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Compliance Summit: Early Bird Ends Tomorrow


LAS VEGAS — Organizers of the upcoming Compliance Summit have announced the $100 early-bird registration discount ends at midnight Friday. The event will be held Aug. 29–30, 2016, at Paris Las Vegas as part of the annual Industry Summit.

The Las Vegas shows represents Compliance Summit’s first visit to the Western states following events in Miami, Chicago, Austin and Tampa. The agenda includes educational sessions dedicated to Rules and Regulations, Your Responsibilities and Easy-to-Implement Processes and Controls, a welcome address from Andy MacKay, executive director of the Nevada Franchised Auto Dealers Association (NFADA), and, for the first time, the Certified Automotive Compliance Specialist Exam.

“We are less than four weeks out and ready to roll,” said David Gesualdo, show chair and publisher of Auto Dealer Today and F&I and Showroom. “Thanks to everyone who has already registered, and for those who haven’t, I encourage you to register now to get the best price.”

To register for Compliance Summit and the exam, click here. For more information, including sponsorship and exhibition opportunities, contact David Gesualdo via email hidden; JavaScript is required or at 727-947-4027.

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Compliance Summit Early Bird Ends Friday


LAS VEGAS — Organizers of the upcoming Compliance Summit have announced that the $100 early-bird registration discount will expire at midnight this Friday, July 29. The event will be held Aug. 29–30, 2016, at Paris Las Vegas, as part of the annual Industry Summit.

“Compliance Summit is a bargain at any price, but we encourage attendees to sign up early and take the discount,” said David Gesualdo, show chair and publisher of Auto Dealer Today and F&I and Showroom. “Once you’re registered, the only thing left to do is show up and get to work.”

The intensive, two-day conference was designed to give attendees a crash course in front-end compliance. The agenda is divided into three topic headings — Rules and Regulations, Your Responsibilities, Easy-to-Implement Processes and Controls — plus “Is It Compliant?,” an open forum among Compliance Summit speakers and attendees.

Attendees are also invited to sit for the Certified Automotive Compliance Specialist exam and take part in the rest of Industry Summit, both for no additional charge.

To register for Compliance Summit, click here. For more information, including sponsorship and exhibition opportunities, contact David Gesualdo via email hidden; JavaScript is required or at 727-947-4027.

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Van Over to Establish a Paper Trail at Compliance Summit


LAS VEGAS — Organizers of the upcoming Compliance Summit Las Vegas have announced that trainer and compliance expert Gil Van Over will deliver a featured presentation at the event, which is scheduled for Aug. 29–30, 2016. The event will be held at Paris Las Vegas as part of the annual Industry Summit.

“Gil brings an encyclopedic knowledge of F&I operations and a lifetime of boots-on-the-ground experience to the Compliance Summit stage,” said David Gesualdo, show chair and publisher of Auto Dealer Today and F&I and Showroom. “I know our attendees will benefit from his expert advice.”

Van Over will serve as the featured speaker for the “Easy-to-Implement Processes and Controls” portion of the Compliance Summit agenda. In “The Paper Trail: A Dealer’s Best Defense Witness,” Van Over will discuss the importance of building a documentation process that can serve as a defense against litigation claims and government inquiries.

“Customers are generally asked to sign their name about 80 times from meet-and-greet through delivery, all within a couple of hours, with no prep time,” said Van Over, the founder and president of gvo3 & Associates. “We will focus on establishing processes, because if dealers can do it right and do it consistently, they’ve got a defense.”

Registration for Compliance Summit Las Vegas is open at the event’s website. The agenda also will include featured presentations devoted to Rules and Regulations and Your Responsibilities, as well as an open forum, “Is It Compliant?”

Attendees are welcome to take part in the rest of Industry Summit, and those who register by July 29 will enjoy a $100 discount. Attendees are also invited to sit for the Certified Automotive Compliance Specialist exam for no additional charge.

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Ganther Leads First Wave of Compliance Summit Speakers


TAMPA, Fla. — Leading attorney and compliance expert James S. Ganther has agreed to speak at the upcoming Compliance Summit Las Vegas, organizers announced Tuesday. The event is scheduled for Aug. 29–30, 2016, at Paris Las Vegas, as part of Industry Summit.

“I’ve been privileged to have participated in each of the Compliance Summits since the initiative was launched in Miami in 2014,” Ganther said. “Each one has been better than the last, so I know the Las Vegas version will be a winner!”

Ganther will serve as the featured speaker for the Your Responsibilities portion of the event’s agenda, which will also include featured presentations and panel discussions dedicated to Rules and Regulations and Easy-to-Implement Processes and Controls.

As with past events, the educational sessions will be capped by “Is It Compliant?,” an open forum among Compliance Summit speakers and attendees. Unlike past events, Compliance Summit Las Vegas will continue with a comprehensive review session followed by an opportunity for attendees to sit for an exam to earn Certified Automotive Compliance Specialist status. Attendees are also invited to take part in the rest of Industry Summit, which also includes two full days of sales and F&I training.

“In words and deeds, Jim Ganther has been a stalwart advocate of front-end compliance and supporter of Compliance Summit,” said David Gesualdo, show chair and publisher of Auto Dealer Today and F&I and Showroom. “We are honored to have him back.”

Registration for Compliance Summit Las Vegas is open at the event’s website. Attendees who register by July 29 will enjoy a $100 discount. For more information about Compliance Summit, including sponsorship and exhibition opportunities, contact David Gesualdo via email hidden; JavaScript is required or at 727-947-4027.

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Compliance Summit Adds Certification Component


TAMPA, Fla. — Organizers of Compliance Summit have announced that attendees will have the opportunity to earn Certified Automotive Compliance Specialist status at the Las Vegas event, which will be held Aug. 29–30, 2016, at Paris Las Vegas, as part of the annual Industry Summit.

David Gesualdo, who serves as show chair and as publisher of Auto Dealer Today and F&I and Showroom, said the addition of a certification component was in response to demand from past attendees.

