06. 05. 14

A message to former CCAA agency members:

The strength of an organization is its members. In its 42-year history, CCAA earned a reputation of an Association with upstanding, cooperative members who worked to provide credit professionals with the highest level of service in the commercial debt collection industry, while working together in committees and councils to offer stellar education and networking opportunities for its members.

With the same charge, Commercial Collection Agencies of America, Inc. will endeavor to continue that tradition and looks forward to welcoming you as a member for what will be year 43 for some of our members!

The new organization is incorporated as a non-profit 501(c) (6) entity in the state of Illinois and offers its members an unparalleled certification program recognized by the credit and collection industry worldwide. Commercial Collection Agencies of America, Inc. is the only collection agency-certifying body in which ALL of its members are certified. The new organization's marketing materials will stress that ALL members are certified, thus eliminating confusion in the marketplace.

Commercial Collection Agencies of America has reached out to alliance partners in the industry, including NACM and Credit Research Foundation, and will be exhibiting at each group's upcoming expositions. In addition, a press release is being sent to over 5,000 credit and collection professionals explaining the debut of the organization. Commercial Collection Agencies of America will continue to offer the excellent education former CCAA members have become accustomed to and benefited from during meetings and webinars. Full slates of interesting and relevant topics, in a wide variety of areas, await new members.

In addition, the organization will have frequent opportunities to meet in person and network with the creditors' rights attorneys and law list representatives. These affiliate members have had long-standing relationships with agency members and the new organization will create a positive atmosphere where old and new relationships can grow and be cultivated.

07. 30. 14

July 29, 2014

Commercial Collection Agencies of America, Inc today announced that it has built its membership to include over 50 members.

Commercial Collection Agencies of Americais an association of commercial collection agencies, creditors' rights attorneys and law list publishers whose experience, expertise, ethics and education work to elevate the standards of the commercial debt collection industry.   "The pillars-experience, expertise, ethics and education-are the foundation of each agency and building an association whose framework consists of like-minded agencies creates an unparalleled strength to protect the nation’s economy," commented Meg Scotty, one of the founding directors of Commercial Collection Agencies of America. 

Each Commercial Collection Agencies of America agency member has been assisting companies collect delinquent receivables for decades. All agency members are previously certified agencies of CCAA; some agencies are entering their 43rd year of certification.

"One of the paramount distinctions of the Commercial Collection Agencies of America is it is the only association of commercial collection agencies in which ALL of its agency members are certified," commented Fred Wasserspring, another founding director of the new organization.

The infrastructure of a solid business relationship includes confidence that a business partner has the tools in which to achieve a goal. Commercial Collection Agencies of America agencies possess such tools, putting them to work daily to collect receivables on behalf of nationwide companies, while maintaining the highest of standards and professionalism in the collection industry.

08. 27. 14

Chicago-Comercial Collection Agencies of America, Inc has announced that its inaugural meeting will be held October 9-11, 2014 in Delray Beach, Florida.

Members and guests will meet at the beautiful oceanfront Marriott Delray Beach for a meeting packed with networking opportunities, top-notch education, outstanding speakers and panel discussions.  A general membership meeting will also be held.

Peppered into the educational sessions and association business is social time when members will congregate at meals, cocktail parties, a beach party,  golf, tennis and even tailgate and attend an NFL game!
"Many of our members-agency owners/managers, attorneys and law list representatives have known and worked with each other for decades.  Attendees look forward to re-connecting with their colleagues and celebrate the "kick off "of Commercial Collection Agencies of America at a meeting where education, networking and business relationships are #1 in the game plan," commented Annette M. Waggoner, Acting Executive Director of the organization.

The years of experience of its members lend trust and credibility to the newly formed association, whose membership has soared since its formation less than ninety days ago.  "Commercial Collection Agencies of America members are the Hall of Famers of the debt collection industry, as the organization is the ONLY certifying body in which ALL of its members are certified," commented Bruce Godwin, a founding director.

Godwin’s comments spotlight that each of Commercial Collection Agencies of America's members must qualify to meet certain certification standards-rigorous, but necessary in the accounts receivable industry.

Commercial Collection Agencies of America, Inc is an association of commercial collection agencies,  creditors' rights attorneys and law list publishers whose experience, expertise, ethics and education work to elevate the standards of the commercial debt collection industry.

09. 10. 14

Credit Today, "the premier online portal for trade credit professionals," recently interviewed veteral collection industry expert Emil Hartleb on the significance of Commercial Collection Agencies of America's new Standards Board.

Click here to read the interview and learn more about what the Commercial Collection Agencies of America means to the commercial collection industry.

10. 22. 14

Commercial Collection Agencies of America announced that its inaugural meeting held October 9-11 in Delray Beach, Florida was an overwhelming success and attracted more members than expected.
 
delray-marriott1Collection agency owners/representatives, creditors’ rights attorneys and law list representatives and their guests met at the beautiful oceanfront Marriott Delray Beach for continuing education sessions, lively and informative speaker presentations and interactive panel discussions and social events.
 
Members enjoyed a welcome cocktail reception and dinner to kick off the three day meeting on Thursday evening.  Friday morning’s official networking session’s new and novel format ensured that every attendee met one another during the two and half hour session. Friday afternoon’s educational sessions instructed the members on “The Art of Getting Paid” and “Conflict Management”, in addition to learning about the “Pursuit of Corporate Insiders and Business Successors on Corporate Debt." Members commented that both attorneys and agencies benefited from this type of educational programming.
 
After a full day of education and networking, members and guests were treated to a cocktail party in an open air Atrium with NFL alumni players. Socializing with and signing autographs for members were NFL Hall of Fame’s Dwight Stephenson, who was on the Pro Bowl squads from 1983 to 1987; Mark Higgs, who led the Miami Dolphins in rushing from 1990-1993; Shawn Wooden, a Notre Dame graduate who played nine seasons for the Dolphins and Chicago Bears and Jeff Cross, a Dolphins alum a Pro Bowl player in 1990. The players later met the attendees later after dinner at the member Beach Party. Fun was had by all!
 
On Saturday, members attended the first general membership meeting, which was a forum for discussing the organization’s peerless certification program, the direction of the group and volunteers populated the numerous committees of the organization.  Members shared valuable suggestions for future initiatives of Commercial Collection Agencies of America.
 
Member dinners, luncheons, rounds of golf, pool time with sunny, Florida weather, a tailgate party and Sunday’s nail-biting Miami Dolphins-Green Bay Packers game rounded out the member’s entertainment during the rest of the weekend!
 
“Our membership came together to discuss the current landscape of the debt collection industry, while benefiting from excellent education and networking. Although members have associated for decades, this new organization and its meeting format are filled with bright and innovative ideas,” commented Meg Scotty, a director of the organization.
 
“Many members commented they were able to make new business connections that will lead to increased bottom lines for their firms in 2015” commented Fred Wasserspring, the organization’s treasurer.
 
Commercial Collection Agencies of America’s membership continues to soar since its formation in May, 2014. The members, marked by their experience, expertise, ethics and education, work to elevate the standards of the commercial debt collection industry. The four pillars, as they are known, not only form the strong base upon which the organization is founded, but are embodied in each of its members.    
 
“All of our members have been certified previously, most for decades and are veterans in the debt collection industry. Agencies qualify for membership by meeting rigorous certification requirements set by an independent standards board and adhering to a strict code of ethics. Commercial Collection Agencies of America is the ONLY certifying body in which all members are certified,” commented another director, Bruce Godwin.