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Kenlyn T. Gretz, Americollect CEO, featured in ACA International Daily

Kenlyn Chair-MAN-n-United-Way-Awards-95Kenlyn T. Gretz will lead efforts to raise money and find volunteers for United Way Manitowoc County, which focuses on improving education, income and health in its local communities.

Kenlyn T. Gretz, the president and CEO of Americollect, Inc., in Manitowoc, Wis., is serving as the 2015 United Way Manitowoc County Campaign Chairman and is helping lead the organization’s fundraising and community involvement efforts this year. Gretz accepted the post in April when he became a member of the United Way Board and will serve as campaign chairman through the official conclusion of the United Way campaign in March 2016.

As campaign chairman for United Way Manitowoc County, Gretz pledged a donation of $5,000 and is also focusing on reaching out to other individual donors, attending events of companies supporting United Way and getting a group of local CEOs together to embrace the organization’s corporate and leadership giving from a business sense.

“Together we can build a campaign to help United Way impact those families that need help,” Gretz said in his inaugural speech as campaign chairman. “You know that United Way is going to make sure that money is spent as wisely as possible with their impact model of giving.”

United Way is trying to raise $872,000 through the end of January.

“We think we can get there,” he said in an interview with the Manitowoc Herald Times. “We have a lot more businesses excited about getting engaged with the community, that’s really important. But I also think that what’s important is that the community is understanding the change United Way went through, which is more of a return on investment.”

United Way is using a Collective Impact Model requiring non-profit program organizations seeking financial support to write a grant and record for the money they are requesting, according to the article.

According to a news release from United Way, the organization’s grant dollars focus on three areas that build a strong community: education to assist children and youth in achieving their potential; income in order to promote financial stability and independence; and improving the health of youth and adults.

Last year, program partners received funds to improve children’s literacy, help adults find employment in the community and improve safety for victims of domestic violence, according to the Manitowoc Herald Times.

“The United Way Manitowoc County facilitates the collaboration of quality programs to make our community a better place to live,” Gretz said after his announcement as campaign chairman. “United Way deserves our ever-increasing respect as the nonprofit of choice to donate, to volunteer, and to look to as a champion in developing a county-wide approach of care, involvement, and giving.”

Americollect supports United Way through company volunteering and fundraisers and is continuing that support with Gretz as campaign chairman.

In April, company employees joined in the United Way Day of Caring/Comcast Cares Day to help create a community garden in Manitowoc.

On Sept. 26, the company has teams participating in the Caveman Adventure Run 5K obstacle course, which is one of the major fundraisers for United Way Manitowoc County.

Americollect started its fundraising for United Way before the organization’s official kickoff in August to help establish momentum for other companies and individuals in the community to extend their support. The company is a Pacesetter for United Way because of its model efforts in corporate and employee giving.

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Americollect named to top 5000 Companies by Inc magazine 2015

Manitowoc, WI – www.americollect.com

Americollect has been named to Inc. magazine annual Inc. 5000 ranking of America’s fastest growing private companies for the SEVENTH straight year. The list represents a comprehensive look at the most important segment of the economy—America’s independent-minded entrepreneurs. Additionally, Americollect is part of an elite group on the Inc 5000 Honor Role who have made the list at least five consecutive years.

“We are honored to be included in the list of Inc. 5000 companies recognizing the exceptional work our employees have done to qualify Americollect for this award. As a compassionate company, we are committed to innovation and efficiency, providing our clients and their patients the Ridiculously Nice experiences they have come to know and trust from our company,” said Americollect CEO, Kenlyn T. Gretz.

Americollect has grown significantly in the years measured by Inc. 5000 providing both income and employment opportunities in Wisconsin. Americollect once again expanded its current site in 2015 bringing it to 37,000 square feet and one of the largest employers in Manitowoc County, WI.

“Americollect is one of 62 Wisconsin companies that made this list and was ranked 3052 nationwide representing an 18% leap up the list from 2014. We love our location in this business-friendly lakeside community and we will continue to thrive, providing new jobs to residents in and around Manitowoc County,” stated Patty Check, Vice President & CFO of Americollect.

