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Registration Open for Agent Summit 2016


LAS VEGAS — Organizers of the sixth annual Agent Summit have announced that registration is now open for the event, which will be held May 9–11, 2016, at the Venetian Palazzo Las Vegas.

Citing “unprecedented demand,” show chair and Agent Entrepreneur publisher David Gesualdo said all of the exhibit space and most of the sponsorships are already sold.

“I get the sense our attendees and supporters look at the upcoming Agent Summit as a continuation of last year’s show,” Gesualdo said. “I believe it’s a symptom of the prosperity and fluidity of our industry at this time.”

The event set new records for attendance, sponsorship and exhibit space in 2015, when nearly 900 agents, agency heads, speakers and exhibitors converged on the Venetian Palazzo, which hosted Agent Summit for the first time last year.

Registration is open online as well as by phone, fax and email. Those who register by April 4 will enjoy a $100 discount.

More information about Agent Summit is available at the event’s website. To inquire about sponsorship and exhibition opportunities, contact Eric Gesualdo via email hidden; JavaScript is required or call 727-612-8826.

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PALS Panel on Self-Governance Draws Interest


LAS VEGAS — Organizers of the annual P&A Leadership Summit have announced that “Govern or Be Governed,” a compliance-themed panel staffed by leading executives from the F&I product providers segment, is drawing marked interest among attendees. The event will be held Sept. 9–10 at Paris Las Vegas.

“It’s clear [the topic] has struck a nerve in the industry, where compliance in general and the machinations of the CFPB in particular weigh heavily on the minds of dealers and the directors of the companies that serve them,” said David Gesualdo, show chair and publisher of F&I and Showroom and P&A magazines. “The fact that many of the leading minds in the F&I products segment were willing to take on this topic is undoubtedly among the main reasons the panel is generating a high level of intrigue throughout the industry.”

The panel is scheduled to begin on Wednesday, Sept. 9, at 2 p.m. Moderator Tim Meenan, an attorney and managing partner of Meenan PA, will be joined by Steve Amos, president of GSFSGroup; David DeCredico, senior vice president of business development for EasyCare; Doug Frey, Allstate Dealer Services’ executive vice president and COO; Mark Macek, president of United States Warranty Corp.; and Kelly Price, president of National Automotive Experts.

Among other topics, the panel is expected to speculate on what form guidance from the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau in the F&I products arena might take, including price or markup controls; whether product providers can stave off new regulations by preemptively imposing their own rules; and how providers, agents and dealers can work together to ensure that their interests, as well as those of car buyers, can be protected in such a scenario.

Registration for the P&A Leadership Summit is now open. More information, including the full agenda, speakers and hotel room block is available at the event’s website. To inquire about sponsorship or exhibition opportunities, contact David Gesualdo via email hidden; JavaScript is required or call 727-947-4027.

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Private Equity Principal Behind NAC, FFDS Deals to Speak at PALS


LAS VEGAS — Organizers of the annual P&A Leadership Summit have announced that Jorge Gross, principal of Trivest Partners, the private equity firm that purchased National Auto Care (NAC) and Family First Dealer Services (FFDS), has agreed to speak at the 2015 event, which will be held Sept. 8–10 at Paris Las Vegas.

Trivest Partners made headlines in 2013 when it acquired NAC and FFDS; the companies merged in September of that year.

“I look forward to attending the P&A Leadership Summit and discussing the acquisitions and merger of National Auto Care and Family First Dealer Services, which have proven to be a tremendous investment for Trivest Partners,” Gross said. “I will touch on valuation, the variables we looked for, the aspects we liked and perhaps a few items I wish I had known before we completed the transactions. I will also speak to the process and effort of combining the two businesses.”

Gross joined Trivest Partners in 2006, after a successful tenure at Credit Suisse Boston. He has since been involved in over 20 transactions with an aggregate value of more than $600 million. Gross currently serves on the board of directors for NAC as well as GetixHealth and Northfield Industries.

“This is a rare opportunity to hear the inside story of a blockbuster deal in the P&A segment,” said David Gesualdo, show chair and publisher of F&I and Showroom and P&A magazines. “Jorge Gross will undoubtedly have the rapt attention of every audience member.”

Registration is now open for the P&A Leadership Summit. Attendees who register by Aug. 7 will enjoy a $100 early-bird discount. More information, including additional speakers and travel, is available at the event’s website. To inquire about sponsorship or exhibition opportunities, contact David Gesualdo via email hidden; JavaScript is required or call 727-947-4027.

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Private Equity Principal Behind NAC, FFDS Deals to Speak at PALS


LAS VEGAS — Organizers of the annual P&A Leadership Summit have announced that Jorge Gross, principal of Trivest Partners, the private equity firm that purchased National Auto Care (NAC) and Family First Dealer Services (FFDS), has agreed to speak at the 2015 event, which will be held Sept. 8–10 at Paris Las Vegas.

