Speaker Topic and Biography


Marc Cataldo
CallMiner
Topic: How Technology Assists Collection and Compliance Management
Have you ever felt overwhelmed with technology? Do you think technology advances are only for large budget operations? Wondering how small and mid-level players can gain an advantage with technology? Learn how diverse companies are using technology advances today, to manage growth, maintain efficiencies and overcome operational challenges, as well as some options to communicate with various generational preferences. Hear thoughts on what’s on the drawing board for the future, including new, clever options and evolving technology for complying, communicating and succeeding in our more virtual world.

Biography: Marc is responsible for all business development efforts within the Credit and Collections vertical for CallMiner. He is a passionate believer that, through the use of advanced analytics tools, the ARM industry can achieve dramatic improvements in collections rates, customer service and compliance security. Prior to joining CallMiner Marc was the Director, Major Accounts for SoundBite and has been involved in the Credit and Collections industry for over a decade. Due to his many years of experience and insight, Marc is often sought out by ARM industry veterans for advice on how to improve operational productivity and manage compliance through the intelligent use of a broad variety of technologies. Through the years Marc has been asked to participate or speak in many industry events including Trade Show panels, regional ACA sessions and Attorney Network meetings.



Denise Cross
LexisNexis Risk Solutions

Topic: Operational Effectiveness - My How the Times Have Changed! Are you Changing with Them
It is much more expensive to operate in collections in today’s heavily regulated environment. What are you doing to maintain operational efficiency, strengthen performance and control costs? Is your ROI suffering? We will address these pressing issues and delve into dialer strategies, call campaigns, current technology trends and client expectations in this roundtable.

Biography: A Third Party and First Party Collections and Operations Management expert, Denise brings 29 years of industry experience to her clients. Her primary focus is workflow analysis and design, with a strong focus on ROI and operational efficiencies.
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Bob Davis
Security National Automotive Acceptance Company (SNAAC)

Topic: How Technology Assists Collection and Compliance Management
Have you ever felt overwhelmed with technology? Do you think technology advances are only for large budget operations? Wondering how small and mid-level players can gain an advantage with technology? Learn how diverse companies are using technology advances today, to manage growth, maintain efficiencies and overcome operational challenges, as well as some options to communicate with various generational preferences. Hear thoughts on what’s on the drawing board for the future, including new, clever options and evolving technology for complying, communicating and succeeding in our more virtual world.

Biography: Mr. Davis joined SNAAC in March 2015 after most recently working at Exeter Finance Company as an Area General Manager. Mr. Davis started his career in indirect auto lending in June 1978 and spent 12 years with Wells Fargo Dealer Services as VP. Regional Business Center Manager in their Chicago office which had a $1.5B portfolio. Prior to Wells Fargo Mr. Davis spent 16 years with Toyota Financial Services (TFS). For TFS he worked on their transition from Chrysler First to support the development of their branch network along with starting the Central Collection/Recovery, Bankruptcy and Remarketing departments along with managing their Systems Development and Customer Service Center. Through his career Mr. Davis has held various positions in management in other areas relating to Credit, Sales, Project Management, Credit Risk and Audit. Mr. Davis has an AA Degree in Business Administration from Santa Monica College.



Reilly Dolan
Federal Trade Commission

Topic: Meet the Regulators
Regulatory updates and enforcement action discussions have always been an important aspect to the Debt Connection Symposium & Expo conference agenda. Last year, we welcomed the FCC, CFPB, FTC and the Arizona Attorney General’s Office to jump start our event with our Meet the Regulators opening segment. It was so well received - we knew we needed to have the "Return" this year! We have invited them all back! Don't miss this session to hear what's on their minds and what is on their agenda for the future. Be sure to come back after break to have the opportunity to ask your questions as well.

Topic: Conversation with the FTC
Acting Deputy Director of the Federal Trade Commission’s Bureau of Consumer Protection, Reilly Dolan, sits down with this small group session to discuss the FTC’s directions, enforcement, or your thoughts and concerns about the FTC. Take this opportunity to learn more about the FTC, or ask Reilly your questions, in a small group environment.

Biography: J. REILLY DOLAN is the Deputy Director (Acting) for the Federal Trade Commission's Bureau of Consumer Protection. Prior to his current position, Mr. Dolan has been the Associate Director for Financial Practices, where he was responsible for leading the Bureau of Consumer Protection’s mission to protect consumers from unfair and deceptive practices by financial service providers, including debt collectors, credit card marketers, non-bank lenders, providers of mortgage assistance relief and debt relief services, payment processors, and auto dealers. Previously, Mr. Dolan served as an Assistant Director in the Divisions of Financial Practices and Enforcement, obtaining significant experience enforcing the FTC Act, other rules and statutes, and administrative and federal court orders against unfair and deceptive practices in connection with the sale of dietary supplements and weight loss products, credit-related products and services, and telemarketing fraud.



Kelli Edmonds
Alltran

Topic: Compliance Management Systems
Wondering what to look for in a Compliance Management System? Join this session to discuss what’s important in searching for the right system, understanding what is right for your company and how to determine what will meet all of your needs. Discuss options and solutions for this very important part of a collection and recovery operation.

