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Upcoming Conferences – Must Attend Events

Now that Tax season is behind us (at least for most of us) and I have begun planning the remainder of my year, I couldn’t help but notice the next set of conferences on the horizon. Yes, that’s right, I said set (or batch or grouping, if you prefer). On September 26th through 28th of 2011, at the Las Vegas Hilton, the Industry Summit will be held. The Industry Summit is comprised of three conferences The F&I Conference, the Vehicle Service Contract Administrators Conference (VSCAC), and the Special Finance Conference.

The idea behind the Industry Summit couldn’t have been explained better than explained on its website www.IndustrySummit.com, “Success in automotive retail requires close contact between dealers and the finance sources, agents, trainers and product providers that serve as their partners. Industry Summit 2011 represents an important step toward that goal.” It is for this very reason that the Special Financing Conference has decided to join the F&I Conference & Expo and the VSCAC in 2011.

At the Industry Summit, attendees will be able to have access to a wealth of information through both the conference and related workshops and speaking engagements. And the networking and business-to-business opportunities that will exist will be immense. This is going to be a “can’t miss” event.

Once we all have been able to experience the Industry Summit, and make it through the holidays, we have the Agent Summit 2012 to look forward to. For all those who were able to attend the Agent Summit this past spring, you know what a great success it was in its first year off the ground. We have even bigger plans scheduled for 2012 which not only include a great selection of panelists, workshops and exhibitors, there is also in the plans arrangements for pre-conference events such as association meetings and the scheduling of a golf or poker tournament. For additional information on the 2012 Agent Summit you can visit www.AgentSummit.com.

So, mark your calendars for the Industry Summit in September from the 26th through the 28th, at the Las Vegas Hilton, and the Agent Summit in March 2012, from the 12th through the 14th, at Caesar’s Palace – Las Vegas. These are “must attend” events and will definitely make it onto my calendar.

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VSCAC to Address Industry’s Hot-Button Issues

Touting an expanded agenda and a host of educational sessions touching on the industry’s hot-button issues, the Vehicle Service Contract Administrators Conference (VSCAC) is coming to Paris Las Vegas Hotel & Casino next week, Sept. 14-15.

For the first time in its seven-year history, the conference will explore product categories outside of vehicle service contracts, providing attendees with insights into the industry’s newest vehicle protection products and services. Here’s a look at some of the other hot-button issues on this year’s agenda:

  • The Danger Inside the Data: In this session, Tony Wanderon, president of Allstate Dealer Services, will look at how the last two years have impacted the data companies rely on to set their business strategies, and will answer and detail whether historical data can really predict the future..
  • The New World of F&I: Today’s Realities and Tomorrow’s Promise: Forrest Heathcott, president of JM&A Group, will provide administrators with an overview of the F&I industry. He will talk about the role of technology and the opportunities available in today’s online marketplace. He also will how demographics shifts among buyers and new legislation could impact the industry.
  • Dealership Reinsurance: Scott Allen, president and CEO of Oceanic International, will delve into the world of insurance litigation. He also will address the challenges and opportunities that lie in reinsurance, and will offer his take on how providers can make reinsurance an integral part of their offerings.
  • A Customer’s Perspective from Service Directors: Administrators will hear from a select group of service directors and F&I managers on what they expect from providers. These dealer representatives also will provide feedback on what providers do well and where improvements are needed.

Also featured on this year’s agenda are two panel discussions on Web services and the economy’s impact on business. Attendees will hear from panelists about their experiences with Web services for real-time quoting, rating and contract generation, as well as gain insights from a team of experts on the economic downturn’s impact on cancellations and regulatory issues.

Workshops filling out this year’s agenda include: “The Importance of a ‘Bag’ of Products and What Constitutes a Full Bag?” “Controlling the Bad Guys: How to Deal with Players that Abuse the System,” and a limited warranties workshop that will focus on how companies are navigating the host of regulations governing that segment of the industry.

Attendees will also have access to an exhibit hall filled with F&I-related products and services. For more information or to register, visit www.VSCAC.com or call (800) 576-8788.

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Attorney Lewis Kuhl to Lead 2010 VSCAC Workshop on Limited Warranties

TORRANCE, Calif. — F&I and Showroom magazine is proud to announce that Lewis Kuhl, an attorney with the law firm Pathman Lewis LLP, will be a featured workshop presenter at the 2010 Vehicle Service Contract Administrators Conference.

Kuhl, who has spent much of his 20-year career as an attorney specializing in the automotive industry, will address a host of regulations governing limited warranties and vehicle service contract companies. He will also discuss how these companies are adapting to these issues.