Visit online to see the full list at http://www.inc.com/profile/americollect

Julie Bruckschen named to board for LAHRA

Julie Bruckschen, Team Development and Benefits Manager at Americollect, was inducted to the Board of Directors for LAHRA (Lakeshore Area Human Resources Association.  Julie’s Core Leadership Area (CLA) will include managing the certification study program of the  Human ReJulie photosource Certification Institute (HRCI) by encouraging and increasing the certified membership base.  Additionally, she will coordinate and conduct fundraising/charitable activities  for the Society of Human Resource Management Foundation while educating and promoting the foundation.

Julie Bruckschen has been with Americollect for over 10 years and has played an integral role in the growth and development of the company and its team mates.

Shawn Gretz, VP of Sales, Hosts National Webinar

Shawn Gretz reShawn Office Shotcently hosted a webinar designed to assist not-for-profit hospitals and medical centers comply with the new requirements of the ACA (Affordable Care Act) to maintain their tax-exempt status.  Shawn discussed what the NEW Extraordinary Collection Actions are (and what are NOT considered ECAs), notification methods of “intended” ECAs, and offered suggestions for application periods and compliance policies.  As one attendee said: “Very nice job.  It re-energized us to get our FAP updated.  You guys ARE a Ridiculously Nice (and smart) agency 🙂 “

Americollect, Inc. partners with Blood Center of Wisconsin for blood donations

Teenager’s Family Gives Thanks for Blood Donors
blood drive kidMilwaukee, Wis. — May 7, 2015 — Michael Christensen, 15, has always found a reason to be thankful, despite spending nearly his entire life battling leukemia.

Michael, and all recipients of life-saving blood donations, share their gratitude with employees at Americollect, Inc. who came together to enhance the lives of 123 people at their recent blood drive. Americollect, Inc. is a Manitowoc-based company that partnered with BloodCenter of Wisconsin for a blood drive on April 14-15. It was the first time a drive was held on-site, and 58 employees volunteered to help save the day for patients in their community. Kenlyn T. Gretz, President & CEO of Americollect, supports the local community through numerous volunteer activities, and now has added saving lives through blood donation to the list.

Michael Christensen was first diagnosed at age 3 and suffered two relapses. He received countless blood and platelet transfusions throughout his treatment. Last fall, Michael completed his treatment, went back to school, and played football on the South Milwaukee High School football team.

His parents, Beth and John, say their son’s ability to find the good in every situation has contributed to where he is today — healthy and happy, enjoying the life of a typical teen. But his newfound health would not be possible without gifts of blood and platelets from volunteer donors.

“We count blood donors among our many blessings,” Beth Christensen said. “Our appreciation for blood donors and BloodCenter of Wisconsin is beyond words.”

To learn more about the donation process or what happens to donated blood, visit www.bcw.edu or call BloodCenter of Wisconsin at 414-877-BE-A-HERO (877-232-4376). Anyone 16 or older who is in general good health and meets eligibility requirements is encouraged to donate blood. Parental consent is required for 16-year-olds to donate. The entire process takes about an hour. Donors should bring a photo ID that includes birth date.

Americollect makes INC5000 for sixth straight year!

PattyAmericollect, Inc. announced it has been named to Inc. Magazine Annual Inc. 5000 ranking of America’s fastest growing private companies for the sixth straight year. The list represents a comprehensive look at the most important segment of the economy—America’s independent-minded entrepreneurs.

“Americollect is one of 70 Wisconsin companies that made the list, ranking 3709 nationwide.  We are now one of  908 companies on the Inc 5000 Honor Role having made the list six consecutive years.  We love our location in this business-friendly lakeside community and we will continue to thrive, providing new jobs to residents in and around Manitowoc County,” stated Patty Check, Vice President of Americollect.

2014 marks Americollect’s 50 year anniversary as a leading provider of collection services to the healthcare field.  Their Win-Win Collections strategy was developed to help clients recover the most money while treating their patients Ridiculously Nice.  For more information visit our website at www.americollect.com.

Founded in 1979 and acquired in 2005 by Mansueto Ventures, LLC, Inc. is the only major business magazine dedicated exclusively to owners and managers of growing private companies that delivers real solutions for today’s innovative company builders. Visit us online at www.inc.com.

