Typically, conference organizers set an agenda ahead of time, but Ignite Consulting Partners tried a different approach and enjoyed great success with its first compliance-training event.
Last week, the firm hosted its inaugural Compliance Unleashed Conference for independent dealers and auto-finance companies as attendees completed a pre-conference survey designed to identify their needs and concerns.
“The idea was to bring compliance personnel together for an immersive learning experience focused on how to be a strong compliance leader,” said Steve Levine, Ignite’s chief legal and compliance officer.
Ignite co-managing partner Richard Hudson added, “Our classes not only focused on critical subject matter, but they were carefully designed to combine together to provide the audience with a clear action plan to make an impact.”
Levine and Hudson began the conference by addressing the importance of projecting compliance leadership within an organization, then presented the survey results and guided the audience with tips in a class entitled, “Building Your Compliance Success Story.” This segment was followed by an interactive discussion between service providers and the audience moderated by Hudson on how to approach vendor management.
Next, there were sessions on collections, credit reporting, preventing and defending lawsuits, building a compliance management system and sales compliance, all of which were crafted to provide critical insight that can be put to use.
To close the event, Hudson and Levine again shared the stage and presented two unique classes, “Action Items to Jumpstart Compliance When You Get to Work Tomorrow,” and “Lessons Learned Here and How to Communicate them within your Organization.”
Hudson said, “We felt it important to provide clear direction and action items.”
Levine added, “We hosted this conference to be an agent of change for how compliance is approached. Our goal is to motivate, educate and empower so that attendees can make an impact on their businesses when they return to work.”
To facilitate that goal, Ignite will include follow-up coaching to the attendees at no extra charge.
“We are sincere in wanting to help build a wave of highly competent and strong compliance leaders,” Hudson said, “and we think the follow up coaching will provide them with an opportunity to customize what they learned for their particular situations.”
“We are thrilled with the response,” Hudson continued. “To be able to bring over 70 folks together for our first event is validation of our approach.”
“Compliance folks we work with share a feeling of isolation in their efforts,” Levine went on to say, “so part of our goal for this event was to assist them with meeting and building a network with other people that share the same experiences.”
Given the enthusiastic feedback, Ignite is already planning a follow-up event next year.
“Just like compliance, our approach to this is to continually raise the bar and provide the industry with needed resources to keep improving,” Levine said.
For more details about the firm and its offerings, go to www.igniteconsultingpartners.com.