Last year, the American Financial Services Association (AFSA) celebrated its centennial in Palm Beach, Fl. A year later, we reconvene in the heart of all the news coverage—Washington, D.C.

While AFSA's mission remains the same, the political landscape has completely changed. From the balance of the Supreme Court to the controlling party of both chambers of Congress and the White House. We'll be joined by leaders of Congress and key influencers in the consumer finance industry as we reflect on the past year in Washington and strategize for the future. 

In addition to various committee meetings and general sessions addressing key developments in the industry and political arena, this year's AFSA Annual Meeting will round out with Capitol Hill meetings with members of Congress. Use the insights gathered throughout the conference and take advantage of the opportunity to visit with your Congressional delegation. This is another #AFSAmtg you definitely don't want to miss! 



Network with industry executives, providers, strategists and power players

Attend committee/board meetings tailored for your role in the industry* 

Hear insights from leaders in the industry and in Washington

Meet with your congressional delegation on Wednesday, October 25

*To learn more about AFSA's Committees of Professional Interest and to join, visit


Subject to change


Evening reception for early arrivals


Committee Meetings
Education Foundation’s Professional Development Committee
Independent Auto Finance Executive Executives Group (Group members only)
Law Committee – All Day Monday and Tuesday (committee members only)

Committee Meetings
AFSA Education Foundation Board of Directors
AFSA Executive Committee (committee members only)
Commercial Credit Committee (committee members only)
Operations Committee
The EDGE Board
Vehicle Finance Division Board

Welcome Reception
Everyone is invited to meet up with friends and make new business contacts at the opening cocktail reception. The one hour plus reception will include a full bar and light hors d’oeuvres. (open to all registrants and guests)

Hosted Dinners
Following the Welcome Reception, there will be hosted dinners for the Independents Board, Law Committee, and Vehicle Finance Board.

Tuesday, October 24

Washington – Governing within the Great Divide
The Annual Meeting will kick-off with a leading member of Congress giving their perspective and insights on legislative activity impacting financial services and the general public. Learn about the future of the CFPB and other initiatives of 115th Congress.

Impacting Washington – AFSA’s Plan to Influence the Federal Process
The association’s EVP Bill Himpler will spearhead this general session along with his A-team of industry experts, consultants and federal colleagues on the challenge of shifting priorities in Congress and the White House. Learn how we navigate the halls of Congress to accomplish the industry’s goals.

The Price of Advocacy & Influence
In 10 years, AFSA’s PAC has risen from slightly over $100k to one of the largest trade association PACs in the country with $1.5m in the last cycle. The PAC has enabled the association to support candidates who know and understand the challenges our members face daily.

The Battle in the States
Since the election, the fight at state capitals across the country has intensified. Consumers and state representatives are confused by mixed messages from an array of advocates, both pro & con. Danielle Fagre Arlowe and her panelists will explore these thorny issues and AFSA’s strategy to meet this growing challenge.

What Was True Yesterday Is Still True Today – It’s the Economy Stupid!
Steve Moore of the Heritage Foundation and Economic Advisor to the Trump Administration, formerly a member of the Wall Street Journal Editorial Board, will present the state of the economy and what we can expect going forward regarding tax reform, health care and other issues impacting the economy and credit markets.

The Future of the Supreme Court – From Scalia to Gorsuch, What’s Next?
Tom Goldstein, partner at Goldstein & Russell and co-founder of the SCOTUS blog, is the nation’s leading expert on the Supreme Court. He has personally argued 30 cases before the court and taught at Supreme Court litigation at Harvard and Stanford law schools.

Committee Meetings
AFSA Board of Directors
Marketing & Communications Committee
Vehicle Credit Risk Committee
Human Resources Committee
State Government Affairs (SGA) Committee
Business Partner Board

Women’s Leadership Council (council members invited)
Wine & Cheese Networking Reception 

Annual Meeting Reception & Gala Dinner
Everyone is invited to join in the fun and enjoy the nationally renown Capitol Steps. Over 30 years ago, the Capitol Steps began as a group of Senate staffers who set out to satirize the very people and places that employed them. Since they began, the Capitol Steps have recorded over 35 albums, including their latest, Orange Is the New Barack. They've been featured on NBC, CBS, ABC, and PBS.


Financial Services – A View from the Top
Once again, a powerful member of Congress will join us to provide his or her vision of the political climate in Washington and give a candid assessment of what realistically can be achieved legislatively. The member also will address what Congress and the Administration can do to control and rein in the regulation with specific attention to the CFPB.

ORCC Meeting

Breakouts Sessions will be offered covering regulatory and compliance issues, media relations, arbitration, ancillary products and more

Capitol Hill Meetings with Member of Congress
After a lite lunch, cars will escort AFSA members to Capitol Hill for preset meetings with your representatives. Annual Member registrants, including spouses and guests, are encouraged to take advantage of the opportunity to visit with their Congressional delegation.

Post Capitol Hill Reception
Join us back at the hotel for a final networking reception.

The evening is free to enjoy Washington’s dining scene and nightlife. The Annual Meeting officially concludes.

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SEPTEMBER 29: Last day to make hotel reservations at the discounted AFSA rate

OCTOBER 6: Last day for cancellation with full refund

OCTOBER 10: Last day for cancellation with partial refund; last day to be listed in the registration directory




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A short walk from some of the nation's most cherished monuments, Mandarin Oriental DC offers five-star luxury in the heart of the U.S. capital.

DELUXE KING: $375 Guest room rate (single/double plus 14.5% tax per night). Hotel rooms are for registered conference attendees only.

You must contact the hotel directly by Monday, September 29 to reserve your hotel room at the AFSA rate. Reservations will be made on a space available, first-come, first-serve basis. A small portion of the room rate is applied to AFSA to offset conference expenses.

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TAXI SERVICE from Reagan National Airport (DCA) is approximately $18-23 and $85 from Dulles International Airport (IAD).

PRIVATE TOWN CARS start at $115 for a sedan from DCA and $175 from Dulles. Reservations can be made by calling the hotel concierge at (202) 787-6170.

ENTERPRISE RENT-A-CAR gives AFSA attendees at 10% discount on rental cars. Access Enterprise's website for reservations and use discount code 16AH072Parking at the Mandarin is $55 per night.


UNITED AIRLINES offers discounts of 2% to 10% off published fares when you use Offer Code ZW3X293807

DELTA AIRLINES offers air travel discounts to applicable fares for this conference when you use Event Code NMPE8.