Collector - August 2017 - 13
By Anne Rosso May
t's not an exaggeration to say that all eyes in the credit and collection
industry right now are focused on Washington, D.C., and how our
leaders make and interpret rules governing the industry.
Which is why ACA International's new president, Rick Perr, is uniquely
qualified to lead the association in the coming year. While he's not the
first attorney elected to the presidency, he is the first who is not directly
employed by an individual collection agency.
"In a lot of ways I think this gives me a really broad perspective on ACA
and its members because I've represented a wide variety of firms-small,
medium and large-in all markets, and I've had the good fortune of
working with clients who trust me to deal with their most intimate issues
and operations," said Perr, who is a partner at Fineman, Krekstein and
Harris, P.C., in Philadelphia. "I've learned how different agencies work,
which will provide me with a holistic perspective when trying to figure out
which direction ACA should take or getting a handle on an issue."
Friend, client and fellow ACA member Larry Steller, CEO of Quality
Asset Recovery LLC, agreed.
"I always want to see agency owners leading our association because I
know they've suffered what I've suffered and seen what I've seen," Steller
said. "Rick may not own a collection agency, but he is still a business owner
and he understands our industry in such a unique and important way. His
experience and attention to detail have paid a lot of dividends. The things I'd
normally worry about in leadership, I don't have to worry about with him."