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Texas Compliance Summit Sets New Standard


AUSTIN — Organizers of Texas Compliance Summit have announced that the conference, held last week at the Hilton Austin Airport, drew nearly 100 attendees and raised the bar for future events.

“All the events to date have been excellent, but I have to say that Texas Compliance Summit was the best yet,” said David Gesualdo, show chair and publisher of Auto Dealer Today and F&I and Showroom. “The agenda was incredibly comprehensive, all the speakers delivered memorable and informative presentations, and the crowd could not have been more engaged.”

The event began Monday, Nov. 16, with an evening reception and welcome address, followed by a full day of featured speakers and panel discussions. Highlights included sessions dedicated to actions taken by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and state attorneys general, as well as compliance in sales, F&I and digital communications. The panels, which included four speakers who work in dealerships in Texas, Kansas and Colorado, tackled issues relating to the design, implementation and enforcement of compliant front-end processes. Karen Phillips, general counsel and executive vice president of the Texas Automobile Dealers Association (TADA), discussed truth in advertising, data sharing and factory relations.

Texas Compliance Summit also featured the debut of Auto Dealer Compliance, a new magazine dedicated to helping U.S. auto dealers keep up with the latest news, training tips and commentary from leading experts.

“Compliance is here to stay, and that’s not a bad thing,” Gesualdo said. “If we learned anything from the attorneys, trainers and dealers at Texas Compliance Summit, it’s that transparency and strict adherence to the law offers the clearest path to production in F&I and peace of mind for dealers and car buyers.”

For information about the next Compliance Summit, stay tuned to the event’s website.

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‘Is It Compliant?’ to Cap Texas Compliance Summit


AUSTIN — Organizers of Texas Compliance Summit have announced that the event, which is scheduled for Nov. 16–17, 2015, at the Hilton Austin Airport Hotel, will conclude with “Is It Compliant?”, an open-forum discussion among speakers and attendees.

“’Is It Compliant?’ offers attendees the chance to pose any lingering questions to a diverse panel of speakers,” said David Gesualdo, show chair and publisher of Auto Dealer Today and F&I and Showroom. “It’s also a great opportunity for the dealers, compliance officers and F&I professionals in the crowd to share their own expertise.”

The panel will begin at 5:35 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 17. Bob Harkins, vice president of training for American Guardian Warranty Services (AGWS) and the event’s master of ceremonies, will serve as moderator.

Harkins will be joined by Randy Henrick, associate general counsel for regulatory and compliance matters for Dealertrack; Karen Klees, credit compliance specialist for EFG Companies; Alessandro “Al” Meloni, a finance manager at Transwest Buick GMC Isuzu in Henderson, Colo.; Marla Rhen, vice president and compliance officer for San Antonio’s Gunn Auto Group; and David Robertson, executive director of the Association of Finance & Insurance Professionals (AFIP).

The full agenda for Texas Compliance Summit and information about registration and travel is available at the event’s website. Just a reminder, this is the last week to register online!

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Texas Compliance Summit’s ‘Rules and Regulations’ Panel Takes Shape


AUSTIN — Organizers of Texas Compliance Summit have announced that James Ganther Esq., president and CEO of Mosaic Compliance Services, will lead a panel of attorneys and compliance experts at the event, which is scheduled for Nov. 16–17, 2015, at the Hilton Austin Airport Hotel.

“Jim has been a steadfast supporter of Compliance Summit, and he was ringing the compliance bell before the CFPB existed,” said David Gesualdo, show chair and publisher of Auto Dealer Today and F&I and Showroom. “He is an expert in his field and an excellent speaker, and we expect him and his panel to deliver a rousing discussion on the finer points of state and federal regulations.”

Ganther will be joined by fellow attorneys David Engelman, CEO of SMART Payment Plan, and Robert Steenbergh, president and CEO of US Equity Advantage, as well as Joshua Sonnier, American Financial & Automotive Services (AFAS)’s director of development and compliance.

