River City Six – Aaron Newell
Meet Aaron Newell, owner of AR Solutions.
Tell us a little about your business.
AR Solutions is a collection agency that specializes in medical collections but can handle any other lines of business also. With our philosophy, it is common for us to get thank you cards, letters, phone calls, etc. from consumers we work with to restore their credit. Clients love our approach also as it allows them to maintain their customer base.
How did you get started in the business?
My first job out of college was drafting all the pre legal work at a collection agency. Since that time, I rose to general manager of that collection firm and after it was sold, I started AR Solutions because clients who had known me wanted the same attention and results that I had delivered as a GM.
What is the biggest challenge you’ve faced professionally?
I don’t know if I would call them challenges but more a competitive edge. At AR Solutions, we have to keep up on all the changing laws in our industry. The American Collectors Association has quarterly conferences with industry leading speakers that allows agency owners/mangers to keep up on the latest information available as well as potential pitfalls to avoid.
What has been your most important achievement professionally?
Achieving a successful business after starting it from scratch. Recently, I was awarded as one of the Top 50 Receivable Professionals as being nominated by my peers.
Tell us a little about your family.
I’ve been married to Jori for 22 years and I have three girls: KiLee (15), Kassie (13), and Khloe (9). They all play competitive softball, and I coach Kassie. There are times when all three girls are playing in three different states.
What do you see as one of the biggest turning points in your life?
Having kids. They are the biggest blessing in life.
What is the most unique or interesting thing about you that most people probably don’t know?
I used to ride bulls.
What is your favorite quote or the best piece of advice you’ve ever received?
Successful people do what unsuccessful people are unwilling to do.
If you could choose only one descriptive word to be remembered as, what would it be?
Best-dad-ever. Does that count as one word?
If you had a theme song, what would it be?
“If Tomorrow Never Comes” by Garth Brooks.
What is your greatest talent that you don’t utilize in your daily work life?
I have worked with my hands a lot in the past as a mechanic, auto body technician, and have worked construction.
What local nonprofit organization(s) are you passionate about or involved with, and are there any special reasons why?
I have worked with several through our church doing local outreach. I believe that God has given us all talents and it is our duty to be good stewards of those talents and share them with others.
What is your favorite book or the last good book you read?
Favorite book is The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership by John Maxwell. The last book I read was Can’t Hurt Me by David Goggins.
What is your favorite movie?
What is your favorite TV show?
Last Man Standing.
If you could have dinner with one famous person from the past or present, who would it be?
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