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Garage Youth Center Raises More Than $20,000 at Spring Fling

By Digital First Media

On May 20, supporters of The Garage Community and Youth Center gathered at Hartefeld National for a Spring Fling and $10,000 Raffle sponsored by Flagship Credit Acceptance.

The event and raffle combined generated over $20,500 for The Garage. The Garage plans to use the funds for after school programming, which serves over 500 students and includes homework help and tutoring, a daily academic STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art and math) activity, mentor program, boys and girls programs, community service opportunities, Nutrition Kitchen, career exploration, post- secondary counseling, and internships.

“We could not do the essential work that we do with at-risk teens without the support of volunteers and financial partners like Flagship, who give selflessly of their time and money to invest in our youth,” said Kristin Proto, Executive Director of The Garage.

The Spring Fling included games for kids, a bouncy house and vendors, like Cristina Tlaseca from Alliance Realty & Associates, who is an alum of The Garage’s program.

The Garage opened up opportunities for me,” said Tlaseca. “As a minority, I was faced with restricted opportunities, but The Garage gave me these great opportunities I never thought were possible. It was a safe haven. I wanted to come out and support this event because The Garage was so beneficial to me. I want to make sure other kids have that same opportunity.”

A Garage student, Evany Herrera, 17, was selected to pull the raffle’s winning tickets. “Thank you, Flagship, for helping The Garage. I love coming here because it is a safe space and I feel welcomed,” Herrera said.

Janet Syphan, HR Communications Specialist at Flagship won the first prize of $10,000. When asked how she would spend the prize, Syphan said “I’m not sure yet, but I know I’m donating the first thousand to The Garage. They do such incredible work.” The second prize of $1,500 went to Jeffrey Perez, Loan Servicing Representative at Flagship. Mary Teresa Maule Alft, from Lincoln University, PA, won the $500 third place prize.

“Events like this exemplify Flagship’s emphasis on serving the communities our customers live and work in,” said Chris Keiser, Flagship Executive Vice President and General Counsel. “We are so happy to be able to contribute to The Garage’s mission and we’re looking forward to our continued partnership and making this an annual event.”

For the past 17 years, The Garage Community and Youth Center has been a key part of the community, providing resources and sense of belonging to area youth who are in need. Through tutoring, mentoring, computer lab access, recreation and special programs, some of our community’s most “at-risk” middle and high school students are finding the necessary support to reach their full potential.

The Garage & Flagship Hold Free Community Spring Fling & $10,000 Raffle

When you walk into The Garage Community and Youth Center on most afternoons you will run into Jordan*. Jordan is in 7th grade but, due to a severe reading disability, reads only at a 1st grade level.

At The Garage, Jordan meets daily with a volunteer tutor who helps him step-by-step with his homework. He’s bonded with his Garage mentor. Stories like Jordan’s caught the eye of Flagship Executive Vice President and General Counsel Chris Keiser, who sought a long-term volunteer partnership for Flagship Credit Acceptance (Flagship). Flagship began offering volunteer time off (VTO) for its associates to work at The Garage’s functions in January 2016, which enabled its employees to get involved with The Garage’s annual holiday auction.

Flagship’s volunteers wanted to get more involved in this worthwhile cause, so to expand the partnership, Flagship will host a Spring Fling and Raffle including a $10,000 Grand Prize. Ticket holders also have a chance to win a second and third prize of $1,500 and $500. Proceeds from the raffle and event will go to The Garage. “Flagship is proud to give back to the communities we serve,” Keiser said. “We’re hoping that the community will enjoy this family-oriented event and come out and buy a raffle ticket in support of this great organization.”

The free family-friendly Spring Fling will take place on Sunday, May 20, from 12-4 pm, at beautiful Hartefeld National, 1 Hartefeld Drive in Avondale, PA, where the $10,000 winner will be chosen by one of the teens from The Garage. Individuals do not need to be present to win and can purchase tickets online at https://Go.RallyUp.com/Garage-Spring-Fling. Only 1,000 tickets will be sold, increasing participants’ odds of winning.

