Richard Picciotto – NARS 2017 Keynote Speaker
Richard “Pitch” Picciotto is the highest-ranking firefighter to survive the World Trade Center collapse, and the last fireman to escape the devastation. An FDNY battalion commander, his is the harrowing true story of an American hero who thought nothing of himself and gave nearly everything for others during one of our nation’s darkest hours. Chief Picciotto is a 30-year veteran of the FDNY, and the recipient of departmental awards and commendations for his bravery and meritorious service.
Sam Adams gained national attention for by winning at the 2009 Great American Comedy Festival. His energetic, comically-insightful act is 100 percent profanity-free and filled with observations about his every-day encounters. He is a headline performer at comedy clubs and corporate events across the country and has shared stages with national-touring comedians and music recording artists.
John Messiha is the Head of Loss Mitigation at Xchange Leasing, an Uber Company. Previously, John was in a variety of roles at Capital One Auto Finance where he was over both Repossession Operations and Charged Off Collections. He is very passionate about his people and his vendors and works very close with them to understand how to change the industry for the better. John joined the United States Marine Corps in Sept 2001 where he serviced as a Sergeant until 2010. He has a Bachelor degrees in Criminal Justice and in Criminalistics from the University of North Texas. John also received Auto Remarketing’s “Remarketing & Used-Car Industry’s 40 Under 40” award in 2015.
Rocky Bittner has been an asset to Safety Vision as an Account Executive for over four years. Having succeeded in several previous entrepreneurial endeavors, Rocky was quickly drawn to the trucking industry, understanding the critical services they provide. He is passionate about getting in front of his clients to demonstrate Safety Vision’s innovative technology and custom tailoring a solution that best fits their needs.
Jim Hall is the founder and president of Hall Recovery. Hall has more than 30 years of collateral recovery and remarketing experience. In order to help better the collateral recovery industry, Hall co-founded All Technology Recovery (ATR) in 2010. ATR is a full-service facilitation and management company created to serve collateral recovery professionals and financial institutions. Hall has served on numerous association boards and committees including Time Finance Adjuster (TFA) Advisory Committee, as a board member of National Finance Adjusters (NFA), and Treasurer, Vice President, President and Immediate Past President of American Recovery Association, Inc. (ARA). He is currently an active board member of ARA and ATR.
Michael Peplinski started his career in the banking industry at HSBC Bank. After 10 years he decided to move towards the more personal, client driven field of insurance. He quickly found that the repossession industry was his forte. Mike is now Vice President of the largest Insurance Agency specializing in repossession insurance. He Insures over 300 collateral recovery companies nationwide. In 2016, Mike was able to start an Exclusive Repossession Insurance Program for Harding Brooks clients; the only “A” rated repossession program that is nationwide.
Johnny Quinn is a U.S. Olympian in the sport of bobsled and competed at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia. He is also a former pro football player spending time with the NFL’s Buffalo Bills, Green Bay Packers and Saskatchewan Roughriders of the CFL. He is one of three people to have played in the NFL and competed in the Winter Olympics. He speaks, teaches and inspires people to “Think Like An Olympian” in life!
Shannon Oleen is widely recognized as a leading authority in finding passion, creating positive change and reaching personal goals. A former NFL Cheerleader and Pryor Leadership Fellow, Shannon has entertained and educated audiences around the world, receiving several accolades and awards throughout her career. Through these experiences, the Kansas City native relates how hard work, the right attitude and passion really will lead you to achieving your dreams. Shannon’s enthusiasm combined with her inspirational message is a compelling call to action for anyone who is ready to conquer their dreams, too.
Mike Reiter is an acknowledged leader in the automotive and towing industry who has been dedicated to the towing and repossession industry for over 30 years. Mike serves as an industry resource, vendor and teacher and has combined his tow truck manufacturing company with Dynamic Manufacturing, one of the largest wheel lift specialists in the United States.
Dave Kennedy is the Chief Financial Officer of First Credit Resources Inc. (FCR) which he started in 1991 as a telephone collection agency. Over the last twenty-two years FCR has grown to become one of the largest repossession companies in Western Pennsylvania. Known for his passion for professionalism, cooperation and compliance; Dave is one of the main instructors for ARA, teaching monthly seminars to the membership. In addition to his duties with ARA, Dave has also been the coordinator for the Council of Repossession Professionals which has brought the National and State Associations together for open discussion and cooperative efforts on issues of industry wide concern.
Michele Stuart has twenty years experience as a Private Investigator in the State of Arizona and is an Adjunct Professor with University of Virginia. She has provided presentations, and private training, to both Federal and State levels of Law Enforcement Agencies and Military Intelligence throughout the United States including attendees of Department of Homeland Security, US Marshals, FBI, DOJ, Border Patrol, Indian Tribal Nations and local law enforcement. Additionally, she is a featured author with her own column concerning Internet Profiling and Open Source Investigations in PI Magazine.
Marco Villarreal is an experienced automotive finance professional who currently oversees the vendor management department at Exeter Finance Corp®. Marco has been with Exeter for more than four years. Marco has spent the last 20 years in the auto finance space and is considered to be a leader in the industry, overseeing vendors across multiple lines of business. He is responsible for repossession, skip tracing, insurance, collections, and data vendors, along with debt buyers. Marco prides himself on leadership, family values, motivating his teams, and building strong, long lasting partnerships.
Renee is the Transportation Manager for Norman Spencer Agency’s Transportation Unit. Prior to this appointment, Renee was the Program Manager for Northern Star Management, a division of NU Holdings, the corporate board for Norman-Spencer Insurance. Renee’s contributions to this program have evolved over the past 16 years. Renee enjoys attending collateral recovery conventions, meeting and talking with collateral recovery owners and agents. These conversations have broadened her knowledge, resulting in a better understanding of the day-to-day operations of the industry. Her participation in roundtables with lenders at various collateral recovery conventions has provided great insight into the many requirements needed for collateral recovery owners to obtain contracts with lenders.
Samantha Barnes is a positive, optimistic, go-getter who prides herself in believing is achieving. She is currently the Assistant Vice President of Repossessions at Prestige Financial Services and has led her team to great success. Through her life experiences and world travels, she has incorporated her attitude, independence and willingness to step outside her comfort zone in her everyday approach. Her passion for achievement keeps her going as well as motivates others to take charge and get the job done.