Denver-based SquareTwo Financial is one of the leaders in the worldwide asset recovery industry. The company believes in communicating its need for passionate, hardworking professionals to the colleges and universities with which it partners.
One such partnership, the Daniels College of Business at the University of Denver, enables SquareTwo Financial to recruit interns and recent graduates to work in various levels of the organization. Through its internship program and engagement in Daniels classes, programs and events, SquareTwo—a member of the Employer Advisory Board at Daniels Career Services—helps guide the College by driving discussions about what organizations expect from college graduates when they join the workforce.
A gold-level member of the Daniels Corporate Partners program, SquareTwo Financial is an active participant in and sponsor of the Institute for Enterprise Ethics Elevate Ethics symposium. Several of the company’s executives are involved with Daniels events, including Kristin Dickey, senior vice president of human resources, who has been a panelist at previous Daniels career events. Bill Weeks, chief information officer, will be a panelist at the Daniels Executive Summit in February 2015. SquareTwo’s founder Scott Lowery (JD 1985, BSBA 1982) is the vice chair of the Daniels Executive Advisory Board and serves on a number of other voluntary committees for the College and the University, including the external advisory committee for DU technology transfer.
Lowery says that part of the motivation behind his continued involvement with and support of the College stems from his own positive experience as a student. “Throughout my career, I have always reflected on the importance of my DU education, so when the former Daniels dean invited me to get more involved, I was happy to do so,” Lowery says. “We support Daniels and Daniels supports SquareTwo by providing us excellent interns and graduates, so we feel like the partnership is a two-way street in that regard. We’re very happy to be a part of Daniels and we are impressed with the institution.”
Paul Larkins, SquareTwo president and CEO, agrees that the Daniels-SquareTwo partnership is mutually beneficial. “We invest so much into our relationships with colleges and universities because it helps both sides,” says Larkins. “Our goal is to identify the trends and needs in the marketplace and overtly share what we know with students, professors and career placement professionals who teach and advise them—through guest lecturing in classes, serving on panels at various events, recruiting and more. We want to drive the conversation to ensure the graduates we see are ready to hit the ground running when they come out of school.”
Currently, 10 Daniels and DU alumni work at SquareTwo Financial in various capacities, and the number has been higher at different times over the past decade. The company hires two interns from Daniels each year, which amounts to about 20 percent of its intern pool, in the finance, technology and analytics departments. The SquareTwo internship program is a rigorous and holistic program in which students not only perform their duties, but also tour the firm’s local law office to better understand the SquareTwo business model. They attend a team outing with the other summer interns and give a presentation at the culmination of their internship to the entire SquareTwo senior leadership team.
“We’ve been incredibly impressed with the quality of candidates from DU,” says Dickey. “The distinction about these internships is that students are really doing the work that our employees do each day–running models, working on data flows, presenting to the senior leaders. The internship program has been a tremendous success largely because of the caliber of students.”
Andrea Matousek, senior director of advancement and corporate and community relations, says that SquareTwo has taken a seat at the table to help shape tomorrow’s business leaders. “SquareTwo not only gives generous financial support to the Daniels College of Business, the company is also committed to helping mold our students into professionals by communicating what skill sets—both practical and applied—students need to be marketable and successful,” she says. “Partners like this help improve the College and its programs. To them, it is about so much more than financial giving. It’s about supporting Daniels in its work to produce capable, nimble, ethical business professionals—and we simply could not do that job as effectively without them.”
SquareTwo Financial is a leader in the $100 billion asset recovery and management industry. Lenders in the Fortune 1000 trust SquareTwo Financial and its branch offices to manage their account portfolios. Through its award-winning technology, industry-leading security and compliance practices, SquareTwo Financial creates a more effective way for companies and consumers to resolve their outstanding financial obligations. Learn more at squaretwofinancial.com.