MINNEAPOLIS, Minn.―In recognizing the outstanding organizations and individuals who have demonstrated excellence in the accounts receivable management industry, ACA International awarded Wendy Badger, vice president, corporate compliance and chief compliance officer with ECMC Group in Minneapolis, with the James K. Erickson Continuous Service Award. The award was presented during ACA International’s 2019 Convention & Expo in San Diego.
The James K. Erickson Continuous Service Award is presented to a distinguished ACA member who has made significant contributions to the association in each of the last 10 consecutive years.
“As a world-class trade association representing the accounts receivable management industry, ACA international relies heavily on the volunteer spirit and dedication of members like Wendy Badger,” ACA International CEO Mark Neeb said. “Our annual awards celebration is aimed at recognizing association members who have embraced our mission to educate, advocate and promote the accounts receivable management industry as a necessary part of a healthy economy. Wendy embodies all of these qualities and represents the best of the industry.”
Badger is a nationally acclaimed authority on the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act, the Fair Credit Reporting Act, the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, the Gramm-Leach Bliley Act and their implementing regulations. She has been recognized with numerous honors and awards, such as the Members’ Attorney Program Designation, twice listed in the “Most Influential Collection Professionals” by Collection Advisor magazine and received the ACA International Charles F. Lindemann Certified Instructor of the Year award. Badger is a Certified Compliance and Ethics Professional (CCEP). She is a regular presenter at industry events, has conducted continuing education seminars, and published numerous articles.
“I am honored to accept the James K. Erickson Continuous Service Award. It is humbling to be nominated and recognized by my industry peers; I am grateful for and indebted to all those who have helped and guided me throughout my career,” Badger said.
Badger’s peers frequently praise her passion for mentoring others and helping them enhance their compliance programs. In addition, she has helped craft talking points and draft language for ACA members to present to their state and federal representatives on issues of industry-wide significance.
She earned her BA (magna cum laude) in political science from the University of St. Thomas and a Juris Doctorate (cum laude) from Mitchell Hamline School of Law.