“I can’t tell you how many times we have heard, ‘I need something I can take back to the dealership,’” Gesualdo said. “That is a perfectly reasonable request and, with the help of our speakers, we are going to make it happen.”

Certification will require participation in a comprehensive, four-hour review session on Tuesday morning and successful completion of a written exam. The review will be given by Compliance Summit speakers and focus on the following topics:

  • Ethics
  • Reg Z
  • Reg M
  • Risk-Based Pricing Rule
  • Adverse Actions
  • ECOA
  • FCRA
  • Credit Applications
  • Signature Issues
  • Conditional Delivery
  • Monroney Labels
  • Addendum Stickers
  • Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act
  • Used Car Rule
  • Red Flags Rule
  • Safeguards Rule
  • FACT Act
  • Cash Reporting
  • OFAC
  • USA PATRIOT ACT
  • Discrimination
  • Fair Credit Policies
  • UDAP
  • EH&S Basics

Compliance Summit is a series of regional events that began in Miami in November 2014 and has made stops in Chicago, Austin and Tampa. Attendees are invited to take part in the rest of Industry Summit, which also includes two full days of sales and F&I training, at no additional cost.

To register for the Las Vegas event, visit www.dealercompliancesummit.com. Attendees who register by July 29 will enjoy a $100 discount. For more information about Compliance Summit, including sponsorship and exhibition opportunities, contact David Gesualdo via email hidden; JavaScript is required or at 727-947-4027.

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Registration Open for Las Vegas Compliance Summit


TAMPA, Fla. — Organizers of Compliance Summit, a series of regional events dedicated to front-end compliance for dealers and dealership management, announced that registration for the Las Vegas event is now open. This two-day event, part of the annual Industry Summit, is scheduled for Aug. 29-30 at Paris Las Vegas.

“We are so proud to announce our first Compliance Summit designed specifically for the needs of dealers in the Western states,” said David Gesualdo, show chair and publisher of Auto Dealer Today and F&I and Showroom. “Never has the need for advanced compliance education been greater, and we will head to Las Vegas with the speakers and topics you need to build sustainable front-end processes.”

A series of regional events, the inaugural Compliance Summit was held in Miami in November 2014. In the past 18 months, events have been held in Chicago, Austin and, most recently, Tampa. Dealers in attendance followed a “crash course”-style curriculum that covered national and regional regulatory concerns. Speakers have included many of the industry’s leading attorneys, dealer advocates, compliance experts and trainers.

To register for the Las Vegas event, click here. Attendees who register by July 29 will enjoy a $100 discount, and every Compliance Summit attendee is welcome to stay for the rest of Industry Summit, which will run through the end of the day on Wednesday.

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Compliance Summit to Hit Tampa, Las Vegas in 2016


TAMPA, Fla. — Organizers of Compliance Summit, a series of regional events dedicated to front-end compliance for dealers and dealership management, announced that events will be held in Tampa and Las Vegas this year following stops in Chicago and Austin, Texas, in 2015.

“Demand for compliance education is a national concern, and we have had a tremendous response at every stop thus far,” said David Gesualdo, show chair and publisher of Auto Dealer Today and F&I and Showroom. “I would encourage any dealer who is looking for a rock-solid, region-sensitive compliance plan to mark their calendars now.”

The first opportunity is next month at Dealer Summit, where the Compliance Summit agenda has been rolled into the three-day event. Dealer Summit will be held May 3–5, 2016, at the Sheraton Tampa Riverwalk Hotel.

Vegas Compliance Summit will be co-located with Industry Summit, which is scheduled for August 29–31, 2016, at Paris Las Vegas, as a separate but concurrent event.

Registration for the May event is open at www.Dealer-Summit.com. For more information about Compliance Summit, including sponsorship and exhibition opportunities, contact David Gesualdo via email hidden; JavaScript is required or at 727-947-4027.

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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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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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Aaron Lunt to Join Texas Compliance Summit as Featured Speaker


AUSTIN — Organizers of the upcoming Texas Compliance Summit have announced that Aaron Lunt, assistant general counsel and head of regulatory affairs for The Warranty Group, will serve as a featured speaker at the event, which is scheduled for Nov. 16–17, 2015, at the Hilton Austin Airport Hotel.

“As regulators have applied increasing pressure to our industry, Aaron has emerged as a leading voice of reason,” said David Gesualdo, show chair and publisher of Auto Dealer Today and F&I and Showroom. “We are honored by his continued presence at our events.”

Lunt appeared as a panelist at Midwest Compliance Summit in April and delivered “The CFPB’s Impact on the F&I Industry,” the opening keynote address at September’s P&A Leadership Summit. Before joining The Warranty Group, Lunt, an Illinois-licensed attorney, handled a variety of insurance regulatory issues as an executive with a large commercial insurer.

“I’m honored to provide an update on the CFPB’s activities in the auto finance segment at the Texas Compliance Summit in November,” Lunt said. “The automotive industry is under increasing regulatory pressure — requiring manufacturers, dealers and service partners alike to evolve at a rapid pace. I look forward to an informative and interactive discussion with session attendees as we consider the risks and opportunities this evolution presents.”

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, 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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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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Dealers: Midwest Compliance Summit a Success


CHICAGO — Many of the dealership personnel who attended last week’s Compliance Summit made the trip to the DoubleTree Chicago O’Hare in Rosemont, Ill., ready to absorb the latest in compliance strategies.

“I wanted to know where to go with our program,” said Karina Morgan, compliance director for the Dayton, Ohio-based Voss Auto Network, adding that she has been following moves made by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) and wanted to hear what the experts had to say. “My biggest takeaway is that, yes, we are doing things right. I actually put out a memo in our newsletter to our employees to thank them for following our policies and procedures. But I also gathered quite a bit of information about the CFPB and enough information to update our fair credit policy.”

Compliance Summit Midwest began with an evening reception on Monday, April 20, and continued Tuesday with a full slate of featured presentations and panel discussions. Bob Harkins of American Guardian Warranty Services, acted as master of ceremonies for the duration of the event. The agenda was divided into four topic headings: Rules and Regulations, Your Responsibilities, Easy-to-Implement Processes and Controls and Is It Compliant?, an open-forum discussion between attendees and speakers.

