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March 28, 2019
Allied Finance Adjusters and RSIG Annual Seminar

Registration for REPO19 - June 18-20 at the Arizona Grand Hotel & Spa, hosted by RSIG and Allied Finance Adjusters is here and finally open! www.repo19.com

Hotel reservastions can be made with this link:2019 RSIG/AFA Annual Seminar

We have negotiated a fantastic room rate of $139 per night with no resort fees at this all suite property, perfect for bringing your family. Use the link above to make your hotel reservations online or call the on-site reservations department at 877-800-4888 to make reservations, telling them you are with the 2019 RSIG/AFA Annual Seminar!

March 21, 2019
Allied Finance Adjusters News Release


June 21st thru 24th, 2017
Allied Finance Adjusters Annual Convention

NO RAIN ON OUR PARADE. It was an exquisite June afternoon at the Sheraton San Diego Hotel & Marina where 514 repossessors from all across the nation converged .... (read more...)

March 6th 2017
Allied Finance Adjusters has the Solution!

Many of you may already be aware of the notice of intent to cancel every trade association’s current $1,000,000 and $5,000,000 insurance policies by the carrier, Travelers Insurance Company. This stems from a six month long investigation by the Texas Department of Insurance (TDI) regarding the crime policies the associations in the industry have been providing to its members. (read more...)

November 16th 2016
An Open Letter to Santander Consumer USA, Chrysler Capital and MBSi Corp.:

Recovery/Repossession businesses across the country recently received a letter from MBSi Corp.—telling these small business owners that they are REQUIRED to purchase and download MBSi’s newest evolution software and operating system, Recovery Connect. Failing to do this, the letter said, would discontinue the ability of the repossession company to do business with Santander Consumer USA, Inc. and Chrysler Capital. (read more...)

September 27th 2016
AFA Mid Year Meeting

All 95 attendees at the Allied Finance Adjusters Mid Year meeting hit the JACKPOT! Along with the camaraderie and networking, which was amazing, there was top notch education. (read more...)

March 23rd 2016
Introducing the Allied Finance Adjusters (AFA) Mobile App.

Built and designed for the lending community! (read more...)

March 21st 2016
Allied Finance Adjusters 80th Celebration onboard the Savannah Riverboat Cruise

Enjoy an evening of entertainment and an unforgettable tour of Savannah. The Savannah Riverboat cruise experience is a relaxing sightseeing tour with refreshing river breezes, delicious local southern flavored food and cultural entertainment. This AFA sponsored field trip includes a 2 hour river cruise with live band and DJ. We will depart and return directly from the hotel. Food is buffet style with fried chicken, glazed pork loin and all the trimmings! Coffee, Tea, Lemon Aid and soft drinks are included. (read more...)

January 8th 2016
Allied Finance Adjusters 80th Annual Convention 2016

May 17th - 20th 2016 The Westin Savannah Harbor Golf Resort & Spa, Savannah, GA.
We are proud to announce we have a time and place for our annual convention which we will be celebrating our 80 year anniversary as Allied Finance Adjusters Conference. Come out for education and enjoy some relaxation, play golf at their onsite golf course, enjoy the Savannah River walk for some exciting nightlife or take a riverboat tour up the historic Savannah River. To receive our room rate discount reservations must be made by April 25th. There will be more announcements to come so stay tuned!

October 6th 2015
Allied Finance Adjusters (AFA) Mid Year Meeting:

The Executive Committee of Allied Finance Adjusters proudly announces our 2015 Mid-Year Meeting. This year's meeting will once again be held at the world famous Golden Nugget Hotel in Las Vegas, NV from November 10 - 13. Generously discounted room rates are available. The cost of attendance for Allied Members is only $50. Any non-member that applies for membership before or during the event dates will be allowed to attend for $50 as well. All lenders are welcome to attend gratis. (read more...)

