By Gary D. Rippentrop, CAE
Recent events reflect ACA International’s long tradition of volunteerism
T hroughout its history, ACA International
has been a volunteer-driven organization.
The association was formed, developed and
grown by visionary collection agency owners who
saw the benefit of banding together for the
ACA Unit Leadership Conference. Participants
ranged from new volunteers to those who have
served for more than a decade.
They met with ACA staff members and heard
presentations about planning unit events,
common good of the industry. Nearly 70 years developing public relations initiatives, improving
later, ACA’s success continues to come from the political advocacy efforts and more. Participants
insight, ideas and hard work of volunteer leaders. also had several opportunities to discuss their
I was reminded of the power of ACA’s “volunteer units’ challenges and share best ideas.
spirit” during three events Finally, in anticipation of the new congressional
occurring the week of Oct. 20— session, ACA held its Legislative and Regulatory
a meeting of the Executive Strategic Planning Session in Minneapolis on Oct.
Committee, the Unit 22-23. Representatives from the Executive
Leadership Conference and the Committee, the Legislative Council, ACPAC, the
Legislative and Regulatory Interstate Committee, the Members’ Attorney
Strategic Planning Session. Program, Creditors International and the Asset
The Executive Committee Buyers Division, along with ACA’s regulatory
convened at ACA headquarters counsel and government affairs staff, gathered to
in Minneapolis on Oct. 21-22 to establish the association’s legislative and regulatory
conduct association business. priorities for the next two years.