Among them was Terry O’Loughlin, an attorney and director of compliance for Reynolds and Reynolds. O’Loughlin began his career as a regulator with the Florida attorney general’s office, where he initiated actions against dozens of dealers. He also delivered “Regulations: Where Past Is Prologue,” early in the day, a presentation that captivated David Volckmann, a finance manager with I-25 Kia in Longmont, Colo.

“I really enjoyed hearing from the prosecuting attorney,” he said. “Those are the guys you have to be scared of. When a lawyer who prosecuted dealers gets up there, you have to pay attention.” Volckmann added that he is in the process of designing a compliance management system (CMS) for his dealership. “Me being at this meeting was a way to take our compliance process to the next level… I really feel this meeting was the frontline of the army that’s trying to protect this industry.”

Gene Allen Jr., business director and compliance auditor for Champion Chrysler Jeep Dodge RAM in Indianapolis, also singled out O’Loughlin’s presentation as one to remember.

“There are some things I want to implement to make things a little more seamless,” Allen said. “There are certain things we want to do to be more of a concierge for our clients and stay buttoned up. I am going to implement some strategies I know will work and I will lean on the information I received at Compliance Summit.”

The conference continued with hard-hitting discussions among attorneys who, collectively, represent thousands of dealers, car buyers and product providers. Mosaic Compliance Services’ Jim Ganther moderated a panel discussion between fellow attorneys Robert Steenbergh of US Equity Advantage and Marc Waite, corporate counsel for Indiana’s Gurley-Leep Auto Management group.

Aaron E. Lunt, assistant general counsel/head of regulatory affairs with The Warranty Group, and Patricia Kelly, senior counsel for the Chicago and Northern Illinois chapter of the Better Business Bureau (BBB), also took part in panel discussions, and Kelly’s boss, President and CEO Steve Bernas, served as luncheon speaker. Bernas discussed the work the BBB does on behalf of and in conjunction with dealers, including an ad review program initiated by his group and the Chicago Auto Trade Association (CATA), to a receptive audience.

Other speakers included United Development Systems Inc. (UDS)’s Randy and Brian Crisorio, Bill Kelly of Automotive Development Group (ADG), World Class Dealer Services’ Michael Tuno, Brian Reed of Intersection Technologies Inc. – F&I Express, Doug Fusco of DealerSafeGuardSolutionS, and JC Cramer, director of compliance for Detroit’s Feldman Auto Group. David Robertson, executive director of the Association of Finance & Insurance Professionals (AFIP), delivered an impassioned speech about the role of human nature and personal accountability in overcoming compliance challenges.

The conversation ran the gamut from the CFPB and FTC to truth-in-advertising standards, fair credit policy and fixed prices for dealer-arranged financing and F&I products. The 80-member audience was active and engaged, peppering speakers with questions about the real-world implications of the topics at hand. Asked whether the concerns he brought to Compliance Summit were answered, Alessandro Meloni answered in the affirmative.

“A lot of them, yes, and answers to questions I never had that came up in discussions throughout the day,” said the finance manager for Transwest Buick GMC Isuzu in Henderson, Colo. When he returned to the dealership, he said, he shared his newfound expertise with his management team. “I told them we do have some changes and a lot of discussion that needs to take place. We run a pretty tight ship. We’ll look into building a CMS and nominate a compliance officer.”

Ultimately, said Voss Auto Network’s Morgan, the trip was made worthwhile by the content presented and the networking opportunities that filled the time between sessions. “You know, I’m not an attorney, and there’s a lot of stuff I don’t know. But I know where to find it,” she said. “I have a whole handful of new cards from people I can call upon with questions.”

To view the PowerPoint presentations from this years event click here.

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What to Expect at Compliance Summit Midwest


CHICAGO — Several days ahead of Compliance Summit Midwest, organizers have announced new details for the event, which will be held April 20–21, 2015, at the DoubleTree Chicago O’Hare in Rosemont, Ill.

“We couldn’t be more pleased with the way this event has come together,” said David Gesualdo, show chair and publisher of Auto Dealer Monthly and F&I and Showroom magazines. “Front-end compliance is clearly a priority for Midwest dealers, and we look forward to delivering on our promise of a first-rate educational slate.”

The event will begin with a welcome reception on the evening of Monday, April 20, and continue with a full day of sessions on Tuesday. Randy Crisorio, a Chicago native and head of United Development Systems Inc. (UDS), will start the day with “Dealer Beware,” a review of past actions brought against dealers by federal regulators and state attorneys general.

The Rules and Regulations portion of the agenda will begin with Terry O’Loughlin, an attorney, former regulator and director of compliance for Reynolds and Reynolds. He will deliver “Regulations: Where Past Is Prologue,” in which he will draw parallels between past actions and today’s regulatory environment. O’Loughlin’s address will be followed by “Knowledge Is Power,” a panel discussion on the preparation and responses to new regulations and actions by dealers, product providers and finance companies. The panel will be moderated by Mosaic Compliance Services’ James Ganther Esq. and staffed by attorneys Marc Waite of Gurley-Leep Auto Management and Robert Steenbergh of US Equity Advantage.

The Your Responsibilities section will begin with “The Ability to Respond,” a featured presentation by World Class Dealer Services’ Michael Tuno, and a panel discussion entitled “Leadership, Teamwork and Accountability.” Tuno’s session will put an emphasis on the dealer’s role in ensuring compliance storewide while the panel — helmed by Auto Dealer Monthly’s Tariq Kamal and staffed by JC Cramer, compliance director for Detroit’s Feldman Auto Group, Bill Kelly, a top agent and partner at Minnesota’s Automotive Development Group (ADG), and Patricia Kelly Esq., senior counsel at the Better Business Bureau (BBB) of Chicago and Northern Illinois — will cover the strategies dealers and their industry partners are using to prepare for and respond to regulatory inquiries and actions.