June 19th 2015
Allied Finance Adjusters (AFA) and Vendor Transparency Solutions (VTS) Integrate:

Allied Finance Adjusters (AFA) and Vendor Transparency Solutions (VTS) through our ongoing partnership are proud to announce the integration of the AFA vetting portal with the VTS platform. AFA is now able to order inspections and monitor applicants and members of the association though VTS. This new capability will simplify the vetting process of all new members and allow safe and compliant storage of all documents. This procedure has put every AFA member that utilizes VTS in front of the lenders who utilizes the system. (read more...)

June 4th 2015
Client Login Portal!

Allied Finance Adjusters has implemented a new "Client Login" portal! Vendor Managers have inquired about getting their own login to the AFA Website to manage ONLY the members they have approved for repossession services. They asked and we provided! We now have in place a "Quick View" of our members compliance documents that are expired or about to expire. You can add only the AFA Members you have approved to your custom grid.

Another industry first brought to you by the most advanced trade in the industry, Allied Finance Adjusters!

This New Feature includes (read more...)

March 4th 2015
Thank You Lenders, Agents and Vendors!

Allied would like to thank all who visited the AFA website and utilize our bonded, licensed, CFPB Trained and Professional members in 2014. Our 2014 website stats indicated we had over 1,650,000 overall page hits, of that over 91,600 are returning visitors. Over 6,200 assignments passed our secure and compliant portal, directly to our members, no third party software here! In October 2014 AFA hit a milestone of over 315 members, not office locations but actual members! AFA is by far the largest membership of any repossession trade association. Our 2014 78th Annual Convention in Chicago partnered with RSIG drew over 500 attendees! Our "You Tube" page reached over 10,500 views and our LinkedIn connections are over 1,300. (read more...)

February 17th 2015
AFA/RSIG Joint Convention June 24th-27th 2015!

2015 Joint Convention at "The Scottsdale Resort & Conference Center!" We have been able to negotiate a phenomenal $99.00 room rate with the resort! Just 12 miles from Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport (IPHX) and just minutes away from local restaurants and shopping in Old Town Scottsdale. This AAA rated 4 Diamond Resort, The Scottsdale Resort is going to be a great facility for our 2015 conference! (read more...)

February 9th 2015
Vendors Free Ad's on the AFA Website!

Allied’s motto to its members has always been, “What does Allied do for you!” Well we have taken that a step forward and extended that to all vendors of our industry. Any Vendor that provides goods or services to the repossession industry can now have a FREE Ad Listing on the AFA Website. To fully understand how this new program works and other options, click the “Join AFA” link on the AFA Website. Again another industry first brought to you by AFA!

January 6th 2015
AFA Annual Membership Drive!

Are you ready to take the leap and join the Elite! AFA 2015 Annual Membership is only $800.00 for new members. 2015 is "The Year of the Client" don't miss out on being part of the Largest, Oldest, Not-For-Profit National Trade Association of Young Repossession Professionals "Allied Finance Adjusters"

"Truth in Advertising" AFA has no hidden charges or extra fees! Our "Flat Rate" annual membership dues are the most affordable in the industry! The AFA board of directors voted years ago to remove the annual "AFA Convention" fee from the yearly renewal dues. Why should you pay in advance for an event you may not attend? The truth is in our numbers. Here is the History of our "Flat Rate" annual membership dues. And flat rate is, the same rate for all! 2012 - $1,450.00, 2013 - $1,350.00, 2014 - $1,250.00, 2015 - $1,200.00 (read more...)

November 11th 2014
Lenders this is what you have been waiting for!

Allied Finance Adjusters announced at their Midyear meeting, their new and improved Member search functions. Lenders can now search by their debtors home or employment zip code and locate an AFA Bonded member's physical office location within a 100 miles radius. The search results page show each AFA Member by miles to your debtors location. For those who prefer a more visual perspective use the AFA Interactive map by searching their debtors address and zooming in on the closest AFA Bonded member's physical office location.

This is an industry first brought to you by Allied Finance Adjusters! (read more...)

