American Financial Services Association

Sara Costanzo

Sara Costanzo

PeopleWomen's Leadership Council

Sara Costanzo

Shareholder
Weltman

Sara has been with the firm nearly 25 years, and during this time she has served as practice chair of the firm’s community banking, government collections, healthcare collections, landlord/tenant and utility collections groups. Originally joining the firm as a law clerk, Sara worked as an associate attorney for a few years before she was promoted to a shareholder in 2006. In 2018, she transitioned into a new role within the business development group, where she now focuses on maintaining client relationships as well as developing new ones both locally and nationally in scale.

Sara’s goal is to provide timely and professional assistance to business owners, service providers, managers, directors, and other recovery professionals who struggle with managing their accounts receivable. She understands that her clients’ days are long and demanding, so she aims to provide efficient, cost-effective solutions – for any type of claim.

Sara is a frequent lecturer on topics including elder abuse and other forms of financial misappropriation, collection strategies, landlord-tenant law, and various federal regulations. She is also very active in a number of charities, especially the Northeast Ohio Division of the March of Dimes. Thanks to her annual fundraising efforts, the firm has received multiple recognitions as a Top Ten Walk Team. She also loves to travel and cook.

Areas of expertise upon which I would like to continue learning: *Targeted sales strategies

What three keywords best describe you? *Direct, hardworking and loyal

Personal Motto: *Timeliness is next to Godliness; be on time, respond timely and never miss a deadline.

What are you passionate about? *Family traditions and cooking.

What is something interesting about you that members might not know? *I was (accidentally) born at home.

Who has been a role model for you? *Robert B Weltman

What are you most proud of? *Becoming the youngest female partner/shareholder in our firm in 2006, in a profession dominated by male counterparts.

MENTORING:
a. What would you say are the key success factors for a mentoring relationship?
Listening, first and foremost; identifying options; and following up.

b. What advice would you give yourself as a young executive?
Slow down, and enjoy the details.

What do you know now that you wish you knew when you started your career?* Never settle when it comes to personal compensation.