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Record Breaking Attendance at 2016 NAPBS Annual Conference
In Palm Desert, Calif., a record-breaking 763 background screening professionals gathered for three days of educational programming focused around the theme, "Leading the Way." The sold-out Exhibit Showcase featured 57 companies that supply products or services to the background screening profession.
NAPBS Chair Dawn Standerwick said, "NAPBS is committed to leading the way in excellence in the screening profession and we were excited to welcome so many members and industry partners who are also committed to excellence in our profession."
NAPBS presented for its members a very robust conference with 24 educational sessions presented on a variety of topics affecting the industry including international screening, legislative issues, compliance guidelines and employment discrimination, to name just a few. New for 2016, NAPBS introduced educational tracks to assist attendees wishing to focus on a topic for intensive study: Legal/Compliance, Business, International, Drug Testing and Tenant Screening.
The keynote session "Leading The Way - Your Leadership and Our Future" featured international speaker David Rabiner, Rabiner Resources. In the session, Rabiner led attendees through envisioning how members could grow their global impact.
As compliance and legal matters continue to be of utmost importance to the profession, NAPBS offered a variety of sessions to educate attendees on various legal concerns. NAPBS was pleased to welcome back attendee favorite, Pam Devata of Seyfarth Shaw, who presented a General Session on hot topics for CRAs. Devata, along with Cindy Hanson of Troutman Sanders, also conducted a Mock Deposition as a General Session Tuesday morning giving attendees some insight into the litigation process as well as some takeaways to bring back to the office allowing attendees to prepare themselves in the event of litigation. NAPBS' Government relations partner and lobbyist, Jamie Tucker of Akin Gump, presented a General Session on legislative activity affecting the screening industry. Tucker indicated the efforts NAPBS made in 2016 to impact the legislative landscape and potential avenues for further action.
For the 2016 NAPBS Conference, NAPBS supported Team Rubicon and Sue Weaver Cause through donations on behalf of speakers and also hosted a charity golf tournament and raised $13,500 to benefit the Sue Weaver CAUSE, a nonprofit organization advocating for the proper use of criminal background checks.
Upcoming NAPBS events include the 2017 Mid-Year Legislative & Regulatory Conference held March 19-21, 2017, in Washington, D.C., and the 2017 Annual Conference in Orlando, Fla., on Sept. 17-19, 2017.
The National Association of Professional Background Screeners (NAPBS) is the leading national resource for issues related to the background screening profession. NAPBS promotes and advocates for ethical business practices and fosters awareness of privacy rights and consumer protection issues. NAPBS is the foremost leader in the movement toward establishing generally accepted and reliable standards for background screening professionals and organizations. For more information on background screening, visit our website at www.napbs.com.