Trivest Partners made headlines in 2013 when it acquired NAC and FFDS; the companies merged in September of that year.

“I look forward to attending the P&A Leadership Summit and discussing the acquisitions and merger of National Auto Care and Family First Dealer Services, which have proven to be a tremendous investment for Trivest Partners,” Gross said. “I will touch on valuation, the variables we looked for, the aspects we liked and perhaps a few items I wish I had known before we completed the transactions. I will also speak to the process and effort of combining the two businesses.”

Gross joined Trivest Partners in 2006, after a successful tenure at Credit Suisse Boston. He has since been involved in over 20 transactions with an aggregate value of more than $600 million. Gross currently serves on the board of directors for NAC as well as GetixHealth and Northfield Industries.

“This is a rare opportunity to hear the inside story of a blockbuster deal in the P&A segment,” said David Gesualdo, show chair and publisher of F&I and Showroom and P&A magazines. “Jorge Gross will undoubtedly have the rapt attention of every audience member.”

Registration is now open for the P&A Leadership Summit. Attendees who register by Aug. 7 will enjoy a $100 early-bird discount. More information, including additional speakers and travel, is available at the event’s website. To inquire about sponsorship or exhibition opportunities, contact David Gesualdo via email hidden; JavaScript is required or call 727-947-4027.

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PALS 2015 Advisory Board Announced


LAS VEGAS — Organizers of the annual P&A Leadership Summit have announced the members of the advisory board for the 2015 event, which will be held Sept. 9–10, 2015, at Paris Las Vegas.

“For the past several years, with the eyes of the industry upon them, our advisory boards have delivered,” said David Gesualdo, show chair and publisher of F&I and Showroom and P&A magazines. “This year will be no different.”

The board will be chaired by David Trinder, CEO of F&I Administration Solutions, and staffed by executives representing leading companies in the service contract, F&I products and auto parts segments. They will once again be tasked with building the agenda for the only event designed by and for leaders in the P&A industry.

“With planning underway and just a few short months to go, we are on track to create the best agenda attendees of the P&A Leadership Summit have seen,” Trinder said. “We look forward to greeting you in September.”

Members of the 2015 advisory board will include:

  • Brent Allen, President, StoneEagle Insurance Systems
  • Jimmy Atkinson, COO, AUL Corp.
  • Robert Berger Jr., Executive Vice President & Director of Operations, Wise F&I
  • Larry Dorfman, President and CEO, EasyCare
  • Kristen Gruber, President, Dealers Assurance Co.
  • Lori Hallissey, VP of Operations & Customer Experience, Allstate Dealer Services
  • Brad Hunter, President of VSC Administration, IAS
  • George Krnich, VP of Claims & Risk Management, American Auto Guardian Inc.
  • Daniel Lievrouw, VP of Operations & I.T., American Guardian Warranty Services Inc.
  • Mitch Rand, President, C&K Auto Parts and WIS Inspections
  • Russell Ridley, IT Director, GSFSGroup
  • Chris Rost, Senior Systems Analyst, Old Republic Insured Automotive Services Inc.
  • Tony Wanderon, CEO, National Auto Care

Attendees who register by August 7 will enjoy early-bird pricing. Click here to register and to access hotel and travel information, and be sure to book using the code SPBOB5 for a discounted hotel rate.

The P&A Leadership Summit is a joint production between P&A and F&I and Showroom magazines. For more info, visit pa-leadershipsummit.com or contact David Gesualdo via email hidden; JavaScript is required or at (727) 947-4027.

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Agent Summit Room Block Closes Tomorrow


LAS VEGAS — Organizers of Agent Summit V have announced that the event’s hotel room block at the Venetian Palazzo Las Vegas will close tomorrow. The event is scheduled for March 2–4.

“This is our first year at the Venetian Palazzo, and we are proud to offer first-class accommodations at a discount price to our attendees,” said David Gesualdo, show chair and publisher of Agent Entrepreneur and F&I and Showroom. “The only catch is that you have to book by tomorrow.”

Agent Summit attendees who reserve their rooms on or before Feb. 6 can receive an early-bird rate of $245 per night by visiting AgentSummit.com/Travel. All the rooms in the Agent Summit block are located in the Palazzo Tower. Room block guests will be eligible for immediate perks, including raffle prizes.

To register for the event or for more information, visit AgentSummit.com. Attendees who register on or before Feb. 6 will also enjoy a $100 early-bird discount. For sponsorship and exhibition opportunities, contact Eric Gesualdo via email hidden; JavaScript is required or call 727-612-8826.

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