Orchid Advisors’ 2014 Firearms Compliance Conference Adds More Speakers, Sponsors, Exhibitors; Announces Final Agenda For Oct 6-8 Meeting In Miami, FL

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Orchid Advisors, the only management consultancy dedicated to the firearms industry, announces its final agenda and latest sponsors/exhibitors for its 2014 Firearms Compliance Conference on October 6-8, 2014, in Miami, Florida. New to the agenda are multiple regulatory agency speakers from ATF, FBI, and DHS/CBP, joining more than 50 other speakers from major manufacturers such as Smith & Wesson, Remington, and Colt; major distributors such as Lipsey’s and Big Rock Sports; and industry groups like NFDN and NSSF. In addition, the firm is pleased to announce that the deadline for discounted hotel rooms at the conference main hotel has been extended until Sept. 12.

First Day Agenda. Visit orchidadvisors.com for full agenda.

We have people and companies attending from all sectors of the firearms ecosystem – manufacturers, suppliers, distributors, retailers, importers, regulators, serialized hardware providers and more

Orchid Advisors, the only management consultancy dedicated to the firearms industry, announces its final agenda program for its 2014 Compliance Conference on October 6-8, 2014 in Miami, Florida. Attendees will hear from five tracks of 50+ speakers who represent organizations as broad as major manufacturers, such as Smith & Wesson, Remington, and Colt, and major distributors such as Lipsey’s and Big Rock Sports, and government agencies such as Customs Border Patrol (CBP), the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and five leaders from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF). Conference attendees hail from as far away as Alaska.

“We have people and companies attending from all sectors of the firearms ecosystem – manufacturers, suppliers, distributors, retailers, importers, regulators, serialized hardware providers and more," says Jon Rydberg, Orchid Advisors CEO. “They are coming to here to learn, meet people, and collaborate about integrating modern process and technology with daily operations to increase business performance and compliance with regulations. Our speakers and sessions are incredible – this is going to be a major annual event for the industry.”

New regulatory spotlight sessions will feature ATF, FBI, and CBP speakers:

  •     Marvin Richardson – Deputy Assistant Director, ATF Enforcement Programs and Services
  •     Michael Fronczak – Deputy Chief, ATF Firearms and Explosives Services Division
  •     Alphonso Hughes – Chief, ATF Firearms and Explosives Services Division
  •     Earl Griffith – Chief, ATF Firearms Technology Branch
  •     John Badowski – ATF Industry Technical Advisor
  •     Jill Montgomery, Supervisory Liaison Specialist with the FBI NICS Program
  •     Ted Clifton, Director, Export Control, U.S. Customs & Border Protection

The full agenda including speakers and time allocations can be found on the following graphics or on our website, located at: http://orchidadvisors.com/firearmscomplianceconference2014-agenda.

Keynote speakers will include Larry Keane, Senior Vice President and General Counsel of the National Shooting Sports Foundation; Rob Cicero, Vice President, General Counsel, Chief Compliance Officer and Secretary, and Mark Smith, Vice President of Operations at Smith & Wesson; Wayne Decker, Vice President of Operations at Big Rock Sports; and Jon Rydberg, Chief Executive Officer of Orchid Advisors.

Among the more than 60 companies helping drive the discussion at the conference are major retailers like Cabela's, Dunham's Sports, Sports Authority, and Walmart; distributors like Big Rock Sports, Brownells, Davidson’s, and Lipsey’s; specialty suppliers like ARC MIM, Cognex, HTI Plastics, Magnus Precision Manufacturing, OCR Services, Oneida Molded Plastics, Parmatech, Retail Profit Systems, SSI Manufacturing, and Westfield Electroplating Company; global manufacturers, such as Century International Arms, Colt, CZ-USA, FN America, Kimber, Maverick Arms, Remington, Ruger, Smith & Wesson, and Taurus; worldwide consulting and technology companies like SAP, BDO, Business Automation Specialists, Ernst & Young, IBM, Inxites, mBLAST, and Protiviti; even groups and associations like NFDN and NSSF.

The Conference curriculum includes education and training in the following conference tracks:

  •     Firearm Regulations and ATF Inspections
  •     Firearms Supply Chain and Industry Economics
  •     Best Practices – Manufacturing and Import/Export Compliance
  •     Best Practices – Distributor and Dealer Compliance
  •     Best Practices – Technology for all FFL Types

In pre-conference sessions, Orchid will be offering training sessions dedicated to ATF, Import, and Export compliance.

Support for this conference has been demonstrated through action and a broad-based desire to share practices at every level. To that end, a focused sponsorship by Smith & Wesson has made it possible for Orchid Advisors to offer a reduced price of $195 for single FFL retailers. The conference sports a healthy list of Sponsors and Exhibitors that includes:

  •     Smith & Wesson
  •     ARC MIM
  •     Business Automation Specialists
  •     Federal Bureau of Investigation
  •     Inxites
  •     Magnus Precision Manufacturing
  •     OCR Services
  •     Parmatech Corporation
  •     Retail Profit Systems
  •     SSI Manufacturing

Discounted rates are also available for Federal and State regulatory agencies that wish to increase their process and systems knowledge.

The block of discounted hotel rooms allocated to the conference will be released on Sept. 12.

Orchid Advisors has previously announced that next year’s 2015 Firearms Compliance Conference will be held May 12-13, 2015 at the Marriott Orlando World Center in Orlando, Florida.

More information about the conference can be found at:
Agenda: http://orchidadvisors.com/firearmscomplianceconference2014-agenda
Registration: http://orchidadvisors.com/firearmscomplianceconference2014-registration
Exhibitor / Sponsors: http://orchidadvisors.com/firearmscomplianceconference2014-exhibitors

About Orchid Advisors – Transforming the Compliance EcosystemTM
Orchid Advisors is a management consultancy that drives operational effectiveness, profitability and regulatory compliance. Unlike some consulting firms, our unique methodology provides process, technology and internal control solutions that achieve all three objectives at once. Our consultants derive their expertise from years served in Fortune 500, Federal Government and Global Business Consulting environments. Orchid Advisors is endorsed by the NSSF. Orchid Advisors is an SAP Platform Partner. For more information, see http://www.orchidadvisors.com.

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