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Washington Insights
Virtual Fly-In

As businesses, community lenders, hospitals, and other providers throughout the country continue to face unprecedented challenges as a result of COVID-19, the work of ACA members is more important than ever. A new Congress and new Administration take control of Washington, D.C. and it is critical that ACA continues to have a seat at the table working with our members to be the voice on key issues such as the debt collection rulemaking at the CFPB, COVID-19 response bills and packages, TCPA reform, Operation Choke Point, and call blocking and labeling among other top issues.

At this virtual fly-in, we will help lead members through steps they can take to work with elected officials, introduce new members of Congress and leaders at federal agencies, and discuss what is happening on the ground in Washington, D.C. Join us for a day-long event focused on helping your businesses succeed through Federal Advocacy.

Featured Speaker


Nathan Simington
Commissioner, FCC

Nathan Simington was nominated to serve as a Commissioner of the FCC by President Donald J. Trump. He was confirmed by the United States Senate in 2020.

Commissioner Simington brings both private and public-sector experience to the Commission. Previously, he served as Senior Advisor at the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA.) In this role, he worked on many aspects of telecommunications policy, including spectrum allocation and planning, broadband access, and the US Government’s role in the Internet. Prior to joining the Commission, he was senior counsel to Brightstar Corp., an international mobile device services company. In this capacity, he led and negotiated telecommunications equipment and services transactions with leading providers in over twenty countries. Prior to joining Brightstar, he worked as an attorney in private practice.

Commissioner Simington is a graduate of the University of Michigan Law School. He also holds degrees from the University of Rochester and Lawrence University.

Commissioner Simington grew up in Saskatchewan, Canada. He became a United States citizen and now lives in McLean, Virginia with his wife and three children.


Times listed below are in Central Time.

Welcome & Opening Remarks

10:00 AM - 10:10 AM Session Details

ACA’s CEO, Mark Neeb, will kick off this highly anticipated event. Prior to his role as CEO, Mark was a long-time member of ACA International and president during the 2011-2012 year.

Making Your Voice Heard, Why We Need YOUR Voice in D.C.

10:10 AM - 10:50 AM Session Details

Your voice in D.C. is so critical to the future of our industry. This session will provide the inner workings of:•making contact with your member of Congress whether locally or in D.C., •who to meet with and what they do or don’t understand, •what to share with them, including your personal story, as well as ACA’s Advocacy Book, which provides talking points on industry issues, •How to follow up and stay involved locally and with decisionmakers in D.C.

Keynote: Invitation Pending Key Policymaker in D.C.

11:00 AM - 11:40 AM Session Details

Moderated by Mark Neeb.


11:40 AM - 12:15 PM Session Details

Discussion / Q & A about the New Democrat Majority, with Member of Congress

12:15 PM - 1:00 PM Session Details

ACA’s Director of Federal Advocacy, Patrick Russell, and ACA member Michael Klutho will lead this discussion with current and newly elect democrats.

Meeting the Women of the U.S. House of Representatives

1:15 PM - 2:00 PM Session Details

The ACA Women in Collections Industry Resource Council’s chairwomen Fran Fisher and Anita Manghisi will moderate this discussion with women leaders of the U.S. House of Representatives.


2:00 PM - 2:20 PM Session Details

How Do Changes at the State and Federal Level Intertwine?

2:20 PM - 3:00 PM Session Details

Led by Andy Madden and Jack Brown, III.

Working with the New Leadership at the CFPB, FCC, and other federal agencies impacting the ARM Industry

3:10 PM - 4:00 PM Session Details

A new administration means new leadership within government agencies. Policymaking impacting industry operations will continue at federal agencies. Meet new FCC Commissioner Nathan Simington and hear about the FCC’s work in 2021.

Happy Hour

4:30 PM - 5:00 PM Session Details

After an afternoon of burning issues, happy hour will be much needed! Grab a drink, stay online and unwind with ACPAC.
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