UCB has provided debt collection and accounts receivable management services to creditors since 1959. Headquartered in Toledo, Ohio, UCB has grown to service the national marketplace of Healthcare, Financial Services, Utility, Communications, and Government creditors. Today, UCB employs a dedicated management team of experienced collection agency executives, and utilizes state-of-the-art technology and telecommunications resources, to bring uncompromising services to its clients. UCB is licensed in all 50 states and carries full insurance and bonding protection. With over 1,000 employees, UCB offers financial stability, trained staff and technical capabilities to provide the most effective accounts receivable management and collection services available today.
UCB can boast of an executive management team with over 100+ years of industry experience. Sam Rickard, Owner and Chairman, has surrounded himself with people who can support his company goals. The key personnel below assist in the operational management of UCB, under the direct support of the Chairman of the Board and Mr. Sanju Sharma, our President and CEO.
Harold “Sam” Rickard, Owner and Chairman
Sam began his career at UCB in 1975. He spent over 10 years in the capacity as a Account Representative and has held every operational management position within the company during the past 31 years. Sam’s tenure has given him an intricate knowledge of the entire business, both operational and administrative. Additionally, he has worked closely with our IT group to design and develop our proprietary CUBS software system. Sam is recognized by his peers as one of the most innovative visionaries in the receivable management industry today. UCB’s success is greatly attributable to Sam’s experience, vision and his dedication to the prosperous future of UCB.
Sanju Sharma, President & CEO
Upon his 1993 graduation from Bowling Green State University, where he earned a B.S. in Finance and Accounting, Sanju joined UCB, and remained until 2000. Thereafter, Sanju held senior management positions with a global receivable management corporation gaining significant additional experience in call center management, including strategic planning, profit and loss analysis, client relationship management, and overall organizational growth development. Sanju rejoined UCB and has delivered exceptional client performance allowing consistent and increasing opportunity for the company through client portfolio growth.
Michael R. Karosas, Chief Operating Officer
Mike joined UCB in August, 2008. With over 20 years of Accounts Receivable Management and Outsourcing experience, Mike brings a wealth of knowledge to an already industry-seasoned team. Mike was formerly the President of Debt Control Center, which sold to a consolidator in 1999, and subsequently the Financial Services Divisional President of the then world’s third-largest Accounts Receivable Management firm. Mike has a proven track record of client-performance, operational growth and profitability. Mike graduated from Florida State University with a B.S. degree in Economics. He is a second-generation collection executive who brings personal experience of all facets of an ARM business.
Joan Overcashier, Chief Financial Officer
Joan is a 37 year employee of UCB. She is responsible for overseeing the financial health of the organization. Joan’s expertise and experience has been instrumental in guiding the corporation through tremendous change and growth. Today Joan oversees all financial aspects of the corporation including financial accounting and bookkeeping activities. Joan holds a B.S. in Business Administration and Accounting from the University of Toledo.
Mark Beirdneau, Chief Information Officer
Mark, a 2004 addition to UCB, has gained considerable systems knowledge specific to collection enterprises throughout his career. He has held information systems leadership positions with IT specialty companies, as well as the one of the largest accounts receivable companies within the United States. Mark has proven an excellent addition to our team and an asset toward the assurance of system preparedness through our growth. Mark attended Brigham Young University where he earned a B.S. in Information Management Systems.
Dawn Balduf, Vice President Receivables Outsourcing
Dawn has 17 years of receivables management experience in the healthcare marketplace, both in management with agencies as well as 7 years in a CBO environment with a large hospital system in Toledo, managing self-pay revenue of over $132M. She served on Catholic Healthcare Partner’s task force charged with reviewing CHP’s guidelines and practices for assisting the self-pay population. Dawn developed an internal Medicaid eligibility unit of 35 staff members. She implemented front-end strategies that took bad debt as a percent of gross revenue from over 5% down to 1.3% over a five-year period. Dawn has a degree from Heidelberg College in business administration with an emphasis on healthcare administration.