Southern Merges with Fidelity Collection Service

President of Southern Oregon Credit Service Brian Watkins is excited to announce the merger of two long-term collection companies into one entity effective January 1st, 2020! Fidelity Collection Service has served Oregon creditors for more than 50 years, and specializes in government, financial, and healthcare collections. Based in Hillsboro, FCS brings tremendous experience and resources that will allow the company to better serve our Oregon clients on both ends of the state. This merger will keep intact Southern’ s Medford office and team, as well as our name and brand. Fidelity Collection Service will continue also in name, location, and brand and clients in the northern portion of Oregon will experience adding of resources and staffing, while keeping their long-term company name and identity. Jessica Hargrove, who has been a leading collector with Southern for more than nine years, has agreed to move into the Office Manager position with FCS in Hillsboro. She has already begun training and looking for a new home in the Hillsboro area, and will be joined by her two dogs, her husband Jessie, and son Brooks. She will be missed in Medford, but her experience, attitude, and intelligence will be a great addition to the FCS team and will pave the way for a new generation of exceptional service and success for FCS! Rick and Karin Gaarde announced in December they had sold FCS and were planning to retire in 2020 after seeing the merger completed in a smooth and effective manner. They had owned and operated FCS for over 30 years, assuming ownership form their parents. This merger will benefit Southern clients and customers, providing staff and resources across Oregon to creditors and consumers The best collection service just got a little better, and bigger!

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