PBUS News Update
Jun. 5, 2014

Message from the President
Scott G. Hall


2014 Mid-Year Meeting quickly approaching!

Believe it or not, there are only 39 days left before the kick-off of the 2014 Mid-Year meeting in Nashville, Tennessee!

From interactive general sessions to educational training sessions, the mid-year meeting will provide attendees with hands-on information to use right away. From breakout sessions on ethics in the bail industry lead by PBUS Board member Topo Padilla, to apprehension techniques lead by Steven Zalewski and Chris Seidel, PBUS members with Affordable Bails New York, Inc. to tools of the trade: use of non-lethal technology lead by PBUS member Leland Chapman, to the use of technology in the bail industry lead by Matthew Phillips with Captira Analytical, to social media tips and tricks lead by PBUS Senior Vice President Beth Chapman, to how to manage credit card transactions lead by Jim Peeler with American Spirit Processing or protecting yourself from fraud and counterfeiting lead by PBUS member Rainy Robinson with 8th Amendment Bail Bonds — there is something for everyone!

Don’t miss this exciting mid-year meeting! The early-bird registration ends June 30, 2014!

Remember: Please make sure you sign-in as a member before registering for the conference to get the member conference rates! If you are not yet a PBUS member, I encourage you to join our national association and network with bail agents across the country.

Thanks for your continued support! More

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