FMS Inc., Partners, Work Associates, and Family are deeply saddened to announce the passing of our dear friend and mentor Hank Markowe.
Hank was a vital industry veteran whose many contributions to our trade spanned 60 years. His career started in 1956 with Bond Clothing Store, in NYC, after exiting the US Army as a Corporal. From Bond onto Lerner Shops as a collection manager from 1963 - 1965. Then a notable layover with our friends at Plaza Associates that ran some 35 years from 1965 - 2000. After Plaza - Hank joined FMS in 2004 as a principal and EVP. Starting in the industry in the “I like IKE “ era one can only imagine the change Hank was a part of and experienced in our industry.
Hank’s ability to engage with everyone that crossed his path with a genuine interest in the person and their life experience is legendary. His ability to offer just the right story, experience, advice, and humor facilitated his enormous network and his impact on our ever-changing industry. Hank believed - people make the difference, not just processes or workflows.
Upon receiving a Lifetime Achievement Award in 2005, Hank was presented a plaque that depicts the man and his true measure:
The truest measure of a man is not what he does, but what he gives. You have given us the generosity of your labor, talent and warmed us with your smile and humor. Our thanks to you for enriching our lives.
Our sincerest wishes go with you for a full measure of contentment and success in the future.
Your Friends from the Collection and Recovery Industry,
Upon hearing the news of his passing, many offered fond memories via Linkedin. Here are just a few:
"I’m saddened to hear of his passing. He was one of the first people that took an interest in a very young and green Recovery Manager and made me feel special every time we met. He was a legend and will be missed. RIP Hank." -- Anthony Renteria
"Hank impacted so many people in his lifetime, including my daughter and me. We will never forget the love and generosity that flowed from Hank and Sylvia. Godspeed Hank!" -- Kaye McComas
"Thoughts and condolences to the FMS family and to Hank’s family as well. There are only a few that could be considered icons of our business and he’s in that “few”." -- John Jette
"Hank will be missed, genuine human, great man." -- Chris Straiter
"Always first with a great story. I loved working the booth with him. You knew that you’d get to see everyone because they all wanted to see Hank. His matchbook collection was legendary. We will miss you, Hank." -- Mark Savoie
"Hank was one my few mentors in the business. He was always honest, respectful, and helpful to me when I was a young buck coming up. I loved his ability to command an audience and respect it at the same time. Rest in peace my friend, Rest In Peace." -- Stuart Wolpoff
Hank – you will be missed…