With a finger on the pulse of the ARM industry, GLCCA Past President David Cherner provides a unique insight for association members. He has been a part of the board since the association’s inception and played a key role in helping draft the bylaws and cast a vision for the future. In addition, Dave is also a part of the legislative committee for Minnesota, which oversees the legislative and regulatory affairs at the state level.
Before he took on his current position at the law firm of Moss & Barnett, Dave served as Corporate Counsel and Director of State Government Affairs for ACA International (2007-March 2012) and as Chief Compliance Officer for Northland Group (June 2014-2016). His practice area within Moss & Barnett is compliance and risk management and litigation defense for the ARM industry.
Dave’s Board of Director position for the Minnesota Association of Collectors made the transition to the GLCCA a logical next step. His expertise as an attorney played an integral part in creating the framework for the merger between the three associations that went on to form the GLCCA. “The merger was a beneficial step for all three state associations because it gave our region a larger voice at the national level.”
Helping members understand the perks of their involvement within GLCCA is of great importance to Dave. “You really don’t know all the benefits until you jump in and get involved. There are great opportunities for education, networking and simply having a say in what is happening within our industry.” He also wants members to know how important their input is to the GLCCA. “We can only know and react to the membership’s needs if they provide feedback. Such feedback is vital to everyone’s success.”
Looking to the future, the expansion of the annual meeting to a larger Midwest audience is one of the exciting developments within the GLCCA. “Changing the name and focus to the Midwest Credit and Collection Conference allows us expand the visibility of the Great Lakes unit across the entire industry.” Additionally, Dave believes the quarterly webinars are also a great benefit to members. “As we move forward, these webinars will provide our members the most recent information on issues within the industry that could have a significant impact on how they do business.” Dave was recently the moderator for a fall webinar addressing the CFPB’s latest supervisory highlights.
When he is not serving the GLCCA or his clients, Dave also serves on the Economic Development Commission for the community of Burnsville, Minnesota. However, most of his free time is occupied by his wife and two young sons, ages 3 and 5. When he can steal away for a bit, he enjoys traveling, a trip to the movies or just enjoying quiet time.