Job Front: Vegas repo firm plans Folsom operation

11/18/2013 12:00 AM

11/18/2013 3:17 PM

Las Vegas asset recovery firm PRA Location Services is opening its first California location in Folsom with plans to hire 80 people in 2014.

PRA Location Services works primarily with auto finance lenders, large and small banks, and credit unions and insurance companies across the country.

As a subsidiary of Virginia-based Portfolio Recovery Associates, Inc., “our footprints are all over the U.S.,” said John Fountaine, a PRA Location Services vice president. “We want to leverage that footprint,” he added, by moving into the California market.

The company also wants to take advantage of technologically savvy workers in Northern California, he said, calling the U.S. Highway 50 corridor “the Silicon Valley of the repo industry.” PRA relies on a database developed by El Dorado Hills-based data firm Intellaegis to collect debts and track those running from the law.

Fountaine said the Folsom area is well supplied with veterans of the auto repossession reporting industry, steeped in the license plate recognition technology used to recover autos and other assets, as well as in “skip tracing” – finding the whereabouts of those on the run from debt collectors or law enforcement.

Fountaine is hiring employees with experience in skip tracing, impounds, transportation services and customer service.

But PRA is also looking for candidates who have worked in other industries.

“We’ve had the best success with people who’ve come out of the mortgage industry, retail and sales,” Fountaine said. “All this industry is, is overcoming rejection to achieve goals.”

PRA is working out a lease for offices in the Paychex building, 2365 Iron Point Road in Folsom, Fountaine said.

“The lease is in progress right now. We’re hammering out the final points,” he said.

Fountaine expects the Folsom office to open about mid-January.

For more information, visit www.prals.com

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Online auto insurer Esurance is hiring for more than 20 jobs at its Rocklin site, recruiters say.

Positions include sales representatives, claims adjusters, analysts and information technology professionals.

“Esurance has had tremendous growth last year and this year” on the strength of its automobile insurance business and expansions into renters and recreational vehicle coverage, Esurance corporate recruiter Andrew LaGreca said. “That’s creating more opportunities not only for (insurance) claims but IT, product development and call center.”

Job seekers can find information by visiting Esurance’s LinkedIn page, www.linked- in .com/company/esurance, then selecting “Careers.”

Also visit online at www.esurance.com/about/jobs.

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The Sacramento Public Library’s South Natomas branch offers one-on-one job coaching from 2 to 4 p.m. Thursdays at the library, 2901 Truxel Road.

Volunteer career coaches help job seekers sharpen résumé writing and interviewing skills, answer questions about their career search and scour online job listings.

Sessions last up to an hour. Job seekers are asked to bring either a paper résumé or one stored on a flash drive or laptop.

Appointments are encouraged and can be made in person at the library branch’s service desk or by calling the Sacramento Public Library’s telephone reference line at (916)264-2920.

One-on-one job coaching is available at 12 Sacramento Public Library branches.

For more information, visit www.saclibrary.org/services/job-seekers.

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