1.800.849.9791
300 Chatham Ave
Rock Hill, SC 29730

Management Team

CEO

David Williams

BIO

David joined Williams & Fudge in August of 2000. After six years in the sales and marketing area, David became a part of the Executive Management team and was instrumental in growing the company to become a trusted and leading organization in both the accounts receivable management industry and the Rock Hill, SC community. David currently serves as CEO of Williams & Fudge, Inc.

David is an active member in the accounts receivable industry and in his community
in Rock Hill, SC. He is actively involved in ACA International, the Association of
Credit and Collection Professionals, and currently serves as the President for the
2023-2024 term. He is involved in ACA in many other capacities including serving on the Board of Directors, ACPAC, and the ACA Holdings Board. Locally, he serves in many organizations including the York Technical College Foundation, Rock Hill Economic Development Corporation, the South State Bank Advisory Board, and the Rock Hill Sports Commission and Parks Foundation. In 2020, he was named Rock Hill Businessperson of the Year. In addition, David cofounded and serves on the board of Miracle Park, an all-inclusive park consisting of opportunities for everyone to play together regardless of age or ability.

President

Chris Ruh

BIO

Chris joined Williams & Fudge, Inc. after having worked extensively in management and training with a large national company. He has a wealth of business knowledge and a vast understanding of the importance of customer/employee relations. Chris has served in various roles throughout his tenure at Williams & Fudge, Inc. and as President oversees the daily operations of the company.

In addition to attaining the Scholar Degree from ACA International, The Association
of Credit and Collection Professionals; Chris holds certifications as a Professional Collection Specialist (PCS) and Higher Education Collection Specialist (HECS).

He is a Board of Trustees member for the South Carolina Independent Colleges and Universities (SCICU) and a Board of Directors member for Family Trust Federal Credit Union.

Chief Information Officer

Chad Kruse

BIO

Chad Kruse joined Williams & Fudge, Inc. in March 2024, bringing with him a demonstrated history of identifying business opportunities and implementing efficient technology solutions that empower businesses. Driven by objectives and goals, Chad infuses creativity and passion into his work, maintaining an unwavering commitment to quality and customer satisfaction. He specializes in collaborating with business leaders to achieve tangible enhancements in revenue growth, cost reduction, and compliance risk management.

Chad has served in the Financial Services industry since 2003 and has been in the ARM industry since 2012. He earned a bachelor’s degree in business from The Ohio State University and an MBA from Ohio Dominican University.

Chief Strategy Officer

Amelia Anderson

BIO

Amelia joined Williams & Fudge, Inc. in 2018, bringing extensive sales, client relations and marketing experience to the company. She earned a bachelor’s degree in art from Winthrop University in 2005 and spent the first 13 years of her career serving the telecom industry in various client-facing roles.

In her current position, Amelia oversees the development and execution of the company’s comprehensive marketing strategy, pinpointing avenues for growth, establishing strategic partnerships, and cultivating innovation across Williams & Fudge, Inc. Her commitment to fostering positive engagement with clients and employees makes her a valued member of the team. Amelia is active in the community and currently serves on the

Camp Canaan Board of Directors, Come-See-Me Festival Board of Governors and is Co-Chair of Sponsorships for the 2024 BMX World Championships.

Vice President of Collections

Clay Goodyear

BIO

Clay has been in the collection industry since 1986. His management experience in the collection industry has equipped Clay to direct the revenue needs and the corporate training needs of the Williams & Fudge, Inc. staff.
Clay has earned the degree of Fellow in Collection Business Management, which is the ACA International’s highest scholastic achievement award in continuing education. Additionally, public speaking skills make Clay a valuable asset for collection instruction for all of our clients. In our community, Clay serves on the board the Minority Scholarship Foundation of York County and enjoys officiating high school athletics.

Vice President of Operations

Adam Parham

BIO

After graduating from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte with a degree in Computer Engineering, Adam joined a restaurant technology startup company as a systems/operations manager, where he was a part of the development team that designed new features and identified system bugs.
Adam joined Williams & Fudge, Inc. in 2011 as a Systems Engineer and quickly became the Director of Application Services, where he led the implementation of our current collections software. As Vice President of Operations, Adam’s responsibilities include continuing to evolve how we use technology to remain compliant in a continuously changing industry; driving processes and controls that benefit our consumers, clients and company; and overseeing the Compliance and Client Support teams.

