This past October, BCA Financial Services, Inc. (BCA), the well-known leader in accounts receivable management solutions, launched a voluntary 10,000 Step Challenge - an eight-week step challenge that encouraged all employees to walk more. This challenge was the first of its kind for the company and was designed to get staff members on the path to being more active.
Self-selected participants joined a team and were provided with pedometers to track their steps over the eight-week period. At the conclusion of each week, participants were asked to report their steps. The team that reached the step goal for that week would be entered into a raffle for a chance to win fitness related prizes such as Nike gym bags, Beat by Dre headphones and FitBits.
"The health and wellness of our employees truly matters to us," said Pam Kirchner, Chief Executive Officer, BCA Financial Services, Inc. "The 10,000 Step Challenge is just one of the many ways we hope to encourage our staff members to take steps toward a healthier life."
The program started with staff members being challenged to walk 3,000 steps each day for a period of seven days. Each week, the number of steps increased by 1,000 so by week eight, participants would be walking 10,000 steps totaling 70,000 steps a week.
"The step challenge has definitely motivated me to continue pushing myself on setting daily goals," said Rebecca Wu, BCA staff member. "Being part of a team in the step challenge made each of us feel more accountable and we decided to still work together on getting our daily steps in, even when the step challenge was over."
BCA is proud of the overwhelming participation in this heart-smart initiative. Over 72% of its workforce actively participated, enjoying mid-day walks on BCA's beautiful Cutler Bay area corporate campus. At the end of the eight weeks, there was a total of 27,557,475 steps reported.
Leslie Bender, IFCCE, CIPP/US, CCCO, is an articulate corporate executive with over 30 years of experience handling compliance, regulatory, transactional and legal matters for hospitals and financial services companies. Recognized as a national expert on HIPAA and other information privacy and security laws, she was one of the first privacy officers internationally accredited as a Certified Information Privacy Professional. In addition to being an attorney and government/regulatory relations specialist, Leslie is an experienced mediator. Ms. Bender is a frequent motivational speaker and compliance educator and has been honored for her contributions to the consumer financial and healthcare industries by several credit, collections, healthcare and banking associations as well as the US Small Business Administration. ACA International recently honored Ms. Bender as its 2016 instructor of the year.
Leslie is a Past President of ACA International, the international trade association of credit and collections professionals. Leslie served as ACA's President in 2013-14, and as an officer of its Board of Directors from 2011-2015.
ACA International held its annual Council of Delegates meeting Thursday as part of the 2016 Convention & Expo in Denver, where it elected four people to the Board of Directors. Joining the Board for a three-year term are Kevin Baich, Pam Kirchner, Eric Mock. Dan Russell was re-elected to serve another term.
Baich is Vice President at Day Knight & Associates in Grover, Mo. Kirchner is CEO of BCA Financial Services, Inc. in Miami. Mock is the owner of Medical Business Bureau in Park Ridge, Ill. Russell is CEO and owner of CollectionCenter Inc. in Rawlins, Wyo.
"The men and women on ACA's Board of Directors have the leadership skills and forward-thinking mindsets that will help the association thrive for many years to come,"" said ACA International CEO Patrick J. Morris.