ACA International Taps Texans Among New Leadership

Jul 26, 2012, 10:37 ET from ACA International

MINNEAPOLIS, July 26, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Capping an historic change to its organizational governance structure, ACA International, the association of credit and collection professionals, has chosen Thomas Stockton of Carrollton, Texas to lead the newly elected 15-member board of directors.  Loraine Lyons of Houston has also been elected to serve on the new board.


After years of analysis, ACA members approved a new governance structure in March 2012. Beyond the 15-member Board of Directors, ACA has created a Council of Delegates representing its diverse membership. The election of the new board by the Council of Delegates at ACA's recent 73rd Annual Convention and Exposition in Hollywood, Fla. was the final step in the transition. "I am both proud and humble to serve ACA members, particularly at such an important time in the association's history," said Stockton, whose term runs until July 2013.

In addition to Stockton and Lyons, the following are newly elected members of the ACA International Board of Directors:

Leslie Bender, President-Elect, Maryland

Bill Hopkinson, Virginia

Tim Mabry, Treasurer, Oregon

Keith Kettelkamp, New Jersey

Debra Ciskey, Illinois

Matt Laws, Colorado

Rick Doane, New York

Rick Perr, Pennsylvania

Michael Gardner, Kentucky

Jim Richards, Georgia

Tom Gavinski, Minnesota

Mel Shaw, California

Tom Haag, Wisconsin

"ACA's inaugural Board of Directors is comprised of exceptional industry leaders with diverse expertise and perspectives," said ACA International Chief Executive Officer Pat Morris. "We are well-positioned to tackle the important opportunities and challenges facing our members."   

President Stockton is a founder and current chief executive officer of The CMI Group in Carrollton, Texas.  He is an active volunteer leader and a longtime industry champion at ACA International and ACA of Texas, where he previously served as president. Stockton is an armed forces veteran and received an honorable discharge from the U.S. Navy.

Lyons is senior vice president and general counsel of FMA Alliance in Houston.  She is also an active volunteer leader and a longtime industry champion at ACA International and ACA of Texas.

ACA International is the comprehensive, knowledge-based resource for success in the credit and collection industry.  Founded in 1939, ACA brings together nearly 5,000 members in the United States and abroad, and their more than 150,000 employees, including third-party collection agencies, asset buyers, attorneys, creditors and vendor affiliates.  ACA establishes a wide variety of products, services and publications.  For more information on ACA International, visit

Contact: Mark Schiffman (952) 259-2124

SOURCE ACA International