Vice President of Technology

Jon Balon

BIO

Jon has been with Williams & Fudge, Inc. since June 2018 bringing years of product development and innovative technology experience to the table. He graduated from Ball State University with a degree in Computer Science. Having served in the financial services industry since 2001, Jon has managed on-boarding experiences, led product and innovation initiatives, streamlined processes and implemented improvements throughout his various roles. He is currently a Member of ACA Innovation & Technology Committee. He has a passion for working with people, creating improved processes and bringing innovative ideas to life.

Chief Financial Officer

Ronnie Collins

BIO

Ronnie has been with Williams & Fudge, Inc. since March 2012 and now has over 25 cumulative years of service between public and private accounting. As a certified professional accountant, he brings a wealth of experience with financial and managerial accounting, budgeting and forecasting, and business analysis. His responsibilities with Williams & Fudge, Inc. include leading all financial operations and initiatives; strategic planning and risk management; overseeing human resources, including payroll and benefits; treasury management; and all accounting and reporting responsibilities, both internal and external in nature.

Founder and Chairman of the Board

Gary Williams

BIO

Gary has been involved and innovative in student loan management since 1978. Since founding Williams & Fudge, Inc. in 1986, Gary has grown the company to be one of the leaders in the student loan collection industry. His knowledge and experience have afforded Gary opportunities to serve as an industry expert and guest speaker at various conferences throughout the United States.
Gary has held various leadership roles within industry organizations, including serving as President of ACA International and the Association of Credit and Collection Professionals. Additional leadership roles include his time as Vice President, Treasurer, and Board of Directors for this 5,400-member organization, allowing him to communicate with the top government collection agencies in the country. Locally, he has served his community as a member of Rock Hill School District Board of Trustees, his church and Boy Scouts of America. He is currently a Fellowship of Deacons member at his church, a Trustee of Winthrop University, Chair of the Camp Canaan Foundation and a Board Member of SC ETV. He was recognized by Winthrop University as an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters recipient.

Outside General Counsel

Chad Echols

BIO

Chad joined Williams & Fudge, Inc. in August of 2003 as the company’s Corporate Counsel. He currently serves as Outside General Counsel managing the company’s legal compliance issues, employment law issues, contracts, and litigation defense. He is the owner of The Echols Firm, LLC located in Rock Hill. Chad is an active member of the South Carolina Bar Association, the York County Bar Association, and ACA International. Chad serves as the South Carolina State Chair for ACA. Chad is licensed to practice law in the state of South Carolina, U.S. District Court for South Carolina, the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals, the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals, and the 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals.
Chad currently serves on the Advisory Board for YMCA Camp Cherokee, the Upper Palmetto YMCA Corporate Board of Directors, the Anne Springs Close Greenway Board of Managers, served as the 2019 Chairperson for the Come-See-Me Festival, serves on the Come-See-Me Festival Board of Governors, and is an Elder at Oakland Avenue Presbyterian Church. He enjoys time with his wife and two children, fly fishing, and cheering on the Clemson Tigers.

Vice President Of Sales

JR Berninzoni

BIO

J.R. joined Williams & Fudge, Inc. in 2007 as an Associate Vice President of Sales. Prior to joining the company, J.R. served in various roles of progressive responsibility, overseeing supply chain management, project implementation and client relations at a fortune 500 company.
J.R. has an impressive record of forging partnerships and was promoted to his current position in November 2021 where his leadership and coaching skills have proven to be valuable assets to Williams & Fudge, Inc.
He has served on number Higher Education boards including the Colorado Association of Administrators of Student Loans and Accounts Receivable (CAASLAR) Board and the Texas Higher Education Business Officers (THEBO). J.R. earned a bachelor’s degree in finance from the University of Colorado-Boulder as well as a master’s in technology management from the University of Denver.

Ombudsman

Derek Hollis