The three-day event, which took place May 21-23 in Washington D.C. gave attendees the opportunity to hear from and meet with key government Representatives and Senators as well as leaders in the debt collection industry. Some of the key conference sessions included insights from members of the Financial Services Committee, Consumer Credit Subcommittee and Monetary Policy and Trade Subcommittee. The Conference Keynote Address was given by Acting Director of the Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection, Mick Mulvaney.
In addition to engaging and informative educational sessions, attendees also had the opportunity to meet with key decision makers on Capitol Hill and network with congressional officials at a special networking reception for members of the 115th Congress.
“Our industry is only as strong as the individuals who take the time to stand up for it. This is why opportunities like this are so important. Not only did it allow me to have important conversations, but I was also able to educate key officials about why the debt collection industry is such a vital part of the United States economy,” Hornung notes. “I would urge all individuals in our industry to form these important relationships with their representatives. Our collective voice shows unity among debt collection professionals and adds credibility to what we do,” he adds.
This is not Hornung’s first trip to Washington to meet with government officials and it will not be the last. “I am passionate about helping to educate our government leaders about the impact their legislation has on the small collection agencies who are working hard to help consumers resolve their debts and contribute in a positive way. Only through these important conversations will we be able to affect positive change for everyone in our industry,” he concludes.