Event Speaker Bios - 2018 Credit Union Summit

Ron L. Brown is the President and CEO of CSI Group in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, one of the oldest and largest Asset Recovery Investigation Agencies in the Central Plains area.

Ron, a state licensed Private Investigator and member of the National Association of Fraud Investigators, has over 40 years of experience in the field of locating lost and missing people and assets and has assisted many law enforcement agencies including the U.S. Marshall's Service, Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Texas Rangers.

He is internationally recognized as one of the leaders in the Tracing and Recovery Industry and spends much of his time acting as an instructor for ACA International, he was the "ACA Certified Instructor of the Year" for 2002, 2004, and 2008-2009. Ron also instructs for the Council on Law Enforcement Education and Training. He presents the critically acclaimed "MANHUNT" Seminar and has co-authored the best seller, "MANHUNT, The Book".

Nationally recognized as one of the key instructors of the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act, the Fair Credit Reporting Act, Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act and HIPAA, Ron has written many published articles on these ever-changing federal laws and continues to conduct seminars related to them as well as developing the asset recovery industry accepted compliance documents for Eagle Group XX which include the Field Agent Compliance Training (FACT), the Support Employee Compliance Training (SECT) and most recently the highly praised (SACAT) Situational Awareness and Confrontational Avoidance Techniques.

Ron continues to author numerous industry publication articles on the application of psychology and neuro-linguistics related to tracing, interrogation techniques and consumer motivation in the collection and asset recovery industry.

Currently active in all phases of the Asset Recovery and Collection Industry he continues to personally handle investigations ranging from Internal Fraud to Homicide and is well known in Debt Collection, Law Enforcement and Asset Recovery circles.

Andrew Horowitz is a partner with the law firm of Drew Eckl & Farnham, LLP. He received his B.A. degree from the Johns Hopkins University in 1989, and his J.D. from Emory University in 1994. Following law school, Mr. Horowitz worked as a judicial law clerk for the Honorable Clarence R. Vaughn, Jr., former Chief Judge of the Rockdale Judicial Circuit. Mr. Horowitz focuses his practice in civil tort litigation and represents individuals, corporations and insurance companies in state and federal courts. His practice includes an emphasis on general tort and insurance litigation, construction, and products liability law.

Stephen Block graduated from Emory Law School in 1977. Before becoming a lawyer he was an agent for the Performance Evaluation and Expenditure Review (PEER) Committee of the Mississippi State Legislature and interned at the Georgia Attorney General's Office. After becoming a lawyer he clerked at the Georgia State Court of Appeals. In 1980 he joined a boutique law firm that represents automobile finance companies, auto dealers and financial institutions in state and federal court including repossession actions and secured creditor bankruptcy representation.

Mark Brunn, General Manager of ADESA Atlanta, brings us in depth expertise and knowledge acquired through his 30 years of experience with the largest auto auctions in the country. He is a graduate of Villanova University, and a CPA.

Outside of his extensive professional work, Mark has helped Raise hundreds of thousands of dollars for the American Diabetes Association through fundraising efforts.

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 350 collateral recovery companies nationwide. In 2016, Mike was able to start an Exclusive Repossession Insurance Program for Harding Brooks clients. His future plans are to continue fostering this program while working closely with the National and State Associations to educate their members on risk management.

Kevin Armstrong is a collections and repossession industry professional that has spent 26 years working his way up from the entry level position of a Repo Man to the Vice President at one of the largest Credit Unions in California where he served in both Consumer Lending and Collections. As the Editor of CUCollector.com, Kevin reports on repossession news, industry events and editorials on repossession industry safety, best practices and the necessity for developing a sustainable, safe and professional industry for all.

Aside from his professional life, Kevin was an amateur triathlete for ten years racing in Ironman Brazil, Phuket Thailand, numerous Alcatraz swims/triathlons and almost fifty other races of varying distances.

Jerry Farese began his career in collateral recovery in 1980 with Bell Atlantic TriCon Leasing as a Field Recovery Supervisor. His position entailed the coordination and on-site supervision of coal mining and oilfield equipment repossessions. In 1982, he was promoted to AVP, Legal Coordinator. In this role his responsibilities, were to retain local counsel, and monitor the progress of all recovery litigation. In 1986 he formed Imperial Service Company, Inc., providing collateral recovery service in New Jersey, New York City and Long Island. In 1997 he merged his company with the ICL Group, to form The Peak Service Corporation with Robert Stankovitch.

The Peak provides collateral recovery & remarketing services in their local footprint of NJ, Eastern PA, Northern DE, and bordering NY counties, west of the Hudson River. Also, providing a national forwarding service, from recovery, to final sale. Peak did all Wachovia forwarding prior to the Wells Fargo acquisition, with a 68% national recovery ratio. They have successfully handled thousands of vehicles for hundreds of credit unions over the years, substantially mitigating their losses. He has served on the Board of Directors of National Finance Adjusters and most recently, the American Recovery Association. He was the creator of the ARA Compliance Monitoring and Education Program, where he still plays an active role in the continuing development today.

Chris Dunleavy is President and CEO of TCAR Recovery & Remarketing Services, a third- generation family-owned firm based in Schenectady New York, which has provided repossession, remarketing, credit reporting and collection services to the financial community for more than 60 years. Chris, along with his seasoned staff, currently operates 15 branch locations throughout New York, Vermont, Rhode Island, and Northern Florida. He is also a New York State Licensed Private Investigator and past board member and Vice President of American Recovery Association.

Chris holds a Bachelor in Business Administration, with an Accounting major from Siena College in Loudonville, New York.

Robert Stankovitch Jr. is President of the Peak Service Corporation headquartered in New Jersey. Bob has been actively involved in all facets of the repossession and remarketing industry for over 29 years. He originally came from an auto background as the owner of a car dealership, representing collateral for banks and finance institutions at auto auctions. He recognized that in order to grow his remarketing business, he had to become involved in the recovery process as well.

Today, Bob Stankovitch and his Peak Remarketing staff, still rep autos at the auction for clients. Peak also specializes in the remarketing of non-auto collateral such as Boats, RV's, Yellow Iron & planes. He is a member and has served on the board of American Recovery Association.

Patrick Dunleavy is Vice President of Recovery Operations for TCAR Recovery and Remarketing Services. He is a third generation Repossession Professional, and has 15 years' experience in Repossessions and Remarketing. Chairman of the Young Professional Repossessors Commission of the American Recovery Association, he is also an active member of the ARA compliance committee. Patrick managed TCAR's remarketing department for over 6 years, successfully liquidating over 9,000 vehicles.

He is an avid supporter of the NY Credit Union Association Young Professional Commission and a recent guest speaker at their 2017 Educational Summit in New York, NY. He continues to work hand in hand with the NYCUA as a resource vendor providing industry related news to the vast majority of credit unions in New York State.

Lot Swarns joined Manheim in 2011 and serves as the Senior Regional Commercial Sales Manager for the Northeast. Lot has over 15 years of sales and sales management experience, having worked previously for Shell Oil Company, Hess Oil, FedEx and AT&T.

He is a graduate of Jackson State University and volunteers his time with Chosen Vessel's homeless ministry.


CU Repossession and Remarketing Summit 2018
PO Box 2329
Cinnaminson, NJ 08077