Bud Reitzel Award
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.
RMA created the Reitzel 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 each year at RMA’s Annual Conference (pending applicable nominations are received). The selection committee is chaired by the current Past President of RMA and members include RMA’s Executive Committee.
RMA members are encouraged to nominate someone for this prestigious award by submitting the nomination form. The nomination deadline is on or about December 1 of each year. Members can mail, fax or email the form to: Receivables Management Association International, 1050 Fulton Avenue, Suite 120, Sacramento, CA 95825; 916-482-2760 (fax); or email it to firstname.lastname@example.org. Self-nominations are not accepted.
Reitzel Award Recipients
The Debt Marketplace, Inc.
Absolute Resolutions Corp.
The President’s Award was created in 2017 to recognize an individual who has made outstanding contributions and services to the association and membership. Nominations for the 2017 President’s Award were submitted by the Board of Directors and the Certification Chair.
Steven Cohen was unanimously selected as the first recipient of the President’s Award. He was nominated by Adam Parks, who described Cohen as “a champion for new members” and spoke to Cohen’s five years of service on the Membership Committee. Todd Lansky also nominated Cohen, saying, “Steve is always going above and beyond to promote the best interests of the association” and noting his creative problem-solving and recruitment efforts. The award was presented at the 2017 Annual Conference in Las Vegas.