Between those sessions, lunch will be served and Steve Bernas, head of the Chicago and Northern Illinois chapter of the Better Business Bureau (BBB), will take the stage. Bernas will discuss a truth-in-advertising campaign the BBB developed in conjunction with the Chicago Auto Trade Association and the work the agency does on behalf of dealers and car buyers.

“I think it’s so important that business leaders are getting together and deciding that they can regulate themselves,” Bernas said. “Dealers love competition, but they don’t like to compete on an uneven playing field. … I’m glad to be there to inform them that the BBB is there to help in any way we can.”

The next topic heading, Easy-to-Implement Processes and Controls, will begin with “Knowledge of the Law Keeps You Out of Trouble and Closes Deals,” a featured presentation by Association of Finance & Insurance Professionals (AFIP) Executive Director David Robertson. He will be followed by “Where the Rubber Meets the Road,” a panel discussion devoted to laying out simple, actionable solutions dealers can use to develop their own, comprehensive front-end compliance strategies. Moderator Brian Crisorio of UDS will be joined by Doug Fusco of DealerSafeGuardSolutionS (DSGSS), Demetrios Lahiri of American Financial and Automotive Services (AFAS), The Warranty Group’s Aaron Lunt and Brian Reed of Intersection Technologies Inc. and F&I Express.

The final session, “Is It Compliant?”, will be an open-forum discussion between attendees and speakers. The discussion will be hosted by the American Guardian Warranty Services’ Robert Harkins, who will also serve as Compliance Summit’s master of ceremonies. Ganther, O’Loughlin, Robertson and Tuno are all expected to participate, giving attendees the opportunity to fill in any gaps they may have perceived in the preceding sessions.

“When all is said and done, we believe Compliance Summit will prove to be an invaluable training course for any dealer, manager or staff member involved in front-end compliance,” Gesualdo said. “We look forward to seeing you in Chicago.”

Attendees can register at ComplianceSummit.com or by phone at 727-942-2139 until 11:59pm on Sunday, April 19th. Onsite registration will be available all day Monday, April 20, as well as Tuesday morning. For sponsorship and exhibition opportunities, contact Eric Gesualdo via email hidden; JavaScript is required or call 727-612-8826.

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Still Time to Register for Midwest Compliance Summit


CHICAGO — Organizers of Compliance Summit have announced that online registration will soon close for the Midwest event, which will be held April 20–21, 2015, at the DoubleTree Chicago O’Hare in Rosemont, Ill.

“The response has been tremendous and we can’t wait to meet and greet our attendees and speakers,” said David Gesualdo, show chair and publisher of Auto Dealer Monthly and F&I and Showroom magazines. “We are looking forward to delivering a first-rate education in front-end compliance.”

Attendees can register at ComplianceSummit.com or by phone at 727-942-2139 until 11:59pm on Sunday, April 19. Onsite registration will be available all day Monday, April 20, as well as Tuesday morning.

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Midwest Compliance Summit to Feature Rules and Regulations Panel


CHICAGO — Organizers of Compliance Summit have announced the inclusion of a panel discussion devoted to Rules and Regulations. The panel will be part of the Midwest event, which is scheduled to take place April 20–21, 2015, at the DoubleTree Chicago O’Hare in Rosemont, Ill.

“Rules and Regulations is a multifaceted topic,” said David Gesualdo, show chair and publisher of Auto Dealer Monthly and F&I and Showroom magazines. “That reality is reflected in the group we selected to lead this important discussion.”

The panel will be moderated by Jim Ganther, an attorney and compliance expert who serves as president of Mosaic Compliance Services. He will be joined by Robert Steenbergh, the founder and CEO of US Equity Advantage and Marc Waite, corporate counsel for Gurley-Leep Auto Management.

“I believe the composition of this panel is perfect for their task,” Ganther said. “We have a dealership group attorney in Marc Waite and a product provider attorney in Robert Steenbergh.”

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Midwest Compliance Summit Panel to Highlight ‘Your Responsibilities’


CHICAGO — Organizers of Compliance Summit have announced that a panel has been convened to discuss “Your Responsibilities” at the Midwest event, which will be held April 20–21, 2015, at the DoubleTree Chicago O’Hare in Rosemont, Ill.

“This section of the agenda cuts to the heart of the question Compliance Summit was designed to answer,” said David Gesualdo, show chair and publisher of Auto Dealer Monthly and F&I and Showroom magazines. “What responsibilities do dealers, compliance officers and F&I professionals actually bear when it comes to front-end compliance?”

The panel will include JC Cramer, who serves as compliance director for Detroit’s Feldman Auto Group and spoke at the inaugural Compliance Summit, in Miami, last November, as well as Bill Kelly, a partner in the Minnesota-based Automotive Development Group (ADG). Kelly will discuss the role agents can and should take in ensuring compliance standards are taught and reinforced at their dealerships. The panel will be moderated by Tariq Kamal, managing editor of Auto Dealer Monthly.

“Our plan is to drill down to the compliance issues Midwest dealers face on a daily basis,” Kamal said. “We will tackle those issues head-on in true Compliance Summit fashion.”

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‘Is It Compliant?’ to Cap Midwest Compliance Summit


CHICAGO — Organizers of Compliance Summit have announced that the Midwest event, which will be held April 20–21, 2015, at the DoubleTree Chicago O’Hare in Rosemont, Ill., will conclude with “Is It Compliant?”, an open-forum discussion of the topics raised in the course of the conference.

“Is It Compliant? proved to be the perfect capstone for our inaugural event in Florida,” said David Gesualdo, show chair and publisher of Auto Dealer Monthly and F&I and Showroom magazines. “Engaging the speakers in an open, friendly environment will provide a last chance for every attendee to make their voice heard and fill in any gaps that may have appeared in the sessions that precede it.”

The discussion will be led by Bob Harkins, director of the AFG Training Academy and the event’s master of ceremonies. He will be joined by featured speakers and panel moderators from prior sessions, including attorneys James Ganther and Terry O’Loughlin of Mosaic Compliance Services and Reynolds and Reynolds, respectively, as well as AFIP’s David Robertson and World Class Dealer Services’ Michael Tuno.

