In 1962, Mr. Engel and his wife founded Commercial Collection Corp. of New York in 1962, who worked with commercial creditors rather than individuals. They created another company, Credit Management Services, in 1968. He retired in 2000.
He was elected President of the Commercial Collectors Association of America in 1973 and elected to the Board of Directors of the Commercial Agency Section of the Commercial Law League of America in 1977. He was also a founding member, in 1982, of CERN, a organization of commercial credit agencies.
An expert in handwriting, Mr. Engel was a fellow of the American Grapho Analysis Society and vice-president of the New York State chapter of the International Graphoanalysis Society.
He has often lectured on the subject, given television interviews and consulted with companies on the personalities of potential employees by examining their handwriting.
He has also been active with Junior Achievement, Big Brothers Big Sisters and SCORE, the Service Corps for Retired Executives, where he has helped start small businesses. He was president and president of the Buffalo chapter of SCORE.
Mr. Engel has been a coach and advisor for the Women’s Business Center at Canisius College, which has helped women start and set up their own businesses.
He was also a Lemon Law Arbitrator for the Better Business Bureau, a former Grandmaster of his Masonic Lodge and a volunteer usher at the Studio Arena Theater.