As reported by American Banker and other ARM industry news outlets, Bill Bartmann, (otherwise known as @RealBBartmann on the Twitters) CEO of CFS II, A.K.A. the man who “pioneered the credit-card debt collection industry” and is now “taking on the industry to reform it,” and a team of CFS II representatives visited the great state of North Carolina earlier this week to take a peek at some office space for a potential call center or centers he may open there that might one day, as early as 2013, employ somewhere between 0 – 2000 employees, hypothetically speaking.

According to the Winston-Salem Journal, “North Carolina is competing with sites in Nevada for one or both call centers….[Bartmann] is looking at sites in Florida, Ohio, and Virginia for future centers.” Needless to say, vacant North Carolina office parks are plausible contenders for CFS II’s hinted-at expansion plans (along with other perfectly adoptable orphan office sites in four other states across the country). did not report on the Bartmann Road Trip May 2012 when the story first broke a few days ago. It’s not that I don’t think that a debt collection company announcing a social call to one of the Carolinas for the purpose of contemplating doing something or other there (weather permitting, of course) isn’t relevant to our readers. It’s just that I was busy prepping other non-breaking news stories such as:

  • Fon du Lac, Wis. Restaurant Adds Chicken Fingers to Its Already Delicious Kids’ Menu
  • Mike Bevel Finishes Reading Yet Another Novel
  • NBA Playoffs Reach Second Round; Traveling Violations Still Not Called
  • Gina McNaughton Mixes Perennial & Annual Flowering Plants To Maximize Effect of New Container Garden
  • Central High School Valedictorian tells Class of 2012: “The World is Your Oyster. Shuck it!”
  • Love is a Battlefield

Next time (or when CFS II actually leases a call center or in reality hires additional employees) I’ll do better.


Michael Klozotsky is the Chief Content Officer at When real news happens, he’s on it.


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