Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif. — Finance Express, which operates the first online auto finance platform specifically designed for the independent dealer, has appointed Keith Whann to the newly created position of compliance officer.

Whann, founder of the law firm Whann & Associates, located in Dublin, Ohio, has become a leading national authority on motor vehicle and consumer protection issues. Whann has conducted hundreds of seminars across the country and appeared as a featured speaker on a wide variety of topics affecting the industry.

Many of Whann’s presentations have been filmed and broadcast on the NIADA.TV network, including the National Dealer Compliance and Profitability Expos. Whann has authored countless articles throughout his career and his monthly columns discussing compliance issues and providing legal updates are published in trade journals throughout the motor vehicle industry.

Whann recently launched the highly acclaimed Keithwhann.com Web site that contains a series of tools and various resource materials to assist dealers and consumers with business, legal and compliance matters pertaining to the car buying process. Whann also serves as general counsel for the National Independent Automobile Dealers Association, a position he has held since 1996.