Robertson to Offer Glimpse Into Future at Dealer Summit

TAMPA, Fla. — Organizers of Dealer Summit announced that David Robertson, longtime executive director of the Association of Finance & Insurance Professionals (AFIP), will present a session dedicated to regulatory compliance at the 2016 event, which will be held May 3–5 at the Sheraton Tampa Riverwalk Hotel.

“Dave Robertson brings both wit and wisdom to the Dealer Summit stage,” said David Gesualdo, show chair and publisher of Auto Dealer Today and F&I and Showroom. “We are counting on him to shed some light on the current and future state of the F&I office and set the stage for the compliance sessions that will follow.”

Robertson is a 45-year automotive industry veteran and, in 1989, was among the founders of AFIP. He will present the F&I Keynote Address, “A Look to the Foreseeable Horizon,” at 9:10 a.m. on Wednesday, May 4. He is expected to comment on the wave of recent developments in the F&I segment and how dealers, agents, finance companies and OEMs have responded.

“While there are exceptions, the impetus for F&I-related innovation typically germinates from the bottom up,” Robertson said. “Unfulfilled consumer needs are first recognized at the dealership level, with the general agent corps and aftermarket product providers acting as first responders. Once the viability of a new product or service is established, the captive and institutional lenders and manufacturers follow suit.”

Registration for Dealer Summit is now open at the event’s website. Dealers who register by April 1 will enjoy a $100 early-bird discount.

For information about exhibition and sponsorship opportunities, contact David Gesualdo via email hidden; JavaScript is required or at 727-947-4027.

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