Biography:Kelli Edmonds is the Vice President of Strategic Development for Alltran Financial. Kelli has over 25 years of successful strategic and tactical leadership experience within the credit and collections industry. Through her various leadership roles with D&A Services, Axcess Financial Services, Chase Auto Finance, Citibank, GE Capital and Sallie Mae, Kelli has built and managed vendor partnerships, ensured regulatory compliance, increased efficiencies in call center operations and delivered large, complex projects. Kelli is Six Sigma Green Belt Certified, a Certified Receivables Compliance Professional and has a Bachelor's degree in Business Management from Emporia State University.



Victoria Edwards
LiveVox

Topic: Going Round with the PWCI
Exchange ideas with industry leaders, including Alex Siotos and moderated by Victoria Edwards, in a three roundtable environment on delivering exceptional CSAT, navigating change and maximizing contact channels in a format that encourages networking, learning and laughing. Echo dot will be awarded to one of our lucky meeting participants.

Biography:Victoria Edwards is an Account Executive with LiveVox. Victoria began her career in the credit card industry over 20 years ago, and has held progressive leadership positions with lenders and service providers, including Citi, GE Capital, and Teleperformance. Victoria holds a Bachelor's Degree from the University of Cincinnati. Victoria is the founder of the PWCI Network, which is focused on the professional growth and development of women in the call center and collections industries.



Ken Evancic
Resource Management Services, Inc.

Topic: Advanced Auditing Techniques & The Use of Call Monitoring
Do you have a limited auditing budget? Are you limited to one audit per vendor per year? Are your third party vendors not taking your audit results seriously? Discuss auditing approaches that can increase your auditing oversight, maximize your auditing budget and improve your business partnership with your third party vendors.

Biography: Ken Evancic is a collections veteran with over 25 years experience. He has managed all phases of collection, including all levels of delinquency, automated dialer units, early out agency management, recovery, and skip tracing. In addition to collections operations management, he has lead initiatives in the areas of performance management, collections strategy development, collector and manager training, collector desktop design, collections reporting systems, and risk and compliance.
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Mike Ginsberg
Kaulkin Ginsberg

Topic: The New ARM Industry
The accounts receivable management (ARM) industry has evolved. Financial services, once the largest source of new business for ARM companies, have been over taken by government collections. Lawsuits abound as manual collections are replacing powerful dialers. Regulators, creditors and other industry participants can’t keep up with technology advancement. A clear barrier-to-entry now exists, making it near impossible for startup agencies and debt buyer to emerge. What does all of this mean for the ARM industry? Buckle up for this fast-paced and informative session.

Biography: Mike Ginsberg is President and CEO of Kaulkin Ginsberg, providing industry-leading M&A and strategic advisory expertise to the ARM industry for more than 20 years. Mike is an active member of ACA International, DBA, NARCA and the Association for Corporate Growth. He sits on the advisory boards of several industry associations and publications. He is a frequent speaker on important industry issues and is often interviewed as an industry expert by the trade, financial, and consumer media. Mike writes a regular blog about the industry. Mike has been the recipient of numerous industry awards including the National Association of Retail Collection Attorneys’ Don Kramer Award, which recognizes leaders who have made a positive impact on the ARM industry. He has also been recognized by Collection Advisor, a leading trade publication, as one of the industry’s “Most Influential Professionals for 4 years in a row.” Mike and his wife Tammi, and their children Zachary and Matthew live in Maryland.



Bruce Gray
Mercantile

Topic: The Great Debate
Five intrepid industry leaders take the debate stage at DCS! Ratings were so high at last year's Great Debate that we planned an eye-opening sequel for 2017. These forward thinking professionals will take on topics of importance to us all - keeping collection effectiveness up while maintaining compliance and controlling expenses too! We can have it all. Philosophy of collections, leadership, micro economics, macro economics, conspiracy theories - (practically) nothing out of bounds for this group. Did Collection Effectiveness go out the window when compliance came in the door??? Hear how these five industry professionals debate the topics you want to know - maintaining effective collection techniques while ensuring a compliant atmosphere. Is there agreement in the industry as to "how" it must be done? Or, is there room for a variety of interpretations? How can you dial? Does the term "social media" scare you? How about geo-location services? Can you have compliant work from home employees? How about interest rates post charge off / pre-judgment? What about settlements? How do you avoid disparate impact and those sneaky unintended consequences. What about background checks, privacy and state laws that conflict? When is it appropriate to sue? And how about letters - are they effective collection tools or more likely an opportunity for FDCPA claims. Record all? When don't you record? What about the analytics behind the call recordings - is it really a training technique, important evidence or supporting documentation for terminations? How do you handle conflicting and/or vague regulations? What constitutes appropriate third-party vendor oversight and auditing? When do you terminate, either collectors or vendors? This lively session will include 4 extremely knowledgeable debaters who will address the most relevant topics of the day - based on attendee requests. Don't miss this informative, maybe provocative, educational and animated dialogue of the key issues for collection and recovery effectiveness and compliance!

Biography: Bruce Gray has 30 years experience in the ARM Industry with a focus on operations, sales & marketing and business evaluation & integration. Bruce is the President of Mercantile Adjustment Bureau, LLC. Mercantile, a mid-size collection agency with its corporate office in Buffalo NY. Mercantile provides a full suite of receivable management services to a local and national renowned client base as well as customer care and support to E-Comm companies and home shopping networks. Prior to joining Mercantile Bruce was the President and CEO of Creditors Interchange Receivable Management, LLC.
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Jennifer Haines
America's Credit Union

Topic: Scalable Compliance Management for Local and Regional Creditors in a Changing Compliance Landscape
A system of 3rd Party Vendor Management Compliance controls should be scalable and reasonable if they are to function as an effective management and compliance tool for variable sized operations. We will discuss structuring the onboarding, compliance controls and testing, reporting/data management, and performance management tools that can be adapted to meet a variety of operational sizes.

