Sarasota, FL – Leedom and Associates, LLC, recently announced the dates for its third Buy-Here, Pay-Here Credit and Collections Conference, which will be held May 28-29, 2008, in Dallas, Texas.

According to conference chairman Chuck Bonanno, the event will focus on a number of different topics, including how to underwrite successful buy-here, pay-here contracts; create a superior collections team that meets or exceeds industry benchmarks; maximize profitability; maintain good relations with customers; and avoid delinquencies and charge-offs.

As a Leedom and Associates Twenty Group Moderator, Bonanno has more buy-here, pay-here clients than any other consultant in the country. He is a nationally recognized Twenty Group moderator, author, industry trainer and consultant, and was a top executive with one of the largest publicly traded buy-here, pay-here companies in the U.S.

“The goal of this program is to provide a forum where industry professionals can meet, exchange ideas and learn from the very best industry experts,” Bonanno said. “The positive response and participation from previous events far exceeded our expectations. This is the kind of event that provides underwriting and collections teams with the right tools and energizes them to return to their stores to increase profits.”

Bonanno said a dealership’s entire underwriting team would benefit from instruction on successful underwriting, credit information verification, loan closings and scoring and technology. Collection secrets and networking sessions with some of the best automotive finance operators and industry experts will make this a must-attend event, according to event organizers.

“Chuck constantly amazes our team with his insight into this competitive marketplace and his ability to educate dealers on the basics and more complicated nuances of this market segment,” said Chris Leedom, president of the Leedom Group. “His approach to underwriting and collections has resulted in more than $100 million in improved profits for his clients over the past 12 years.”

Those wanting to attend should sign up early, as space will be limited. Cost for the event is $895, but those who register early only pay $795. Multiple attendee discounts are available as are discounts for Leedom and Associates Twenty Group members. Included with the training and expert advice is an open-bar cocktail reception, continental breakfast on both days and lunch on the first day.

All inquiries should be sent to Lisa Favitta at [email protected], or interested parties should call Lisa Favitta or Cedric Hameed at (800) 966-8733.