Meet the Editor of Collections & Credit Risk Magazine

Darren Waggoner

Darren Waggoner

Editor

Collections & Credit Risk Magazine

Darren Waggoner is the chief editor of Collections & Credit Risk magazine and CCR Newsline. He is a veteran writer and editor with 10 years experience covering the collections and debt-buying industries. He spent eight years in the newspaper business as an editor and reporter and won 17 Associated Press writing and newsroom leadership awards in Indiana, Ohio and Texas. He is a graduate of Indiana University.

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Sean McVity

Managing Partner

Garnet Capital Advisors, LLC

Sean McVity is a managing partner of Garnet Capital Advisors, LLC, a New-York-based financial-services firm providing in portfolio-sale and capital-raising advisory services in the distressed debt market. Sean manages Garnet's Corporate Financial Advisory practice, and directs the firm's international businesses San Juan-based Garnet Las Américas and Warsaw, Poland-based Garnet Polska, sp. z o.o.

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ACA International

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David Belu

David Belu

National Collections Manager

BMW Financial Services

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Bobbie Britting

Research Director, Consumer Lending

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Brian Dearle

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SVP, Business Development

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Tim Hayes

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Samuel J. Gerdano, Esq.

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Bob Hill

Bob Hill

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Rochester Institute of Technology

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Mike Moore

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Richard Munroe

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Recover Analytics

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Federal Trade Commission

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Dr. Gary Wood

President

Madera Partners, LLC

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