This year we are thrilled to bring back Chad Echols!

A Rock Hill native, Chad graduated in 1998 from Clemson University with a Bachelor of Science in Forest Resource Management. He received his law degree in 2002 from the University of South Carolina School of Law, where he was a member of the South Carolina Environmental Law Journal. Following law school, Chad was a law clerk for the Honorable John C. Hayes III in the Sixteenth Judicial Circuit of South Carolina.

Before forming The Echols Firm, LLC, Chad served as Vice President and General Counsel for Williams & Fudge, Inc., a national student loan collection agency located in Rock Hill, and was an attorney with the law firm Hamilton, Martens & Ballou, LLC. He continues to serve as outside general counsel to Williams & Fudge, Inc.

The firm’s practice focuses on the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act, the Fair Credit Reporting Act, the Telephone Consumer Protection Act, compliance for collection agencies and debt purchasers, business law, litigation, and commercial collections. He is a member of the South Carolina Bar Association.

A BIG thank you to our Supporting Sponsor, Williams & Fudge and all of our vendors for helping make this possible!

On July 18th & 19th the WSFS conference will return to Portland, Oregon hosted by Portland Community College & Portland State University. The PCC Rock Creek Campus is 12 miles west of downtown Portland in the growing Beaverton-Hillsboro area. The 2018 WSFS Conference agenda will cover a number of higher education hot topics and will provide ample opportunity for professionals in the field to converse and connect.

The WSFS event began as a gathering for PAC-10 schools to come together and discuss common challenges, share ideas, and solutions. Eventually, this 30 year tradition evolved into what it is today; incorporating additional financial services departments from western state schools and partnering with business from all over the U.S. creating a unique and collaborative networking event.


PCC Rock Creek ~ 17705 NW Springville Rd. Portland, OR 97229