COLLEYVILLE, TEXAS – March 31, 2019 – The Association of Dealership Compliance Officers (ADCO) hosted its first training seminar and certification March 24-27 in Dallas, Texas. The response to the event underscored the need for a single-point resource for dealership personnel responsible for implementing and maintaining a compliance management system (CMS).

According to Linda Robertson, ADCO executive director, “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 other attendees. 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; Judy Vann-Karstadt, MPFS, EJ Shelby, National Director of Sales, ComplyNet; Keith J. Howes, SPHR, Chief Human Resources Officer at Western Health Advantage; Linda J. Robertson, SPHR, ADCO, Andrea Cottrell, JD, Associate at Hudson Cook, LLP, and Melinda Levy-Storms, JD, Counsel, Human Resources, Dealership Compliance, The Niello Company.

Attendees completed ADCO’s comprehensive certification examination to earn the Dealership Compliance Officer Professional designation. The session qualified for 18.25 hours of Lawyer Continuing Education. SHRM recertification credits are pending.

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.

“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.


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Vicki Gleason