2014 Convention News
The Don Gowen Consumer Lender of the Year Award
Dynelle Gromelski with Brundage Management Company was presented
The Don Gowen Consumer Lender of the Year Award by 2013 recipient Margaret Williamson.
Dynelle as been with Brundage Management /Sun Loan Company for 18 years and has been in the industry for even longer.
She has played a vital role in the growth of the company in Alabama by not only opening 5 new offices since the beginning of
2013, but by building the state to 22 offices strong.
2014 ACFA Lifetime Achievement Award
Read Thank You Letter From Glenn Brothers
Former President Glenn Brothers was awarded the 1st ACFA Lifetime Achievement Award
By current ACFA president Mark Duncan.
Glenn Brothers first entered the lending business with Dial Finance in Gadsden in 1960 and during the course of his career, opened and operated numerous finance operations in the Birmingham area and throughout North Alabama. Glenn’s last branch in Alabaster was sold in 2002 however he retained a large number of real estate loan customers and serviced his remaining portfolio for the next several years before retiring from the business altogether. Glenn was one of the founders of the ACFA in 2000 and served as it’s first President from 2000-2002. Glenn has remained active in the ACFA since his retirement and has truly been an inspiration and asset to the finance industry in Alabama over his 50+ year career.
ACFA Award of Appreciation
Don Gowen was presented an award of appreciation from ACFA for all of his hard work and dedication to the association.
Don began his career with Security Mutual Finance Corporation in 1964 in Decatur as a management trainee and he later served as Branch Manager, Supervisor, and Senior Vice President during his twenty three year career with the company. That company later merged with USA Financial Services in 1987 where Don became Regional Vice President. In subsequent years, Don also served as Vice President with World Acceptance and later served as Senior Vice President with the Bank of Alabama where he was founder and C.E.O. of Security Mutual Financial Services. Don also later became the founder and C.O.O. of Alabama Credit Corporation which operated multiple finance company offices around the state. During his tenure in the finance business, Don also served as President of the Alabama Lenders Association. After “retirement” from corporate life, Don founded Gowen Consulting in Decatur which to this day provides consulting services to numerous clients in the finance industry.
In 2000, Don orchestrated the foundation of the Alabama Consumer Finance Association which quickly grew from a handful of initial member company locations to over one hundred within the first two years of existence. The ACFA was founded upon the principals and ideals that Don has always adhered to in his career which include: to create a better public understanding of the industry, to support high business standards, decorum, and ethics in consumer lending standards of the ACFA’s membership, to promote the interchange of ideas, methods, and information among the membership, and to promote credit counseling and the wise use of credit with the general public. Don devoutly served the ACFA as Executive Director for many years before retiring in 2012. Don’s fifty year legacy with the finance industry in Alabama and the ACFA will be known for his dedication, hard work, and leadership for generations to come.