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Renaissance Phoenix Downtown Hotel, 100 North 1st Street, Phoenix, Arizona 85004

Event Description

The Federal Trade Commission and the Arizona Attorney General’s Office invite you to attend the Arizona “Opening Doors to Opportunity” Conference. Conference participants will share experiences and challenges, make connections, and discuss how groups can better collaborate and share information and resources. The Conference will include speakers from the Arizona Attorney General’s Office, the Federal Trade Commission, the Arizona Governor's Office, and the Better Business Bureau, among others.

The agenda includes three panels covering a range of topics, including frauds and scams affecting Arizona consumers and businesses, reducing over-regulation of occupational licensing, supporting smart government regulation of financial technologies, and business and consumer education to protect against scams and computer hacking. Law enforcers also are invited to attend a second session to discuss law enforcement collaboration and to learn about new investigative tools and techniques.

To register for the conference, email your name and affiliation to Arizona@ftc.gov. When you register, please indicate whether you plan to attend the law enforcement-only session.

  • 8:30 am

    Registration

    8:50 am

     

    Welcome

    • Rebecca Eggleston
      Chief Counsel, Consumer Protection & Advocacy Section, Arizona Attorney General’s Office

    Keynote Remarks

    • Mark Brnovich
      Attorney General, State of Arizona

    9:15 am

    Panel 1: Combatting Frauds Affecting Arizona Consumers and Businesses

    Moderator:

    • Tom Dahdouh
      Regional Director, Western Region, FTC

    Panelists:

    • Rebecca Eggleston
      Chief Counsel, Consumer Protection & Advocacy Section, Arizona Attorney General’s Office
    • Martin Hellmer
      Agent, Federal Bureau of Investigation
    • Joe Ducey
      Reporter, ABC 15, Phoenix
    • Marissa May,
      Director of Operations, Better Business Bureau

    10:15 am

    Break

    10:30 am

    Panel 2: Streamlining Government Regulation

    Moderator:

    • Paul Watkins
      Chief Counsel, Civil Litigation Division, Arizona Attorney General’s Office

    Panelists:

    • Arizona Governor’s Office Representative
      Arizona Governor’s Office
    • John Wiegand
      Attorney, Western Region, FTC
    • Paul Avelar
      Attorney, Institute for Justice

    11:15 am

    Panel 3: Fostering Opportunity for All

    Moderator:

    • Matthew du Mee
      Unit Chief Counsel, Consumer Protection & Advocacy Section, Arizona Attorney General’s Office

    Panelists:

    • Kerry O’Brien
      Assistant Regional Director, Western Region, FTC
    • O.H. Skinner
      Unit Chief Counsel, Government Accountability and Special Litigation, Arizona Attorney General’s Office
    • Stephen Shadegg
      Director of Outreach, Arizona Attorney General’s Office

    12:15 pm

    Closing Remarks

    • Tara Koslov
      Acting Director, Office of Policy Planning & Chair, Economic Liberty Task Force, FTC

    12:30 pm

    Law Enforcement Lunch (BYO or Carry Out - see list)

    Presentation on New Investigative Tools and Social Media Techniques:

    • Kelly Ortiz
      Investigator, Western Region, FTC
    • Dominique Alepin
      Assistant Regional Director, Western Region, FTC

FTC Privacy Policy

Under the Freedom of Information Act (“FOIA”) or other laws, we may be required to disclose to outside organizations the information you provide when you pre-register. The Commission will consider all timely and responsive public comments, whether filed in paper or electronic form, and as a matter of discretion, we make every effort to remove home contact information for individuals from the public comments before posting them on the FTC website.

The FTC Act and other laws we administer permit the collection of your pre-registration contact information and the comments you file to consider and use in this proceeding as appropriate.  Under the Freedom of Information Act or other laws, we may be required to disclose to outside organizations the information you provide when you pre-register.  For additional information, including routine uses permitted by the Privacy Act, see the Commission’s Privacy Act system for public records and comprehensive privacy policy.

This event will be open to the public and may be photographed, videotaped, webcast, or otherwise recorded.  By participating in this event, you are agreeing that your image — and anything you say or submit — may be posted indefinitely at ftc.gov or on one of the Commission's publicly available social media sites.