More information about Compliance Summit, including registration and travel information, is available at ComplianceSummit.com. For sponsorship and exhibition opportunities, contact Eric Gesualdo via email hidden; JavaScript is required or call 727-612-8826.

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Midwest Compliance Summit’s Processes and Controls Panel Takes Shape


CHICAGO — Organizers of Compliance Summit have announced that the Midwest event, which is scheduled for April 20–21, 2015, at the DoubleTree Chicago O’Hare, will include a panel discussion devoted to Easy-to-Implement Processes and Controls.

“This panel is a key part of our ongoing effort to equip dealers and managers with the tools they need to develop strategies for sustainable front-end compliance,” said David Gesualdo, show chair and publisher of Auto Dealer Monthly and F&I and Showroom magazines. “Attendees should consider this the ‘nuts-and-bolts’ section of the agenda.”

The panel will be led by Brian Crisorio, vice president of marketing for United Development Systems (UDS). Panelists will include Doug Fusco of DealerSafeGuardSolutionS (DSGSS), American Financial and Automotive Systems Inc. (AFAS)’s Demetrios Lahiri, The Warranty Group’s Aaron E. Lunt Esq. and Brian Reed of Intersection Technologies/F&I Express.

Crisorio expects the group to convert the knowledge gained in the preceding portions of the Summit into actionable solutions.

“Knowing is always only half of the battle,” he said. “Doing is the other, tougher, half. This panel will lay down some simple solutions that will make the ‘doing’ much easier.”

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CATA’s Sloan Joins Midwest Compliance Summit


CHICAGO — Dave Sloan, president of the Chicago Auto Trade Association (CATA), has agreed to serve as luncheon speaker for the Midwest Compliance Summit, organizers announced Monday. The event will be held April 20–21, 2015, at the DoubleTree Chicago O’Hare in Rosemont, Ill.

“Dave’s reputation and that of his organization precedes him,” said David Gesualdo, show chair and publisher of Auto Dealer Monthly and F&I and Showroom magazines. “The CATA has earned nationwide recognition as a tough but fair advocate for dealers in Chicago and Northwest Indiana.”

Sloan’s address will commence at 12:30pm on April 21, following sessions dedicated to Rules and Regulations and preceding Your Responsibilities, Easy-to-Implement Processes and Controls and an open forum titled “Is It Compliant?”

Describing the Chicago market as “tough” and “very competitive,” Sloan said he looks forward to discussing the CATA’s work on behalf of dealers as well as consumers, including the adoption of strict truth-in-advertising guidelines and an ongoing partnership with the Better Business Bureau.

“Compliance is always a good thing for dealers,” Sloan said. “In a competitive atmosphere, it keeps everyone on a level playing field.”

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AFIP’s Robertson Joins Midwest Compliance Summit


CHICAGO — Organizers of Compliance Summit have announced that David Robertson, executive director of the Association of Finance & Insurance Professionals, will speak at the Midwest event, which is scheduled for April 20–21, 2015, at the DoubleTree Chicago O’Hare in Rosemont, Ill.

“Dave brings the experience of training and certifying countless F&I professionals to our stage,” said David Gesualdo, publisher of Auto Dealer Monthly and F&I and Showroom magazines. “He sets high standards for front-end compliance as well as personal accountability for AFIP-certified finance managers and directors.”

On Tuesday, April 21, Robertson will present “Knowledge of the Law Keeps You Out of Trouble and Closes Deals,” which will kick off the Easy-to-Implement Processes and Controls portion of the agenda. Compliance Summit will also include sessions dedicated to Rules and Regulations and Your Responsibilities as well as an open-forum discussion titled “Is it Compliant?”

“When it comes to regulatory compliance, dealers are looking for help,” Robertson said. “I’ll make certain you don’t leave empty handed.”

More information about Compliance Summit, including registration and travel information, is available at ComplianceSummit.com. For sponsorship and exhibition opportunities, contact Eric Gesualdo via email hidden; JavaScript is required or call 727-612-8826.

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Midwest Compliance Summit Early-Bird Rate Ends Tomorrow


CHICAGO — Organizers of Compliance Summit, a series of regional events dedicated to front-end compliance, have announced that tomorrow is the last day attendees can register at the early-bird rate for the Midwest event, which will take place April 20–21, 2015, at the DoubleTree Chicago O’Hare in Rosemont, Ill.

“The response to the Midwest Compliance Summit has been tremendous,” said David Gesualdo, show chair and publisher of Auto Dealer Monthly and F&I and Showroom magazines. “I encourage anyone involved in front-end compliance to register today and take advantage of the early-bird discount.”

Attendees who register today or tomorrow will pay a reduced rate of $595 for a full-show pass, which includes access to meals, receptions and networking events, as well as a full slate of educational sessions on April 21. To register and book accommodations at the DoubleTree Chicago O’Hare, visit ComplianceSummit.com. For sponsorship and exhibition opportunities, contact Eric Gesualdo via email hidden; JavaScript is required or call 727-612-8826.

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Tuno to Tackle ‘Your Responsibilities’ at Midwest Compliance Summit


CHICAGO — Organizers of Compliance Summit, a series of regional events dedicated to front-end compliance, have announced that agency head Michael Tuno will serve as featured speaker at the Midwest event, which will take place April 20–21, 2015, at the DoubleTree Chicago O’Hare in Rosemont, Ill.

“Michael and his team exemplify the role of the ‘full-service’ agency, which in today’s dealership space, includes front-end compliance,” said David Gesualdo, publisher of Auto Dealer Monthly and F&I and Showroom magazines. “He has succeeded by doing business the right way and we are grateful he has agreed to share his strategies with the dealers in attendance.”

Tuno will present “The Ability to Respond” at 11:40 a.m. on Tuesday, April 21, to lead off the “Your Responsibilities” segment of the agenda. The president of World Class Dealer Services said the current regulatory environment and recent actions demand that dealers be “embedded” in their businesses to respond to inquiries and protect themselves from undue harm.