October 27th 2014
2014 AFA Midyear Event

The 2014 Allied Finance Adjusters Midyear meeting was a great success. Over 80 members and clients attended the CFPB Compliance Training by Michael Howk from RSIG. Conflict Resolution Under Pressure with Peter Harrell Jr. Pimp Your Profile & Maximize your Exposure with AFA Education & Marketing Chairpersons Jeanne Lewis and Chuck Cowherd.

Allied demonstrated the new website search engine and interactive map. Clients can now search by the debtors zip code or address to locate the closest AFA Bonded member by physical office location, this an industry first. Clients can now view and download the AFA Members compliance documents and send assignments directly to the members without using a third party recovery software via the AFA compliant assignment portal.

Sept 25th 2014
Sub Prime Auto Finance News

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is insistent that finance companies have documentation verifying the federal compliance of their service providers. For managers that use Allied Finance Adjusters members repossession agencies to find and recover vehicles, a new partnership with Vendor Transparency Solutions (VTS) is aimed at enhancing what a finance company can show federal regulators. (read more...)

Sept 24th 2014
Allied Finance Adjusters Partners with Vendor Transparency Solutions (VTS)

Allied Finance Adjusters (AFA) and Vendor Transparency Solutions (VTS) have partnered combining the nation’s oldest and largest national trade association with the independent leader in compliance monitoring. AFA has maintained their compliance module on its website that has assisted their members in sharing their compliance documents with lending institutions. With the introduction of VTS Basic, we can now offer our members a recognized platform to reach a higher level of compliance. read more...

August 7th 2014
Allied Finance Adjusters Midyear Meeting

It's official the AFA Midyear meeting will be held October 22-24th 2014 at the Golden Nugget Hotel and Casino Las Vegas, NV. Education training highlights include: CFPB Compliance with Michael Howk, Pimp your AFA Profile & Maximize your Exposure, Interactive Group Fun-Conflict Resolution Under Pressure. For more information (Click Here)

July 8, 2014
Allied Finance Adjusters & RSIG Joint Convention - June 2014

If you missed the 78th Annual Allied Finance Adjusters convention, then you missed the largest event in the repossession industry ever! Over 500 in attendance, with an amazing array of educational speakers and a full day of CFPB training. In attendance were more members, clients, vendors, visitors and potential new members that turned in applications than ever before! At the convention It was officially announced that Allied had reached over 300 Bonded members nationwide! At Allied, we count our members with live physical office locations, no ghost or phantom offices. Allied is now officially the largest of any repossession trade association in the world! If you are a repossession agency owner and thinking of joining a repossession national trade association, the numbers speak for themselves. (background check and physical office location inspection required to join Allied) Get on Board the Allied Train today! For more information on becoming a member. Click Here.

May 30, 2014
International Towing & Recovery Museum
Wall of the Fallen / Survior Fund

Every year, across our country and around the world, men and women are killed in the line of service while working in the towing and recovery industry. The International Towing and Recovery Hall of Fame and Museum Survivor Fund provides financial assistance to the families of our fallen in their time of need. To ensure the longevity of these benefits as we work to build a perpetual fund, we are asking each person, company and organization in the industry to participate in supporting the Survivor Fund and these families when a tragedy occurs. (read more..)

March 10, 2014
The Council of Repossession Professionals

Repossessors across America have communicated that they desire industry leaders to stand together and speak as one voice on issues that have a negative impact on our industry. The solution is at hand in the form of the recently founded The Council of Repossession Professionals (hereinafter referred to as The CORP.) The CORP is made up of two (2) representatives from each of the following trade groups (read more...)

January 22, 2014
Save the Date - 2014 AFA & RSIG Joint Convention

2014 AFA / RSIG Joint Convention early bird registration discount ends Jan 31st! If you have not registered do so now!

Click Here form more information.

December 3, 2013
Save the Date - 2014 AFA & RSIG Joint Convention

Chicagoland Here we come!

