Press & Media Statements

Working closely with the Federal and State Government Affairs Departments, AFSA's Communications Department responds to and proactively works with news outlets seeking to cover the consumer credit industry. 

AFSA is pleased to assist the media with interviews, quotes, background information and story development regarding any of the business lines the association represents. Media inquiries can be directed to:

    Dan Bucherer 
Vice President, Communications     Manager, Communications
+1 (202) 776-7308      +1 (202) 466-8613

Conference to Challenge Perceptions – “Are We There Yet?” January 17, 2017

WASHINGTON, D.C. (January 17, 2017) - The American Financial Services Association (AFSA) hosts its 21st annual Vehicle Finance Conference and Expo next week at the Sheraton New Orleans, on January 24-26. One of the first events of the year for the vehicle finance industry, the conference has become the premier event for the auto finance industry. This year's conference theme asks the provocative question, “Are we there yet?”

Ashburn Selected to Lead AFSAEF in Critical Time for Financial Education November 16, 2016

WASHINGTON, D.C. (November 16, 2017) - The American Financial Services Association Education Foundation (AFSAEF) is pleased to announce the hiring of Rhonda Paul Ashburn as its new executive director. She joins AFSAEF from the National Foundation for Credit Counseling® (NFCC®) and will oversee all aspects of the AFSAEF, including its leadership development programs, and the popular MoneySKILL® premier online personal finance education curriculum, which now has more than 700,000 users in all fifty states.

AFSA Celebrates 100th Anniversary Conference October 27, 2016

WASHINGTON, D.C. (October 27, 2016) - The American Financial Services Association (AFSA) just concluded its 100th anniversary Annual Meeting at The Breakers in Palm Beach, Fla. The conference paid tribute to AFSA’s formation as the American Association of Small Loan Lenders, with 41 members in 1916. Today, the association advocates for more than 400 member companies. In the past year, 62 new members joined the association, a record annual increase of membership.

AFSA urges changes to CFPB's proposed small dollar rule October 07, 2016

WASHINGTON, D.C., October 7, 2016 – The American Financial Services Association (AFSA) has submitted its 37-page comment letter to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) urging the federal regulator to preserve consumers’ access to safe and affordable traditional installment lending (TIL) by modifying the Proposed Rule on payday, title loans and certain high-cost installment loans.

AFSA Education Foundation Executive Announces Retirement July 15, 2016

WASHINGTON, D.C. (July 15, 2017) - After 21 years with the American Financial Services Association Education Foundation (AFSAEF), president and CEO, Ms. Susie Irvine, has announced her retirement effective August 31, 2016. Ms. Irvine has been instrumental in establishing the fine reputation of the foundation and increasing the professionalism of its many offerings. Financial literacy has been her passion for many years, and she has worked tirelessly in that arena.

AFSA says CFPB Small-Dollar Lending Proposal Restricts Access to Consumer Credit June 02, 2016

WASHINGTON DC, June 2, 2016 – Today, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) proposed its rule governing small-dollar lending. The bureau has been working for many months to craft the rule, but that hard work has, unfortunately, resulted in a proposal that will harm consumers’ access to safe, responsible credit.

The American Financial Services Association (AFSA) engaged the bureau several times during its discovery, drafting, and proposition of the small-dollar lending rule, especially as it relates to traditional installment lending.