40 Under 40 Award

The Northwest Arkansas Business Journal recently chose CCOA Executive Director Alden Napier as a “Forty Under 40” award winner!
The publication annually honors 40 individuals under the age of 40 in six Northwest Arkansas counties who were nominated as best in class by their peers in all industries for making a positive difference in their professions and their communities.
The honor is especially significant due to the exceptional quality of companies, and subsequent professionals, headquartered in Northwest Arkansas, including Wal-Mart, Sam’s Club, Tyson Foods and J.B. Hunt.

NFCC Client of the Year Award

The National Foundation for Credit Counseling (NFCC) recently gave CCOA and a CCOA client a national award. CCOA Executive Director Alden Napier and financial counselor Kathee Harper attended the NFCC’s national awards presentation in Anaheim, California.

The Brighter Financial Future Award (a.k.a. client of the year) is given to an outstanding client. William Blake of Pea Ridge was named the winner for his inspirational story. His counselor, Kathee, was recognized for her wise counsel, empathy, encouraging support, regular on-going follow up phone calls to Mr. Blake and teaching him on various personal finance issues.

Mike Robards, Former Executive Director, accepting the City of Fayetteville’s Pillar Award on behalf of CCOA.

The Pillar Award

The Pillar Award is given by the Fayetteville Chamber of Commerce for being a pillar of the community.

NFCC Counselor of the Year Award

CCOA’s Director of Counseling, Bridget Jeffries, won the national award for Outstanding Counselor of the Year by the National Foundation for Credit Counseling (NFCC)!  We are very proud of Bridget, her outstanding service and her heart for helping others.

Pictured with Bridget is CCOA Executive Director, Mike Robards (on left) and Paul Atkinson (on right), Chairman of the NFCC Operating Committee.

Non-Profit of the Year Finalist — Northwest Arkansas and statewide

The Northwest Arkansas Business Journal twice chose CCOA as one of the best non-profit organizations in Northwest Arkansas in its “Business of the Year Awards.” Additionally, The Arkansas Business Journal chose CCOA as a finalist for best non-profit in the entire state. Both publications named CCOA as one of only five finalists. The Governor’s Family Friendly Employer Award was given to CCOA for having a family friendly organization.

Outstanding Educator of the Year

The National Foundation for Credit Counseling (NFCC) named CCOA’s Director of Education, Mark Foster, its national “Outstanding Educator of the Year”. Sandy Joel, Marshallese Outreach Coordinator, also won this national award for education work.

Making the Difference

Making the Difference, a national award given to one outstanding agency leader annually by the National Foundation for Credit Counseling (NFCC), was given to CCOA’s Former Executive Director, Mike Robards.