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FOR ACA'S NEW PRESIDENT
WHAT ARE YOUR PASSIONS OUTSIDE OF WORK?
Fishing, surfing and Florida State University athletics.
WHO IS YOUR FAVORITE AUTHOR?
Ernest Hemingway. This past year my dad, son and I went to Cuba
and explored Havana and saw Hemingway's favorite spots.
WHAT JOBS DID YOU WANT WHEN YOU WERE A KID?
Initially a marine biologist and later a meteorologist.
WHAT ARE YOUR PROUDEST ACHIEVEMENTS?
Gaining the trust of my staff and helping to advance their careers,
and building a relationship between the Florida Collectors Association
and the Florida Office of Financial Regulation.
HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOURSELF?
I would describe myself as laid back, but I think the people I've worked
with would say I'm very direct and to the point.
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Brown said that early motivation to
serve ACA was extremely influential. It
led him to join various committees within
the unit, and later, thanks to 2013/14 ACA
President Leslie Bender's encouragement,
he got involved in the association at the
Brown has been instrumental in helping
to build great relationships between FCA
and its state regulators. He is a familiar
face to many of his local legislators, a
process likely made less intimidating
thanks in part to his mother's extensive
political experience. After leaving
Certified Credit in the early 1990s, Shirley
Brown was elected to the Florida House of
Representatives-Sarasota County's first
female legislator-where she served for
At an FCA lobbying event a few years
ago, Kelley said it was "very clear and
evident when we started how gifted,
comfortable and knowledgeable Jack was
in the legislative process as well as in our
business. It was fun watching him navigate
issues. You just knew that he was a guy who
knew what he was talking about; he had
the respect of lawmakers and had worked
to build relationships with them. He is
relentless and tireless in pursuit in working
for our industry."
In a June 2012 Collector magazine article,
FCA then-president Quinn Simpson
described Brown's work as the unit's
legislative chair as invaluable. "Without
Jack, I think we'd be a little lost," he said.
Brown earned ACA's Unit Leader of the
Year Award in 2013 for his lobbying efforts
to remove or modify important sections of
the Florida state statute to be less onerous for
the collection industry.
"The goal is always to find the win-win for
legislators and businesses," Brown said.
This approach has paid off in spades,
and today the FCA often functions as an
informal adviser on collection industry
issues for the Florida Office of Financial
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