Bill Bartmann was the founder of CCR and remains the inspiration behind CCR. To
the sadness of all who knew him, Bill passed away on November 29, 2016. However,
his vision for CCR is very much alive and its work will continue for many years.
Bill Bartmann was a consumer advocate/entrepreneur who has worked to help consumers
achieve financial inclusion long before the term was in widespread use. The common
thread in all Bill’s corporate projects over the past 40 years was the idea
that once you remove the financial stress in a family by helping them obtain or
regain access to inexpensive financial products and services, you also reduce the
social and economic impact of divorce, substance abuse, bankruptcy, high-school
drop-outs, and teen pregnancy.
Bill was recognized as a constant campaigner for reform of debt collection and alternative
financial services industries. He was the Best Selling author of four books, numerous
white papers, and articles appearing in major magazines and newspapers. Bill regularly
contributed his expertise select Federal Agencies in Washington, D.C., including
Education, Treasure and the CFPB, and advocacy organizations.
Bill was named National Entrepreneur of the Year twice by USA Today, NASDAQ, Inc.
Magazine, Ernst & Young, and the Kauffman Foundation. He was a recipient of
the Golden Plate Award from the American Academy of Achievement and named one of
the Top 100 Entrepreneurs of the Last 100 Years by Apple Computer and the Kauffman
Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership. Bill served on The Board of Trustees for
the California Institute for Advanced Management.
In 2013, Bill was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize in recognition of his initiatives
to foster stronger families, healthier children with better educational outcomes
and, to reduce the level of spousal, child, and substance abuse by eliminating the
stress placed on families that was caused by abusive and unethical debt collection
and alternative financial services industries. His unique accomplishments have been
featured on the CBS Evening News (www.cfstwo.com/CBS/).