TAMIU Schedules First Compliance Conference April 18-19
Posted: 4/11/13

TAMIU Schedules First
Compliance Conference April 18-19

It’s a word that strikes fear the moment it’s uttered: compliance.

Without it, today’s business, medical, non-profit and service world may not be able to operate, receive critical funding or avoid expensive and protracted legal entanglements.

Helping to ease that fear will be a new Texas A&M International University professional conference:  “Compliance:  Towards an Ethical Answer,” scheduled April 18-19 at TAMIU’s Student Center.

The first-ever Conference aims to explore how compliance is best defined, practiced and achieved, consistent with the ethical foundation of all compliance-based organizations. 

Dr. Ray Keck, TAMIU president, said the University is pleased to present the Conference and hopes it will become an annual offering.

“The University is honored to take a leadership role in this pivotal area.  We are hopeful that this Conference will become an annual offering dedicated to this important and timely topic,”  Dr. Keck said.

Sponsored by the University’s Office of Continuing Education, the two-day Conference will feature guest presenters and panelists in sessions.  Continuing Education Units (CEUs) will also be available.  Seating is limited and Conference cost is $200 per participant.

The Conference opens Thursday, April 18 at 1 p.m. with a session on timely detection of fraudulent schemes to help mitigate corruption risks, presented by Jeffrey Harfenist, CPA, and MBA.  Session two will follow with an overview of the federal sentencing guidelines for corporations by US District Judge for the Southern District of Texas, Judge Marina García Marmolejo.  Judge García Marmolejo will join an ethics panel discussion thereafter with Father Michael T. Scheerger, Catholic Campus Ministry and TAMIU assistant professor Dr. Paul Madlock. A reception will end the first Conference day.

The Conference continues Friday, April 19 with two sessions, beginning at 8:30 a.m.  The first session will focus on enterprise risk management and compliance and will be presented by Texas A&M University associate director of Risk Management Henry Judah. The second session, at 10:15 a.m., will feature Connie Estrems, CPA, MII corporate manager for Compliance, on creating a compliance program.

Keynote speaker at the closing luncheon will be Frank Navran, founder and principal consultant of Navran Associates, who will address ethically effective leadership. 

For more information, including registration assistance, please contact the TAMIU Office of Continuing Education at 956.326.3068 or email continuingeducation@tamiu.edu.  Information is also available online at www.tamiu.edu/ce/compconf2013.shtml

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