Biography: Jennifer Haines started her credit union collections career in 1998. Since then she has worked in Collections at several credit unions in the south sound area- most recently as the collections manager at America’s Credit Union. She has been involved with the NWCUCA since 1999 holding several board and support positions until she was elected President of the association in 2017.



Judy Hammond
Resource Management Services, Inc.

Topic: Opening Remarks

Biography: As President and founder of Resource Management Services, Inc., Judy Hammond has more than 35 years of experience with an emphasis on operational reviews for compliance and operational effectiveness of collection operations, both for creditors' internal collection and recovery operations as well as of their collection agencies, attorneys, and specialty vendor partners. She has worked generally with the top banks/financial institutions, auto finance, retailers, utilities and telcoms, (auditing their vendors) and has conducted multiple Best Practices projects through Visa, USA. Her position as a consultant to creditors, and as their independent agency auditor, as well as a background with two collection agencies, provides a unique perspective of the industry. She is author of various industry publications: "Comprehensive Agency/Attorney Usage Study," "Comprehensive Agency/Attorney Usage Study II", "Buyer/Seller Research Study and" "Collect More From Collection Agencies".
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Paul Kaloustian
Bank of America

Topic: The Great Debate
Five intrepid industry leaders take the debate stage at DCS! Ratings were so high at last year's Great Debate that we planned an eye-opening sequel for 2017. These forward thinking professionals will take on topics of importance to us all - keeping collection effectiveness up while maintaining compliance and controlling expenses too! We can have it all. Philosophy of collections, leadership, micro economics, macro economics, conspiracy theories - (practically) nothing out of bounds for this group. Did Collection Effectiveness go out the window when compliance came in the door??? Hear how these five industry professionals debate the topics you want to know - maintaining effective collection techniques while ensuring a compliant atmosphere. Is there agreement in the industry as to "how" it must be done? Or, is there room for a variety of interpretations? How can you dial? Does the term "social media" scare you? How about geo-location services? Can you have compliant work from home employees? How about interest rates post charge off / pre-judgment? What about settlements? How do you avoid disparate impact and those sneaky unintended consequences. What about background checks, privacy and state laws that conflict? When is it appropriate to sue? And how about letters - are they effective collection tools or more likely an opportunity for FDCPA claims. Record all? When don't you record? What about the analytics behind the call recordings - is it really a training technique, important evidence or supporting documentation for terminations? How do you handle conflicting and/or vague regulations? What constitutes appropriate third-party vendor oversight and auditing? When do you terminate, either collectors or vendors? This lively session will include 4 extremely knowledgeable debaters who will address the most relevant topics of the day - based on attendee requests. Don't miss this informative, maybe provocative, educational and animated dialogue of the key issues for collection and recovery effectiveness and compliance!

Biography: Paul Kaloustian, Senior Vice President is a Group Operations Manager within Global Technology & Operations, where he is responsible for the Recovery performance of our third party collection agencies with products inclusive of Consumer Card, Consumer Lending, Business Card, and our vehicle Repossession vendors. Paul joined Bank of America in Maine in 1994 as an account manager in Customer Assistance. Paul has held team manager, unit manager, and site leadership roles within Collections and Recovery both in the US and Internationally. Paul has also held positions within Credit Acquisitions and Customer Marketing. Paul graduated from the University of Maine with a BA degree in Business Management. He lives in Rockport, Maine with his wife and two children.



Tom Lee
Becket & Lee LLP

Topic: Bankruptcy Update
There is no better or faster way to find out about noteworthy changes in consumer bankruptcy than this seven-minute program. Discussion points will cover, among other things, updates on Midland Funding, LLC v. Johnson (decided on May 15, 2017 by the Supreme Court of the United States) and the upcoming bankruptcy rule changes scheduled for implementation on December 1, 2017 that include shortening the time within which creditors may file proofs of claims in chapter 13 bankruptcies. With new cases being published every day, these seven minutes will be packed with actionable information critical for compliant, proactive bankruptcy programs.

Biography: After law school, Mr. Lee spent two years practicing in the area of workers’ compensation and other general practice matters in New Jersey. In 1988, he joined Milton Becket & Associates, which later became Becket & Lee. As a Managing Partner, Tom focuses on client and industry relations, internal operations, and analytics. Having represented creditors for 29 years, Tom is a frequently requested speaker at bankruptcy seminars and conferences for bankruptcy professionals, as well as for bankers and collectors. He also works extensively with trustees and other industry professionals, providing his expertise on bankruptcy related projects of national significance.



Helen Mac Murray
Mac Murray & Shuster LLP

Topic: Legal Crowdsourcing: What Happens When State AG’s Band Together?
When can a state Attorney General (AG) impact an industry or a company as much as the federal government? When the AG bands together with dozens of other state AG’s … or worse, when the AG group joins forces with a federal regulator like the CFPB or FTC. Learn about these unique enforcement beasts, how they operate and what tools you need to not only ward off or defend against these investigations but use them to benefit your industry or company.

