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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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Harkins Returns as PALS Emcee


LAS VEGAS — Organizers of the annual P&A Leadership Summit have announced that Robert Harkins will once again serve as master of ceremonies for the 2015 event, which is scheduled for Sept. 8–10 at Paris Las Vegas.

“Bob Harkins is a man of many talents, but his energy and genuine affection for our industry make him the ideal ringmaster for event,” said David Gesualdo, show chair and publisher of F&I and Showroom and P&A magazines. “We are delighted to have him back.”

Harkins will host PALS for the third consecutive year, the most recent of several such appearances, including Agent Summit in March and April’s Midwest Compliance Summit. That month, Harkins joined American Guardian Warranty Services (AGWS) as the company’s vice president of training, continuing a career in consumer finance, sales and F&I management that spans 25 years.

“I am honored to serve as your P&A Leadership Summit emcee for the third straight year,” Harkins said. “Recent actions at the legislative and judicial branches have pushed our industry to the tipping point. Events like PALS give voice to the concerns and solutions unique to the P&A segment.”

More information about Industry Summit and P&A Leadership Summit is available at the events’ websites. Attendees who register by Aug. 7 will enjoy a $100 early-bird discount.
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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Harkins Returns as PALS Emcee


LAS VEGAS — Organizers of the annual P&A Leadership Summit have announced that Robert Harkins will once again serve as master of ceremonies for the 2015 event, which is scheduled for Sept. 8–10 at Paris Las Vegas.

“Bob Harkins is a man of many talents, but his energy and genuine affection for our industry make him the ideal ringmaster for event,” said David Gesualdo, show chair and publisher of F&I and Showroom and P&A magazines. “We are delighted to have him back.”

Harkins will host PALS for the third consecutive year, the most recent of several such appearances, including Agent Summit in March and April’s Midwest Compliance Summit. That month, Harkins joined American Guardian Warranty Services (AGWS) as the company’s vice president of training, continuing a career in consumer finance, sales and F&I management that spans 25 years.

“I am honored to serve as your P&A Leadership Summit emcee for the third straight year,” Harkins said. “Recent actions at the legislative and judicial branches have pushed our industry to the tipping point. Events like PALS give voice to the concerns and solutions unique to the P&A segment.”

More information about Industry Summit and P&A Leadership Summit is available at the events’ websites. Attendees who register by Aug. 7 will enjoy a $100 early-bird discount.
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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NADA’s Koblenz Joins Industry Summit Roster


LAS VEGAS — Organizers of the annual P&A Leadership Summit have announced that Andy Koblenz, executive vice president of legal and regulatory affairs for the National Automobile Dealers Association (NADA), will deliver a keynote address at Industry Summit 2015, which will be held Sept. 8–10 at Paris Las Vegas. Attendees who register for the P&A Leadership Summit are invited to attend.

“Andy Koblenz is a familiar face at Industry Summit and a great friend to dealers everywhere,” said David Gesualdo, show chair and publisher of F&I and Showroom and P&A magazines. “His experience speaks for itself, and we anticipate a gripping and informative address.”

Since 2006, Koblenz has spearheaded critical efforts to protect franchised new-car dealers from federal regulatory overreach. He represents dealers before all federal regulatory agencies and is at the forefront of NADA’s advocacy efforts to protect consumer choice in indirect auto financing. Along with the nation’s top dealer groups, he helped launch NADA’s optional Fair Credit Compliance Policy and Program, which helps dealers and lenders comply with fair credit rules while preserving robust competition for car buyers in the auto finance marketplace.

“The upcoming Industry Summit will provide an ideal forum to discuss a resolution of the challenges to the indirect vehicle financing model presented by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau,” Koblenz said. “As a matter of principle, car buyers have the right to negotiate the rate on auto loans. And they have the right to seek a better deal. No government institution should deny that. That’s not what Washington is supposed to do.”

Koblenz directs a staff of six attorneys specializing in franchise and state law, corporate law and federal regulatory affairs. He helped navigate NADA through intensely challenging times, including the credit crisis, automaker bankruptcies and Great Recession. Previously, he served as NADA’s vice president of industry affairs.

More information about Industry Summit and P&A Leadership Summit is available at the events’ websites. Attendees who register by Aug. 7 will enjoy a $100 early-bird discount.

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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Lunt to Explain CFPB’s Effect on F&I Products


LAS VEGAS — The organizers of the annual P&A Leadership Summit have announced that The Warranty Group’s Aaron Lunt has agreed to brief attendees on the actions undertaken by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) at the 2015 event, which is scheduled for Sept. 9–10 at Paris Las Vegas.

“We wanted to invite Aaron as a legal expert to give a CFPB update as it relates to the ‘I’ side of ‘F&I,’” said David Gesualdo, show chair and publisher of F&I and Showroom and P&A magazines. “We are grateful he accepted and we anticipate a gripping address.”

Lunt serves as assistant general counsel and head of regulatory affairs for The Warranty Group and its wholly-owned insurance subsidiary, Virginia Surety Company Inc. He also appeared as a panelist at the recent Compliance Summit Midwest in Chicago. His presentation, “The CFPB’s Impact on the F&I Industry,” is expected to include a clear explanation of the agency’s mission and scope, a summary of its activities and their effect on dealership F&I offices, and a glimpse into what the future might hold.

“Attendees can expect to walk away with a greater understanding of the CFPB, what actions they have taken to date and how the F&I industry may be impacted going forward,” says Lunt.

Registration is now open for the P&A Leadership Summit, 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 or at (727) 947-4027.

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