Before joining the Miami-based Pathman Lewis, Kuhl served as senior counsel for the JM&A Group, one of the largest independent insurance and automotive service contract companies in the United States. In addition, he served in the legal departments of JM Family Enterprises Inc. and its subsidiaries, World Omni Financial Corp. and Southeast Toyota Distributors LLC.

Kuhl is a member of the National Association of Dealer Counsel, the Florida Auto Dealers Association, the Florida Independent Auto Dealers Association and the National Independent Auto Dealers Association.

He is a frequent speaker to dealers, dealer group, state dealer associations and other industry associations on a variety of automotive industry related topics and issues.

Scheduled for Sept. 14-15 at the Paris Las Vegas hotel and casino, this year’s Vehicle Service Contract Administrators Conference will address the changing environment in which F&I product providers and administrators must operate. The two-day event, which opens with a welcome reception on Sept. 13, features panel discussions, education sessions, keynote speakers and networking opportunities.

For more information or to register for the conference, please visit www.vscac.com.

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NADA Vice Chairman Stephen Wade to Speak at 2010 F&I Conference

TORRANCE, Calif. — F&I and Showroom magazine is proud to announce the selection of Stephen Wade, 2010 vice chairman of the National Automobile Dealers Association (NADA), as a keynote speaker at the 2010 F&I Conference and Expo.

A new-car dealer and a NADA member since 1973, Wade is president of Stephen Wade Auto Center in St. George, Utah, where he also sits on the board of directors of Utah’s franchised new-car dealers association.

Before taking up his post as vice chairman of the association, Wade served as the NADA’s region IV vice chairman and on the Policy and Bylaws, ATAE/NADA, Finance, and Government Relations committees. He also served as president of the Utah Automobile Dealers Association (UADA) in 1981.

Wade has owned more than 20 franchises throughout Utah and has served on numerous automotive factory committees, boards and associations. Currently, Wade’s franchises include Chevrolet, Cadillac, Nissan, Mazda and a powerports store that carries the Yamaha, Honda, Polaris and Suzuki brands.

Scheduled for Sept. 14-15 at the Paris Las Vegas Hotel, the 7th annual F&I Conference and Expo will feature an expanded agenda that will address all segments of a dealership’s front-end department.

Those interested in following developments related to either show can visit www.fi-conference.com or www.vscac.com.

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Magazine Creates Advisory Boards for the F&I and VSCAC Conferences

TORRANCE, Calif. — F&I and Showroom magazine announced today the formation of the F&I Advisory Board, a panel of industry executives, dealers and experts who will provide direction and insight related to the F&I Conference and Expo’s 2010 agenda.

Scheduled for Sept. 14-15 at the Paris Las Vegas Hotel, the 7th annual F&I Conference and Expo will feature an expanded agenda that will address all segments of a dealership’s front-end department.

“When we expanded the magazine’s coverage, we did so because it was obvious that success in F&I was dependent upon the success of other departments in the dealership,” said David Gesualdo, publisher of the magazine. “We’re now carrying that over to our F&I Conference and Expo and have created an advisory board to identify topics that speak to the current challenges dealerships are facing. And we think we’ve put together a very good team of advisors.”

The F&I advisory board will include the following members:

Gary Allgeier
Director of Finance
The Suburban Collection

Peter Biscardi

Bob Corbin
President and CEO
Innovative Aftermarket Systems

Patrick DeMarco
Ristken Software Services

Marv Eleazer
Finance Director
Langdale Ford Co.

Rick Kurtz
Vice President Dealer Sales

John Mitchell
Business Manager
Roper Honda

Tom Murray
Resource Automotive

Ronald J. Reahard
Reahard & Associates, Inc

David N. Robertson
Executive Director
Association of Finance & Insurance Professionals

Additionally, F&I and Showroom magazine has created a separate advisory board to provide guidance on the Vehicle Service Contract Administrators Conference’s 2010 agenda. The following members were named to the board:

Brent Allen
StoneEagle Insurance Systems

Peter Biscardi
National Auto Care Corporation

Lori Hallissey
Senior Vice President – Administration

Kevin R. Jacobs
National Training Manager
Allstate Dealer Services

Mark Mishler
President/COO, The Warranty Group
President/COO, Virginia Surety Company, Inc.
CEO, Resource Automotive

David Trinder
F&I Administration Solutions, LLC

Both boards will be meeting via conference call in the near future. Those interested in following developments related to either show can sign up for the magazine’s e-newsletter by going to www.fi-magazine.com. Announcements related to both conferences will also be posted to www.fi-conference.com and www.vscac.com.

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