This weekend is a sports lover’s dream, particularly if you are from Houston or live in Boston. Both the Houston Texans and the Houston Astros travel to Beantown for games. Will the Texans extinct their 0-for Brady run in Foxborough over the past 17 years? The Texans are 0-9 against Brady in those 17 years, clearly happy they only had to play New England every other year and not annually. What does this year portend? As Dale Robertson noted, “In those games, New England has scored an average of 36 points and won by an average spread of 15.” Las Vegas like the Pats (Texans +7, 51.5 on the over) and you should too.

However, things are a bit different for the Astros. As they head into Fenway Park, their magic number is 19 so a three-game sweep would look very nice about now. And you can get some great odds on it about now too, as the Red Sox are currently at +118 for each game. But it was the Astros who knocked out the Red Sox’s last year in the playoffs and my hope is this weekend’s series is just a warm up for some great October baseball.

GHBER September 13 – Ryan Hubbs on shell companies

Just as there are some great upcoming sporting events, there are some great compliance events I want to alert you to. The first is the Greater Houston Business and Ethics Roundtable (GHBER) September meeting. GHBER is in its 22ndyear and is one of the oldest local compliance organizations in existence. If you are in the greater Houston area or beyond and are in the compliance field you should join GHBER.

Our speaker this month is Ryan Hubbs, Global Anti-Corruption and Fraud Manager at  Schlumberger Ltd., who is speaking on “Anonymous Rising: Why organizations should be concerned about the increasing risks posed by anonymous shell companies”. Hubbs is one of the top fraud specialists around but, more importantly, he has developed one of the most sophisticated approaches for unearthing shell companies. He has done this largely on his own and he is extremely generous with his techniques. He regularly writes about this risk and speaks as well. For information and registration, click here.

Compliance Master Class – Boston, September 25 & 26

I will be putting one of my Compliance Master Classes in Boston at the end of the month. I am sponsored in this endeavor by Affiliated Monitors, Inc. (AMI) who is also hosting the event at their Boston offices. This Compliance Master Class is not theory or analytical underpinnings of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA). The focus of the class will be on the operationalizing of compliance. For it is only in the doing of compliance that companies have a real chance of avoiding FCPA liability.

The Compliance Master Class provides a unique opportunity for any level of FCPA compliance practitioner, from the seasoned Chief Compliance Officer (CCO) to the practitioner who is new to the compliance profession. If you are looking for a training class to turbocharge your knowledge on the nuts and bolts of a best practices compliance program going forward, this is the class for you to attend. You will have an intensive focus group of like-minded compliance practitioners with which you can share best practices. It allows us to tailor the discussion to your needs.

For registration and more information, click here or email me at

CONVERGE18 – Denver,  October 9-11

In what is fast becoming one of the top ethics and compliance conferences around, I hope you can join me at CONVERGE18, hosted by Convercent. (I perform consulting work for Convercent.) This year’s event will be October 8-11 at the Omni in Bloomfield, Colorado. The line-up of this year’s event is simply first rate with some of the top ethics and compliance practitioners around.

With the acceleration of the speak up culture and organizational accountability that social media is enabling and amplifying, companies need to incorporate integrity into every level of the organization. CONVERGE18 will help you do just that by addressing this ethical transformation head-on. Get the insights, information and solutions you need to put ethics into action. Join compliance executives from Salesforce, Kimberly Clark, Avis, U.S. Bank, AARP, Wells Fargo, Cheesecake Factory and many others to:

  • Network with 300 of your peers, including C-suite executives, legal professionals, HR leaders and ethics and compliance visionaries.
  • Gain insights from 35 speakers including Ethics and Compliance advocate Hui Chen, ECI’s CEO Pat Harned, NBA’s Deputy Chief Compliance Officer Steph Vogel, President at OCEG Carole Switzer and more.
  • Bring actionable takeaways back to your program from various session types including 2 keynotes, 5 general sessions, 12 discussion-based roundtables, 18 interactive breakout sessions for you to listen, learn and share.
  • The goal of CONVERGE18 is to arm you with information, strategy and tactics to transform your organization and your career by connecting ethics to business performance through process augmentation and data visualization.
  • Learn from some of the top compliance practitioners around on the most compliance techniques.

I hope you can join me at the event. For information on the event, click here. As an extra benefit to readers of this blog, CONVERGE18 is offering a 50% discount off the registration price. Enter discount code TOMFOXVIP.

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