2024 Independents Conference & Expo Recordings & Materials

Below, you will find recordings from the conference. You can access photos from the conference by visiting the DropBox link here

Wednesday, May 22
Conference Welcome & Keynote Address


Join us for compelling and dynamic storytelling, with lessons learned from critical combat missions that demonstrate transformative relationship-building techniques and decision-making skills that are key to establishing high-trust organizations.

Bill Himpler, President & CEO, AFSA
Lt. Col. (ret.) Scott Mann, High Impact Leader, Retired Green Beret

CEO Roundtable & Outstanding Independent Award

AFSA CEO Bill Himpler sits down with leaders of our industry to discuss the emerging issues, consumer trends, and marketplace landscape leading into the second half of 2024. We conclude by honoring the outstanding Independent leader who continues to shape our industry.

Bill Himpler, President & CEO, AFSA
Rochelle McClanahan, Chief Operating Officer, Brundage Management / Sun Loan Company
Gary McQuain, Chief Operating Officer, 1st Franklin Financial


Public Policy Update

Come for the latest lowdown from AFSA’s federal and state public policy gurus on the emerging issues and legislative happenings that affect our industry and consumers’ credit. 

Danielle Arlowe, Senior Vice President, AFSA
Celia Winslow, Executive Vice President, AFS 

RSM Survey

RSM presents the results of its annual financial performance survey for AFSA Independents and other independently held finance companies across the U.S. Get the current trends on growth, funding, leverage, profitability, income, and expenses. Gain insights on leveraging digital transformation and automation to streamline internal processes, improve customer experience and identify key opportunities to propel your company forward. 

Lou Musto, Jr., Principal, Process Risk and Controls, Business Consulting, RSM US
George Kohlhofer III, Principal, Technology Consulting, RSM US
Joe Kaczmarek, Partner, RSM US

Capital Challenges

As our industry adapts to the evolving financial and economic landscape, while seeking to capitalize on emerging opportunities, broadening the pool of capital providers, and expanding funding options is top of mind. Join our all-star panel of senior leaders and learn how our industry is adapting to this evolving landscape, navigating market changes, and leveraging diverse capital sources and financing models. 

Jim Chester, Managing Director, Keefe, Bruyette & Woods

Josh Bullock, Managing Director, Mount Logan Management, LLC
Josh Johnson, President & CEO, Mariner Finance
Pam Jonson, Chief Financial Officer, OppFi
Milos Milosevic, Principal, Fourshore Partners
Moderator: Sharon Mancero, Managing Director, Agora Data, Inc.

2024 Election Outlook

Join the bipartisan polling team for NBC News’ national political survey for the latest insights and trends leading into this fall’s national and state elections. 

Jeff Horwitt, Partner, Hart Research
Micah Roberts, Partner, Public Opinion Strategies 


Champions Club Keynote & AFSA Outstanding Employee Awards

Join two-time NBA champion, college All-American, and award-winning broadcaster Kenny Smith for the 2024 Champions Club, and a candid and inspiring session with poignant, revealing, and humorous stories from his life and the lessons we can all take away from them. 

Following the Champions Club, remain to celebrate the AFSA Outstanding Employee Awards with our Members’ colleagues who have distinguished themselves over the past year. 

Kenny Smith, TNT Sports


Selected by the Independents Section Board, the AFSA stage will be buzzing as Business Partners present their innovative, exciting products or services that can add to any company’s value proposition spanning compliance, risk, payments, mobility, and marketing.