Biography: Helen Mac Murray is a founding member of Mac Murray & Shuster (M&S), recently named again as a Best Law Firm for 2017 by U.S. News & World. Helen’s practice primarily focuses on governmental relations and litigation involving state attorneys general, including multi-state investigations, the FTC, FCC and CFPB as well as defending individual and class action consumer protection cases. Helen has been recognized for her achievements as an Ohio Super Lawyer®; for seven years by Law and Politics Magazine, an award bestowed upon less than 5% of Ohio’s lawyers; and, in 2015 and 2016, as a Best Lawyer in America.
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Oscar Marquis
Oscar Marquis & Associates

Topic: Anti-Trust Attorney

Biography: Oscar Marquis is the principal of the law firm, Oscar Marquis & Associates, which specializes in privacy and consumer reporting. He also serves as an Independent Legal Consultant to the international law firm of Hunton & Williams on credit reporting, GLB and other privacy matters.

Mr. Marquis served as General Counsel of Trans Union LLC, one of the three national consumer reporting agencies, for over 15 years, and was affiliated with Trans Union for over 24 years. At Trans Union, Mr. Marquis was responsible for all of the company's legal, government and public affairs. He served on the company's executive council and participated in all major strategic decisions and business initiatives. Prior to forming his current law firm, he was a partner in the Washington, DC law firm, Oldaker, Biden & Belair.
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Adam Mellem
Toyota Financial Services

Topic: 1099C
Wondering if and when your organization should be filing Form 1099-Cs? Join this roundtable to discuss the 1099-C process, what does and does not need to be considered a discharge of indebtedness, how your organization may define significant bona fide collection activity, and what exceptions your organization might want to consider before reporting on Form 1099-C.

Biography: Adam has been with Toyota Financial Services for 9 years, with experience in collections, recovery, procurement, and supplier management. He has spent the majority of the last 6 years managing 1st and 3rd party supplier relationships for collections, deficiency recovery, end of term, litigation, deceased and probate, skip collateral recovery, and back office support.



Mark Naiman
Absolute Resolutions Corp.

Topic: The Great Debate
Five intrepid industry leaders take the debate stage at DCS! Ratings were so high at last year's Great Debate that we planned an eye-opening sequel for 2017. These forward thinking professionals will take on topics of importance to us all - keeping collection effectiveness up while maintaining compliance and controlling expenses too! We can have it all. Philosophy of collections, leadership, micro economics, macro economics, conspiracy theories - (practically) nothing out of bounds for this group. Did Collection Effectiveness go out the window when compliance came in the door??? Hear how these five industry professionals debate the topics you want to know - maintaining effective collection techniques while ensuring a compliant atmosphere. Is there agreement in the industry as to "how" it must be done? Or, is there room for a variety of interpretations? How can you dial? Does the term "social media" scare you? How about geo-location services? Can you have compliant work from home employees? How about interest rates post charge off / pre-judgment? What about settlements? How do you avoid disparate impact and those sneaky unintended consequences. What about background checks, privacy and state laws that conflict? When is it appropriate to sue? And how about letters - are they effective collection tools or more likely an opportunity for FDCPA claims. Record all? When don't you record? What about the analytics behind the call recordings - is it really a training technique, important evidence or supporting documentation for terminations? How do you handle conflicting and/or vague regulations? What constitutes appropriate third-party vendor oversight and auditing? When do you terminate, either collectors or vendors? This lively session will include 4 extremely knowledgeable debaters who will address the most relevant topics of the day - based on attendee requests. Don't miss this informative, maybe provocative, educational and animated dialogue of the key issues for collection and recovery effectiveness and compliance!

Topic: Fast Track Presentation - The Future of Debt Selling
“The longer you look back, the farther you can look forward” – Winston Churchill
Debt sales in this new regulatory climate have evolved drastically within the past 5 years. As niche markets have now begun to dominate our industry, areas previously “unexplored” have found new attention and interest. While the “big five” have continually had to address prominent concerns from regulatory scrutiny, alternate markets have identified key gaps in the lending market, and have capitalized through balanced and in some areas advantageous lending models. These “lessons from the past”, are critical in developing long term debt purchasing strategies, on both the national levels, as well as state specific sales.

Biography: Mark Naiman has been with Absolute Resolutions Corp. for 13 years. Beginning his ARC career as Operations Manager, Mark worked his way from Vice President to Chief Operating Officer and finally to President/COO in 2014. Responsible for creating and driving the position of ARC within the industry, as well as developing opportunities for growth, diversification and advancement, Mark works closely with the Chief Compliance Officer to ensure risk management and administration of relationship management with ARC clients. He oversees all operational functions, including management of personnel, administration of policies, and supervision of the IS technology department. His experience with asset location, computer applications, design and advertising is key to the success of Absolute Resolutions Corp. Mark has been involved in the stratification of over 700 individual transactions, including the analysis behind the potential liquidation for over $17 Billion in purchased accounts.
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Tomio Narita
Simmonds & Narita, LLP

Topic: ATTORNEY SESSION - DISCLOSURES RUN AMOK
It is no longer good enough to provide consumers with the required disclosures and to ensure that you do not say or do anything to contradict or overshadow those disclosures. Creditors and collectors now have an unstated duty to anticipate things that consumer might not know about a transaction, concepts that they might not understand, or potential outcomes that may or may not come to pass, and to disclose those issues to consumers in conspicuous, non-threatening manner. Courts and regulators have now implied duties to disclose in multiple contexts, including
· Settlement offers
· 1099-C disclosures
· Interest-accruing accounts
· Time-barred accounts
· Suing during the validation period
· Name of the creditor
· Attorney involvement
· Credit reporting
How can creditors and collectors anticipate and comply with this growing and unsettled area of the law? Join two veteran defense attorneys as they highlight the latest court decisions and discuss ways to minimize your risk.