“The scope of the presentation will be to provide some updates to the legal landscape as well as giving the audience some practical takeaways they can put right to work in their dealerships,” Tuno said. “It will be straight to the point without too much legal doctrine.”

More information about the show, including registration and travel information, is available at ComplianceSummit.com. For sponsorship and exhibition opportunities, contact Eric Gesualdo via email hidden; JavaScript is required or call 727-612-8826.

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Last Week for Midwest Early-Bird Registration


CHICAGO — Organizers of Compliance Summit, a series of regional events dedicated to front-end compliance, have announced that early-bird pricing for the Midwest event, which will be held April 20–21, 2015, at the DoubleTree Chicago O’Hare in Rosemont, Ill., ends Friday, April 3.

“I encourage dealers, managers and compliance officers to take advantage of the early-bird rate by registering today,” said David Gesualdo, show chair and publisher of Auto Dealer Monthly and F&I and Showroom magazines. “In return, you will be treated to an education in front-end compliance with an emphasis on rules, regulations, actions and best practices unique to the Midwest.”

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 April 3 will receive a $100 discount. Don’t forget to book your room at the DoubleTree as well.

For more information, including accommodations at the DoubleTree Chicago O’Hare, visit ComplianceSummit.com. For sponsorship and exhibition opportunities, contact Eric Gesualdo via email hidden; JavaScript is required or call 727-612-8826.

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Registration Open for Midwest Compliance Summit


CHICAGO — Organizers of Compliance Summit, a series of regional events dedicated to front-end compliance, have announced that registration and accommodations are now open for the Midwest event, scheduled for April 20–21, 2015.

The event will begin with an evening welcome reception at the DoubleTree Chicago O’Hare in Rosemont, Ill., and continue with a full slate of featured presentations and panel discussions the following day. Topics will be delivered in four segments, with each including a presentation and panel discussion: Rules and Regulations, Your Responsibilities, Easy-to-Implement Processes and Controls and Is It Compliant? The format follows that of the inaugural event, which was held in the Miami area in November.

“I believe the Florida event proved that there is demand among dealers, managers and compliance officers for targeted education in this segment,” said David Gesualdo, publisher of Auto Dealer Monthly and F&I and Showroom magazines. “Those who attend will leave with the tools they need to form a plan for sustainable front-end compliance.”

Attendees can visit the event’s website to register and book a room at the DoubleTree Chicago O’Hare. For sponsorship and exhibition opportunities, contact Eric Gesualdo via email hidden; JavaScript is required or call 727-612-8826.

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O’Loughlin Joins Midwest Compliance Summit


CHICAGO — Organizers of Compliance Summit, a series of regional events dedicated to front-end compliance, have announced that attorney and compliance expert Terry O’Loughlin has joined the Midwest event, which will be held April 20–21, 2015, at the DoubleTree Chicago O’Hare in Rosemont, Ill.

“Terry’s reputation as a dealer advocate and thought leader in the compliance space is without parallel,” said David Gesualdo, publisher of Auto Dealer Monthly and F&I and Showroom magazines. “His strategies for dealers are rooted in battles he has fought on both sides of the industry.”

O’Loughlin, who serves as director of compliance for Reynolds and Reynolds, has stood at the front lines of front-end compliance issues for the past several decades, including a 16-year tenure with the Florida attorney general’s office, where he worked with state and federal regulators to police dealers and auto finance companies. Since joining the private sector, he has worked with dealers and auto groups to decipher new rules and respond to actions and inquiries related to unfair and deceptive practices, document fraud and false or misleading advertising.

“To paraphrase the Bible, there is really nothing much new under the sun. For the most part, this is generally true of the regulating community,” O’Loughlin said. “Old laws and new laws can be addressed with the same thoughtful approach because regulators’ motives and tools remain the same. Dealers should have an orderly protocol to stay abreast of the compliance landscape and consistently respond to it. But the response needs to be tailored to the real challenges.”

O’Loughlin’s presentation, “Regulations: Where Past is Prologue,” will begin at 9:35 a.m. on Tuesday, April 21, following a welcome address by Chicago native and agency head Randy Crisorio. The Rules and Regulations portion of the agenda will begin with O’Loughlin’s presentation and continue with a panel session dedicated to the topic. Rules and Regulations will be followed by Your Responsibilities, Easy-to-Implement Processes and Controls and Is This Compliant?

Further details, including the full agenda and information about registration and accommodations, will be available in the coming weeks. For sponsorship and exhibition opportunities, contact Eric Gesualdo via email hidden; JavaScript is required or call 727-612-8826.

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Midwest Compliance Summit Promises ‘Can’t-Miss’ Agenda


CHICAGO — Organizers of Compliance Summit, a series of regional events dedicated to front-end compliance, have announced that the agenda for the Midwest event is nearing completion and will feature high-profile compliance experts and thought leaders. The conference is scheduled for April 20–21, 2015, at the DoubleTree Chicago O’Hare in Rosemont, Ill.

“This will be an event to remember for those who attend,” said David Gesualdo, show chair and publisher of Auto Dealer Monthly and F&I and Showroom magazines. “We look forward to bringing the talent, expertise and boots-on-the-ground experience dealers need to tackle this very difficult subject.”

April 21 will feature a full day of sessions divided into four key topic headings: Rules and Regulations, Your Responsibilities, Easy-to-Implement Processes and Controls and Is This Compliant? The last will be an open-forum discussion among speakers and attendees. Robert Harkins, vice president and director of training for AFG Training Academy, will serve as master of ceremonies.

The welcome address, “Dealer Beware,” will be delivered by Randy Crisorio, president and CEO of United Development Systems Inc. (UDS). Crisorio, a Chicago native, is expected to review recent and ongoing actions taken against dealers by state and federal regulators, including the Federal Trade Commission and the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.

“Having experienced the quality of content exchanged in the first Compliance Summit and the tenor of the regulatory bodies involved in our business, I anticipate a lot of interest in attending and a heavy dose of growing useful information,” Crisorio said.

