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Leadership

Jeff Meeks, Founder/Majority Stock Holder

Jeff founded CCS in 1970. He was born and raised in Salinas and graduated from Salinas High School and Hartnell College before attending California State University Fresno. While attending college Jeff worked in collections at Pacific Bell and a collection agency in Fresno. He then returned to Salinas to work for the Credit Bureau of Salinas and continued taking business courses at U.C. Berkeley, San Jose State, and Monterey Peninsula College. In 1969 Jeff purchased Lindey’s Collection Service and shortly thereafter formed Credit Consulting Services, Inc.

Jeff has served his industry and community in several different capacities. He served on the Education Council for the American Collectors Association where he developed and produced education manuals and seminars, he also served as a certified instructor for over 15 years teaching, over 40 seminars across the country. In 1991 he was awarded International Fellowship of Certified Collectors by ACA.

Jeff is a former member of the Salinas Jaycees. He was one of 6 people from California chosen by Rotary to take part in a two-month exchange program in Japan. He was chosen by the Monterey County Board of Supervisors to serve as the chairman for the Whitehouse Conference on Youth. He is a member of the Salinas Elks Lodge and has served as Exalted Ruler. He served as the Salinas YMCA Capitol Campaign Major Gifts Chairman and was the founding Board Chairman for the YMCA Corporate Board for Monterey, San Benito, and Santa Cruz Counties, helping merge 3 county services into one entity.

Jeff’s ability to focus on the needs of the creditor has enabled CCS to deliver a high quality service that drives cash and minimizes loss. His experience and leadership qualities have earned him state and national recognition throughout the industry. Jeff is still actively involved in the business providing support where needed.

Rodney Meeks, CEO

Rodney provides the overall direction, vision, and strategic planning of CCS, and oversees client relations. Rodney first entered the collection industry in 1985. He worked for CCS during the summers while attending college. He started off in client relations and then worked a collection desk. Upon graduation from Sacramento State University with a degree in Business Administration, Rodney worked as a collection account manager for a collection agency in Sacramento and earned his Qualified Manager’s license through the State of California. Rodney returned to CCS in 1991 where he focused on sales and marketing, and has been instrumental in the company’s growth and the development of new products and services. His strong network amongst industry peers enables him to be at the forefront of industry best practices.

He has conducted numerous seminars to a variety of clients and creditor groups on best practices for managing accounts receivable. He has appeared on MSNBC’s “Your Business”, Southern California Public Radio “Pat Morris Show”, and San Francisco Bay Area News Station, KNTV.

Rodney’s passion for the industry is evident through his involvement with both state and national associations. Rodney is a past president of the California Association of Collectors and has served on the board of directors for the ACA International, the Association of Credit and Collection Professionals, where he was named Large Unit Leader of the Year. He has received numerous awards for his dedicated service to the industry as he has consistently stood up for the protection of creditor rights and financial education. He is a graduate of Leadership Salinas, past president for the Salinas Jaycees, past board member of the Salinas Chamber of Commerce, and an active member of the Rotary Club of Salinas.

Dane Askins, Senior Vice President

Dane is responsible for the day to day operations and collector productivity. His work ethic is second to none. Dane has been with CCS since 1983. He is a graduate of California State Polytechnic College, served in the U.S. Army, studied Dale Carnegie’s School of Management, and actively participates in Columbia Ultimate Business Systems strategic collection strategy sessions and ACA International educational series on best collection practices. He is well respected amongst his peers in the industry. Dane’s ability to understand business analytics and work strategies enable CCS to achieve the best possible outcome for their clients.

Ashton Holtzinger, Vice President of HR & Compliance

Ashton is responsible for overseeing CCS' Professional Practices Management System (PPMS), which insures compliance of policies and procedures and continuous improvement throughout the entire organization. Ashton worked for 10 years in the financial industry before coming to CCS and is a graduate of the California Police Academy where he received comprehensive training on leadership, professionalism, and ethics, investigative report writing, and information systems. Since joining CCS he has received additional training on all areas of compliance along with the PPMS.

 

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