Biography: Tomio B. Narita is a partner with the California law firm, Simmonds & Narita LLP. His practice focuses on the defense of creditors, debt buyers, collection law firms and collection agencies and in consumer litigation, including defending individual actions and class actions arising under the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act, the Fair Credit Reporting Act, the Telephone Consumer Protection Act, and other federal and state laws governing the collection process.



Manny Newburger
Barron & Newburger, P.C.

Topic: The Great Debate
Five intrepid industry leaders take the debate stage at DCS! Ratings were so high at last year's Great Debate that we planned an eye-opening sequel for 2017. These forward thinking professionals will take on topics of importance to us all - keeping collection effectiveness up while maintaining compliance and controlling expenses too! We can have it all. Philosophy of collections, leadership, micro economics, macro economics, conspiracy theories - (practically) nothing out of bounds for this group. Did Collection Effectiveness go out the window when compliance came in the door??? Hear how these five industry professionals debate the topics you want to know - maintaining effective collection techniques while ensuring a compliant atmosphere. Is there agreement in the industry as to "how" it must be done? Or, is there room for a variety of interpretations? How can you dial? Does the term "social media" scare you? How about geo-location services? Can you have compliant work from home employees? How about interest rates post charge off / pre-judgment? What about settlements? How do you avoid disparate impact and those sneaky unintended consequences. What about background checks, privacy and state laws that conflict? When is it appropriate to sue? And how about letters - are they effective collection tools or more likely an opportunity for FDCPA claims. Record all? When don't you record? What about the analytics behind the call recordings - is it really a training technique, important evidence or supporting documentation for terminations? How do you handle conflicting and/or vague regulations? What constitutes appropriate third-party vendor oversight and auditing? When do you terminate, either collectors or vendors? This lively session will include 4 extremely knowledgeable debaters who will address the most relevant topics of the day - based on attendee requests. Don't miss this informative, maybe provocative, educational and animated dialogue of the key issues for collection and recovery effectiveness and compliance!

Topic: ATTORNEY SESSION - DISCLOSURES RUN AMOK
It is no longer good enough to provide consumers with the required disclosures and to ensure that you do not say or do anything to contradict or overshadow those disclosures. Creditors and collectors now have an unstated duty to anticipate things that consumer might not know about a transaction, concepts that they might not understand, or potential outcomes that may or may not come to pass, and to disclose those issues to consumers in conspicuous, non-threatening manner. Courts and regulators have now implied duties to disclose in multiple contexts, including
· Settlement offers
· 1099-C disclosures
· Interest-accruing accounts
· Time-barred accounts
· Suing during the validation period
· Name of the creditor
· Attorney involvement
· Credit reporting
How can creditors and collectors anticipate and comply with this growing and unsettled area of the law? Join two veteran defense attorneys as they highlight the latest court decisions and discuss ways to minimize your risk.

Biography: Manuel H. (Manny) Newburger is the Vice President of Barron & Newburger, P.C., a multi-state law firm with offices in Austin, Houston, and Dallas, Texas, Tampa, Florida, and Scarsdale, New York. He is also an Adjunct Professor at the University of Texas School of Law, where he teaches consumer protection law, and the President of Fair Debt Consultants, LLC, through which he provides training and management consulting services to the collection industry. Mr. Newburger is the principal author of Fair Debt Collection Practices: Federal and State Law and Regulation (Sheshunoff & Pratt). He is also the presenter of "The Compliant Collector Series", a three DVD series providing practical, real life training to boost compliance of collectors.



Greg Nodler
Senior Counsel for Enforcement Policy and Strategy, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau
Topic: Return of "Meet the Regulators"Join this roundtable for a one on one discussion on CFPB enforcement and supervision.
Regulatory updates and enforcement action discussions have always been an important aspect to the Debt Connection Symposium & Expo conference agenda. Last year, we welcomed the FCC, CFPB, FTC and the Arizona Attorney General’s Office to jump start our event with our Meet the Regulators opening segment. It was so well received - we knew we needed to have the "Return" this year! We have invited them all back! Don't miss this session to hear what's on their minds and what is on their agenda for the future. Be sure to come back after break to have the opportunity to ask your questions as well.

Topic: CFPB Enforcement and Supervision
Join this roundtable for a one on one discussion on CFPB enforcement and supervision.

Biography:
Greg Nodler is Senior Counsel for Enforcement Policy and Strategy at the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB). Much of his work involves unlawful practices in the debt collection, payday, and small dollar lending markets. He joined the CFPB in July 2011 as an Enforcement Attorney and worked on public enforcement actions against Capital One Bank, American Express, ACE Cash Express, Portfolio Recovery Associates, Midland Funding, Asset Acceptance, and Encore Capital Group, addressing harms related to debt collection, payday lending, credit reporting, deceptive marketing of credit card add-on products, and other unlawful practices. Prior to joining the CFPB, he was an adjunct professor at the University of Houston Law Center and represented consumers in a private practice and as a staff attorney in the Consumer and Home Protection units of Lone Star Legal Aid.



