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David Schultz, Esq.

JONATHAN ELLIOT JUDICIAL
ADVOCACY AWARD
The Jonathan Elliot Judicial Advocacy
Award recognizes an ACA member who
in the past year has been an outstanding
advocate on behalf of the credit and
collection industry.
This year's recipient is David Schultz
Esq., partner at Hinshaw & Culbertson
LLP in Chicago. He is a member of ACA's
Attorney State Chair Program and served
on ACA's Judicial Committee. He has
also earned ACA's Fellow and Scholar
designations.

This year's award was given to a tireless
industry leader, Jim Richards, co-founder and
chair of Capio Partners LLC in Lawrenceville,
Ga., and past president of ACA.
Richards is a longtime ACA member,
volunteering his time and expertise to a
number of association committees over
the years, including the Board of Review
Committee, CFPB Interest Group, Healthcare
Services Program and Industry Defense Task
Force. Most recently, he chaired the ACA
International Education Foundation. In 2013,
he earned ACA's Scholar designation.
During his ACA presidency, Richards
founded the Institute for Collection
Leadership, an independent group of large
ACA agencies with a mission to change the
collection industry.

Harry Strausser III

Andy Maschmann

UNIT LEADER OF
THE YEAR AWARD

Jim Richards

MEMBER OF THE
YEAR AWARD
The ACA International Member of the Year
Award is presented to the ACA member
identified as having done the most for the
credit and collection industry during the
past 12 months.

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This award recognizes members who have
made the most outstanding contributions
to their units in the past two years. Unit
officers and members of ACA's Council of
Delegates and Board of Directors submit
nominations, and a national selection panel
of unit leaders chooses the recipients. This
year, two recipients were selected.
Andy Maschmann from the Nebraska
Collectors Association was honored in the
category of 1-35 unit members. He has
served as the secretary/treasurer for the
Nebraska Collectors Association for many
years, earning ACA's Unit Leader of the Year
Award in 2007. He plans the NCA Annual
Conference and is heavily involved in all
member outreach efforts.

Each year, he spends an exorbitant
amount of time analyzing and determining
the true impact legislation introduced in the
state would have on the collection industry.
He guides NCA's Legislative Committee and
acts as the primary consultant for the unit's
lobbyist. He has done this for dozens of bills
in recent years, and his work helped defeat
or amend multiple garnishment bills and
changes to legal procedures regarding debt
collection in 2017.
Harry Strausser III, MCE, from the
Mid-Atlantic Collectors Association was
honored in the category of 101+ unit
members. MACA has been taking proactive
steps to stay modern and fresh in the way
it serves its members, and Strausser has led
that charge.
He has encouraged the unit to update
its bylaws, strengthen its recruiting and
membership committees and obtain
commitment from board members to be
more meaningfully involved. He has also led
an effort to use social media platforms such
as LinkedIn as a way to boost membership
and unit outreach.
A past president of ACA (2004/05) and
winner of several association awards over
the years, Strausser has actively promoted
MACA sending board members to ACA's
Washington Insights Conference and
Annual Convention & Expo. He also
helped plan one of the industry's largest
regional events, the Northeast Debt
Collection Expo.

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