ComplyNet in the News

ComplyNet Hires Bob Balak as Director of National Sales; EJ Shelby Shifts to Director of Customer Success

February 2019

ComplyNet, a leading provider of workforce compliance management solutions in the automotive industry, today announced the hiring of Bob Balak as Director of National Sales.  Balak is an industry veteran that was previously employed by Compli as Director of National Sales Auto.  Balak has extensive expertise in the automotive vertical in the areas of human resources workforce compliance management and regulatory compliance, as well as DMS, digital, and other technology solution expertise.  ComplyNet’s former Director of National Sales, EJ Shelby, has shifted to a new role as Director of Customer Success.

“For years, Compli strategically partnered with ComplyNet to provide on-site Environmental Health & Safety inspections and Sales & Finance audits for automotive dealers,” said Balak.  “What I love about ComplyNet is that the sole focus is upon the automotive industry, that those servicing the clients have all worked at dealerships and are car people, and that ComplyNet has built a truly innovative ‘CRM for Compliance’ platform that tracks training, form routing, audits, and eTask remediation,” Balak continued.  “Couple all of this with the fact that ComplyNet’s programs are customizable and cost-effective, and this is a win-win for dealerships,” exclaimed Balak.

“The addition of Bob Balak to our team is a huge win for ComplyNet for many reasons, including additional thought leadership,” said Adam Crowell, President & General Counsel of ComplyNet, “and EJ Shelby’s move to Director of Customer Success is very exciting because EJ is extremely good at building relationships with our dealers, he is thoughtful, he is knowledgeable, and he communicates well.”  “We have witnessed small, medium, and large dealership groups quickly come to the realization that ComplyNet offers the best compliance and risk mitigation solutions available, and these moves solidify that more dealerships will become better acquainted with our services and that the customer service will remain outstanding,” said Shelby.

US investment group led by CFAA owner acquires auto consultancy firm ComplyNet

May 2018

Auto Remarketing recently reported an investment group led by the owner of the Columbus Fair Auto Auction, Alexis Jacob has acquired 25-year-old compliance and risk management consultancy for dealers and auto auctions, ComplyNet.

The auction community and dealer community alike have benefited from ComplyNet’s laser focus on the exposures unique to the automotive industries.

“As a third party to the commercial consignor, the auction’s responsibilities are extensive and significant. Columbus Fair has utilized ComplyNet’s services for six years, allowing us to respond to consignors with confidence and to leverage our combined efforts with our garage carrier. When you become a preferred risk, the savings are considerable,” Jacobs said.

“We not only have the most comprehensive approach to risk mitigation, we have an attorney, Adam Crowell, serving as president of the company,” Jacobs continued.


June 8, 2017

ComplyNet is pleased to announce it partnership with the Automobile Dealers Association of Indiana (ADAI) as the recommended compliance provider, specializing in Environmental Health & Safety programs.

logosJuly 3, 2013

Car dealerships

I admire Steve Chapman’s courage in his June 20 column attacking car dealers who spend millions of dollars with the Tribune (“Car buyers get hijacked”). He was courageous, but misguided.

He said car dealers are afraid of competition. Car dealers aren’t afraid of competition. They compete every day in the world’s most competitive markets. Everyone wants to buy a car below the dealer’s cost, but wants that dealer to be there when essential repairs need to be performed or there is a recall.
Tesla wants to sell directly to the public. We all saw what the manufacturers wanted to do when the economy turned south look for a handout and cut and run. It was the dealers who fought to stay in the game, even after years of getting more cars than they needed forced onto their lots by the manufacturers. Dealers got leaner and struggled, because it was their own business and their own employees they were fighting for, not share price and market share.

Chapman also belittles charitable contributions as not necessarily being part of the business equation. Car dealers think it is. They give hugely to their communities in time and money. Check a dealership during the holidays and you’ll see employees delivering turkeys to needy families and generous checks written to local charities.

Chapman seems to think that Amazon and Dell prove that consumers can successfully buy direct from the source. But Amazon doesn’t make anything and buying a computer isn’t remotely like buying a car. I’m not sure if Tesla should be allowed to sell directly to the public, but I know that the dealership system is a wonderfully competitive marketplace of independently owned businesses that benefits all consumers.

Philip J. Troy, president, ComplyNet Corporation