Collector - August 2017 - 36
How ACA member company Credit Consulting Services is working to create a talent pipeline with a local university.
By Anne Rosso May
redit Consulting Services Inc.
CEO Rodney Meeks has had his
eye on California State UniversityMonterey Bay (CSUMB) for a while. The
school, located in Marina, Calif., just 10
miles from Meeks' company in neighboring
Salinas, has a thriving business college
and Meeks is constantly on the lookout for
top talent, so a partnership between the
two organizations seems like a mutually
Meeks has been gradually building a
relationship with the school over the last
few years, hosting visits from professors
and even hiring a few current and former
CSUMB students. But a more formal
opportunity to work together arose last
February through the school's Senior
Capstone experience, a semester-long
initiative that requires graduating seniors
to pick a local business and work with its
leadership to analyze its operations.
A team consisting of CSUMB students
Jason Asclipiadis, Rudy Gonzales, David Leon,
Adriana Pulido, Hila Safaei and Gal Shapira
chose CCS, and met with Meeks about once
a month to gather information about the
company and the collection industry. The team
prepared a written strategic analysis detailing
the firm's strengths and weaknesses, as well as
how they believed CCS could achieve a more
competitive advantage in the marketplace.
In May, the CSUMB Capstone teams
presented their findings to faculty at the
College of Business Senior Capstone Festival.
Meeks said the CCS Capstone team
discussed the rules and regulations
governing the collection industry and the
challenges facing agencies today, such as