01. 06. 22

Commercial Collection Agencies of America has elected its new Board of Directors and has announced the slate of officers of the organization.
Board members include Pete Roth of CST Company, Fred Wasserspring of Lyon Collection Services, Inc., David Herer of ABC-Amega, Inc., Humberto Matz of Creditors Adjustment Bureau, Tom Claybaugh of Mountain States Commercial Credit Management, Inc., Jim McDermott of Altus Receivables Management and Steve Rauch of Rauch Milliken International.

Officers are Pete Roth, President; Humberto Matz, Vice President; David Herer, Secretary; and Fred Wasserspring, Treasurer.

The Board was recently chosen by its peers at the annual conference in Delray Beach, Florida where members and colleagues gathered for two and a half days of education and networking.

The CCA of A Board meets monthly to handle the business of the Association as well as strategically plan for organizational and industry-related needs.

The Board directs its multiple committees to create key programming and education, to evaluate legislative needs and identify regulatory changes, to market agency and affiliate member services, to attract new members, to introduce cutting-edge technologies and services to its members, and to meet the needs of future leaders in the collection field.

Every initiative put forth by the Board and its committees is developed with the mission of the Association at the forefront: to elevate the standards and uphold the professionalism in the commercial collection industry for the benefit of protecting the credit granting community.

“There are many issues facing this industry, both near and long-term. Commercial Collection Agencies of America will be well served by this notable group of individuals chosen to lead this important organization,” noted Pete Roth.

“Being chosen as the new President of this organization’s Board of Directors is both an honor and privilege. With the support of such distinguished agency representatives on the Board, I hope to carry on the kind of leadership and vision that my predecessors, Bruce Godwin and Meg Scotty displayed during their terms,” he added.

Commercial Collection Agencies of America is an organization of commercial collection agencies, creditors’ rights attorneys and law list publishers. The certification program, which is the platinum standard in the industry, is promulgated by an Independent Standards Board, which includes professionals from a cross-section of industries related to credit and collections.

12. 20. 21

Commercial Collection Agencies of America announced that through its initiative, Commercial Collection Agencies of America Gives Back, a portion of the proceeds of its annual conference in Delray Beach, along with substantial donations from individual members, and a fleet of bicycles has been given to 4KIDS of South Florida. 

bikes1At each CCA of A conference, members cap off two days of continuing education with a large networking event and participate in a novel team-building experience.  This year, attendees came together Friday afternoon to assemble bicycles for foster children served by 4KIDS.  Each team built a bicycle, creatively named its bike and nicknamed its team, as well as crafted cards for each recipient child. 

bikes2Teams then presented their bicycles to a judges' panel, in what turned out to be a “bring down the house” finale. The creativity and teamwork were impressive, and members had a lot of fun, but what happened earlier in the day, made the event even more meaningful. 

At Friday morning’s general membership meeting, CCA of A President, Bruce Godwin invited all attendees to participate in the charity event.  After he announced that 4KIDS of South Florida would be the recipient of the bicycles and the monetary donation from the Association, Godwin, a Boca Raton resident, offered to personally donate to 4KIDS, as well.  Immediately, members in the room enthusiastically offered their personal donations, to match Godwin’s, and within minutes, thousands of dollars were raised, to compliment the donation of eight bicycles.

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“Watching this event develop during the day was exciting,” commented CCA of A’s Executive Director, Annette M. Waggoner.  “From the overwhelming generosity of members in the morning to the palpable anticipation for the event during the day, to the finale in the early evening, when over a hundred members took a group photo with Karen Granger of 4KIDS. These colleagues masterfully collaborate during the year on behalf of their clients and today, they came together in the same collegial fashion for a worthy cause…so inspiring.” furthered Waggoner. 

4kids4KIDS brings hope to babies, kids, teens, and young adults by providing safe and secure environments for healing, equipped parents and caregivers who are trained to love kids from hard places, essential resources to meet their physical needs, nurturing counsel to help them thrive, and a renewed sense of value in their hearts.  For the thousands of children who are removed from their homes each year 4KIDS has hundreds of foster families across six (6) Florida counties to meet the need.  More information can be found at 4KIDS - 4KIDS, Inc. conference2021

In addition to 4KIDS, Commercial Collection Agencies of America has also been fortunate to donate a portion of the profits from previous conferences to The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, Wounded Warrior Project, Blessings in a Backpack, The ALS Association-Greater Chicago Chapter, The Red Cross, Mental Health Associates of Western New York, the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, The Emily Stillman Foundation Ronald McDonald House – Atlanta and the American Diabetes Association.