Founder of DBA International and tireless advocate for the debt buying industry, Dennis Hammond was awarded the coveted Bud Reitzel Lifetime Commitment Award at the 18th Annual DBA International Conference in Las Vegas.
As a dedicated mentor and energetic leader, Bud Reitzel brought integrity, innovative thinking and passion to the industry he helped create. Following his passing in 2012, DBA International established an award that honors an individual who shares Reitzel’s commitment to honesty, doing what was right, respecting the consumer and treating everyone fairly.
Like Reitzel, Hammond has been zealous in promoting the industry, providing training and compliance measures and educating regulators about the positive role debt buying plays in the overall economy. Along with his wife Judy, Hammond took a tremendous risk in building the association and creating “the conference to attend.”
The risk paid off leading to tremendous success for the association and creating a forum for speakers to identify current challenges, addressing issues that specifically affect debt buying companies and delivering unparalleled networking and business development opportunities.
“Having leaders and mentors of Dennis Hammond’s caliber, continues to spur passion about the organization and the tremendous good it provides the overall industry,” said DBA President Kaye Dreifuerst. “DBA International would not be what it is today if it were not for Dennis’s passionate leadership skills, tight rein on the DBA International image and his hard work.”
Hammond is the second recipient of this distinguished award.
About DBA International
DBA International is the nonprofit trade association that represents the interests of companies that acquire accounts receivable portfolios, both performing and distressed assets, on the secondary market. DBA provides a wide array of education programs to ensure members are up-to-date on all state and federal laws when working with consumers. DBA serves as the voice of the debt buying industry, establishing best practices and representing members before Federal and State agencies and in the courts. DBA maintains a code of ethics and a national certification program to promote uniform industry standards.