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The VPA Voice
"Giving a Voice to Industry Members"
April 25, 2014


VPA Annual Meeting Around the Corner

St. Charles Convention Center – May 13 & 14!

(Just 9 miles from Lambert St. Louis Airport)

The VPA Annual Meeting is quickly approaching! Reserve your spot today for this exciting and informative event full of great speakers, networking opportunities, industry updates, and practical tools and information to help your business succeed. Registration for the event is $150 per entry if received before May 1, 2014. Registration price will increase to $250 on May 1.

We'll kick off the event with a Happy Hour and Networking Reception from 6 – 8 p.m. on Tuesday, May 13. The next day, the full program will run from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. We are excited to have a great lineup of speakers who are nationally known experts on some of the hottest topics in the industry, including analytics, robodialing, outbound telemarketing, state and federal compliance issues and privacy laws:

  • Tara Piazza, Executive Vice President of Operations at Fulcrum Analytics
  • Joe Bindbeutel, Chief Counsel of the Consumer Protection Division of Missouri Attorney General's Office
  • Will Maxson, Assistant Director at the Federal Trade Commission and expert on robodialing and outbound telemarketing
  • Christine Czuprynski, attorney at Reed Smith, LLP and a former Assistant Attorney General for Illinois under AG Lisa Madigan
  • Helen Mac Murray, founding member of Mac Murray, Petersen & Shuster, LLP, and former Chief of the Consumer Protection Section of the Ohio Attorney General's Office
  • Robby Birnbaum, attorney at Greenspoon Marder and head of the Regulatory Compliance & Defense Group

This is an event you do not want to miss! Keep in mind that members, prospective members and friends of the VPA are all welcome to attend. It's going to be a memorable event and we hope to see you there!

As a reminder, the dress code for the annual meeting is business casual (no t-shirts or shorts will be allowed). Visit the VPA website for more event information.

Our Sponsors

The VPA would like to thank the following companies, who have signed on as sponsors for this year's event.

Diamond Sponsors

Interstate

Omnisure

Tech Choice

Platinum Sponsors

Paylink

Go Forte

Inline Data Systems

Mepco

Gold Sponsors

Moxy Solutions

Royal

MBA Holdings Group

Praecom

 
 

VPA Annual Meeting Around the Corner

VPA Legislative Monitoring Report

As an Association dedicated to upholding the highest standards in the vehicle service contract (VSC) industry, we continue to monitor and track proposed and passed bills and regulations that pertain to our industry. To review the complete list of pending bills and regulations as well as a brief description of each, please visit the March Memo and Legislative Monitoring Report available to members only on the VPA website.

One new bill out of Virginia (VA HB 69) was passed in March 2014. It expands the types of services that may be provided under an extended service contract to include certain types of damage to a motor vehicle, replacement of keys and installation or application of certain materials. Additionally, the bill authorizes the Board of Agriculture and Consumer Services to designate additional services that may be provided under an extended services contract.

Kansas and Wisconsin Update Do Not Call Regulations

Kansas amended its Do Not Call (DNC) law to expand its scope to expressly cover calls to mobile phone numbers, state that internal DNC requests must be honored for 5 years, shorten the length of the state's established business relationship exemption to 18 months (previously 36 months), require calling lists for non-exempt campaigns to be scrubbed against the National DNC every 30 days (previously every quarter), and delete provisions pertaining to a state DNC list. Instead of an independent state DNC list, Kansas will be using the National DNC Registry. These changes bring Kansas' DNC law into conformity with existing federal regulations, and as a result, the impact on interstate calls should be minimal.

Wisconsin passed a bill to eliminate its independent state DNC list effective August 1, 2014. The state's DNC laws and exemptions will still apply, but the new state DNC list will be composed of numbers taken from the National DNC registry with Wisconsin area codes. The state is maintaining its registration requirement, but it is unclear how registration will work in the absence of an independent state DNC list. We'll keep you updated as we learn more.


VPA Supports Inaugural Do Not Call Summit

Earlier this month, Indiana and Missouri Attorneys General Greg Zoeller and Chris Koster hosted the first No Call Law Enforcement Summit in Indianapolis. The summit focused on new tools and techniques for investigation and prosecution that can be used to achieve greater compliance.

The VPA applauds Attorneys General Zoeller and Koster in their pursuit to end illegal robocalling, and their efforts are directly in line with our own efforts to maintain regulatory compliance. For more information on this summit, visit the VPA website.


Member Showcase

This month the VPA would like to recognize Brian Becker, Chairman of the VPA Board and SVP at Interstate National Corporation, for his commitment to giving back. Earlier this month, Brian spent a week volunteering at Lighthouse Family Retreat, which serves families living through childhood cancer at seaside retreats, enabling them to laugh, restore family relationships and find hope in God. Their week long retreats are scheduled from April to October and are held in rented or donated homes along the Florida panhandle. Upwards of 12 families attend each retreat, where they can leave the chaotic world of childhood cancer behind. Brian and other volunteers spent their time serving the families with meals, housekeeping and general pampering so they could focus on having a fun and relaxing week, and being together as a family.

If you would like to donate to this very worthy cause you can still do so here. Please note all donations are tax deductible.