Medina Journal-Register — ALBION — Jodi Gaines made a decision 10 years ago that has led to jobs for hundreds of skilled, hard-working people.
Gaines, who had expertise from 14 years in claims management, faced moving out of Orleans County after Washington Mutual relocated its claims department. She had offers to relocate from other firms, but said she wanted to stay in Albion.
”The employee base made staying in Albion the right decision,” Gaines said. “The pride and dedication in this area is amazing.”
In December 2002, Claims Recovery Financial Services formed with one employee handling claims for Moss Codilis. The East Avenue business now has more than 320 employees handling thousands of claims each month.
The Orleans County Chamber of Commerce will highlight CRFS as well as other new and growing businesses and a pair of titans in the community Saturday at the 14th Annual Awards Dinner.
”We’re celebrating the accomplishments of the great businesses in our community,” Chamber President Kathy Blackburn said. “It’s our chance to let them shine.”
The awards, organized by the chamber but chosen by members of local business community, will be given as part of an evening of festivities at the White Birch Golf Course. The honorees represent a diverse field of businesses — included are a supermarket, a bakery, a fitness center and a bottle redemption center.
CRFS, the 2012 Business of the Year, provides post-foreclosure claim processing management for banks and lenders with loans that have gone into default.
“When the loan is mitigated or liquidated by foreclosure it gets referred to us,” Gaines explained. “We recover funds that are lost due to delinquency ... we come in after the fact to prep the claim, file it, follow up and analyze what happened.”
Gaines said the business could potentially double in coming months due to an increase in clients and volume.