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 the 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.
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.
Ray currently serves as president of National Locating & Recovery, Inc. in Alabama. After leaving the University of Mary on a football scholarship, he went to work in the family business. With more than 20 years experience in the repossession industry; Ray worked his way up from field agent to executive. His experience both in the field and behind the desk give him a comprehensive understanding of the industry, as well as the importance of communication between the agent and the client. Dedicated to his family, Ray married his high school sweetheart, Amanda, and they have a son together, Anthony. He is very active in his church and community and serves as a coach in several sports for the local middle and high school.
Marcelle Egley-Sparks grew up in the repossession business – it has been in her family since 1968. She is the President of California Association of Licensed Repossessors and also serves on their legislative committee. Marcelle serves on the new membership committee for the American Recovery Association, as well as the NARS planning committee. She has been a member of the California Credit Union Collector’s Council (CCUCC) for over 20 years and has served on the San Diego board for almost as long. She is currently the co-chair of the council along with David Sullivan. Marcelle’s company, ABA Recovery is one of the few repossession companies that have permission to repossess off all of the military bases in San Diego County.
Damion English is the Auto Finance Program Manager for the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. Damion is a member of the Consumer Lending, Reporting, and Collections Markets team in the CFPB’s Division of Research, Markets and Regulations. He serves as a subject matter expert on the auto finance industry and as a liaison between the CFPB and both the collection industry and consumer advocates.