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Member Awards

ACA’s annual awards recognize many of the association’s outstanding members who have selflessly devoted their time and skills to advance the credit and collection industry. Receiving an ACA honor symbolizes a member’s commitment to the association and to the industry.

International Awards

The association’s highest honor, the Member of the Year Award is presented to the member judged to have done the most for ACA International and the credit and collection industry in the preceding 12 months. ACA members are invited to submit nominations for Member of the Year. The ACA president and chief executive officer select the recipient jointly. ACA awards are given only when outstanding candidates are identified; it is not mandatory that an award be given annually.

To submit a nomination for ACA International Member of the Year, write a letter that includes a list of reasons why the nominee is deserving of the honor and send it to CEO Patrick Morris by fax at (952) 926-1624 or e-mail morris@acainternational.org.

Recognizing long-term service to ACA International.

The James K. Erickson Continuous Service Award is presented to a member who, through positions of leadership, has made contributions to the association at the national/international level in each of at least ten past consecutive years. James K. Erickson was a distinguished recipient of several ACA awards over the years and served as ACA president in 1980/81. The ACA president and chief executive officer select this award jointly.

To recommend a candidate be considered for this award, write a letter that includes a list of reasons why the nominee is deserving of the honor and send it to CEO Patrick Morris by fax at (952) 926-1624 or e-mail morris@acainternational.org.

Recognizing outstanding ACA International educators.

This award was created in 1977 in memory of Charles F. Lindemann, a highly regarded ACA Certified Instructor, who also served as association president in 1967-68. Charles lived by the standards against which today’s instructors are measured for the Instructor of the Year award, including teaching at least 4 seminars per year, providing leadership in the faculty by working with new instructors, contributing to the development of new programs, and, of course, getting rave reviews from students.The Education Committee presents it to the ACA Certified Instructor who most closely exemplifies the attributes of an outstanding educator.

Charles F. Lindemann Certified Instructor of the Year Recipients

Recognizing contributions to the ACA International Education Foundation.

The Foundation Fellow Award recognizes the ACA individual member or unit judged to have made a significant contribution to the ACA International Foundation.

For more information, contact foundation@acainternational.org.

This special recognition is presented to an ACA member of noteworthy achievements who has made significant contributions to ACA International and the industry at the national or international levels over the years.

To qualify, a candidate cannot be active in the day-to-day operations of a collection or credit business but may possess an ownership share.

Honorary Member Recipients

Recognizing Outstanding Advocacy

The Jonathan Elliot Judicial Advocacy Award recognizes an individual attorney of an ACA member in good standing who in the past year has been an outstanding advocate on behalf of the credit and collection industry.

Elliot was a longtime member of ACA International and partner at Zeldes, Needle & Cooper P.C. in Bridgeport, Conn. He was the Members Attorney Program state compliance chair in Connecticut and served as a practicing attorney for 35 years. He was an active MAP participant since 1996. Elliot was admitted to practice before various Connecticut and federal courts, including the U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit and the U.S. Supreme Court.

Unit Honors

Recognizing ACA-affiliated state and regional associations (units) committed to excellence in local operations.

The Unit Certificate of Excellence provides a voluntary self–audit tool for evaluation and is intended to spark dialogue within units about what components make up an “excellent” unit.

Units are urged to submit audit forms by March 1, of each year, for certificate consideration, though participation is voluntary. The audit form may be downloaded any time. An email reminder is sent to unit presidents in January.

On the honor system, unit presidents, or their designees, assign and tally points for unit accomplishments from January 1 – December 31. The categories are communications, education, government affairs, membership and general operations. Some units find it helpful to use the audit as a unit/board development guide during the year.

Ask your unit’s president about your state or regional association’s participation in this unit recognition program!

Unit Excellence Award Application

For more information, contact unitservices@acainternational.org.

Recognizing the member-leader who has made the most outstanding contribution to his or her unit during the past one to two years.

Unit officers and directors, the ACA Council of Delegates and the ACA Board of Directors are invited to submit nominations by March 1, of each year.

A selection panel, appointed annually by ACA’s president, chooses the recipients. Awards are given when outstanding candidates are identified. It is not mandatory for panelists to bestow an award, but they are limited to choosing one finalist in each of four categories based on the number of unit members: 35 members and under; 36–65 members; 66–100 members; and 101 members or more.

Unit Leader of the Year Nomination Form

For more information, contact unitservices@acainternational.org.

Education Honors

Recognizing certified instructor milestones.

All ACA Certified Instructors are volunteers who give freely of their time and knowledge, and willingly share the experience they have gained during their years in the industry. The Fred Kirschner Instructor Achievement Award is presented to ACA Certified Instructors who have reached milestones in their volunteer teaching careers with ACA. Named for former ACA Certified Instructor and Past President Fred Kirschner, these awards are given to instructors who have taught 25, 50, 75, 100, 125, 150 or more ACA seminars.

The International Fellowship of Certified Collection Executives is one of ACA International’s most prestigious honors. Members who receive this designation have demonstrated their commitment to the industry and their communities through ongoing involvement. 

Apply today! 2017 IFCCE Application

 

Fellows are awarded to those who earn 18 additional PDUs after achieving a Scholar (for a total of 36).

Scholars are awarded to individuals who earn 18 Professional Development Units (PDUs) and Fellows are awarded to those who earn 18 additional PDUs after achieving a Scholar (for a total of 36).

ACPAC Award

Recognizing an ACA member who has made a significant effort in raising funds for ACPAC

The Harry Strausser, Jr. ACPAC Ambassador Award recognizes an ACA member who has made significant personal contributions of time and talent in his or her efforts to raise funds for ACPAC or to assist members of the credit and collection industry to raise funds for elective office. Nominations for this award will be made by units and the ACPAC Committee. Selection is made by the ACPAC Committee. The recipient of the award may be posted or announced at the Annual Convention by may not necessarily be presented on-stage. The Director of ACPAC determines the style and type of certificate or other recognition item given to the recipient of the award, if any, and it may vary from year to year.

All In Awards

We have strength in numbers. The more we participate in advocacy efforts by engaging conversation with policymakers, the more our voice is heard. All In is a program that allows members to submit particitation details about their advocacy efforts at the state and federal level and events such as the Washington Insights Conference held each April.

Awards are announced at the annual Convention.

We have strength in numbers. The more we participate in advocacy efforts by engaging conversation with policymakers, the more our voice is heard. All In is a program that allows members to submit particitation details about their advocacy efforts at the state and federal level and events such as the Washington Insights Conference held each April.

Awards are announced at the annual Convention.

We have strength in numbers. The more we participate in advocacy efforts by engaging conversation with policymakers, the more our voice is heard. All In is a program that allows members to submit particitation details about their advocacy efforts at the state and federal level and events such as the Washington Insights Conference held each April.

Awards are announced at the annual Convention.

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