Eugene O'Rourke
PaymentVision
Topic: How Technology Assists Collection and Compliance Management Have you ever felt overwhelmed with technology? Do you think technology advances are only for large budget operations? Wondering how small and mid-level players can gain an advantage with technology? Learn how diverse companies are using technology advances today, to manage growth, maintain efficiencies and overcome operational challenges, as well as some options to communicate with various generational preferences. Hear thoughts on what’s on the drawing board for the future, including new, clever options and evolving technology for complying, communicating and succeeding in our more virtual world.

Biography: Eugene brings more than a decade of experience leading international and U.S. based marketing teams and is responsible for driving the execution of the corporate strategy, vision, brand, communications, product development, and partner alliances. Before joining PaymentVision, Eugene held marketing leadership roles at a number of leading technology companies, including DudaMobile and Web.com, where he led global marketing communications and acquisition strategies.



Alex Siotos
Experian

Topic: Going ‘Round with the PWCI
Exchange ideas with industry leaders, including Alex Siotos and moderated by Victoria Edwards, in a three roundtable environment on delivering exceptional CSAT, navigating change and maximizing contact channels in a format that encourages networking, learning and laughing. Echo dot will be awarded to one of our lucky meeting participants.

Biography: Alexandra Siotos is a collection solutions consultant who works with clients in the financial services industry to integrate the right solution into their collection process with the goal of improving operational efficiency and shortening collection time. In her role as consultant, Siotos utilizes her 40 years of experience to evaluate clients' processes, the tools they use and their specific goals so that she can establish a workflow strategy that will clearly identify opportunities for her clients to make their collections process smarter by leveraging technology, analytics and performance metrics.
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Shawn Spratte
Public Service Credit Union

Topic: TCPA/Technology Changes - Digital Media and Payment Solutions
Preferred methods of communication have shifted, how do we adjust our efforts to communicate with the consumer? This roundtable will be an interactive open discussion to allow the opportunity to share experiences, current and best practices, new technology, scrubs and solutions used in the marketplace to mitigate risk. Thoughts and plans for the future with regards to implied consent, opt-in / opt-out, texting, email, social media, and courtesy call reminders. Please bring your knowledge, questions, and issues to the table for a productive and interactive session.

Topic: How Technology Assists Collection and Compliance Management
Have you ever felt overwhelmed with technology? Do you think technology advances are only for large budget operations? Wondering how small and mid-level players can gain an advantage with technology? Learn how diverse companies are using technology advances today, to manage growth, maintain efficiencies and overcome operational challenges, as well as some options to communicate with various generational preferences. Hear thoughts on what’s on the drawing board for the future, including new, clever options and evolving technology for complying, communicating and succeeding in our more virtual world.

Biography: Shawn Spratte is the Director of Loss Mitigation with Public Service Credit Union, in Lone Tree, Colorado where he is responsible for the direction, oversight, and the overall results of the Loss Mitigation Department for the Credit Union. Shawn directs and manages all stages of collections, repossessions / foreclosures, remarketing, insurance, and member solutions. Shawn has been in the credit and collection industry for the past 25 years, with experience in 1st party and 3rd party collections, working in various industries including telecommunications, construction, radio, multi-family, and financial institutions. Prior to joining Public Service Credit Union, Shawn spent 9 years as the Director of National Collections for a large Real Estate Investment Trust, where he managed all stages of charge-off, managed the 3rd party collections vendor relationships, and created and managed the debt sales program for the company.



Chris Straiter
Sentry Credit, Inc.

Topic: Scalable Compliance Management for Local and Regional Creditors in a Changing Compliance Landscape
A system of 3rd Party Vendor Management Compliance controls should be scalable and reasonable if they are to function as an effective management and compliance tool for variable sized operations. We will discuss structuring the onboarding, compliance controls and testing, reporting/data management, and performance management tools that can be adapted to meet a variety of operational sizes.

Biography: Chris Straiter is the Chief Compliance Officer with Sentry Credit, Inc. a leading ARM firm based out of Everett, WA specializing in Financial Services, Education and Mortgage receivables. His responsibilities with Sentry Credit include Compliance, Voice Analytics, Complaint Management and Quality Assurance. Chris joined Sentry Credit, Inc. in February 2012, after a two-year assignment at American Express Global Collections, where he was a Portfolio Manager. His responsibilities with American Express included managing agency performance for a number of 3rd party collection agency relationships. This focus included operational improvements, collector and leader development, and enhancing controls and compliance to American Express standards.
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Todd Stephenson
Practical Assurance

Topic: Cyber Security Is Not Rocket Science!
Collection operations professionals and owners don’t have to be intimidated by Cyber Security. What if it’s really not that complicated? Gain an understanding, in plain english, of the core threats and learn about practical solutions, strategies, and resources to cover your bases; for your department, your business, your vendors, and personally as well. Learn why Cyber Security is everyone’s responsibility and why it can’t be relegated it to “IT”. Be prepared by hearing about the most current trends and attacks. Let’s demystify Cyber Security together!

Biography: Todd Stephenson is a Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA) and compliance consultant who has spent the last decade helping organizations understand and implement effective information security management and cybersecurity strategies as well as comply with information security standards such as PCI, HIPAA, GLBA, SOC, NIST 800-53, and ISO 27001. At Practical Assurance Todd helps companies design, implement, and manage simple and effective information and cyber security programs to address inherent risk and meet specific compliance goals . Todd is an active participant in several information security forums, including the AIIM Global Community of Information Professionals and the Data Protection Association. He also contributes to the ControlScan security and compliance blog on ControlScan.com.



Don Taylor
Automated Collection Services, Inc.

