The receivables management industry is abuzz as newly elected association President Mark Naiman announced that DBA International is now Receivables Management Association. The membership voted to approve the new name today as part of a change in the association bylaws. Naiman presented the new name, tagline, and logo during the association’s annual conference.
“Our new name better reflects our evolving membership,” Mark Naiman said. “We started as the Debt Buyers’ Association with our membership being primarily debt buyers. Our membership has now expanded and also includes collection law firms, collection agencies, creditors, vendors, and brokers. Our goal was to represent all of our member groups.”
The growing variety of membership is due in part to the association’s Certification Program, which as of this year offers a single compliance footprint by including Certification for brokers. Certification is also available for debt buyers, collection law firms, and collection agencies. “We are a comprehensive association reflective of a multi-faceted industry,” said Naiman. “That fact is communicated by our new brand.”
The change intentionally coincides with the association’s twentieth anniversary. This year’s conference theme, “Twenty years of connections”, gave a nod to the evolution that the association, its membership, and the industry have undergone. Earlier today, six former association presidents spoke on the evolution of the industry and predictions of the future. A DBA history booth was set up in the exhibit hall, acting as a “touchable time capsule” as it displayed twenty years of memorabilia significant to the association’s roots and milestones. An anniversary celebration took place as attendees enjoyed the opportunity to strengthen bonds and form new business partnerships—the very kind of networking event that the association has been known for over the past twenty years.
The association took prudent steps to thoroughly research and explore a variety of options for its new nomenclature, messaging, and visual identity. “From the start, it was important for us to hear from a variety of key stakeholders,” said Jan Stieger, Executive Director. “These voices helped not only guide the rebranding mission, but also provided a holistic look at our association’s role in the credit ecosystem, what value we bring to our members, and areas for future growth.”
The association will gradually roll out the new branding over the remainder of the year. Those wishing to contact Receivables Management Association can still use the website and email addresses of DBA International.
About Receivables Management Association
Receivables Management Association is the nonprofit trade association that represents more than 575 companies that purchase performing and nonperforming receivables on the secondary market. The Receivables Management Certification Program and Code of Ethics set the global standard within the receivables industry due to its rigorous uniform industry standards of best practice which focus on the protection of the consumer. Receivables Management Association provides its members with extensive networking, educational, and business development opportunities in asset classes that span numerous industries. The association continually sets the standard in the receivables management industry through its highly effective grassroots advocacy, conferences, committees, task forces, publications, webinars, teleconferences, and breaking news alerts. Founded in 1997 as Debt Buyers Association, Receivables Management Association is headquartered in Sacramento, California.