Tickets for food and games can be purchased at the door. Activities include vendors, food trucks, bouncy houses, games, putt-putt golf, face painting and more! “We are thrilled to be partnering with Flagship this year to give our students and our community a fun day through this corporate sponsorship,” said Kristin Proto, Executive Director of The Garage. “Our students rely on donations like Flagship’s to keep our space available to them year-round.”

*Jordan’s name has been changed to protect his privacy.

About The Garage

For the past 17 years, The Garage Community and Youth Center has been a key part of the community, providing resources and sense of belonging to area youth who are in need. Through tutoring, mentoring, computer lab access, recreation and special programs, some of our community’s most “at-risk” middle and high school students are finding the necessary support to reach their full potential.

Speedpay® Named Exclusive Payments Provider for Flagship Credit Acceptance

Speedpay, Inc., a Western Union® company, announced its renewed relationship with Flagship Credit Acceptance, a leading auto-finance provider with a nationwide network of more than 9,400 dealers. As part of its five-year deal, which positions Speedpay as Flagship’s electronic billing presentment and exclusive payments provider, Flagship will be Speedpay’s first auto finance client to offer the moBills® solution through Walletron.

“Our commitment to Speedpay is a testament to the confidence we have in their array of solutions – namely, their mobile payment options – that will help make it easier for our customers to pay their bills on time,” said David Bertoncini, Chief Operating Officer at Flagship Credit Acceptance. “Aligning with Speedpay means we will have greater efficiency in billing, access to top-notch customer service, and a reliable stream of payments.”

As part of its agreement with Speedpay to implement Walletron moBills®, Flagship will provide customers with the option to view their statement or pay their bill from within their smartphones’ mobile wallets. Users will receive light-up phone notifications reminding them to make or schedule a payment before a bill is due, and those who make automatic payments can also receive smartphone notifications confirming their payment has been made. The customer’s Flagship bill will update automatically in their mobile wallet, providing accurate account information in a centralized place on their phone.

“The moBills® solution enables Flagship to offer their customers a convenient, mobile-centric view into their account that complements their lifestyles. No more remembering their account numbers or log-in information before being able to make a payment – essential functions given the on-the-go demands of today’s consumers,” said Frank Lockridge, Head of Speedpay. “It’s one of the many options we offer our clients to help them reach their customers in the right place, at the right time, to facilitate timely payments.”

As a subsidiary of The Western Union Company, a leader in global payment services, Speedpay offers clients billing and payments solutions through various channels and across multiple industries, helping reduce costs, increase efficiency and improve customer satisfaction. Speedpay services also maintain an average of 99.98 percent uptime and offer 24/7 support, 365 days a year.

To learn more about Speedpay’s comprehensive electronic bill payment and presentment solutions, visit speedpay.com.

About Speedpay, Inc.

Speedpay provides electronic bill presentment and payment (EBPP) solutions that help keep your business running. An industry leader given its footprint, financial strength, service reliability and availability, Speedpay is dedicated to helping billers collect better payments. Our clients benefit from our highly consultative approach – ensuring we deliver customized payments offerings that address your business challenges and provide overall efficiency, ultimately saving you time and money. From web to mobile, eBill, IVR or CSR, Speedpay offers some of the most highly configurable channels available on the market, specifically designed for the way people want to pay bills.

A wholly owned subsidiary of E-Commerce Group Products, Inc., Speedpay has been at the forefront of the electronic payments industry since 1989, and was acquired by Western Union® in 2002.

For more information, visit www.speedpay.com.

Dealers & Lenders Met at the First Annual Flagship Dealer Council

For the first time, dealer partners and Flagship executives and lenders gathered together to share their open and candid opinions and feedback about the auto lending industry, their relationship with Flagship, and the profit partnership we can collectively develop, improve, and grow in the coming year.

Over the course of the three-day event, the group enjoyed gourmet meals at the resort’s famed restaurants, an ideal setting in which they shared their feedback about the Flagship lending program and provided their input on the development of future product offerings and strategic initiatives.

