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Randy Crisorio to Serve Sixth Term as Chair of Agent Summit Advisory Board


LAS VEGAS — Randy Crisorio, president and CEO of United Development Systems (UDS) will return as advisory board chair for next year’s Agent Summit, organizers announced. The event will be held May 20–23, 2018, at the Venetian & Palazzo Resort Hotel Casinos in Las Vegas.

“We are fortunate to have Randy at the helm of our advisory board for this important event,” said David Gesualdo, show chair and publisher of Agent Entrepreneur and F&I and Showroom. “His hard work and unwavering support have helped Agent Summit grow, and we can’t wait to see what he and his team come up with.”

Crisorio will lead a select group of agency heads and industry thought leaders in constructing the event’s agenda, which typically includes a combination of workshops and panel discussions devoted to F&I development and agency-building as well as the annual Reinsurance Summit, an agent principals-only session, and high-powered keynote and motivational speakers.

Many topics and speakers have been added at the suggestion of past attendees. Crisorio encouraged agents to let their voices be heard.

“I have really been pleased with the growth of this event and thankful to both Bobit Business Media and Team Gesualdo for recognizing the stream of professional information that is exchanged each year,” he said. “The agent body shares great ideas and always returns to their market with their finger on the launch button with new products, ideas and concepts that drive dealer partnerships, and that’s what it’s all about.”

“So get involved, whether it be as a board participant or speaker but please plan to communicate your thoughts and experiences the minute you arrive back at the Venetian & Palazzo,” Crisorio added.

To suggest a topic or speaker, click email hidden; JavaScript is required to email Crisorio with “Agent Summit” in the subject line. Registration for the 2018 event will open soon. Subscribe to Agent Entrepreneur’s free enewsletter for updates.

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Agent Summit Names Harkins as Emcee


LAS VEGAS — Organizers of the upcoming Agent Summit have announced that Robert “Bob” Harkins, vice president of training for the American Guardian Group of Companies, will return as master of ceremonies for the 2018 event, which is scheduled for May 20–23 at the Venetian & Palazzo Resort Hotel Casinos in Las Vegas.

“Although we have come to rely on Bob for his talent and expertise, we do not take him for granted,” said David Gesualdo, show chair and publisher of Agent Entrepreneur and F&I and Showroom. “Few speakers can match his energy and enthusiasm, and we are grateful to have him for another tour.”

Harkins has been a mainstay at the Summit series of events and is fresh off a four-day schedule at Industry Summit in Dallas in September. As a highly regarded trainer and executive, he will be tasked with directing the crowd and introducing speakers and topics throughout Agent Summit.

“Agent Summit is one of my favorite events. We will have much ground to cover and a focused group of attendees and speakers,” Harkins said. “I look forward to seeing you in Vegas!”

Registration for Agent Summit 2018 will open soon. Subscribe to Agent Entrepreneur’s free enewsletter for updates. To discuss sponsorship and exhibition opportunities, contact David Gesualdo at 727-947-4027 or via email hidden; JavaScript is required.

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Mark Your Calendars for Agent Summit 2018


LAS VEGAS — Organizers of Agent Summit are pleased to announce its return to the Venetian & Palazzo Resort Hotel Casinos in 2018. To be held May 20-23, this will be the eighth annual event drawing agents and agent principals from around the country.

Designed exclusively for automotive general agents, the goal of this event is to educate top GAs on the latest revenue opportunities, techniques, trends and challenges to help them better serve their dealer clients.

“We are counting on you to help us build an agenda that addresses your current needs as general agents,” said David Gesualdo, show chair and publisher of Agent Entrepreneur and F&I and Showroom. “Let us know what topics you want to learn about and what experts you want to hear from. The advisory board will begin planning in the coming weeks, and they look forward to hearing from you.”

Registration for Agent Summit is expected to open in early 2018. More information about Agent Summit is available at the event’s website. For sponsorship and exhibition opportunities, contact David Gesualdo via email hidden; JavaScript is required or call 727-947-4027.

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IAS Seeks Entries for ‘Ask Frenchy’ Contest at Industry Summit


DALLAS — Organizers of the annual Industry Summit announced that IAS has agreed to host a competition featuring the company’s president of sales and veteran F&I trainer, Eric “Frenchy” Mélon. Dealers and F&I professionals are welcome to “Ask Frenchy” the most challenging questions or objections car buyers have posed to them. The winners will be honored at Industry Summit, which will be held Sept. 11–14, 2017, at the Gaylord Texan Resort & Convention Center in Dallas.