Further details, including the full agenda and information about registration and accommodations, will be available in the coming weeks. For sponsorship and exhibition opportunities, contact Eric Gesualdo via email hidden; JavaScript is required or call 727-612-8826.

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Midwest Compliance Summit Set for April


CHICAGO — Organizers of Compliance Summit, a series of regional events dedicated to front-end compliance, have announced that the next event will be held April 20–21, 2015, at the DoubleTree Chicago O’Hare in Rosemont, Ill. The Midwest event will follow a successful inaugural event held in the Miami area this past November.

“We are delighted to have the opportunity to bring Compliance Summit to the Midwest,” said David Gesualdo, show chair. “If the outcome of the Florida event is any indication, attendees will leave with an invaluable education in region-specific regulatory challenges and solutions.”

The Midwest conference will begin with a Welcome Reception on the evening of Monday, April 20, and continue with a full day of educational sessions and panel discussions on April 21. The events are open to automotive industry professionals who are involved in front-end compliance, including dealer principals, general managers, compliance officers, sales and F&I professionals and general agents.

Speakers at the Florida event included the head of the state dealer association, attorneys and dealership compliance officers. The agenda covered challenges specific to Florida and the Southeast region as well as a comprehensive review of current threats toward dealers and finance companies by the Federal Trade Commission and Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.

Further details, including the full agenda and information about registration and accommodations, will be available in the coming weeks. For sponsorship and exhibition opportunities, contact Eric Gesualdo via email hidden; JavaScript is required or call 727-612-8826.

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Inaugural Compliance Summit a Hit


HOLLYWOOD, Fla. — Organizers of Compliance Summit 2014 announced that the inaugural event drew a large, engaged crowd to the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Hollywood, Fla., this week.

David Gesualdo, show chair and publisher of Auto Dealer Monthly and F&I and Showroom, said interest in the Florida conference, which will be followed by events in the South, Midwest and West in 2015, exceeded all expectations.

“We had confidence in the regional model, our agenda, our speakers and the high number of early registrations, despite just a few weeks’ worth of advance marketing,” Gesualdo said. “We could not have anticipated the number of on-site registrants, nor the high levels of energy and interaction we saw from the entire group. The speakers and attendees showed up, rolled up their sleeves and got to work. It was inspiring.”

Compliance Summit began Monday afternoon and concluded with a reception on Tuesday evening. The agenda covered front-end compliance issues specific to the State of Florida as well as a comprehensive review of rules, regulations and recent actions from the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB). Speakers included attorneys, dealership personnel, agents and trainers, as well as Ted Smith, president of the Florida Automobile Dealers Association (FADA).

“The speakers were very good and the attendees took home a myriad of information and best practices,” said Smith, who presented “Barbarians at Your Gate,” a stirring luncheon keynote, on Tuesday afternoon.

Organizers said the next regional event will likely be held in Texas early next year. Stay tuned to ComplianceSummit.com for updates on the 2015 events.

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Last Chance to Pre-Register for Compliance Summit


HOLLYWOOD, Fla. — Organizers of the inaugural Compliance Summit have announced that online registration will close soon. The event will be held Nov. 10–11, 2014, at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, Fla. The Florida event will be followed by regional events in the Midwest, South and West in 2015.

“The response from Florida dealers and industry professionals has been tremendous,” said David Gesualdo, show chair and publisher of Auto Dealer Monthly and F&I and Showroom. “We can hardly wait for Monday morning.”

For more information or to register, click here or call 310-533-2550. Group discounts are available and individual attendees may register onsite.

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Florida Speakers Headline Compliance Summit


HOLLYWOOD, Fla. — Two key industry members from the state of Florida are among the featured speakers at the inaugural Compliance Summit, which be held Nov. 10–11, 2014, at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, Fla. Ted Smith, president of the Florida Automobile Dealers Association (FADA) and Alex Kurkin, a well-known attorney and veteran dealer advocate with Kurkin Brandes in Aventura, Fla., have agreed to speak at the event.

Smith will deliver Tuesday’s luncheon keynote address, “Barbarians at Your Gate.” Smith has pledged to arm dealers with strategies to “keep the bad guys locked out and the profits locked in.”

Kurkin will conduct the event’s first workshop, “Dotting the ‘I’s: Cash Reporting, OFAC and Adverse Actions,” on Monday, Nov. 10 at 1:50 p.m., as well as “Crossing the T’s: TSR, CAN-SPAM and UDAP” at 3:20 p.m. Kurkin represents the FADA as well as dealers, both as an advisor and litigator.

“Ted and Alex bring an unmatched level of expertise and enthusiasm to their work on behalf of Florida dealers,” said David Gesualdo, show chair and publisher of Auto Dealer Monthly and F&I and Showroom. “Their very presence guarantees an enormous takeaway for dealers who are able to attend Compliance Summit.”

The Florida event will be followed by regional events in the Midwest, South and West in 2015. Compliance Summit is expected to draw dealers as well as senior staff, sales and F&I personnel, compliance officers, general agents and more.

For more information or to register, click here or call 310-533-2550. Group discounts are available.

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FADA President Ted Smith Joins Compliance Summit


HOLLYWOOD, Fla. — Organizers of the inaugural Compliance Summit have announced that Ted Smith, president of the Florida Automobile Dealers Association, has agreed to serve as the event’s featured luncheon speaker, which will be held Nov. 10–11, 2014, at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, Fla.

“Ted has made compliance a priority for the FADA and its dealer and associate members,” said David Gesualdo, show chair and publisher of Auto Dealer Monthly and F&I and Showroom. “He brings passion, know-how and challenges specific to the great state of Florida to our stage.”

Smith will present “Barbarians at Your Gate” on Tuesday, Nov. 11 at 12:30 p.m. “This session will focus on the challenges facing today’s franchised dealer and how the dealer and their sales and F&I team can arm themselves with the proper processes and resources to keep the bad guys locked out and the profits locked in,” Smith said.

The Compliance Summit agenda is divided into three parts: Part I, Rules and Regulations, will be held Monday afternoon and Part II, Your Responsibilities and Part III, Easy-to-Implement Processes and Controls, which includes Smith’s address, will follow on Tuesday.

