Credit Counseling Trade Associations Merge

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Effective January 1, 2016, the Association of Credit Counseling Professionals, Inc., known as ACCPros, and the Financial Counseling Association of America, formerly the Association of Independent Consumer Credit Counseling Agencies, are now one.

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"The merger gives FCAA a stronger voice to promote industry best practices..." Kevin Weeks, FCAA President

Effective January 1, 2016, the Association of Credit Counseling Professionals, Inc., known as ACCPros, and the Financial Counseling Association of America, formerly the Association of Independent Consumer Credit Counseling Agencies, are now one. The merged entity will operate under the FCAA name, with Kevin Weeks continuing as FCAA president and Lori Pollack as the new executive director.

“This is a merger of two innovative and professional associations with similar values and philosophies,” said Weeks. “Members of both associations have been instrumental in assisting individuals and families in financial distress.”

“Both trade associations have shared information over the past 12 months that has helped many of our members, and in at least one instance, the credit counseling industry in general,” said Pollack. “We are excited to continue that work and bring it to the forefront so all can benefit.”

“The merger gives FCAA a stronger voice to promote industry best practices, provide forums to share industry trends, present a united voice to creditors, regulators and legislators, and most importantly, do our very best to advocate for our members and consumers,” said Weeks.

“We have always appreciated the support the creditors have shown FCAA, ACCPros and all of our member agencies,” said Pollack. “We look forward to continuing that work to ensure the consumer gets the best help possible.”

The next FCAA Conference is planned for April 24 – 27 in Nashville, TN. The conference will be a great opportunity to learn of the exciting changes in credit counseling, as well as to meet members from the new 34-agency FCAA, who are on the front lines daily working with consumers in financial distress.

About FCAA: The Financial Counseling Association of America was founded in 1993 as the Association of Independent Consumer Credit Counseling Agencies. FCAA is a national membership organization established to promote quality and professional delivery of financial counseling services. FCAA and its members are focused on financial education, efficient processes and advanced technology to best serve consumers. FCAA members are independent agencies that advocate for debtors and annually counsel more than 600,000 consumers. Visit http://www.fcaa.org for more information.

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