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LASTWORD
LASTWORD

Building a Home on the Hill

A

CA International has long been a powerful federal
legislative and regulatory advocate for the accounts
receivable management industry. However, the
association's headquarters is located in Minneapolis-more
than 1,000 miles from Capitol Hill, where most of the advocacy
action for the federal government takes place. In the mid-2000s,
ACA leaders realized its staff and members were spending a
lot of time in Washington, D.C.-meeting with legislators and
regulatory groups, coordinating advocacy events and testifying
before Congress on crucial industry issues.
It soon became clear that establishing a permanent presence on
Capitol Hill would help ACA more efficiently conduct its advocacy
work-plus, this new office could serve as a hub for members
participating in fly-in events and meetings.
Guided by the association's strategic plan, in 2008 ACA's
Executive Committee approved a motion to purchase property
for the association's Washington, D.C., office. That same year,

Adam Peterman was hired as the new government affairs director,
becoming ACA's first full-time, D.C.-based employee.
Peterman didn't have a permanent place to call home right off
the bat, though. It took ACA several months of searching before it
secured the right property in D.C. Contractors spent the spring and
much of the summer of 2009 remodeling the office, demolishing some
interior walls and ripping out old carpet.
In September 2009, as pictured above, ACA held a ribbon-cutting
ceremony for the opening of its new office in conjunction with the
association's Washington, D.C., Fly-In event. The Executive Committee
and ACA staff hosted a special reception to celebrate the grand
opening and welcomed industry leaders from other associations and
organizations, members of Congress and ACA members who flew in
for the event.
Constant interaction with policymakers is critical to the health of
our industry, and ACA's office in Washington, D.C., serves as a yearround connection to Congress and regulators, whether the Capitol
light is on or off.

Throughout ACA International's 80th anniversary year, Collector magazine will be featuring photos marking
important moments in the association's and accounts receivable management industry's history.

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Collector – September 2019

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Collector – September 2019

Ask the Experts: Raising the Bar
Staying on Track
Work Ethic From the Ground Up
Calling Concerns
Robo-Dispute Purveyors Found Guilty of Fraud
Upfront
Industry News
Best Practices
FYI
Collection Tips
Calendar
Honor Roll
Education Spotlight
ACA SearchPoint
Ad Index
Membership
Last Word
Meet ACA’s 2019/20 Board of Directors
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Collector – September 2019 - Upfront
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Collector – September 2019 - Industry News
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Collector – September 2019 - Best Practices
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Collector – September 2019 - FYI
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Collector – September 2019 - Collection Tips
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Collector – September 2019 - Calendar
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Collector – September 2019 - Ask the Experts: Raising the Bar
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Collector – September 2019 - Staying on Track
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Collector – September 2019 - Work Ethic From the Ground Up
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Collector – September 2019 - Calling Concerns
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Collector – September 2019 - Robo-Dispute Purveyors Found Guilty of Fraud
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Collector – September 2019 - ACA SearchPoint
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