The panel, “Knowledge Is Power,” falls under the “Rules and Regulations” portion of the four-part agenda and will commence at 11:10 a.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 17. It will be preceded by an opening keynote address and featured presentation and followed by sessions dedicated to “Your Responsibilities,” “Easy-to-Implement Processes and Controls” and “Is It Compliant?”, an open-forum discussion among Compliance Summit speakers and attendees.

More information about Texas Compliance Summit can be found at the event’s website. Registration is open now. Attendees who register on or before Oct. 26 will enjoy a $100 discount.

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Last Week to Save and Stay Close to the Action!


AUSTIN – Organizers of Texas Compliance Summit announced today that there is only one week left to take advantage of early-bird pricing and room block discounts. Compliance Summit, a series of regional events dedicated to front-end compliance is making its way to the great state of Texas November 16-17, 2015 at the Hilton Austin Airport Hotel.

“The success of this event continues to grow with each new stop we make,” said David Gesualdo, show chair and publisher of ADT and F&I and Showroom magazines. “Staffed by industry executives, including a member of the Texas Automobile Dealers Association, we are excited to share with you what is shaping up to be our most impactful agenda yet.”

A full-show pass to Compliance Summit, which includes educational sessions and materials as well as meals, receptions and networking opportunities, is $695. Attendees who register on or before October 26th will receive a $100 discount. Don’t forget to book your room at the Hilton now and stay close to the action!

For additional information including event programs and speaker information visit www.dealercompliancesummit.com. For sponsorship and exhibition opportunities, contact Eric Gesualdo via email hidden; JavaScript is required or call 727-612-8826.

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TADA’s Karen Phillips to Speak at Texas Compliance Summit


AUSTIN — Karen Phillips, general counsel and executive vice president of the Texas Automobile Dealers Association (TADA), has agreed to serve as the featured luncheon speaker for the upcoming Texas Compliance Summit, organizers said Friday. The event is scheduled for Nov. 16–17, 2015, at the Hilton Austin Airport.

Phillips, who has served with TADA for more than 30 years, was the “first and only choice” for the speaking slot, according to David Gesualdo, show chair and publisher of Auto Dealer Today and F&I and Showroom.

“To say Karen’s reputation precedes her would be an understatement,” Gesualdo said. “She has fought for the rights of Texas dealers — and car buyers — on a wide range of issues. We can’t wait to hear what she has to say about the current regulatory climate and what the future might bring.”

Phillips joined TADA after working for a law firm specializing in product liability and malpractice. Her tenure has included work on issues ranging from lemon laws, blue laws and warranty reimbursement to advertising, finance disclosures and vehicle inventory taxes.

“The franchised automobile retailer is the most optimistic and intrepid entrepreneur in today’s market,” Phillips said. “The everyday challenges for today’s dealer are vast and include numerous government mandates, consumer needs and factory demands. Sorting through the morass continues to be my pleasure.”

Registration for Texas Compliance Summit is open at the event’s website. Attendees who register on or before Oct. 26 will enjoy a $100 discount. More information about the event, including the full agenda, will be available soon.

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‘Knowledge Is Power’ at Texas Compliance Summit


AUSTIN — Organizers of the upcoming Texas Compliance Summit have confirmed that “Knowledge Is Power,” a panel discussion led by Jim Ganther, president and CEO of Mosaic Compliance Services, will convene at the event, which is scheduled for Nov. 16–17, 2015, at the Hilton Austin Airport Hotel.

“The dealers and dealership personnel we meet in Austin will be there to learn,” said David Gesualdo, show chair and publisher of Auto Dealer Today and F&I and Showroom. “Jim Ganther and his panel will give them a crash course on the current regulatory climate.”

Ganther helmed similar panels in past Compliance Summits in Miami and Chicago, drawing participation from fellow attorneys and compliance experts as well as leading agents. “Knowledge Is Power” is part of the “Rules and Regulations” portion of the agenda and will be the first of three panel discussions. Other topic headings will include “Your Responsibilities,” “Easy-to-Implement Processes and Controls” and, finally, “Is It Compliant?,” an open-forum discussion between speakers and attendees.

