Highlights From Our 2015 Conference
Historic Charleston, SC served as a memorable and rich location for Shaw’s 40th Conference. We had our largest turnout ever, with attendees representing all sectors of the lending industry. This provided valuable networking and learning opportunities for current and prospective Shaw clients. Company founder and Chairman Roy G. Shaw, Jr. kicked off the conference, reflecting on the changes the company has seen over the years and the opportunities we have in the years ahead.
Frank Abagnale, guest speaker, enthralled us with two moving talks. His first was an inspirational and fascinating narrative of his life, from his early years where he was running from the law, to his work in the FBI and his role as husband and father. In his second address, Frank spoke of the ever-present threat of fraud to both consumers and businesses. He presented our group with several tips and recommendations for personal credit monitoring and identity theft protection.
James Carley came to us from the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and talked of the mission and strategic plan of the Bureau. He spoke of the CFPB exam process as well as compliance management systems and recent updates to financial regulations.
Other speakers at the conference included Shaun Babin, the Technology Integration Manager at Crescent Bank & Trust, and Alan Wingfield, an associate at Troutman Sanders law firm. Shaun spoke about his company’s experience using web services and Retail File Externalization databases with Shaw’s RETAIL product, giving clients a glimpse of implementing these technologies. Alan, who works with Shaw Systems in understanding compliance impacts with our software, spoke of regulatory changes pertaining to telephone collections operations.
This year, Shaw expanded the opportunities to interact with our alliance partners. Twelve of our partners had booths set up during the week to showcase their products and services and provide additional connections and networking interactions. The partners’ business products ranged from loan origination and vehicle information gathering to vendor management for credit and collections, tax information reporting services, and risk and analytics.
Shaw employees presented on a variety of topics pertaining to everyday retail and commercial credit practices, recovery, and regulations. Presentations of special interest include Dodd Frank Wall Street Reform, How Data Externalization Can Help Your Institution, SSRS Training, Auto Lending in a Consumer Driven Wired World, Improving Efficiencies with Spectrum, and Mortgage Lending: Challenges and Opportunities in 2015.
Back by popular demand were the test drives, which gave clients hands-on interactions with each of the Shaw products, valuable one-on-one time with our product experts, and chances to speak with other Shaw clients. These test drives proved to be a huge hit at past conferences, and we expanded these opportunities by hosting them throughout the conference.
The Belmond Charleston Place was ideally located in the historic district of the city, adding to this year’s conference memories filled with education, entertainment, phenomenal cuisine, and lasting connections.