Topic: Avatars: Communicating with Millennials
Creditors, Collection Agencies and Servicers who traditionally have used telephone calls in debt recovery are limited by the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) in contacting consumers. At the same time the younger generation, both in studies and in actions, do not respond to telephone calls or, for that matter, letters. “Over the last 10 years customers have moved from landline phones to cell phones, email and texting.” Studies have shown communicating via Avatar online is an effective and efficient method. Avatars have been used with success on a limited basis in the payment process for more than 6 years. In this application, the focus is answering questions and convincing consumers to pay.

Biography: Don Taylor is a recognized subject matter expert in the collection industry with 39 years of experience. He has broad experience in operations, sales and regulatory compliance with major national collection agencies. His experience in multiple markets includes student, healthcare, government and financial services. Mr. Taylor currently is a consultant to the collection industry after having been President of three debt recovery organizations. He also is an industry leader in promoting the use of Virtual Agent Avatars in debt recovery.
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Kristi Thompson
Federal Communications Commission

Topic: Meet the Regulators
Regulatory updates and enforcement action discussions have always been an important aspect to the Debt Connection Symposium & Expo conference agenda. Last year, we welcomed the FCC, CFPB, FTC and the Arizona Attorney General’s Office to jump start our event with our Meet the Regulators opening segment. It was so well received - we knew we needed to have the "Return" this year! We have invited them all back! Don't miss this session to hear what's on their minds and what is on their agenda for the future. Be sure to come back after break to have the opportunity to ask your questions as well.

Topic: Conversation with the FCC
Kristi Thompson is the Acting Division Chief of the FCC’s Telecommunications Consumers Division. Join this roundtable for a face to face conversation about concerns or questions related to the TCPA and the FCC.

Biography: Kristi Thompson is the Deputy Division Chief of the FCC’s Telecommunications Consumers Division. Kristi oversees the FCC’s consumer protection work and enforcement of the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) and FCC rules governing autodialed calls and robocalls. Prior to joining the FCC in 2007, Ms. Thompson worked in private practice in Washington, DC assisting companies and organizations with FCC regulatory compliance (including the TCPA) among other matters. She received her J.D. from the University of California at Berkeley’s Boalt Hall School of Law.



Susan Torzilli
Consumer Financial Protection Bureau
Topic: Meet the Regulators
Regulatory updates and enforcement action discussions have always been an important aspect to the Debt Connection Symposium & Expo conference agenda. Last year, we welcomed the FCC, CFPB, FTC and the Arizona Attorney General’s Office to jump start our event with our Meet the Regulators opening segment. It was so well received - we knew we needed to have the "Return" this year! We have invited them all back! Don't miss this session to hear what's on their minds and what is on their agenda for the future. Be sure to come back after break to have the opportunity to ask your questions as well.

Topic: CFPB Enforcement and Supervision
Join this roundtable for a one on one discussion on CFPB enforcement and supervision.

About Susan Torzilli:
Susan Torzilli is currently an Assistant Deputy for the Office of Supervision Policy at the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB). Ms. Torzilli focuses on legal and policy aspects of the collections and payday lending supervision programs. Prior to joining the CFPB in March of 2012, Ms. Torzilli worked as an associate at Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP in Washington, D.C., representing large financial institutions in law enforcement and regulatory investigations as well as internal investigations. Ms. Torzilli received her law degree from Georgetown University Law Center and her undergraduate degree from Trinity College in Hartford, CT.



Debbie Venderley
Hyundai Capital America

Topic: Auto Finance Peer Group
The Auto Finance Peer Group session provides auto creditors the opportunity to meet with industry peers to discuss auto recovery issues, challenges and best practices. During the break out session, there will be discussions related to the current economic situation, its impact on auto recoveries, and the best practices of industry leaders to manage recovery operations through these challenging times. The session will be an interactive open forum providing attendees the opportunity to share their experiences, thoughts and plans for the future.

Biography: Debbie started her career in the banking and collections industry over 25 years ago, and has held various leadership roles with Bank of America, New Century Mortgage, Triad Financial and currently at Hyundai Capital America. Her responsibilities included operations management in Recovery, Bankruptcy and Specialty departments, 3rd party oversight, vendor management of a network of 100+ Collection, Recovery, Law firms and Remarketing vendors and recently, Debbie took over the Compliance Letter Management department.



Ray Wagner
BBVA Compass

Topic: Repossession
The Repossession life-cycle is one of the most intricate areas within the Collections & Recovery world. With so many moving parts, each part having a clear value proposition, this arena poses tremendous opportunity to unlock performance improvements. Join me as we create open dialogue around extracting opportunity along the value-chain known as the repossession life-cycle.

Biography: Raymond Wagner is currently the Executive Director of Collections and Recovery at BBVA Compass. The evolution of Raymond's career has taken him from back office Recovery Operations to Front End Collections Strategy, followed by multi year stints in Consumer Risk Analytics, Enterprise Risk Management, Dodd Frank Stress Testing and Capital Planning, Model Development, and finally back to Collections and Recovery. From Back office to front office to corporate risk management, the experiences gained during this time have provided him a unique perspective on Collections and Recovery as he puts it to work in an attempt to bring BBVA Compass' operation into the age of big data and technology.



