• Where collections & recovery professionals turn for thought leading perspective, active engagement, and practical advice

  • ABOUT US

    The business of debt is complex

    77 million Americans have at least one debt in collections. These debts may include healthcare, credit card, utility, telecom, student loan, parking tickets, court fines, taxes, gym memberships... just to name a few. The recovery of debt is governed by both federal and state law, with many regulators having rule making, supervisory, and enforcement authority. Laws are outdated, complex -- and in some cases -- in conflict with each other.

    We facilitate high quality information exchange

    The iA institute is a media company that influences the professional debt collection community, including those responsible for managing, recovering, and regulating consumer debt. Thousands know us for our news, which we publish four days/week (we give you Fridays to catch up) and to which we add our signature perspective. But beyond the news, iA institute initiatives bring a range of stakeholders to the table in candid and intimate environments to inform, to build a culture of compliance, to actively address industry challenges, and to make profitable connections.

    Certified woman-owned and controlled

    The iA institute (under the name insideARM, LLC) is a certified woman-owned and woman-controlled business (WBE) by NWBOC. NWBOC is the first national certifier of WBEs and provides national certification for women and veteran-owned companies. Certification ensures that a private, for-profit company is truly owned and controlled by a woman and/or veteran.

  • INITIATIVES

    Publishing since 2000, insideARM.com has amassed the accounts receivable management (ARM) industry’s most engaged audience of executives within collection agencies and law firms, debt buyers, creditors, suppliers of technology and services, regulators, investors, and other interested parties.

     

    Our free e-newsletter, the ARM insider, is the industry’s “must-read” daily publication, providing news, trends, and perspective on compliance, regulation, executive changes, company news, and other critical topics.

     

    Because of our significant audience of engaged readers, insideARM provides the most credible platform for service providers to reach potential clients.

     

    www.insideARM.com

    The Compliance Professionals Forum (CPF) is a membership organization that allows you to compare your practices to your peers, and get practical advice for compliance "grey" areas.

     

    Wondering how others handle specific compliance issues? Our benchmark reports, peer groups, guides, and tools let you see where you stand.

     

    www.insidearm.com/cpf

    Since 2008, insideARM has sponsored the Best Places to Work in Collections program.

     

    "Best Places" winners use their award as an important recruiting tool. Plus, winning sends a great message to clients and potential clients about the strength of your operations.

     

    What’s more, whether you win or not, you can get an incredible resource at an incredibly affordable price (although there’s no obligation) – a report that tells you exactly where you can improve. You’d pay thousands to do this on your own. And if you save just one employee from turnover, you'll pay for the report many times over.

     

    www.insideARM.com/best-places-to-work

    The Consumer Relations Consortium (CRC) is a membership group for forward-thinking creditors, technology providers, and larger collection agencies. The CRC has two primary areas of focus: regulation and innovation. We engage within the group and externally -- with regulators, consumer groups and other stakeholders -- to produce common sense legal, process and technology solutions that benefit consumers, creditors and servicers.

     

    An important hallmark of the CRC is that the group is small enough to remain nimble and creative, yet large enough to be impactful and representative of the industry.

     

    www.crconsortium.org

  • EVENTS

    The First Party Summit is a round table event for creditors and agencies about the unique challenges of "first-party" work, including customer care, collections, and outsourcing. While the subject may have been addressed in a single session at prior industry conferences, this is the first (and only) event devoted exclusively to the issues for both sides in the First Party environment. The Summit addresses the changing nature of creditor responsibilities, and the evolving relationship between clients and service providers.

     

    The fifth annual First Party Summit will take place in June 17-19, 2019, at the Loews Vanderbilt in Nashville, TN.

     

    www.insideARM.com/first

    The One-to-One Appointments Forum provides participants with a distinct change of pace from the traditional conference environment. How? By putting formal 45-minute meetings between potential buyers and sellers at the center of the event.

     

    The Forum matches approximately 25 credit grantors with 25 agencies and technology providers based on mutual interest and suitability. Meetings occur in a quiet, professional, closed-door environment. What results is perhaps the most effective and useful two days participants have ever spent outside of the office.

     

    Learn more - creditors

    Learn more - agencies and technology providers

     

    Women in Consumer Finance is for professional women working in consumer finance at ALL levels. If you work in any role at a lender, creditor, collection agency, law firm, technology or service provider, regulator, or consumer advocacy group, this event is for you. This is not a conference about compliance or best practices. It's about women, about the common professional challenges we face, and about how to tell our own career story. It's about all of these things -- within the context of our industry, so we can build our network in the context of the kind of professional development we all could use, no matter how experienced we are.

     

    The first annual Women in Consumer Finance conference will take place December 10-12, 2018, in Baltimore, Maryland.

     

    www.insideARM.com/women

     

    insideARM & the Compliance Professionals Forum present an annual virtual conference series. Compliance, operations, and training professionals gather to learn from experts focusing on critical topics & industry pressures. ARM-U is a multi-part webinar series that takes place over the course of a week, and is designed as an online classroom-like setting.

     

    The next semester of ARM-U will take place October 23-25, 2018.

     

    www.insideARM.com/armU

     

  • THE TEAM

    Bayo Adebonojo

    Marketing Analyst

    Karen

    Bertrand

    HR & Accounting

    Mike

    Bevel

    Director of Education

    Stephanie Eidelman

    President & CEO

    Mark

    Eidelman

    VP Special Projects

    Katie

    Grzechnik Neill

    General Counsel & Regulatory Editor

    Jeff

    Hearn

    Web Developer

    Kerry

    Murphy

    Client & Membership Coordinator

    Debra

    Panitch

    Event Coordinator

    Amy

    Perkins

    Chief of Content & Industry Intelligence