GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – The organizers of Collector.Live! were honored last week to present a $20,661 donation to the charitable organization Direct Relief as a result of funds raised from the debt collection industry following Collector.Live! 2020: Home Edition, which took place April 21.
The event, hosted by Harry Strausser, brought together 21 of the collection industry’s top speakers, trainers and thinkers, plus a special fireside chat with the CFPB’s John McNamara, to discuss the many ways the world of collection activity has changed in the age of the COVID-19 virus.
Contributions were solicited for sponsorships and directly from the hundreds of viewers who tuned in for the 7+ hour livestream on April 21st. One hundred percent of raised contributions were forwarded on to the charity.
“We are overwhelmed at the response from across the credit and collection industry,” said Jack Gordon, the CEO of WebRecon and one of the organizers of Collector.Live! Home Edition. “It is a testament to the tremendous generosity and altruism of the professionals who call this industry home.”
Direct Relief works in the U.S. and internationally to equip doctors and nurses with life-saving medical resources to care for the world's most vulnerable people. This contribution was specifically earmarked to help provide PPE and other essential resources to frontline caregivers in coronavirus hotspots.
The speakers included Ken Peck from RGS, Irene Hoheusle from ARSI, Nicole Strickler from Messer Strickler, John Bedard from Bedard Law Group, Dennis Barton from the Barton Law Group, Leadership Communication Coach Sylvia Larrass, Greg Ruffino from Williams & Fudge, Kelli Krueger from ACA International, Michael Klutho from Bassford Remele, Elizabeth Conklin from State Collection Service, Ron Brown from ConSec Investigations, Manuel Newburger from Barron & Newburger, Kelly Knepper-Stephens and Tim Collins from TrueAccord, LaDonna Bohling from Receivable Solutions, Roger Weiss from CACi, Garret Angelo from JJ Marshall, David Kaminski from Carlson Messer, Leslie Bender from BCA Financial Services, Gordon Beck from Valor Intelligent Processing, Mary Shores from Midstate Collection Solutions, and John McNamara from the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.
Sponsors included Payment Savvy, Applied Innovation, VoApps, Inc., ACA International, the Association of Credit and Collection Professionals, Receivables Management Association International, Arbeit, Bedard Law Group, PDCflow, InterProse, TCN, Guru DNA Technology Consulting, Debt$Net-The Computer Manager, Inc., WebRecon LLC, FDCPA Certifications LLC, AccountsRecovery.net, Tag Process Service, Inc., insideARM, and PaymentVision.
[Editor's note: insideARM was proud to participate in this event as a sponsor, together with many associations and other representatives of the ARM industry who came together to contribute!]