When: June 18 - 20th 2014

Where: The Westin O'Hare Chicago, IL

For more information please visit the AFA Convention page - Click Here

October 7th, 2013
2014 AFA & RSIG Joint Convention

The Board of Directors of both Allied Finance Adjusters and RSIG are proud to announce that they have agreed to Co-Host another Joint Convention in 2014. While the dates and venue are not yet certain, it is a certainty that these two groups of nearly 500 combined members learned from their first collaborative effort that this is a winning combination. These two powerhouse organizations put on three days of education, training, networking and entertainment last April in Florida and look to come together to top that effort sometime in June of 2014.

Having just finished our unprecedented show of unity 3 weeks ago in Las Vegas, where we combined with TFA to put on The Joint Training Conference, we have now focused our full attention on closing and signing contracts with the venue for our next Convention. As you begin to plan your meeting schedules and budgets for 2014, we sincerely hope we can count on your attendance and support at this must attend event. Additional details will be forthcoming very soon!

As we did at both our Joint Convention in April and The Joint Training Conference in September we again intend to invite and welcome all members of the repossession industry whether they be lenders, vendors or repossessors. Again, all repossessors will be welcome, regardless of affiliation or non-affiliation. Stay tuned...

September 30th, 2013
Three trade organizations. One AMAZING training conference., 

Golden Nugget - Las Vegas, NV

The AFA RSIG TFA Joint Training Conference initial expectations were for approximately 75 total attendees, then 100…115…150…finally approximately 225 packed the various training and education sessions. Overflow crowds took part in all of the education classes. CFPB training was conducted by the knowledgeable and always entertaining Michael Howk of RSIG. One hundred eighty three certificates of completion were issued. Michelle Stuart’s skiptracing presentation is always a crowd pleaser and this was no exception. An informative client panel engaged the audience with their compliance ideas and an insightful Q&A. LKC Services supplied hands on training for programming keys and included some very nice give aways.

It really was an unprecedented show of unity…and in reality it was more than just Allied, RSIG and TFA coming together as we had a large turnout of independent repossessors as well. All three of the participating groups saw an influx of applications and interest in joining their membership which is a true testament to the quality of the conference. All involved are excited about the increased interest.

This conference was truly amazing in so many ways…not only the training but also the great food & beverage, networking opportunities with 13 lenders and agents from virtually every state in the union. It wasn’t all work though as this group did manage to find a little time for fun as well. Wednesday night they enjoyed the exclusive use of the famous Gold Diggers Night Club (which was filled to capacity), Thursday night a large group went out to see a classic Las Vegas comedy show and each night there was a large social gathering packed in the Chairman’s Suite.

Looking towards the future, this joint gathering may just spark even more momentum for future events. Unity was a huge topic of conversation at the Joint Training Conference and the hope is that this will be remembered as just the first time these three groups came together for training. Stay tuned…

September 16th, 2013
A letter to Lenders & the Repossession Industry Press Release - "Council of Repossession Professionals", 

As AFA, TFA and RSIG prepare for the first ever Joint Training conference in Las Vegas, with over 180 members and non members of the three trades registered to attend this announcement was made. In the face of great adversity, people will ultimately find a way to come together. Coming together does not necessarily mean that we will always agree, what it does mean, however, is that we will agree to collectively discuss our ideas – allowing each and everyone the opportunity to speak and be heard. read more

July 30th, 2013
AFA, RSIG & TFA will host a Joint Training Conference, 

Golden Nugget Casino September 17th -19th 2013 Las Vegas, NV. Scheduled Events Include: Michael Howk - CFPB training, Michele Stuart - Jag Investigations, Keyless Ride - How to Program Electronic Key Fobs, Clients - Group Panel Discussion Round Table.

June 19, 2013
2013 Allied Finance Adjusters Mid Year Meeting in Las Vegas, NV, 

Allied Finance Adjusters Mid Year Meeting will be held September 18th - 21st 2013 at the Golden Nugget Hotel in Las Vegas Nevada. The Agenda includes a CFPB Training Seminar with RSIG. Make your Reservations Today!

