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Roger Knauf, executive director at DBA International, the industry association representing debt buyers, today announced his resignation to pursue other interests. Knauf will stay on for at least 90 days while DBA’s board of directors conducts a search for his successor.
“I will continue to do the best job possible and assist any way I can to ensure a smooth transition,” he says. “I love this association and its members and will do whatever it takes to help it succeed in the future.”
In February, Collections & Credit Risk featured Knauf as part of a regular “Industry Champions” series, see story.
Citing the reason for his departure, Knauf says, “Serving as a board member, president and executive director of DBA over the past 13 years was a great run. I just felt it was time for a change.”
Stuart Blatt, chairman at DBA International, thanked Knauf – also a longtime association member - for his service to the debt-buying industry. “We look forward to Roger’s continued involvement with our industry.”
DBA International sets ethical and business conduct standards for the debt-buying industry. Knauf complimented many parties for supporting the association over the years.
“In addition to having an outstanding staff, I have also been fortunate to work with strong board members and outside vendors who give so generously of their time and talents,” he says. “Ryan Wall [DBA’s associate executive director] has been my rock, and the legislative and regulatory guidance provided by Bob Belair and Barbara Sinsley is as good as it gets. Those pieces will remain and should leave no doubt that DBA is left in good hands.”