More information about Texas Compliance Summit, including the full agenda, will be available soon at the event’s website. Registration is open now. Attendees who register on or before Oct. 26 will enjoy a $100 discount.

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Crisorio to Bring ‘Dealer Beware’ to Texas


AUSTIN, Texas — Randy Crisorio, president and CEO of United Development Systems Inc. (UDS), will deliver the welcome address at the upcoming Texas Compliance Summit, organizers said Wednesday. The event is scheduled for Nov. 16–17, 2015, at the Hilton Austin Airport.

“Anyone who has seen Randy in action will understand why he is the ideal candidate to kick off Compliance Summit,” said David Gesualdo, show chair and publisher of Auto Dealer Today and F&I and Showroom. “He is as dedicated to front-end compliance as he is to dealer development, and he approaches the former with equal parts gravitas and humor.”

Crisorio’s address, “Dealer Beware,” will serve as the starting point for Texas Compliance Summit, which will begin with a reception on the evening of Monday, Nov. 16, and continue with a full slate of featured speakers and panel discussions the next day. Crisorio is expected to discuss the growing influence of regulators on dealer operations and review past actions taken by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and state attorneys general.

“As the automotive dealership compliance culture continues to be shaped by regulatory curveballs, it is critically important that our retailers are informed and up to date on this moving landscape,” Crisorio said. “This is the third Compliance Summit, and as it moves across the country, it continues to pick up speed in interest and attendance as retailers need to know where the guardrails are. Those not in the know may well be in dangerous territory and not know it.”

Registration for Texas Compliance Summit is open at the event’s website. Attendees who register on or before Oct. 26 will enjoy a $100 discount. For sponsorship and exhibition opportunities, contact Eric Gesualdo via email hidden; JavaScript is required or at 727-612-8826.

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Texas Compliance Summit in Four Parts


AUSTIN — Organizers of Compliance Summit have released more details for the Texas event, which will be held Nov. 16–17, 2015, at the Hilton Austin Airport Hotel. The format will follow that of the first two conferences, held in Miami last November and in Chicago in April.

“At the first two events, we asked our attendees what drew them to Compliance Summit,” said David Gesualdo, show chair and publisher of Auto Dealer Today and F&I and Showroom magazines. “To a person, they wanted information. … They wanted to leave with a plan that would protect their dealership from the regulatory onslaught.”

To achieve that, Gesualdo said, the Texas Compliance Summit agenda will be divided into four parts: (1) Rules and Regulations, (2) Your Responsibilities, (3) Easy-to-Implement Processes and Controls and, finally, (4) Is It Compliant?, an open forum in which attendees can pose challenging questions and scenarios to the attorneys, compliance experts and other Compliance Summit speakers.

Each of the first three parts will include a featured speaker followed by a panel discussion. The event will lead off with a reception and welcome address on the evening of Monday, Nov. 16, and continue with a full day of sessions on Tuesday, including a keynote and featured luncheon session, and conclude with the Is It Compliant? panel discussion.

“Review, commit, plan, debate and network: It’s a winning formula,” Gesualdo said. “We have two months to go, but, frankly, we can’t wait to get started.”

Registration for Texas Compliance Summit is open at the event’s website. Attendees who register on or before October 26 will enjoy a $100 discount. For sponsorship and exhibition opportunities, contact Eric Gesualdo via email hidden; JavaScript is required or at 727-612-8826.

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Harkins Tapped as Texas Compliance Summit Emcee


AUSTIN — Robert Harkins, vice president of training for American Guardian Warranty Services Inc. (AGWS), has agreed to serve as master of ceremonies for the upcoming Texas Compliance Summit, organizers said Thursday. The event is scheduled for Nov. 16–17, 2015, at the Hilton Austin Airport in Austin, Texas.

