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You’re in charge of finding a great speaker for your next 20-group meeting, convention, seminar, or webinar. You want an industry expert. But what you don’t want is yet another vendor’s sales pitch. Each of our speakers has expertise in one of three categories.

Kathryn Carlson

Kathryn Carlson

Vice President, HR Management Products

Eric Schmitz

Eric Schmitz

Vice President, Product and Business Development

Peter Zaidel

Peter Zaidel

Environmental Health & Safety Product Director

Kathryn is the Vice President for KPA's HR Management products. Kathryn has over 25 years of human resources management experience and is a certified HR professional. For the past 13 years Kathryn has focused on developing HR software and programs to improve efficiency, reduce risk, and ensure compliance for companies ranging from small businesses to international.

Topic of Expertise: Human Resources Management
Recent Samples: Put it in Writing: Creating an Effective Employee Handbook, DEMO: Discovering the New KPA Human Resource Management Software, Navigating the Maze of Healthcare Benefits

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Eric is Vice President of Product and Business Development at KPA and the original architect of KPA's myKPAonline EHS system. Eric works with KPA's larger clients and partners to develop new solutions that help to reduce risk and minimize losses. By staying on top of emerging OSHA,EPA, and DOT regulations Eric helps automotive service facilities avoid fines and minimize the impact of lawsuits. Prior to joining KPA, Eric worked as a field chemist and project manager for a hazardous waste disposal contractor across the US. Eric earned his B.S. in Environmental Toxicology from the University of California at Davis.

Topic of Expertise: Environmental Health & Safety
Recent Samples: Dissecting Collision Center Regulations, From the Citation Files: OSHA’s Latest Big Hit to the Auto Industry, Automotive Lift Safety: What You Need to Know

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Peter Zaidel manages KPA’s EHS Product line including new onsite services and myKPAonline development. He monitors EPA, DOT and OSHA regulation changes and heads up KPA’s training content development. Peter holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Resource Management and Environmental Engineering from Penn State University.

Topic of Expertise: Environmental Health & Safety
Recent Samples: DEMO: Navigating myKPAonline 3.0, Department of Transportation (DOT) Hazardous Material Shipping Compliance for Dealerships, How to Reduce Your Workers’ Comp Costs

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Ryan Lane

Ryan Lane

Director, Sales & Finance Compliance

Jim Radogna

Jim Radogna

Senior Sales & Finance Compliance Specialist

Nick Hardesty

Nick Hardesty

District Manager

As Director of Sales & Finance Compliance, Ryan Lane leads the Sales & Finance team in developing trainings, content, reporting, and onsite auditing processes. With 15+ years of experience in the automotive industry, Ryan has excelled in the areas of automotive dealership management, compliance, finance and sales. With automotive finance lending experience as well as dealership consulting, Ryan is well versed in dealership compliance best practices and workflow processes.

Topic of Expertise: Sales & Finance Compliance
Recent Samples: Unfair and Deceptive Acts and Practices Enforcement: Is your Facility at Risk?, Demo: How to Stay Compliant with KPA Sales & Finance Compliance, Complying with the Safeguard Rule

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Jim Radogna joined KPA in 2014, focusing on the Sales & Finance Compliance areas of product configuration, training content, auditing and compliance hotline development. Being well-versed in all aspects of dealership operations, at KPA Jim utilizes his knowledge and industry experience to develop unique, no-nonsense compliance and reputation management solutions for automobile dealerships of all sizes. These programs are designed to not only protect dealerships from liability, but also greatly enhance the company’s reputation, increase profitability through consistent processes, and increase customer satisfaction and retention. He is a sought-after speaker and frequent contributor to a number of automotive industry publications and has a strong background in dealership operations, having spent over 15 years in dealership management in diversified roles including sales manager, F&I director, general manager, and training director.

Topic of Expertise: Sales & Finance Compliance
Recent Samples: Ask the Expert: Sales & Finance Compliance Rules and Regulations, Unfair and Deceptive Acts and Practices Enforcement: Is your Facility at Risk?, Understanding the Red Flags Rule

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For over 10 years, Nick has been assisting dealers in determining their level of regulatory and safety compliance with KPA. Nick currently resides over KPA’s North Central District, as well as overseeing new engineer training and multiple national accounts. His emphasis has been on working with dealers to not only obtain, but also maintain their compliance programs.

Topic of Expertise: Environmental Health & Safety
Recent Samples: Are you Really Compliant? Learn the Top Dealership Compliance Myths, How to Implement a Safety Culture... It is Achievable!, Understanding OSHA’s Regulatory Initiatives

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Topics

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Human Resources Management

Human Resources Management

KPA’s HR Management speakers are experts at helping dealerships implement HR best practices to attract and retain the most competent employees.

Environmental Health & Safety

Environmental Health & Safety

KPA's Environmental Health & Safety speakers show you how to get the biggest ROI from your compliance and loss control programs.

Sales & Finance Compliance

Sales & Finance Compliance

KPA's F&I speakers are experts at helping dealerships write and implement identity theft policies and procedures, and understand the Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act, Red Flag Rule, and Safe Guard Rule.