July 23-25, 2023JW Marriott Hill Country Resort

San Antonio, Texas

Keynoter – Tuesday General Session

Tom Carter

Staying Compliant with the New FTC Rules

Tuesday General Session

This educational session was just too important not to make a general session. Federal Trade Commission attorney Tom Carter will explain what the FTC expects from automobile dealers to comply with the Safeguards Rule and the Used Car Rule.

The Federal Trade Commission recently issued a final rule to amend the Standards for Safeguarding Customer Information, with components of the rule going into effect on January 10, 2022, and December 9, 2022. This rule requires dealers to put in place specific policies and procedures to protect their customers’ financial information. The changes adopted to the Safeguards Rule include more specific criteria for what safeguards dealers must implement as part of their information security program, such as limiting who can access consumer data and using encryption to secure the data.

As an added bonus, Carter will also go over the Used Car Rule. This rule requires car dealers to display a window sticker, known as a Buyers Guide, on the used cars they offer for sale. Don’t miss this opportunity to hear directly from the regulatory expert on what you need to do to stay compliant.

Tom Carter is a Senior Attorney in the Federal Trade Commission’s Southwest Regional Office in Dallas. In his 34-year tenure at the FTC, he has concentrated on combating deceptive advertising and marketing practices, including health fraud, pyramid schemes, telemarketing fraud (including robocallers), and immigration services scams. He organized one of the FTC’s first Used Car Rule sweeps and is a frequent speaker on data protection and the FTC’s Safeguards Rule. Carter is a graduate of the University of Southern California and Southern Methodist University School of Law.


A Sweet Treat Before You Go

Come enjoy a savory bite with the TIADA Executive Director as we close out the education portion of the 2022 conference. In this session, Jeff will offer his state of the association, which will include the upcoming 88th legislative session, the association’s five-year strategic plan, the future of the Conference, and how to make sure your voice is being heard within the association. This will be a very casual, candid, and interactive session, with plenty of time for Q&A…and a little fun mixed in. Some lucky attendees will walk away with cold hard cash, and there will be several surprise guests that will join Jeff on stage. Whether you are headed back to the dealership Tuesday afternoon or staying for the awards banquet later that evening, you will not want to miss this opportunity to discuss the future of your association and your industry.

Jeff Martin has served as the Executive Director of the Texas Independent Automobile Dealers Association since 2006. In that time, the association membership has doubled, the annual revenue has almost quadrupled, and the dealer attendance at the Conference has grown by over 500%. Prior to working for TIADA, Jeff spent 12 years representing public school employees with the Association of Texas Professional Educators.