May 21st-23rd, 2013
2013 National Alliance of "Buy Here Pay Here Dealers" Convention Wynn Hotel in Las Vegas, NV, 

Allied Finance Adjusters will be attending the 15th Annual NABD National Conference. David Sullivan and Jordan Sawalqah will be manning our booth, so stop by and say hi and pick up a copy of our membership directory. They can also answer any questions you may have regarding repossessions services nationwide.

April 16th-19th,  2013
2013 AFA & RSIG Joint Convention-Fort Lauderdale, FL, 

The first joint convention for Allied Financial Adjusters and RSIG is officially in the history books, and what a show it was! 400-plus recovery agents landed in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, from all corners of the United States. The mood of the event was upbeat from the moment it started to the final bell. The sunny beach location reflected the positive outlook for the industry’s future. The comfort and amenities offered by the Hyatt Regency Pier Sixty-Six added to the enjoyment. The Following are some highlights of the event. Read More

March 14th,  2013

2013 Florida Tow Show April 10th - 14th 2013

Come join Allied Finance Adjusters for the first ever FREE Repo Expo at Disney World, Orland Florida, April 10-13, 2013. This will be the largest you've seen, and there's no fee to attend! 

The Repo Expo is hosted by FLACARS - Florida Alliance of Certified Asset Recovery Specialists, TFA - Time Finance Adjusters, and PWOF - Professional Wrecker Operators of Florida, Inc.

The Repo Expo will be a great time of work and play, with educational speakers from the lending community, a Repo Rodeo, awards and prizes. For more details visit the website: http://www.repoexpo2013.com/

January 8th,  2013

Allied Finance Adjusters and Recovery Specialist Insurance Group

Announce Joint Annual Convention to be held April 17-19, 2013 -  Ft. Lauderdale, FL 

Allied Finance Adjusters and Recovery Specialist Insurance Group are proud to announce that our 2013 Annual Conferences will be a collaborative effort, joining two powerhouse organizations for 3 days of education, training, networking and entertainment. 

This don’t miss event will be held at the Hyatt Regency Pier Sixty-Six in sunny Ft. Lauderdale, Florida April 17-19, 2013.

The constant evolution of and complex issues that face our industry provide significant challenges to our memberships and the industry as a whole. We hope to address some of these issues at this important event. We intend to provide a forum for discussion of these issues and to offer comprehensive programs and solutions to help repossessors face and overcome these challenges. 

All recovery lenders, vendors and repossessor are welcome to attend. Programs will include training on Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Compliance, the latest in legal trends and decisions, internet profiling, and much more.

For more information about the event, visit the Convention Page at the Allied website or the Events Page of the RSIG website. 

December 14th,  2012

Allied Finance Adjuster New State of the art website - Raleigh, NC.   

The member search function on the home page allows quick and seamless access for clients to locate AFA members nationwide. When you enter the debtor’s zip code the results will return all AFA members within a 250 mile radius, listing the members in order by distance from the debtor’s address. From the AFA Members profile page you can send an assignment, print their bond and contact information. 

With a simple click of the mouse on the home page you can request a 2012 -2013 Allied Membership printed directory as well as watch a short video from the AFA President George Badeen. The about Allied link will provide you with the history of Allied as well as trade associations and the AFA code of Ethics. The Video link has over 20 videos of our past conventions, educational speakers and CFPB compliance training seminars  

December 7th,  2012

CFPB Training Seminar - Atlanta GA 

RSIG and Allied Finance Adjusters Conference to present a day of compliance, Friday December 7, 2012 at the Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites Atlanta Airport North. This is a full day compliance training event is available exclusively to members of RSIG and  Allied Finance Adjusters Conference Inc and their employees.

In order to stay ahead of potential compliance issues, RSIG and Allied Finance Adjusters Conference collaborated on a comprehensive set of office documents that will ensure your office is ready for whatever compliance related issues come your way. These documents will be discussed and made available to Allied and RSIG members at this one-day conference. The compliance seminar will begin at 8amon Friday, Dec 7th and is a full day session scheduled to end at 5:30pm with continental breakfast, buffet lunch and morning and afternoon breaks provided.

