’s client community and the NCBA Awards and Scholarships Committee willingly served as judges this year.

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