Dr. Thomas Jones – NARS Keynote Speaker
Thomas D. Jones, Ph.D., is a scientist, author, pilot, and veteran NASA astronaut. In more than eleven years with NASA, he flew on four space shuttle missions to Earth orbit. On his last flight, Dr. Jones led three spacewalks to install the centerpiece of the International Space Station, the American Destiny laboratory. He has spent fifty-three days working and living in space. A graduate of the U.S. Air Force Academy, Dr. Jones piloted B-52D strategic bombers, earned a doctorate in planetary sciences from the University of Arizona, studied asteroids for NASA, engineered intelligence-gathering systems for the CIA, and helped NASA develop advanced mission concepts to explore the solar system.
Juan Bryant has been in the communications industry for more than 20 years. He has served as both a trainer and motivational speaker for 10 years. He is the Chaplain for the Huntington High School football team and serves as motivational speaker for the Caddo Parish School Board. Juan is also the owner of Enhanced Electronics, LLC.
Samantha Barnes is a positive, optimistic, go-getter who prides herself on the notion that 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 incorporates her attitude, independence, and willingness to step outside her comfort zone in her everyday approach. Her passion for achievement keeps her going and motivates others to take charge and get the job done.
Dave Kennedy is the president of American Recovery Association and chief financial officer at First Credit Resources Inc. (FCR) which he founded in 1991 as a telephone collection agency. Over the last twenty- six years FCR has grown to be one of the largest repossession companies in Western Pennsylvania. Dave is known for his passion for professionalism, cooperation, and compliance. He is a certified credit and collection compliance professional, credit and collection compliance officer, and FDCPA trainer specialist by the International Association of Credit and Collection Professionals.
Jim Hall has several years of collateral recovery and remarketing experience. Before his retirement in 2017, Jim served as founder and president of Hall Recovery for more than 30 years. In 2010, Jim co-founded All Technology Recovery (ATR), a full-service facilitation and management company created to serve collateral recovery professionals and financial institutions. Hall has served on numerous associations, boards, and committees including the advisory committee for Time Finance Adjusters, as a board member for National Finance Adjusters, and as treasurer, vice president, president and immediate past president of American Recovery Association.
Mark is the President of the Norman Spencer Institute of Risk Management and Safety and Chief Claims Officer of the Norman Spencer Agency. He has over 25 years of claims and risk management experience at the insurance carrier, agency and third-party administrator levels. The institute is a public benefit corporation with the purpose of saving lives by making the roads safer for its clients and the communities in which they operate. Its focus is to better enable its clients through the utilization of leading-edge technology, enhanced loss control tools and collaborative risk management best practices.