U.S. DSA to Host 2013 Global Regulatory Summit in Washington, D.C.

This Oct. 2-4, the U.S. Direct Selling Association will welcome both industry and outside experts to Washington, D.C. for DSA’s 2013 Global Regulatory Summit.

Recognizing that the direct sales channel faces a number of contentious regulatory challenges around the world, DSA has invited direct selling executives, regulators and legal experts to share their insights and resources during this year’s sessions, which will tackle three regulatory disciplines – international, legal and ethics.

During the “Navigating the Legal & Regulatory Challenges of the Asian Market” session, John Venardos, Senior Vice President of Worldwide Regulatory, Government & Industry Affairs for Herbalife, will share why Asia, one of the fastest-growing direct selling markets, provides a unique opportunity for companies looking to boost sales and develop a worldwide presence. Venardos will also address many of the biggest issues direct sellers encounter in this market, such as import barriers and tax issues.

As part of this year’s General Counsel Roundtable general session, Phil Broadbent (Scentsy), Renee Cogdell Lewis (lia sophia), Jonathan Gelfand (Beachbody LLC), Jason Groves (Take Shape for Life-Medifast), Michelle Leetham (Rodan + Fields) and Keri Prince (LegalShield) will discuss the issues with the greatest impact on their companies.

Additionally, during the “Implementing an Ethics Program Within Your Company” session, DSA Code Administrator Jared Blum and Rodan + Fields’ Michelle Leetham and Amber Siddiqi will tackle topics such as how to adopt a company-specific code of ethics and ways to implement a program for handling consumer and distributor complaints.

In total, this year’s event will offer participants more than a dozen breakout and general sessions from which to choose. Even more, the DSA of Canada will host an exclusive pre-Summit Seminar, “Doing Business in Canada,” on Oct. 2, for those companies looking to expand into Canada and beyond. Those interested in attending the seminar can register online for $250 additional to this year’s Summit registration.

Executives from several of the industry’s top companies – including Beachbody, Herbalife, lia sophia, Mannatech, Silpada Designs and USANA – have already registered to participate in DSA’s 2013 Global Regulatory Summit, the year’s biggest regulatory conference specifically geared to meet the needs of direct sellers everywhere.

Those looking to participate in the Summit can register for the early-bird rate of $449 until Aug. 21. Contact DSA Meetings Assistant & Registrar Lindsay Marquardt with registration questions for either the Summit or the “Doing Business in Canada” seminar.