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Harkins Returns as PALS Emcee


LAS VEGAS — Organizers of the annual P&A Leadership Summit have announced that Robert Harkins, vice president of training for American Guardian Warranty Services Inc. (AGWS), will return as master of ceremonies for the fourth consecutive year. The event will be held Aug. 30–31 at Paris Las Vegas. “Once again, the thankless task of herding speakers and attendees falls to one of the few men who can handle it,” said David Gesualdo, show chair and publisher of P&A magazine. “Bob Harkins brings unparalleled professionalism and good humor to every occasion. We are lucky to have him back.” Harkins joins the speaker roster as members of the PALS advisory board build the agenda. The event is designed to meet the needs of leading executives in the F&I product providers and administration segment. “The P&A Leadership Summit delivers an incredible value to those who are fortunate enough to attend,” Harkins said. “I am honored to be a part of it, and I look forward to welcoming you to Las Vegas!” Registration for PALS 2016 is open now. Attendees who register by July 29 will save $100. To inquire about sponsorship and exhibition opportunities, contact David Gesualdo via email hidden; JavaScript is requiredor at 727-947-4027.

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Harkins to Ringmaster Agent Summit 2016


LAS VEGAS — Organizers of Agent Summit have announced that American Guardian Warranty Services Inc. (AGWS)’s Robert Harkins will serve as master of ceremonies for the event, which will be held May 9–11 at the Venetian Palazzo Las Vegas.

David Gesualdo, show chair and publisher of Agent Entrepreneur and F&I and Showroom magazines, said Harkins was a “known quantity” based on past performances at Agent Summit and other events.

“With boundless enthusiasm, industry knowledge and genuine class, Bob is a ringmaster extraordinaire,” Gesualdo said. “He makes a very difficult task look easy.”

Harkins serves as vice president of training for AGWS, the company he joined last year after more than 25 years in the consumer finance industry. A highly sought-after speaker, Harkins has become a fixture at automotive industry conferences, including Compliance Summit, a series of regional events dedicated to sustainable front-end operations.

“Six years in and going strong, Agent Summit has established itself as an event to be reckoned with,” Harkins said. “I’m excited to serve as emcee and I look forward to seeing everyone in Vegas!”

Registration for Agent Summit 2016 is open at the event’s website as well as by phone, fax and email. Those who register by April 4 will enjoy a $100 discount.

To inquire about sponsorship and exhibition opportunities, contact Eric Gesualdo via email hidden; JavaScript is required or call 727-612-8826.

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F&I Think Tank Adds Top Compliance Experts


TAMPA, Fla. — Organizers of F&I Think Tank, the F&I manager-geared event preceding Dealer Summit 2016 this May, announced that six of the top dealer compliance experts in the industry will be at the Sheraton Tampa Riverwalk Hotel for the preshow event’s “Busting Compliance Myths” panel session. These individuals will field questions from attendees in a 20 Group-like setting, as well as provide an update on key regulatory battles taking place at the federal and state levels.

The panel, which will take the stage at 5 p.m. on Tuesday, May 3, will also take on several long-held beliefs in F&I and offer their take on whether or not they’re legally valid. Examples include the 300% rule (offer 100% of your products to 100% of your customers 100% of the time) and disclosing the base payment on the F&I menu.

“This is going to be a fun session,” said Gregory Arroyo, editorial director of F&I and Showroom and Auto Dealer Today magazines. “Our compliance experts are going to separate fact from fiction when it comes to some of these recommended best practices in the F&I office. They will also take questions from the audience in what promises to be a lively discussion.”

Moderating the panel will be respected compliance and training expert Robert Harkins, who serves as vice president of training for American Guardian Warranty Services Inc. He’s also served as master of ceremonies for a number of industry events, including F&I and Showroom’s annual Industry Summit.

Panelists include David Robertson, executive director of the Association of Finance & Insurance Professionals; Michael Tuno, president and founder of World Class Dealer Services Inc.; Jim Ganther, president of Mosaic Compliance Services; Randy Henrick Esq., associate general counsel for Dealertrack, and Karen Klees, certified consumer credit compliance specialist for EFG Companies.

Tuno is a 20-year veteran of the auto industry and has served as an F&I instructor for the National Automobile Dealers Association since 2007, while Klees was one of the first 100 professionals to earn the National Automotive Finance (NAF) Association’s Certified Consumer Credit Compliance Specialist designation. Henrick, a more than 30-year veteran of banking and consumer financial services, is the author of the annual Dealertrack Compliance Guide, while Ganther began his career as a business attorney and litigator in Washington, D.C., and Tampa, Fla., and is currently a member of the National Association of Dealer Counsel.