The Florida conference will be followed by events in the Midwest, South and West in 2015. The events are expected to draw dealers as well as senior staff, sales and F&I personnel, compliance officers, general agents and more.

For more information or to register, click here or call 310-533-2550. Group discounts are available.

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Crisorio Named Compliance Summit Keynote Speaker


HOLLYWOOD, Fla. — Organizers of the first-ever Compliance Summit have announced that Randy Crisorio, president and CEO of United Development Systems Inc., will deliver the event’s opening keynote address, titled “Dealer Beware.” He is expected to address facts and fines attributable to a few bad actors and, more importantly, how to stay out of the crosshairs of what many believe to be government overreach.

“The history of a few is shading the future for all of us,” Crisorio said.

The event will be held November 10–11, 2014, at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, Fla. Crisorio will take the stage at 1 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 10, kicking off an afternoon of educational sessions that will continue all day Tuesday.

“As an agent, trainer and product provider, Randy demanded compliance long before it was a trending topic,” said David Gesualdo, show chair and publisher of Auto Dealer Monthly and F&I and Showroom. “He is the ideal keynote speaker for this important event.”

Compliance Summit is a series of four regional events. November’s conference will be followed by events in the Midwest, South and West in 2015. The events are expected to draw dealers as well as senior staff, sales and F&I personnel, compliance officers, general agents and more.

For more information or to register, click here or call 727-942-2139.

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Compliance Summit Room Block Nearly Full


HOLLYWOOD, Fla. — Organizers of the first-ever Compliance Summit have announced that the event’s room block at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, Fla., is nearly full. The event will take place November 10–11, 2014, and will be followed by regional events in the Midwest, South and West in 2015.

“No surprise here. The response to the announcement of the event has been tremendous,” said David Gesualdo, show chair and publisher of Auto Dealer Monthly and F&I and Showroom. “We are eager to complete the registration process and get the inaugural Compliance Summit underway.”

Attendees will include dealer principals and their senior staff, compliance officers, sales and F&I professionals, general agents and more. The Compliance Summit agenda is divided into three parts: Part I, Rules and Regulations, will be held Monday afternoon and Part II, Your Responsibilities and Part III, Easy-to-Implement Processes and Controls, will follow on Tuesday morning and afternoon. There will also be a welcome keynote address and evening reception on Monday; Tuesday includes a breakfast, luncheon with featured speaker and evening reception.

The $595 full conference pass includes all presentations, meals and events. Click here to register today or call 727-942-2139 for a group discount.

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Compliance Summit Advisory Board Announced


HOLLYWOOD, Fla. — Organizers of Compliance Summit have named an advisory board for the series of events, the first of which will be held November 10–11 at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, Fla.

“This is an esteemed group, and we are grateful for their hard work,” said David Gesualdo, show chair and publisher of Auto Dealer Monthly and F&I and Showroom. “Compliance Summit attendees will benefit greatly from their expertise.”

The board is chaired by longtime industry attorney James Ganther, head of Mosaic Compliance. Ganther will be joined by Patty Covington of Hudson Cook, Dealertrack’s Randy Henrick, American Financial and Automotive Services (AFAS)’s Arden Hetland, Reynolds and Reynolds’ Terry O’Loughlin and Michael Tuno of World Class Dealer Services.

Organizers said the board was tasked with developing an agenda that not only educated attendees on the current regulatory landscape, but provided turnkey solutions to common compliance-related issues. Ganther said his team — and the event — were uniquely suited to that purpose.

“The breadth of experience represented by this advisory board speaks to both the need for and timeliness of Compliance Summit,” Ganther said. “The dealership community wants this need addressed, and this board is the right combination of people to see they get it.”

The Florida conference will be followed by events in the Midwest, South and West in 2015. The events are expected to draw dealers as well as senior staff, sales and F&I personnel, compliance officers, general agents and more.

For more information or to register, click here or call 310-533-2550.

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Compliance Summit 2017


The pressure on dealerships to comply with ever-increasing regulatory demands, as well as staying ahead of trends in consumer litigation, grows each year. Dealers need a way to learn what is required of them and what is currently available on the market to easily and affordably meet those requirements. To address that need, we are pleased to bring you the Compliance Summit.

The Compliance Summit is designed to fit the schedule and budget of real dealers by coming to you in a series of regional presentations. The 2017 Compliance Summit will take place at the Gaylord Texan in Grapevine, Texas, near Dallas on September 11, 2017.  For the first time, the event will be held alongside the annual Industry Summit.

This unique event will provide dealers and their senior management access to:

  • Current threats to dealerships
  • Strategies to affordably satisfy the CFPB
  • Red Flags Rule Compliance tools
  • Thought leaders from the legal community
  • Best Practices from successful compliance programs

Designed Exclusively for: 

  • Dealer Principals who want a compact overview of what is required and who provides it.
  • General Managers who are responsible for compliant operations.
  • Compliance Officers who want to know what to do and how to do it.
  • Sales Personnel who want to know how to sell a car without getting the dealership sued.
  • F&I Professionals who want to increase CSI and PRU while reducing unwinds.
  • Product Providers, Administrators, and Agents who want a deeper understanding of the compliance issues that affect their dealership clients, and their responsibilities with respect to the sale and marketing of their products.

As an added component, Compliance Summit is pleased to announce we have partnered with Automotive Compliance Education (ACE) to offer their services to all registered attendees at no additional charge. ACE certification consists of a four-hour review session followed by a two-hour, 200-question exam. The curriculum covers a wide range of federal standards and enforcement actions with an emphasis on compliant and transparent sales and F&I processes. Attendees who complete the review and earn a grade of 80% or higher on the exam will receive a framed “Automotive Compliance Specialist” diploma and access to ACE’s online resources.

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2016 Conference Team

Conference Management

 
David Gesualdo
Group Publisher and Show Chair
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Event Management, MG Business Media
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Kate Spatafora
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Eric Gesualdo
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