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First ADCO Seminar Affirms Key Industry Need

April 08, 2019

“The response from seminar attendees underscores the need for a single-point resource for dealership personnel responsible for implementing and maintaining a compliance management system (CMS). “The majority of our attendees were dealership compliance officers who already had a CMS in place. They clearly welcomed the opportunity to talk shop with their peers. The esprit-de-corps and camaraderie were unusual for a regulation-based seminar.” Seminar attendees learned about compliance requirements across the dealership and how to integrate them into an effective CMS.

“I attribute the success of our inaugural seminar to our prestigious panel of speakers and trainers - a veritable who's who in compliance,” said Robertson.

Presenters included Eric Johnson, JD, Partner at Hudson Cook, LLP; Terrence O'Loughlin, JD, MBA, Director of Compliance, Reynolds Document Solutions, Reynolds & Reynolds; Marcia Nelson Jackson, JD, Partner at Wicks Phillips; EJ Shelby, National Director of Sales, ComplyNet; Keith J. Howes, SPHR, Chief Human Resources Officer at Western Health Advantage; Andrea Cottrell, JD, Associate at Hudson Cook, LLP. The keynote speaker was Melinda Levy-Storms, JD, Counsel, Dealership Compliance and Legal Affairs, the Niello Company.

Dealership compliance officers completing ADCO's comprehensive certification examination will earn the Dealership Compliance Officer Professional designation. The seminar qualified for 18.25 hours of Lawyer Continuing Education. SHRM recertification credits are pending.

“Though many of the attendees of our first seminar were experienced dealership compliance officers, our training includes step-by-step guidance for people who are just starting out in the position,” said Robertson. “Membership is open to all personnel with dealership compliance oversight or responsibilities.” The date of ADCO's next seminar will be announced soon.

ADCO was formed to provide guidance, training, resources and a best practices forum for dealership compliance officers. ADCO services include 1) providing practical and easily implemented processes for establishing a CMS 2) providing training and resources that address all phases of the corporate compliance officer's role and responsibilities, and 3) providing a best practices forum for an open peer exchange of concerns and ideas among professionals involved with real-world compliance management systems.

ADCO's broader mission is to identify and facilitate compliance best practices that mitigate dealers' exposure and gain the trust of the buying public. ADCO's advisory board includes experienced dealership compliance officers and leaders in related fields of compliance and the automotive industry.

From AFIPNews, April 2019

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