Member Awards: Recognizing Excellence
ACA’s annual awards honor many of the association’s outstanding members who have selflessly devoted their time and skills to advance the accounts receivable management industry. Receiving an ACA honor symbolizes a member’s commitment to the association and to the industry.
Member Award Descriptions and Previous Recipients
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 by fax at (952) 926-1624 or email to email@example.com.
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 four 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.
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.
Protecting the ARM industry from meritless claims.
Janis St. Martin was the vice president of Collectors Insurance Agency, a wholly owned subsidiary of ACA International, who passed away in 2019. Her namesake award is given to the ACA member who most exemplifies St. Martin’s spirit of protecting the accounts receivable management industry from those who would seek to profit by pursuing meritless claims, which negatively impacts industry participants.
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.
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.
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 15, 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.
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