In this episode, I visit with SCCE and HCCA incoming President Gerry Zack about his new role with the organization. Some of our topics include: his new role with the SCCE, why he took on the challenge of running the world’s largest compliance professionals’ organization; some of his initial observations of SCCE; where the organization will be headed in 2018 and ways for a compliance professional to become involved in SCCE going forward.

The SCCE is the worlds’ largest organization for compliance professionals. It leads the profession in terms of certifications, training and conferences. With the impending retirement of the organization’s first President, Roy Snell; Gerry Zack comes in at a time when the compliance profession is poised for considerable growth and an increase in importance in the corporate world. The continuing scandals in the corporate world mandate a renewed focus on doing business ethically and in compliance.

Zack’s background as a professional services provider specializing in the prevention, detection and investigation of fraud, noncompliance, and corruption from the auditing perspective will be an interesting addition to the leadership of the SCCE and HCCA. Gerry has worked as a Managing Director of BDO Consulting, providing fraud prevention, detection, investigation, and remediation services for clients. These services included design and presentation of fraud awareness and compliance training, fraud and compliance risk assessments and mitigation strategies, design or evaluation of compliance and ethics programs, design of fraud monitoring, data mining and other detective measures, fraud investigations and forensic accounting services, and remediation action plans following a fraud or misconduct event. He has been on the Board of Regents of the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners.

All of these roles give Zack a unique and interesting insight for the compliance practitioner and the compliance profession moving forward. As we are nearing the end of this second decade of the 21st century the importance of the profession and compliance professionals will only increase.