“Over the years, I’ve heard just about every objection under the sun, and I’m looking forward to sharing the best ways to overcome those at Industry Summit,” Mélon said. “It’s one of the events I look forward to each year, and I’m excited to be speaking in this unique format at this year’s event.”

F&I managers and directors are invited to click here to submit their question or objection. The five participants Mélon chooses will be his guest at Industry Summit, including a complimentary show pass and three nights of accommodations.

“Ask Frenchy is a fantastic opportunity to get your most challenging questions answered and, quite possibly, a free trip to Industry Summit,” said David Gesualdo, show chair and publisher of F&I and Showroom. “We can’t wait to hear what you have to ask.”

Registration for Industry Summit 2017 is open at the event’s website. Attendees who register by Aug. 11 will enjoy a $100 discount. To discuss sponsorship and exhibition opportunities, contact David Gesualdo at (727) 947-4027 or via email hidden; JavaScript is required.

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Kaseff to Helm CFC Panel at Agent Summit Reinsurance Symposium


LAS VEGAS — Organizers of the upcoming Agent Summit have announced that David Kaseff, CFO of MarksNelson LLC, will serve as moderator for a panel dedicated to controlled foreign corporations (CFCs) at the event, which will be held May 21–24, 2017, at Paris Las Vegas.

“The IRS has taken a significant interest in the taxation of insurance companies over the years. Of particular interest to them has been the taxation of captive insurance companies and how they are being utilized,” Kaseff said. “Now, with the additional authority for them to gather information and the notion of ‘transparency’ becoming the new norm in tax compliance, taxpayers are being required to disclose more and more under this new regulatory regime.”

The panel, “CFCs: Changes, Threats and the Regulatory Horizon” is part of the fifth annual Reinsurance Symposium. It will begin at 1:05 p.m. on Monday, May 22, after a sponsored lunch. Kaseff will be joined by Matt Gibson, vice president of reinsurance sales for Protective Asset Protection, Zack Matta, National Auto Care’s vice president of corporate strategy, and Rhonda Pinkerton, compliance director for The Tribal Domicile.

“David and his team bring unique perspectives and decades of combined experience to this panel,” said David Gesualdo, show chair and publisher of Agent Entrepreneur and F&I and Showroom magazines. “Agents who have yet to fully engage the reinsurance component of dealer operations would be wise to attend.”

Registration for Agent Summit 2017 is open at the event’s website. Attendees who register by April 21 will enjoy a $100 discount. To discuss sponsorship and exhibition opportunities, contact David Gesualdo at 727-947-4027 or via email hidden; JavaScript is required.

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Reinsurance Symposium Returns to Agent Summit


LAS VEGAS — Organizers of the upcoming Agent Summit have confirmed the 2017 event will feature a Reinsurance Symposium for the fifth consecutive year. The four-day event will begin on the evening of Sunday, May 21, at Paris Las Vegas, with the Reinsurance Symposium scheduled for the following afternoon.

“The Reinsurance Symposium has been an indispensable source of information and education since it was launched in 2013,” said David Gesualdo, show chair and publisher of Agent Entrepreneur. “Agents are rightfully invested in the topic and deserve a clear explanation of the options available to their agencies and their dealer clients.”

This year’s Reinsurance Symposium schedule includes a lunch with sponsors, a panel dedicated to controlled foreign corporations (CFCs), a second panel on non-controlled foreign corporations (NCFCs), and two networking breaks.

Portfolio and SouthwestRe are the lead sponsors for the symposium; CNA National, GSFSGroup, Protective Asset Protection and The Tribal Domicile are premier-level sponsors. Cornerstone Financial Consulting (div. Raymond James), Goodwin & Speirs Investment Group, J. Huell Briscoe and Associates, MarksNelson and SunTrust Reinsurance Trust Services are general sponsors.

Registration for Agent Summit is open at the event’s website. Attendees who register by April 21 will enjoy a $100 discount. To discuss sponsorship and exhibition opportunities, contact David Gesualdo at 727-947-4027 or via email hidden; JavaScript is required.

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