Account Control Technology, an ACA International member agency in Canoga Park, Calif., announced the expansion of its sales team with the addition of regional account executives Joe Del Bene (Northeast), Chris Kenyon (Midwest) and Tess Underwood (Southeast).
“We are pleased to expand our sales capabilities with such experienced and talented professionals,” said Lynn Heineman, vice president of sales for ACT. “Clients and potential clients now have local representatives who are extremely well qualified to address their concerns and provide outstanding advice on student loan debt management, cohort default management, financial literacy and account collections.”
Del Bene has more than 16 years of experience in consultative selling to institutions of higher education. Joe’s tenure includes assisting hundreds of institutions in the Northeast in educational lending and loan servicing. Most recently, he sold customizable financial literacy and debt management programs to colleges and universities. He began his career as a financial aid administrator and is an active member of several professional associations at the state, regional and national levels. He holds a bachelor’s degree in sociology from Pennsylvania State University.
Kenyon has worked in higher education financing for more than 16 years. He was a financial aid assistant director for a university prior to concentrating in student loans and education financing. Most recently, he was engaged in solution-focused sales of customized financial literacy and debt management programs for colleges and universities across the Midwest. He holds a master’s degree in education-community counseling from the University of Akron in Ohio.
Underwood has served the higher education community in the Southeast for more than 17 years. She was a financial advisor and assistant director of debt management for Emory University before taking a debt counseling role at the Art Institute of Atlanta. After that, she had a highly successful five-year tenure as a regional account executive with Sallie Mae. She also has experience as an associate director of admissions for South University, and she most recently was an account manager with Campus Management Corporation. Tess holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology and business administration from Georgia State University.
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