The California Bail Agents Association held its annual conference in mid October. The conference kicked off with Association President Barry Pearlstein giving a firm yet emotional state of the industry update which included a long list of challenges including unsupervised trial release, Kiosks in the jails, increased competition, illegal solicitation by agents, price cutting and irresponsible credit terms being offered by agents. Elections took place with Al Lopez being voted in as the new President of the CBAA. Fugitive recovery, online education and the launch of the new CBAA website were also on the agenda during the 30th annual event. Additionally, presentations were given by several key legislators and state/local representatives including California House Of Representative Curt Hagman, Los Angeles City Attorney Carmen Trutanich and Lake County Supervisor Rob Brown. For more information on the California Bail Agents Association, visit their website at www.cbaa.com.
Eric Granof joined AIA in 2009. As Vice President of Corporate Communications, Eric is responsible for both internal and external communications across the organization. As part of his responsibilities, Eric drives a number of marketing initiatives for the company including the development of new service partnerships with groups like Staples, TLO, and Inkhead, creating new marketing programs like ExpertBail and providing consulting and guidance to AIA’s family of agents in the area of marketing. In addition to his corporate communications responsibilities, Eric is also Managing Director and Chief Marketing Officer for the ExpertBail Network.