“We have the who’s who of dealership compliance,” Arroyo added. “I don’t think there’s another event that can make such a claim.”

F&I Think Tank was created in partnership with Ethical F&I Managers, a more than 5,000-member Facebook group founded by F&I and Showroom’s “Mad” Marv Eleazer. The preshow event is included in the price of a full show pass to Dealer Summit 2016. For more information or to register, click here.

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Harkins Tapped as Texas Compliance Summit Emcee


AUSTIN — Robert Harkins, vice president of training for American Guardian Warranty Services Inc. (AGWS), has agreed to serve as master of ceremonies for the upcoming Texas Compliance Summit, organizers said Thursday. The event is scheduled for Nov. 16–17, 2015, at the Hilton Austin Airport in Austin, Texas.

“Bob brings energy, grace and professionalism to the stage, and he has risen to the challenge at every event for which he has served as ringmaster,” said David Gesualdo, show chair “We are counting on him to help make Texas Compliance Summit a resounding success.”

Harkins, a widely respected compliance and training expert, has served as master of ceremonies for a number of industry events, including the upcoming P&A Leadership Summit and the most recent Compliance Summit, which was held in April in Chicago.

“I look forward to helping bring Compliance Summit to Texas,” Harkins said. “Considering all the new challenges on the horizon, including the possibility of guidance from the CFPB on the way F&I products are priced and sold, the timing couldn’t be better.”

Registration for Texas Compliance Summit is open at the event’s website. Attendees who register on or before October 26 will enjoy a $100 discount. For sponsorship and exhibition opportunities, contact Eric Gesualdo via email hidden; JavaScript is required or call 727-612-8826.

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Harkins Returns as PALS Emcee


LAS VEGAS — Organizers of the annual P&A Leadership Summit have announced that Robert Harkins will once again serve as master of ceremonies for the 2015 event, which is scheduled for Sept. 8–10 at Paris Las Vegas.

“Bob Harkins is a man of many talents, but his energy and genuine affection for our industry make him the ideal ringmaster for event,” said David Gesualdo, show chair and publisher of F&I and Showroom and P&A magazines. “We are delighted to have him back.”

Harkins will host PALS for the third consecutive year, the most recent of several such appearances, including Agent Summit in March and April’s Midwest Compliance Summit. That month, Harkins joined American Guardian Warranty Services (AGWS) as the company’s vice president of training, continuing a career in consumer finance, sales and F&I management that spans 25 years.

“I am honored to serve as your P&A Leadership Summit emcee for the third straight year,” Harkins said. “Recent actions at the legislative and judicial branches have pushed our industry to the tipping point. Events like PALS give voice to the concerns and solutions unique to the P&A segment.”

More information about Industry Summit and P&A Leadership Summit is available at the events’ websites. Attendees who register by Aug. 7 will enjoy a $100 early-bird discount.
To inquire about sponsorship or exhibition opportunities, contact David Gesualdo via email hidden; JavaScript is required or call 727-947-4027.

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Harkins Returns as PALS Emcee


LAS VEGAS — Organizers of the annual P&A Leadership Summit have announced that Robert Harkins will once again serve as master of ceremonies for the 2015 event, which is scheduled for Sept. 8–10 at Paris Las Vegas.

“Bob Harkins is a man of many talents, but his energy and genuine affection for our industry make him the ideal ringmaster for event,” said David Gesualdo, show chair and publisher of F&I and Showroom and P&A magazines. “We are delighted to have him back.”

Harkins will host PALS for the third consecutive year, the most recent of several such appearances, including Agent Summit in March and April’s Midwest Compliance Summit. That month, Harkins joined American Guardian Warranty Services (AGWS) as the company’s vice president of training, continuing a career in consumer finance, sales and F&I management that spans 25 years.

“I am honored to serve as your P&A Leadership Summit emcee for the third straight year,” Harkins said. “Recent actions at the legislative and judicial branches have pushed our industry to the tipping point. Events like PALS give voice to the concerns and solutions unique to the P&A segment.”

More information about Industry Summit and P&A Leadership Summit is available at the events’ websites. Attendees who register by Aug. 7 will enjoy a $100 early-bird discount.
To inquire about sponsorship or exhibition opportunities, contact David Gesualdo via email hidden; JavaScript is required or call 727-947-4027.

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