"Nearly everything I learned about this business, I learned at ACA conventions and meetings," 2009/10 President-Elect Martin Sher, IFCCE, told new convention attendees at the First-Timers Welcome Reception. "The real value is everybody getting to know each other here. Network and talk to everybody and you'll understand why."After his induction as president, Sher thanked his family, friends and staff, as well as ACA members, officers and staff. Past President Jon Dunn, IFCCE, sang Elvis Presley's "American Trilogy," and Martin played harmonica while his brother, [David Schultz], sang a parody of "Oh Susannah" about Martin."I see several significant benefits to having such a large number of ACA members engaging in Capital Hill visits," said Brent Byers, president and CEO of Helvey & Associates in Warsaw, Ind. "Obviously, we're able to touch many different congressional offices - it makes a noticeable difference when there are multiple agencies representing multiple districts. There is definitely a 'sit up and take notice' factor with a big group like ours. The more people we have sending professional and positive images of our industry to members of Congress, the more we are able to counteract the negative anecdotal images they are exposed to through a variety of other sources."
Washington, D.C., hosts ACA International’s 71st Annual Convention and Exposition By Tim Dressen 24 I September 2010 Collector 1. 2009/10 ACA International President Karolyn Rubin, IFCCE, welcomed convention attendees and emceed the opening general session. 2. Former ACA CEO Gary D. Rippentrop, CAE, gave his farewell address, thanking ACA members and reﬂecting on the achievements from his years with the association. 3. The ACA Board of Directors met during the ﬁrst day of the convention and approved a strategic plan for the next three years. 1 2 3 I n July, credit and collection professionals from across the U.S. and around the world gathered in Washington, D.C., for ACA International’s 71st Annual Convention educational workshops, seminars and sessions. And, of course, with so many credit and collection professionals gathered in one location, attendees exchanged ideas and solutions amongst do exactly that in his role as ACA International’s CEO for more than 13 years. During the convention’s opening general session, Rippentrop’s colleagues paid tribute to him, recalled and Exposition. With four days each other. his contributions to the association and packed full of educational sessions “Nearly everything I learned wished him well. and workshops, networking events, about this business, I learned at ACA Among the speakers was another vendor exhibits, advocacy on Capitol conventions and meetings,” 2009/10 former ACA CEO, John W. Johnson, Hill and the collective knowledge of P
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