Rufus H. “Bud” Reitzel Lifetime Commitment Award

Bud Reitzel

Considered one of the industry’s founding fathers and a mentor to so many in the industry, Bud Reitzel brought integrity, innovative thinking and passion to the industry he helped create. The values and integrity Bud instilled at Asset Acceptance and impressed on those he did business with, are put into practice every day by thousands of industry professionals who either knew him or work for those who did.

RMAI created the Rufus H. “Bud” Reitzel Lifetime Commitment Award to recognize an individual for outstanding leadership and dedication in the receivables management industry who has demonstrated, over many years of service, the ideals that Bud so firmly believed in. This award is a fitting tribute to the life and legacy of Bud Reitzel who passed away in 2012. Bud’s commitment to honesty, doing what was right, respecting the consumer, and treating everyone fairly are traits he lived by and encouraged in others. His vision, leadership, and advocacy were instrumental in the creation of an industry that thrives today.

The award is presented at RMAI’s Annual Conference. The selection committee is chaired by the current Past President of RMAI and members include RMAI’s Executive Committee.

RMAI members are encouraged to submit nominations for this prestigious award. The nomination deadline is January 1, 2021. Members can nominate online, or mail, fax or email the nomination form to: Receivables Management Association International, 1050 Fulton Avenue, Suite 120, Sacramento, CA 95825; 916-482-2760 (fax); or email it to jstieger@rmaintl.org. Self-nominations are not accepted.

Online Nomination Form
Download PDF Nomination Form

Reitzel Award Recipients

2020
Walt Collins
Collins Asset Group, LLC

2019
Bryan Faliero
Resurgent Holdings, LLC

Irwin Kirschenbaum

2018
Irwin Kirschenbaum
Kirschenbaum & Phillips, P.C.

2016
Gary Wood
CFSI

2015
Dennis Hammond
The Debt Marketplace, Inc.

2014
Michael Bendickson
Absolute Resolutions Corp.

President’s Award

The President’s Award recognizes an individual for outstanding contributions and service to the association and membership. The award goes to someone currently serving on an RMAI Committee or Task Force, the RMAI Certification Council or a Council Committee for contributing to committee goals and providing innovative ideas to help further the success of the association.

The award is presented at RMAI’s Annual Conference.

Nominations for the President’s Award are submitted by the Board of Directors and the Certification Chair.

President’s Award Recipients

2020 – Sonia Gibson and Franci Wayland
2019 – Jeremiah Wheeler
2018 – Mike Lagana
2017 – Steve Cohen

Integrity Award

The Integrity Award is RMAI’s newest award, which recognizes an individual from an RMAI member company for demonstrated integrity in action, either professionally or personally. The recipient of this award is an individual who has demonstrated integrity through specific actions which have contributed positively to the receivables management industry or the individual’s community.

The award is presented at RMAI’s Annual Conference. The selection committee is chaired by the current Past President of RMAI and members include RMAI’s Executive Committee.

RMAI members are encouraged to submit nominations for this award. The nomination deadline is January 1, 2021. Members can nominate online, or mail, fax or email the nomination form to: Receivables Management Association International, 1050 Fulton Avenue, Suite 120, Sacramento, CA 95825; 916-482-2760 (fax); or email it to jstieger@rmaintl.org.

Integrity Award Recipients

2020 – John Bedard
2019 – Jim Richards

Online Nomination Form
Download PDF Nomination Form