May 10, 2013 07:00 ET

CFS2 Named as Finalist in 2013 American Business Awards(SM)

Ethical Debt Collection Agency Is Nominated for "The Oscars of the Business World"

TULSA, OK--(Marketwired - May 10, 2013) -  CFS2, a Tulsa-based debt collection agency, was named a Finalist today in the Customer Service Department of the Year category in The 2013 American Business Awards, and will ultimately be a Gold, Silver, or Bronze Stevie® Award winner in the program.

The American Business Awards are the nation's premier business awards program. All organizations operating in the U.S.A. are eligible to submit nominations -- public and private, for-profit and non-profit, large and small.

More than 3,200 nominations from organizations of all sizes and in virtually every industry were submitted this year for consideration in a wide range of categories. CFS2 is nominated in the Customer Service Department of the Year category for Client Services Providers.

Unlike traditional debt agencies, CFS2 provides a wide range of services to help consumers regain control of their lives. Using a patented process, CFS2 offers, free of cost, a full line of beneficial services for consumers ranging from medical discounts and job-hunting assistance to legal aid. The company has helped thousands of American consumers minimize their current debt by directly communicating with its consumers' other creditors, helping them find employment and assisting enrollment in government benefits. Recently, CFS2 was named a 2013 "Friend of the Consumer" by the American Consumer Council, the first debt collection agency to ever receive the award.

Bill Bartmann, CEO of CFS2, said, "CFS2 is proud to be in the company of the other accomplished finalists in our American Business Awards(SM) category. Wells Fargo, Capital One and John Hancock are all outstanding businesses that, like CFS2, work hard to provide excellent service to their customers. The Stevie Awards are considered the 'Oscars of the Business World,' and to be nominated for an award in the Customer Service category is a great honor indeed."

The American Business Awards will be presented at two awards events: the ABA's traditional banquet on Monday, June 17 -- in Chicago for the first time, after 10 years in New York; and the new product & technology awards event on Monday, September 16 in San Francisco.

Finalists were chosen by more than 140 business professionals nationwide during preliminary judging in April and May. More than 150 members of nine specialized judging committees will determine Stevie Award placements from among the Finalists during final judging, to take place May 13 - 24. 

Details about The American Business Awards and the list of Finalists in all categories are available at

About Bill Bartmann and CS2:

In the 1990s, Bartmann built CFS, the world's largest debt collection agency, and became recognized as a national authority on fair debt collections practices. Inc. magazine credited CFS with "remaking one of the ugliest industries" due to the zero-abuse policy Bartmann demanded of his staff. His firm helped 4.5 million consumers resolve over $15 billion in credit card debt, without initiating a single lawsuit. The Harvard Business School published a case study on CFS.

Bartmann is a best-selling author and was named national "Entrepreneur of the Year" by NASDAQ and the Kauffman Foundation. He has been called the "No. 1 Collection Industry Consumer Advocate" in the world and was referred to by USA Today as the "Patron Saint of the Second Chance." Learn more about CFS2 at

About the Stevie Awards
Stevie Awards are conferred in four programs: The American Business Awards, The International Business Awards, the Stevie Awards for Women in Business, and the Stevie Awards for Sales & Customer Service. A fifth program, the Asia-Pacific Stevie Awards, will debut this year. Honoring organizations of all types and sizes and the people behind them, the Stevies recognize outstanding performances in the workplace worldwide. Learn more about the Stevie Awards at

Bill Bartmann is available for interview.

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