September 21,  2012

CFPB Training Seminar - Las Vegas, NV 

Recovery Specialist Insurance Group and Allied Finance Adjusters hosted a joint compliance training seminar in conjunction with Allied's mid-year meeting hosted this week at the Golden Nugget Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, NV.

Michael Howk, RSIG'S Director of Education and Allied's Compliance & Education Chairman Tom Wentling, presented the full day session on compliance. Attendees were provided free of charge, sample documents that can be customized for their business needs as well as the policies, procedures and forms needed to ensure that the members agency is prepared for the lenders expectations and CFPB compliance.

Over 120 were in attendance at this very important professional development and training event. For those RSIG and Allied members not able to attend the event, the documents will be made available through future joint meetings and each organization's secure website for their use. RSIG and Allied will continue to offer their members updates to these documents and policies as needed and encourage their member's to begin regular training sessions with their office and field staff to ensure everyone is prepared to deal with these new challenges. Both organizations stand ready to assist their members should questions arise.

As the value of training, education and professional development becomes the cornerstone of every successful repossession business, Recovery Specialist Insurance Group and Allied Finance Adjusters are proud as leaders in the industry to help our members position themselves to succeed in this ever evolving industry. As the industry continues to change, we remain steadfast in our desire, intent and ability to assist our growing memberships by continuing to offer these FREE and most important services and benefits of membership.

September 11,  2012

Eric M. North Training Seminar - Long Beach, CA 

“Repossessions: Before And After You Take Possession” The seminar, which was held Sept. 11, 2012 at the Long Beach Marriott in Long Beach, Calif., featured Eric M. North, Esq. of Moore, Brewer, Wolfe, Jones, Tyler, and North as well as NorthLegal Training and Publications. 

The seminar covered California repossession laws and procedures, and more than 100 lenders attended the all-day training session. Prior to Mr. North’s presentation, AFA President George Badeen presented AFA’s new video, “How to Select A Properly Trained And Qualified Repossessor.”

The day concluded with a networking reception, which allowed lenders and repossessors to exchange views and ideas about the industry. 

The Long Beach seminar is the second in a series of which AFA is producing nationwide for lenders and repossesor. The premiere event was held in May in Chicago, Ill. Given the impact of first two educational events, future dates will be set for target regions around the United States. 

May 22nd, 2012

Eric M. North Training Seminar - Chicago, IL 

Allied Finance Adjusters is pleased to announce it will be presenting for lending institutions in association with Eric M. North of NorthLegal Training and Publications. Mr. North is an attorney and nationally-recognized speaker with more than 30 years experience handling repossession-related issues for consumer lending institutions. 

Effective July 1, 2012, Illinois law regarding repossessions will change. We all need to be prepared! Eric North will guide you through the legislation as well as a number of other important topics that are just as vital to our industry. Save yourself headaches by picking up ample knowledge here! 

Governmental legislation impacts our livelihood on a daily basis — and it’s ever evolving. Eric North’s seminar is a perfect opportunity to learn how these laws serve to protect the consumers and the lenders. This lesson will make a difference in your approach to repossessions!

This might be the most important event you attend in 2012! 

May 16th,  2012

Allied Finance Adjusters 76th Annual Convention -  Paris Hotel Las Vegas, NV. 

The highlight of the event was the awards show which presented awards to several AFA members for their contribution to the association and the industry.   

The Humanitarian Award was presented to the Recovery Agents Benefit Fund (RABF). 

The Paul J. Leuleu Award, was presented to George Badeen of  Midwest Recovery & Adjustment.

The Behind the Scenes Award was presented to David Keever of Midwest Recovery.

The AFA Rookie of the Year was presented to Robin Mathews of AKA Recovery.

The Leo L. How Award, was presented to David Sullivan of Select Recovery Agents, Inc. 

February 1st 2012

Membership Drive - Raleigh, NC.  

Allied Finance Adjusters Conference welcomes owners of all recovery agency's  to apply for membership with AFA. While AFA’s stringent rules and regulations for membership remain firm, including site inspections and credit and criminal background checks, the Not-For-Profit AFA trade association is expediting the application process so applicants will be in compliance with the aforementioned necessities. 

