Get to Know GLCCA Board Member John Ryan
Attorney John Ryan offers GLCCA members a unique perspective as a board member, both as a former “member on the periphery” and as a current “member involved in the trajectory” of the organization. This dual perspective gives him a unique understanding of why involvement is GLCCA is so important for association members.
“When I first began getting involved in the Illinois association, it was at the start of my career and I was growing my practice. While my participation was not as in-depth as it is now, those early experiences showed me the benefits of being involved and paved the way for future leadership roles,” says Ryan.
Being an attorney who represents collection agencies also gives Ryan a unique perspective as a GLCCA board member. “I am able to help our members understand what they are up against with regard to legal matters in the collection industry.” Ryan suggests that his insight is very valuable to collection agencies, because legislators and attorneys who represent consumers often try to push the envelope with regard to legal recourse.
Ryan urges GLCCA members to participate because there is strength in numbers. “We are striving to address the concerns of our members. When we work collectively, we get a lot more accomplished. We are a greater voice and have a better chance of being noticed and heard, and might even help steer the industry in one way or another.”
As a board member, Ryan’s focus is providing legal understanding to educate members. “I offer educational insight regarding how up and coming legislation will impact them and what they can do to prepare for it. In addition, my daily experiences on the legal side of the industry allow us to forecast issues that might be coming down the road.”
Speaking specifically to the annual conference, Ryan considers educational opportunities from the GLCCA incredibly valuable. “In addition to excellent networking and vendor resources, the annual conference provides a great deal of important information for attendees. I encourage all members to take part in just one of these events. I think they will find it very beneficial. While I am not big on pressuring anyone to attend, I will say that they are missing out when they don’t get involved.”
As an attorney, Ryan has been representing collectors nationwide for over a decade. The majority of his work is within the 7th circuit in Illinois, with a focus on defending consumer related cases including the FDCPA, TCPA, and FCRA, as well as various state consumer fraud statutes.
When he is not serving his clients or the members of the GLCCA, the majority of John’s time centers around his family. “As the father of an active 3-year-old, I’m interested in all things toddler. While I get in a few rounds of golf and baseball, family is most important.”
Please join us in welcoming John to the GLCCA board. We look forward to his insight as an attorney and know he will provide our members with greater understanding to help them run their agencies effectively.