Cancellation Notice

In light of the health risks represented by the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19), the recent state of emergency declared in a growing number of states and the travel bans being imposed by many companies in our industry, we have made the difficult decision to cancel our 2020 Risk & Compliance Summit in Chicago, IL from April 5-7, 2020. We understand that the Risk & Compliance Summit offers a vital forum to hear from and interact with industry thought leaders and luminaries. Therefore, we will be investigating alternative ways to deliver some of this valuable content to you throughout 2020. Please look for more information to follow in the near future.ComplianceEase will refund all registration and sponsorship payments within 60 days. We thank you for your patience as we work through this administrative effort. Should you have any questions please contact

  • If you booked a hotel room with the JW Marriott, please call them directly to cancel at 312.660.8200.
  • We understand that most major airlines are currently offering no penalty cancellations for booked flights.
  • If you also registered for the CSBS hosted LEF Mini Summit on April 8th, please expect a separate email from CSBS.

Thank you for your understanding. We look forward to seeing you at our 2021 Risk & Compliance Summit.

With best regards,  Dan Smith, Summit Chair

Thomas Valles

Thomas Valles

CompanyDisney's McFarland, USA
PositionMotivational Speaker

After graduating from McFarland High School in 1988, I attended College of the Sequoias. At COS, I Studied criminology and was All-state in Track. After leaving there I ran on a scholarship at Cal State University Bakersfield. From 1992 through 1996, I served in the United States Coast Guard. Stationed at Yerba Buena Island Small Boat Station. There I conducted maritime Law Enforcement, Search and Rescue in the San Francisco Bay.

In 1996 I entered the California Department of Corrections Training Academy in Galt, Ca. I am in my 19th year for the Department of Corrections & Rehabilitation. Through out this time I have always been involved in running, either competing or coaching. I have helped as a volunteer coach along side of coach White at McFarland High School. When my own children started competing it took on a whole new meaning; I started coaching younger athletes. As young as 5 years old. I coached through the McFarland Parks & Recreation program or the McFarland Track Club which was established in 1973 by coach Jim White. I took over The track club in 2003. The club has never been more active with the help of the athlete’s families.

I married my high school sweet heart, Martha Ramirez, on November 13, 1993. Our family includes our sons Thomas , Andrew & our daughter Brianna. Martha is a 5th grade teacher in McFarland. My son,Tommy, after graduating from McFarland High School is attending Bakersfield College hopes of becoming a firemen. Thomas had a cameo appearance at the end of the movie with his 2013 McFarland Cross Country team. Andrew attends Garces Memorial High School in Bakersfield, Ca. Andrew is a stand out pitcher for the Varsity Baseball team. Brianna is a 8th grader at Columbine School in Tulare County. Brianna is a successful runner in her own right. She will be attending McFarland High School in the fall.

I have always been a competitor whether it be my own personal goals or helping young athletes achieve theirs. From the front of the pack to the back end, we all have limits. Never let someone hold you back from pushing beyond what others think is impossible. Whether it’s a long stride or small steps to the finish the goal is to finish. Dream Big!!!


Disney's McFarland, USA

Welcome Reception

5 April, 2020  5:00 pm  Grand Ballroom Foyer