Collector - July 2018 - 48
Making a Difference in Washington
ACA members engaged with influential leaders, including the BCFP's
Mick Mulvaney, at the association's annual Washington Insights Conference.
By Kim Coghill
Gottheimer, D-N.J. And in a surprise move,
Tom Stockton, a former ACA president from
Texas, invited U.S. Rep. Michael Burgess,
R-Texas, to stop by a reception Tuesday night
to meet members and deliver remarks.
Stockton noted the value of building
relationships and sharing relevant feedback
with public officials as a way of helping
them understand the real-world impact
their decisions have on business owners and
employees across the country.
Without question, the theme of the
Washington Insights Conference was
"getting involved in the process." Mulvaney
and Luetkemeyer praised ACA members for
visiting Washington and using their time to
relay important information and anecdotes
to members of Congress.
"When you talk to us, tell us stories about
how what we do impacts your business,"
CA International's Washington
Insights Conference, held in
Washington, D.C., in May, reached
a crescendo when the Bureau of Consumer
Financial Protection Acting Director
Mick Mulvaney told an audience of
approximately 90 conference attendees that
while the bureau is serious about enforcing
the law and holding bad actors accountable,
"we are not going after people who are not
breaking the law."
As the event's keynote speaker, Mulvaney
appeared confident yet approachable as
he spoke off-the-cuff about the actions
and authority of the BCFP, often citing
the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and
Consumer Protection Act, which created
the BCFP, to stress the point that its
interpretation needs to be revisited and
modifications should be made by Congress.
His candor and comments acknowledging
the need for the work of the credit and
collection industry are welcome changes
after several years of overreach, and
sometimes unfair actions of the bureau
under the leadership of former director
Mulvaney, a former congressman from
South Carolina who currently serves as
President Donald Trump's director of the
Office of Management and Budget, was
among several influential leaders who
accepted invitations from ACA's wellconnected Washington federal affairs team
to speak at this annual conference.
Members of Congress who addressed
ACA members throughout the two-day
event were U.S. Reps. Blaine Luetkemeyer,
R-Mo.; Leonard Lance, R-N.J.; Andy Barr,
R-Ken.; Lee Zeldin, R-N.Y.; and Josh
Congressman Lee Zeldin (R-N.Y.), a supporter of the accounts receivable
management industry, was a featured speaker.
BCFP Acting Director Mick Mulvaney is joined by Rick Perr, ACA's board president 2017/18 and attorney at Fineman, Krekstein and Harris P.C.; Randall
Kamm, board advisor at Law Office of Robert A. Schuerger LPA; Mark Neeb, ACA's CEO; and Robert Perrin, CEO of Williams & Fudge Inc.