Paul Watkins
Arizona Attorney General’s Office

Topic: Return of "Meet the Regulators"
Regulatory updates and enforcement action discussions have always been an important aspect to the Debt Connection Symposium & Expo conference agenda. Last year, we welcomed the FCC, CFPB, FTC and the Arizona Attorney General’s Office to jump start our event with our Meet the Regulators opening segment. It was so well received - we knew we needed to have the "Return" this year! We have invited them all back! Don't miss this session to hear what's on their minds and what is on their agenda for the future. Be sure to come back after break to have the opportunity to ask your questions as well.

Topic: Conversation with the Attorney General’s Office
Join this roundtable for a face to face conversation about concerns or questions related to a Attorney General's Office.

Biography: Paul Watkins is Civil Litigation Division Chief in the Arizona Office of the Attorney General. In this role, Paul manages the state’s litigation in state and federal court, including subject matter such as consumer fraud, antitrust, civil rights, bankruptcy, and environmental law. Previously, Paul practiced at Covington & Burling LLP in San Francisco and Simpson, Thacher & Bartlett LLP in Palo Alto, California. He is a graduate of Hillsdale College and Harvard Law School, and a former clerk for Judge Dennis W. Shedd on the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit.



Anthony Williams
Resurgent Capital Services

Topic: Audit Oversight Benchmarking
Creditors and Debt Buyers with responsibility for vendor oversight are welcome to join this discussion.

Biography: Anthony Williams is the Senior Director of Servicer Oversight at Resurgent Capital Services. His role includes managing the External Compliance Audit, Vendor Security Audit, and all monthly compliance based audits such as TCPA, Call Monitoring, Collection Letters, etc. Anthony has been with Resurgent Capital Services for more than 15 years where he has served as Director of Recruiting & Training and Assistant Vice President of Operations. Prior to joining Resurgent Capital Services, he served as Assistant Vice President of Wholesale Loans for Emergent Mortgage Corp/HomeGold Financial Group. Anthony’s professional background covers multiple areas in the financial service industry including, banking, insurance, credit counseling, and sales. He possesses a BA in Sociology with a concentration in Business from Wake Forest University and a Masters of Business Administration from Southern Wesleyan University.



Rob Yarmo
Harvest Strategy Group

Topic: Analytics in Support of a Successful Litigation Program
There are many aspects to a successful litigation recovery program, however the reporting of key performance metrics can be a major challenge for debt buyers and creditors. Harvest Strategy Group provides and will share a suite of monthly reports which allow for monitoring all key aspects of a litigation recovery program to make sure the program is delivering the anticipated gross and net recovery targets. Analytics not only report on recovery and cost metrics, but also risk management items such as complaints and vendor compliance. This session is designed to anyone responsible for oversight of a litigation program. It is also ideal for anyone considering the implementation of a litigation program.

Biography: Rob is a 35 year veteran of the Accounts Receivable Management Industry. Prior to joining Harvest Strategy Group 5 years ago, Rob worked in an executive and senior capacity for a number of national and international collection agencies and call centers in the US, Canada and India. While he started his career in sales, Rob has extensive experience managing operations, marketing and client services. Since forming a consulting company 8 years ago, Rob and his associates have also provided a wide range of consulting services for a number of prominent collection agencies and technology companies in Canada and the United States.
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Brian Zempel
Credit First National Association (CFNA)

Topic: The Great Debate
Five intrepid industry leaders take the debate stage at DCS! Ratings were so high at last year's Great Debate that we planned an eye-opening sequel for 2017. These forward thinking professionals will take on topics of importance to us all - keeping collection effectiveness up while maintaining compliance and controlling expenses too! We can have it all. Philosophy of collections, leadership, micro economics, macro economics, conspiracy theories - (practically) nothing out of bounds for this group. Did Collection Effectiveness go out the window when compliance came in the door??? Hear how these five industry professionals debate the topics you want to know - maintaining effective collection techniques while ensuring a compliant atmosphere. Is there agreement in the industry as to "how" it must be done? Or, is there room for a variety of interpretations? How can you dial? Does the term "social media" scare you? How about geo-location services? Can you have compliant work from home employees? How about interest rates post charge off / pre-judgment? What about settlements? How do you avoid disparate impact and those sneaky unintended consequences. What about background checks, privacy and state laws that conflict? When is it appropriate to sue? And how about letters - are they effective collection tools or more likely an opportunity for FDCPA claims. Record all? When don't you record? What about the analytics behind the call recordings - is it really a training technique, important evidence or supporting documentation for terminations? How do you handle conflicting and/or vague regulations? What constitutes appropriate third-party vendor oversight and auditing? When do you terminate, either collectors or vendors? This lively session will include 4 extremely knowledgeable debaters who will address the most relevant topics of the day - based on attendee requests. Don't miss this informative, maybe provocative, educational and animated dialogue of the key issues for collection and recovery effectiveness and compliance!

Biography: Mr. Zempel is responsible for all aspects of the private label credit card program for Bridgestone Americas, which is highlighted by the issuance of credit cards for their 2,000 company-owned locations (such as Firestone Complete Auto Care) combined with over 5,000 merchant affiliated Bridgestone locations across the United States. Brian champions strategy & marketing development, universal customer care, and operations for CFNA, which is a nationally chartered special purpose credit card bank based outside of Cleveland, Ohio. Bridgestone / CFNA is one of the few retailers who maintain the servicing and credit risk strategy for their credit card portfolio, which includes all customer and merchant contact points highlighted by cardholder acquisition and lifecycle management strategy, customer service and collections, field sales & marketing, IT, and all compliance elements of the banking organization.
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