In addition to the bond coverage under AFA’s $1,000,000  bond, should you qualify, as a member of the oldest and largest independent repossession trade association in the country. You will have access to the member only marketing lists, a listing in the annual directory and on AFA’s website, attendance at our annual and midyear conventions, access to educational seminars and materials, large vendor support and much, much more! 

Recently, AFA partnered with RSIG for access to its NAMS portal and exclusive clients. This is a significant benefit to all AFA members. 

Please apply via membership application at www.alliedfinanceadjusters.com. For questions, please contact our home office at 800-843-1232, or email at alliedfinanceadjusters@gmail.com. 

For more than 76 years, AFA has educated, represented and connected repossessors and lenders in the industry on a nationwide level. AFA is member driven, and every member has an equal voice toward the AFA’s future. 

April 13th,  2011

Allied Finance Adjusters Celebrates 75th Anniversary - St. Louis, MO 

St. Louis, MO – April 13-16, 2011 – To celebrate its long and storied history, Allied Finance Adjusters held its 75th Anniversary celebration at its annual convention at the Hyatt Regency which kicked off a three day event which featured RSIG certification and a “Black Tie” awards show to honor its founding fathers and surviving veteran association members. 

The convention began with a Welcome Reception atop The Hyatt Regency’s 18th floor with sweeping views of St. Louis as members and guests met and got reacquainted. Guest speakers present was Michele Stuart of JAG Investigations, Stephanie Berman Schneider Esq.  and Ron Berman Esq. speaking on “Limiting liability for lenders and recovery agents”. Adam M. LaBoda, who specializes in Credit Union representation, of Spencer. Fane, Britt and Browne spoke on “Legal issues involved in collections.” Mike Reiter of HAR and RABF spoke twice and held an auction of a tow package provided by Dynamic Tow which raised $11,000 toward the Recovery Agents Benefit Fund (RABF.) 

The highlight of the event was the awards show which presented awards to several AFA members for their contribution to the association and the industry.  Their Humanitarian Award was presented to the always humble and always helpful Mike and Rachael Reiter of HAR, Reseda, CA, for their work in the Recovery Agents Benefit Fund (RABF).  The Paul J. Leuleu Award, which is attributed to the AFA pioneer of the same name was awarded to Carl Purvis of Federal Auto Recovery of Atlanta, GA. This honor is awarded to the member who exemplifies loyalty, harmony and integrity to the association, its client and members, the member’s ability to promote, educate and harmonize the relations between clients and adjusters and the member’s integrity toward the promotion of the repossession profession. Chuck Cowherd of Action Auto Recovery of Los Angeles, CA was awarded the Allied Golden Achievement  Award for excellence in improving standards of quality, performance and awareness of Allied Finance Adjusters Conference between clients and members. The Behind the Scenes Awards, which recognizes those persons that dedicate their time and efforts to assist in the day to day operations that move this association forward, went to John Michael of WebWeaver  and Ben Jones from the AFA’s home office. The AFA Rookies of the Year were Harlan Cody of Careful Asset Recovery Service, Inc. Lynnwood, WA and Scott Fornaro of Coastline Recovery Service, Inc. Los Angeles, CA. The Leo L. How Award, which is awarded to Allied members who exemplify the qualities of friendship, brotherhood and goodwill. Was awarded to Matt Dubach. 

After an introduction by AFA President George Badeen, AFA alumni members Jack Daniels, Carl Grandinetti, Al Michel and Lloyd Swor provided the sharp dressed members of the “Black Tie” gala their recollections of the repossession industry from its early days. George Badeen was also presented an Alumni member ring. 

Allied Finance Adjusters was founded in the summer of 1936 by eight founders, most of which hailed from the San Francisco Bay Area with a vision of the industry’s future. With this vision they made great sacrifices by picking up and moving their families to places like Chicago, New York, Saint Louis, Los Angeles, Pittsburgh and Washington D.C.