Come See Me 2020 Road Race

Come-See-Me has served as Rock Hill’s annual spring festival for upwards of 50 years. The festival host nearly 80 events and activities for everyone to enjoy. Join us April 16 – April 25, 2020 and experience our beautiful community and the fun the festival has to offer.

This year, The Echols Firm, LLC is a proud sponsor of the Come-See-Me Festival’s 43rd Annual Road Race located at Winthrop Coliseum on April 18th. If you are interested in participating in this years Road Race you can sign up here. We hope to see you there and at other Come-See-Me events around the community.


Chad Echols’ 2020 Spring Conference Engagements

Chad continues to support the Collection Industry through various speaking engagements at conferences around the country.

Kansas Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (KASFAA) 2020 Spring Conference in Topeka, KA

April 1st through April 3rd

Colorado Association of Administrators of Student Loans and Accounts Receivable (CAASLAR) 2020 Spring Conference in Denver, CO

April 22nd through April 24th

PacWest SFS 2020 Spring Conference in Olympic Valley, CA

May 13th through May 15th

Michigan Association of Student Financial Services Administrators (MASFSA) 2020 Spring Conference in Manistee, MI

May 17th through May19th

Please contact Chad about speaking at an upcoming event in your area.  In 2020 he will present at the following conferences:

Southeast Regional Conference: April 17-19 Asheville, NC

Chad Echols was excited to speak at the Southeast Regional Conference again this year in Asheville, NC. His presentation focused on the most recent information regarding statute of limitations.

Back the Pack 2019

The Echols Firm, LLC is a proud supporter for the Back the Pack program here in Rock Hill! The team enjoyed another year of helping fill the packs for many Rock Hill area school children.

Back the Pack is a charitable program affiliated with the Rock Hill School District Education Foundation which provides children in need with nutritious, nonperishable food. This program feeds around 600 hungry students per week in our community. The Echols Firm, LLC will continue to support causes which strengthen our local community and offer help to those in need.

NACUBO Conference: March 24-26, 2019 ~ New Orleans

Chad Echols was excited to support NACUBO again this year by speaking at their conference in New Orleans. He presented the most recent updates regarding bankruptcy and student agreements, along with the most recent hot topics in the industry.

Receivables Management Association International Webinar: January 31, 2019

Chad Echols was excited to support Receivables Management Association International by speaking in their 2019 webinar regarding demand letters and disclosure requirements.

Chad Echols Selected as 2018-2019 ACA Attorney State Chair for South Carolina

Chad Echols is honored to support the credit and collection industry as ACA International’s selection for Attorney State Chair for the state of South Carolina. This role provides ACA Association Units and ACA members with a legal resource and referral attorney licensed to practice in South Carolina.

The 2018-2019 term marks Chad’s seventh consecutive year serving as ACA International’s South Carolina Attorney State Chair.

Student Loans & Receivables Collection Conference: September 23-26, 2018 ~ Hilton Myrtle Beach Resort

The Echols Firm, LLC looks forward to supporting Willaims & Fudge, Inc. at the upcoming Student Loans & Receivables Collection Conference! For more information on registration visit the SLRCC website.

Western Student Financial Services Conference: July 18th & 19th, 2018 ~ Portland Community College

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



Chad Echols Named 2019 Come-See-Me Festival Chair

When you think of the Come-See-Me Festival, you think of spring—but it takes a year-long effort to make this ten-day event happen. Even though the 2018 festival won’t kick off for two weeks, plans are already being made for the 2019 festival, including the official announcement of next year’s chair. On Wednesday, March 28, Chad Echols was introduced as the 2019 Come-See-Me Festival Chair at the Past Chairs’ Breakfast. The event, held at Manchester Meadows, is a time for former chairs and other festival and community leaders to come together and celebrate the past, present, and future of Come-See-Me.

Chad is a second-generation festival chair. His father, Doug Echols, chaired the Come-See-Me Festival in 1985. Chad’s involvement with the festival began eight years ago. Prior to serving as festival vice-chair the past two years, he served as a Team Leader for Tailgate Party & Fireworks, Gourmet Gardens, and the Come-See-Me Road Races.

A graduate of Clemson University and the University of South Carolina School of Law, Chad is a member of the South Carolina Bar and is the founding partner of The Echols Firm in Rock Hill. He currently serves on the York County Clemson Club Board and the Advisory Board for the Upper Palmetto YMCA Camp Cherokee. He also helped found the Cherokee Conservation Corps, a group working to support the capital needs of Camp Cherokee. He previously served in leadership positions with the Good Folks of York County, The Palmetto School at the Children’s Attention Home, Family Promise of York County, the York County Board of Disabilities and Special Needs, and as an Elder at Oakland Avenue Presbyterian Church.

Chad and his wife, Anna, live in Rock Hill and have two children, Guy and Liza.

Please join us in congratulating Chad on this honor!


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