On Thursday, the group came together for a facilitated discussion about the auto industry, the Flagship core product offering, and the partnership opportunities available to them in our present dynamic Dealer-Lender relationship. The discussion continued onto the famed Jay Morrish and Tom Weiskopf-designed Stadium Course at TPC Scottsdale, as they played a round of golf with stunning panoramic views of the McDowell Mountains.

The event, held February 8-10, took place at the Fairmont Princess Resort in sunny Scottsdale, Arizona.

Flagship Hosts the 1st Annual Central Divisional Golf Invitational at America’s only NFL-themed Golf

The Cowboys Golf Club, the nation’s only NFL-themed golf course, proved to be a worthy challenge for the Central Sales Division’s First Annual Invitational Golf Tournament.

On September 8, nine teams vied for awards and accolades, culminating in a four-star buffet and awards celebration at the Cowboys golf clubhouse.

The teams were comprised of Dallas/Ft. Worth metro-area dealers and our leadership team, including Executive Vice President of Sales, Jeff Haymore, Senior Vice President of Credit, Jack Farrell, and Vice President of Sales for the Central Division, John Moody.

The course, located in beautiful Grapevine, Texas, lived up to its reputation as one of the best and most difficult Jeff Brauer-designed golf courses in America. Plans for a 2017 expanded Central Division Flagship Invitational Tournament are already in progress.

10 Teams Compete for the Top Spot at the 4th Annual Flagship Phoenix Golf Invitational

On September 14, ten teams competed for the title of tournament champions at the Grayhawk golf club, one the most challenging Tom Fazio-designed golf courses in America. The 4th annual Flagship Phoenix Golf Invitational culminated in a four-star awards dinner and celebration at the Grayhawk clubhouse.

Teams were comprised of Flagship’s valued Arizona-based customers and our leadership team, including Chief Operations Officer, David Bertoncini, Executive Vice President of Sales, Jeff Haymore, and Senior Vice President of Credit, Jack Farrell.

The course, located in beautiful Scottsdale, Arizona, made this year’s game of risk and reward one of the most enjoyable to date. Plans for a 2017 expanded West Division Flagship Invitational Tournament are already in progress.

Flagship Raced Full Speed Ahead to Find a Cure For Cancer

On June 25, a six-person Flagship team — “Full Speed Ahead” — collectively swam, biked, and ran more than 112 miles in the Philadelphia Tri-Rock Challenge, raising over $18,000 in donations for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.

infographic: 90.6 miles ridden, 3 miles swimming, 18.6 miles run, $160.43 raised for each mile

The team consisted of Flagship CFO, John Schwab, EVP of Sales, Jeff Haymore, VP of Risk, Karl Stabler, HR Senior Specialist, Shauna Amador, Director of Sales Strategy and Development, George Ewing, and VP of Sales-Central, John Moody.

Every single dollar donated to the Full Speed Ahead Triathlon Team is used to help find cures and ensure access to treatments for blood cancer patients; like immunotherapies that use a person’s own immune system to kill cancer so it can better fight infections and attack cancer cells, reducing the need for damaging chemotherapy.

Associates from the Flagship Chadds Ford, PA, headquarters stopped by to cheer on the team, and stayed to volunteer at our promotional tent set-up at the Philadelphia Tri-Rock Challenge!

About the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society

The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) is the largest voluntary cancer research agency specifically focused on finding cures and better treatments for blood cancer patients. The mission of LLS is: Cure leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin’s disease and myeloma, and improve the quality of life of patients and their families. Visit http://www.lls.org/ to learn more.

About the TriRock Philadelphia Triathlon

Recognized as one of the premier triathlon festival weekends in the country, 2016 marks the 12th year of this annual event and features three days of activities. The race was named a top-five triathlon in the United States by Outside Magazine and lauded as one of the top big city triathlons by Triathlete Magazine.

Flagship Credit Acceptance East Division Hosts its 1st Annual Golf Tournament

On May 25th, Bear’s Best golf course was the setting for a game of risk and reward. Eight teams comprised of Flagship’s most valued Georgia-based customers and our leadership team, including Executive Vice President of Sales, Jeff Haymore, Senior Vice President of Credit, Jack Farrell, and Vice President of Sales East, John Gaffney, vied for awards and accolades.