Random kindness snowballs at Americollect

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Kenlyn Gretz, President and CEO of Americollect in Manitowoc
September 30, 2014  Herald Times Reporter, Manitowoc

I believe that everyone is genuinely good and wants to be helpful whenever they have a chance, and often without thinking about it. It’s human nature. We all own this community. As an employer, we want to make Manitowoc County a better place to live. Is the place you work doing good?

Americollect celebrated it’s 50th anniversary this year and I wanted to do something special with the great team at Americollect. I’m a firm believer in giving back to the community and came up with the idea of doing 50 Random Acts of Kindness to celebrate our 50 years in business.

RAK’d, as it’s known by us now, is a simple concept. When out doing everyday activities, teammates who do random acts of kindness would record them on a survey and they’d be tracked until we hit the goal. A committee volunteered to keep the idea going throughout the year, generating excitement and continuity.

I have to admit, I wasn’t convinced that we’d get to 50 by year’s end. The committee had no doubt at all. And they were right. We’ve already hit that goal but we plan to keep going to see how many we can reach by the end of December.
Our plan was to get this going throughout the community. It’s actually come full circle, a bit, as we’ve received a few letters, phone calls, and actually were given back one of our RAK’d cards that we hand out when we do a random act.
You may have seen the movie “Pay it Forward.” Well, RAK’d is loosely based on that premise but not so much on a monetary premise. Sure, we’ve had teammates buy coffee for the car behind them at a local coffee shop and we’ve had a teammate buy lunch for a family at a local restaurant. But we’ve had many, many acts of kindness that involved assisting another person just by lending a helping hand. There has been lawn mowing, garbage to the curb, reaching groceries off high shelves for vertically challenged people, “clean up on aisle 5” at a local pet store, picking up gas for someone who ran out, and the list goes on.

Our biggest challenge with RAK’d has been getting our team to actually document their random acts. As I said, people naturally help others and once that deed is done just kind of move on. It’s really not thought about again. We continue to bring this up at our monthly team meetings as a reminder to slap yourself on the back for doing good. It’s been a lot of fun.

This fall, the committee has put together a group to do some Raking for RAK’d once the leaves drop. We’d like to help some seniors who could use some assistance with that autumn task. Although probably not a true “random” act, as there is some planning involved, their hearts and minds are in the right place for the original intent of this program. If you know a senior who could use this kind of help, give us a call.

As we’re coming into the winter months, don’t be surprised if you find snow cleared from your windshield and a card under your wiper. And if you do, don’t be afraid to pass it along.

Challenge your co-workers to see and do some good!

Ground Breaking Ceremony for Expansion

Americollect held a ground-breaking ceremony this week for their new 19,000 sq. ft. Chamber ground breakingexpansion at 1851 S Alverno Rd., Manitowoc.  Assisting the President and CEO of Americollect, Kenlyn T. Gretz, are Patty Check, Vice President of Americollect, Mayor Justin Nickels, Mark Hoeffs, Denmark State Bank, Steve Hamann of Hamann Construction,  Jeff Jagodinsky, The Chamber of Manitowoc County Board Treasurer, members of The Chamber’s Board of Directors and Chamber Ambassadors.  Americollect plans to hire 60 additional team mates through 2015.

Kenlyn T. Gretz speaks at Lakeshore Technical College

Kenlyn T. Gretz, President and CEO at Americollect, gave his Kenlyn (smaller)“5-Star Customer Service” presentation for the Chamber of Manitowoc County this morning at Lakeshore Technical College. This presentation will cover the basics for new front line customer service employees and provide strategies for perfecting customer loyalty and satisfaction.  Kenlyn’s expertise is requested, often, for training and speaking engagements.

SHAWN GRETZ Receives Award

Shawn Gretz was awarded the prestigious Reeves Silver Award by OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAthe Healthcare Financial Management Association of Wisconsin. HFMA held its Wisconsin Chapter annual conference in Lake Geneva, WI in May and honored Shawn for the volunteer hours he provided to the organization during 2013.  Shawn is the Sales and Marketing Manager at AMERICOLLECT. (Also in the picture is Kirsten Ruzic-Wild of Wild Consulting, Inc. who also won this award).