“Bob brings energy, grace and professionalism to the stage, and he has risen to the challenge at every event for which he has served as ringmaster,” said David Gesualdo, show chair “We are counting on him to help make Texas Compliance Summit a resounding success.”

Harkins, a widely respected compliance and training expert, has served as master of ceremonies for a number of industry events, including the upcoming P&A Leadership Summit and the most recent Compliance Summit, which was held in April in Chicago.

“I look forward to helping bring Compliance Summit to Texas,” Harkins said. “Considering all the new challenges on the horizon, including the possibility of guidance from the CFPB on the way F&I products are priced and sold, the timing couldn’t be better.”

Registration for Texas Compliance Summit is open at the event’s website. Attendees who register on or before October 26 will enjoy a $100 discount. For sponsorship and exhibition opportunities, contact Eric Gesualdo via email hidden; JavaScript is required or call 727-612-8826.

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Henrick to Keynote Texas Compliance Summit


AUSTIN, Texas — Organizers of Compliance Summit have announced that Dealertrack’s Randy Henrick will deliver the keynote address at the event, which will be held Nov. 16–17, 2015, at the Hilton Austin Airport in Austin, Texas.

“Never has compliance been a more critical and complex issue for automotive dealers. From claims of false advertising to consumer transparency to alleged credit discrimination to unfair or deceptive sales of aftermarket products, dealers are in the headlights of regulatory agencies such as the FTC, CFPB, and state attorneys general,” Henrick said. “At the Texas Compliance Summit, we will share practical insights and guidance to help dealers use proven processes and procedures to address today’s most critical laws and regulations, and help protect their dealership business and its customers from legal and regulatory scrutiny and allegations.”

Henrick, who serves as Dealertrack’s associate general counsel for regulatory and compliance matters, is widely considered one of the automotive industry’s foremost legal minds. A prolific writer and speaker, he authors Dealertrack’s annual Compliance Guide, contributes to numerous industry publications and served on a panel at the inaugural Compliance Summit in Miami last year.

“For more than 25 years, Randy has served the banking and consumer finance industry with unparalleled intelligence and legal acumen,” said David Gesualdo, show chair. “We are honored to welcome him back to the Compliance Summit stage.”

Registration for Texas Compliance Summit is open at the event’s website. Attendees who register on or before October 26 will enjoy a $100 discount. For sponsorship and exhibition opportunities, contact Eric Gesualdo via email hidden; JavaScript is required or call 727-612-8826.

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Save the Date for Texas Compliance Summit


AUSTIN, Texas — Organizers of Compliance Summit have announced that the next event will be held Nov. 16–17, 2015, at the Hilton Austin Airport Hotel in Austin, Texas. It will be the third in a series that began in Miami last November and continued in Chicago in April.

“We could think of no other place we would rather take Compliance Summit than the Great State of Texas,” said David Gesualdo, show chair and publisher of Auto Dealer Monthly and F&I and Showroom magazines. “If Texas dealers are as dedicated to front-end compliance as the folks we met in Miami and Chicago, this will be the biggest event in the series.”

The educational slate at the Florida and Midwest conferences included featured presentations and panel discussions on national and region-specific compliance topics, including threats and actions leveled by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) and Federal Trade Commission (FTC) as well as state attorneys general, legislators and consumer groups.

Speakers included dealership personnel, attorneys, compliance experts and the directors of a state dealer association and a Better Business Bureau chapter. Each session was punctuated or followed by questions from and discussions among attendees in the crowd.

“The dealers, compliance officers and managers who have attended Compliance Summit have all said they were there for one reason: to learn what the CFPB and other regulators are up to and what’s going to happen next,” Gesualdo said. “They left with the information they needed to put a plan in place to protect their dealerships and their customers.”

Registration for Texas Compliance Summit will open this summer. Further details will become available in the weeks ahead. For sponsorship and exhibition opportunities, contact Eric Gesualdo via email hidden; JavaScript is required or call 727-612-8826.

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