The course, located in beautiful Suwannee, proved to be a worthy challenge, boasting holes inspired by Jack Nicklaus golf course designs.

The day’s exciting activities culminated in a four-star barbecue buffet and awards celebration at the Clubhouse in beautiful Suwannee, GA

Plans for an 2017 expanded East Division Flagship Invitational Tournament are already in progress.

Flagship Credit Acceptance National Sales Meeting

The Third Annual Admirals Club Awards proved to be a “legendary” evening as the Flagship Credit Acceptance Sales Division top performers of 2015 were celebrated at the “Sales Legends of Flagship” gala.

Held as part of the three-day Flagship Credit Acceptance National Sales Meeting, this year’s event included an inspirational and entertaining message from keynote speaker, Connie Podesta, as well as comprehensive Sales Training, including Advanced Negotiation Techniques, DiSC Behavior Skills, and a focus on the Highly Effective Habits of Top Performers.

The event was hosted by the Palms Resort and Casino in Las Vegas, January 17-20.

attendees sit at round tables and watch a presentation on large monitors
Flagship hosts a presentation in the Admirals Club

Flagship Credit Appoints John R. Schwab as Chief Financial Officer

Flagship Credit Acceptance LLC (“Flagship” or “the Company”), a leading non-prime independent automotive financing and servicing company is pleased to announce the appointment of financial industry veteran John R. Schwab as Chief Financial Officer for the organization.

Mr. Schwab brings extensive financial leadership experience in treasury and capital markets to Flagship. He joins the company from The J.G. Wentworth Company where he served as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer.

“We are excited to work with John on Flagship’s continued growth,” said Michael Ritter, founder and Chief Executive Officer of Flagship Credit. “With extensive corporate finance, capital markets and treasury experience, he will further strengthen our finance organization. We expect that John will continue to build upon the success he established in his former roles,” said Ritter.

“I am very excited to join the Flagship team,” said John Schwab. “Flagship has defined itself as a leading independent automotive finance company and I look forward to contributing to the next phase of growth.”

Mr. Schwab was the Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of The J.G. Wentworth Company™ (NYSE: JGW), a position he has held since 2013 where he was instrumental in the process of becoming a publicly traded company. Prior to joining in April 2013, he served in various capacities since 2004 for Expert Global Solutions, Inc. (formerly NCO Group, Inc., a publicly traded company through 2006) including Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer. Prior to his employment at Expert Global Solutions, Inc., Mr. Schwab was the Chief Financial Officer of RMH Teleservices, a publicly traded teleservices company and Inrange Technologies Corp. Mr. Schwab spent eleven years at Arthur Andersen, most recently as a Senior Manager, and was a certified public accountant. Mr. Schwab graduated from LaSalle University with a BS in Business Administration – Accounting.

Third Annual Flagship Golf Tournament

The 3rd Annual Flagship Golf Tournament was hosted by the Flagship Credit Acceptance Phoenix, Arizona Credit Center on September 23rd, 2015. A thrilling round of golf was played by 10 foursomes at the prestigious Grayhawk Golf Club Talon course in beautiful Scottsdale, Arizona. The course, designed by Tom Fazio, offered a challenge that commanded the respect of the players through a daring and high-stakes game of risk and reward in the desert.

Flagship’s leadership team, including Executive Vice President and Chief Strategy Officer, David Bertoncini, Senior Vice President of Sales, Jeff Haymore, and Vice President of Sales West, Ward Lentini, played in this event alongside some of their most valued customers from across the nation.

Following the Tournament, an awards banquet and celebration was hosted at the Marlin Grill overlooking the Grayhawk Golf Club course.


Tournament Results

1st Place Team
Kurt Vontersch, Josh Harwitt, Drew Drieling and Carlos Johnson ~ 57

2nd Place Team
David Thompson, David Hernandez, Aaron Myers and Johnnie Sanders ~ 62

3rd Place Team
Cassady Russell, Dale Bruemmer, Chris Coleman and Jerrick Price ~ 63

On Course Events

Longest Drive ( 9th hole )
Steve Krajenke

Closest to the Pin ( 17th hole )
Josh Harriet

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