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GOVERNMENTAFFAIRS

Advocacy and
Parenthood:
Not So Different
A salute to the working parents
who are making a difference in D.C.
for the accounts receivable
management industry.
By Leah Dempsey

T

his month as I sat down to write my
Collector magazine article, I realized
that by the time this issue comes
out I will be facing something perhaps even
more challenging than the partisan divide
and impeachment bickering going on in
Washington, D.C. Starting this month, I
will be taking on a new role and joining the
prestigious club of working moms in the
accounts receivable management industry.
While I know the future may hold some
new challenges, I am excited to be in an
industry and particularly an association that
has long celebrated family businesses, as well
as working women.
Over the past several months, as I forged
ahead with leading ACA International's
federal advocacy in Washington, D.C.,
I have been grateful for the many ACA
members who have supported me as I have
continued with our collective advocacy
work, including comment filings, meetings
with regulators, speaking on panels
throughout the country, preparing for
hearings, analyzing legislation and engaging
in other outreach with members of
Congress. This work would not have been
possible without the backing and guidance
from ACA's leaders and members.
I also realize I am certainly not the first
person to take on the new role of working
parent or grandparent, and I have been
inspired by the many ACA members
who have done this successfully, all while
tirelessly serving the industry. This got me
thinking-there are also many lawmakers
and regulators in Washington, D.C., doing

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the same, while continuing to make a
major difference in policymaking. To name
just a small few:

U.S. REP. ANN WAGNER
This past fall, U.S. Rep. Ann Wagner, R-Mo.,
went toe to toe at the House Financial
Services Committee hearing with those
criticizing some common-sense aspects of the
Consumer Financial Protection Bureau's debt
collection rule proposal, including the limited
content voicemail message. Specifically, she
pointed out that previously Democrats had
supported legislation asking the CFPB to do
the same thing under the committee tenure of
U.S. Rep. Barney Frank, D-Mass., in 2012. She
also asked the important question, "Is there
a scenario where a consumer that has fallen
into collections could benefit from a phone
call or an email?"
Wagner, however, has done much more
than being a fierce advocate for smallbusiness owners and working families.
According to her biography, she is a graduate
of the University of Missouri-Columbia,
where she received her bachelor's degree in
business administration with an emphasis in
logistics. After college, she went to work in the
private sector and held management positions
at Hallmark Cards in Kansas City and Ralston
Purina in St. Louis.

Her biography notes, "Ann's most important
jobs, however, have always been as a wife,
mother and now grandmother. Ann and
Ray have three children: Raymond, an Army
Captain who recently welcomed his first child,
Isabella, into the world with his wife Julia;
Stephen, a Client Services Manager for a St.
Louis area financial management company;
and Mary Ruth, a recent college graduate who
moved back to the 2nd District and is working
as a business development coordinator."

JOHN MCNAMARA
The CFPB's assistant director of consumer
lending, John McNamara, has worked for
many years to do the impossible at the
CFPB: help lead a team to finally produce
the proposed rules for the Fair Debt
Collection Practices Act, which address
many questions from the outdated law.
Before joining the bureau, McNamara was
the chief marketing officer for LiveVox and
president, chief executive officer and cofounder of Fidelis Recovery Solutions Inc.
He also has over 30 years of experience
working in the debt collection market
and received his B.A. and master's from
Kennesaw State University.
Perhaps most impressive, he is seen as
a fair-minded regulator by both consumer
advocates and industry participants for his

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Collector - February 2020

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Collector - February 2020

Presidents Page
Industry News
Best Practices
FYI
Collection Tips
Overlapping Responsibilities?
Taking on Tax Time
Making Connections in D.C.
Calendar
Honor Roll
Education Spotlight
Creative Solutions
Ask the Experts: Reaching Out
Legal Liability & the FDCPA
Advocacy and Parenthood: Not So Different
Your Opinion Matters
Beyond the Boundary of the Law
ACA SearchPoint
Membership
Ad Index
Last Word
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Collector - February 2020 - Presidents Page
Collector - February 2020 - Industry News
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Collector - February 2020 - Best Practices
Collector - February 2020 - 13
Collector - February 2020 - FYI
Collector - February 2020 - 15
Collector - February 2020 - Collection Tips
Collector - February 2020 - 17
Collector - February 2020 - Overlapping Responsibilities?
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Collector - February 2020 - 21
Collector - February 2020 - Taking on Tax Time
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Collector - February 2020 - 25
Collector - February 2020 - Making Connections in D.C.
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Collector - February 2020 - Calendar
Collector - February 2020 - Honor Roll
Collector - February 2020 - Education Spotlight
Collector - February 2020 - 35
Collector - February 2020 - Creative Solutions
Collector - February 2020 - 37
Collector - February 2020 - Ask the Experts: Reaching Out
Collector - February 2020 - 39
Collector - February 2020 - Legal Liability & the FDCPA
Collector - February 2020 - 41
Collector - February 2020 - Advocacy and Parenthood: Not So Different
Collector - February 2020 - 43
Collector - February 2020 - Your Opinion Matters
Collector - February 2020 - 45
Collector - February 2020 - Beyond the Boundary of the Law
Collector - February 2020 - 47
Collector - February 2020 - ACA SearchPoint
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Collector - February 2020 - Membership
Collector - February 2020 - Ad Index
Collector - February 2020 - Last Word
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