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Mike Hockett Sr. 
Founder and CEO of Auction Broadcasting Company
Co-Founder of Dealer Services 
Mike Hockett has over 45 years in the wholesale auction business. Hockett was founder and CEO of ADESA Corporation, formerly trading over NASDAQ. Previously Hockett founded Auto Dealers Exchange throughout the Midwest and Southeast until its transformation into Auto Dealers Exchange Services of America. Other ownership interests include Diversified Vehicle Services, a repossession, title, and registered importing company; Xcira, an internet auction facility; and Monument Advisors, an investment firm. Mr. Hockett serves on the boards of numerous charitable organizations and his interest in evangelism and church planting has allowed him to travel to many countries.


Jim Kelly
Hall of Fame and Former Buffalo Bills Quarterback  
Jim Kelly was a former Quarterback for the Buffalo Bills and inducted into the NFL Hall of Fame in 2002.  He spent his entire NFL career with the Buffalo Bills from 1986-1996, where he led the team to four consecutive Super Bowl appearances in 1990-1993. Now a polished keynote speaker, he shares his life story of perseverance and overcoming obstacles including his insights on teamwork, leadership, having a special needs child and facing cancer. 


Kathleen McCann
President and CEO
United Road Services Inc.
Kathleen McCann joined United Road in January 2011 and leads North America’s premier finished vehicle logistics provider. Under her leadership, United Road offers a diverse service portfolio which includes highly skilled driving professionals, industry-best capacity, an outstanding safety record and a patented logistics technology system (OVISS). In 2014, United Road’s team of nearly 2,000 transported over three million vehicles for customers in every segment of the automotive industry and is currently the second largest and most diversified carrier in North America. She currently serves as a member of the Automobile Carriers Conference of the American Trucking Associations and provides leadership support to various other industry and community organizations. 


Rene Abdalah
Vice President
RVI Group
Rene Abdalah is a Vice President at the RVI Group and is responsible for underwriting and risk management for all residual value insurance business in North America. He is also responsible for business and product development for RVI Analytical Services. Rene’s area of expertise is in the analysis of the auto leasing market with particular focus on portfolio risk management. Before joining RVI, he was a Principal at The Campbell Group and prior to this spent four years at Standard & Poor’s Global Automotive Group. Earlier in his career, he worked at World Omni’s residual risk group, and the Federal Reserve’s automotive group.


Mike Antich
Editor and Associate Publisher 
Bobit Business Media
Mike Antich is executive editor and associate publisher for Automotive Fleet Magazine. Mike has been heavily involved in the fleet industry for more than 25 years, writing and editing more than 5,000 articles on fleet management, in addition to his active membership in a number of industry associations, including the Automotive Fleet & Leasing Association (AFLA), NAFA Fleet Management Association (NAFA), and the International Automotive Remarketers Alliance (IARA). Antich is a past AFLA president, a 15-year member of the NAFA Foundation Board of Directors, long-time member of the NAFA Affiliates Committee, and was a member of the committee that helped create the Affiliates position on the NAFA Board of Trustees. He was chairman of the IARA industry task force that developed the first-ever Certified Automotive Remarketers (CAR) program and has served 10 years on the IARA Board of Directors, in addition to being an officer and secretary.


Matt Arias
Director of Arbitration and Operational Excellence
Cox Automotive/Manheim
Matt Arias is Cox Automotive/Manheim's Director of Arbitration and Operational Excellence. He is also co-chair of the NAAA Standards Committee, which sustains and improves the National Arbitration Policy, and a member of the International Automotive Remarketers Alliance Standards Committee.


Stuart Bailey
VP Operations
Asbury Automotive Group
Stuart Bailey serves as Vice President of Operations for Asbury Automotive. He is responsible for developing and implementing programs to ensure operational excellence to support Asbury’s business strategy. He leads initiatives in the field operations to drive the company’s operational effectiveness and enhance the customer experience. Bailey joined Asbury in September 2011 as Used Car Director for the Atlantic division. In January 2013, he became the National Used Vehicle Director. Prior to joining to Asbury Automotive, he worked for Sonic Automotive in various positions since 2002. Bailey’s previous experience was 7 years with Pat Ryan and Associates. He started his career in the automotive industry in 1985. 


Ricky Beggs
Senior Vice President, Editorial Director
Black Book
Ricky Beggs began his career in the automotive industry in 1981 as a member of the Editorial team at Black Book gathering market information, conducting data analysis and reporting the used vehicle market values. After working specifically in the used domestic model car market, the older car market and with the truck and utility market, in 1991 Ricky began leading the team of industry experienced Editors and data analysts in reporting current used market values that are based on actual auction activity and projecting residual values for consumer leasing. Ricky represents Black Book as an industry expert and provides market insight for many publications and websites.


Brad Bollman
Vice President Remarketing Solutions
GM Financial
Brad Bollman has been in leadership positions across multiple aspects of the automotive finance industry, including various roles within the remarketing industry over his 18 year career.  His current role includes leadership of U.S. auction operations, online sales, lease-end vehicle management and related remarketing functions at GM Financial.


Sherb Brown
Vice President
Bobit Business Media
Sherb Brown is the Vice President and group publisher of the Bobit Business Media Fleet Group with 20 years of experience within the fleet industry. Brown is a member of the Ford Fleet Advisory Board and GM Commercial Sounding Board. He has a B.A. from the University of Michigan and Juris Doctor from Case Western Reserve University. 


Aaron Cervantes
Assistant Manager, Fleet Remarketing
Hyundai Motor America
Aaron Cervantes is currently responsible for the Remarketing Operations at HMA Headquarters and the remarketing efforts on the west coast.  He began his Remarketing career with Bank of America and was there for fourteen years, seven in which he served as the VP of Lease Remarketing, managing the internal operations of their Lease End of Term process. Cervantes served with CarMax for a short duration as a Buyer. He joined Hyundai Motor Finance in 2004 as the Asset Remarketing Manager managing the remarketing of their repossessions and off-lease vehicles. In 2006, he joined Hyundai Motor America (HMA).  He also serves on the Board of Directors of IARA (International Automotive Remarketers Alliance).


Phil Chavka
National Director, Used Vehicle Operations
Phil Chavka has been in the automotive business for 32 years. He has Retail Sold hundreds of new and used vehicles, purchased and sold thousands of vehicles at auctions and started out selling Renaults and Jeeps in Michigan in the early 80's.   Chavka moved into management in 1990, has been an owner/operator of Chevy for more than 4 years, a Used Car Director Suburban Group for more than 4 years, a Regional Used Car Directof ro Sonic Automotive for over 7 years and for over two years, has been serving as the National Director of Used Vehicle Operations for AutoNation.  


Jeannie Chiaromonte
Vice President and National Remarketing Manager
Bank of America/Consumer Vehicle Lending
Jeannie Chiaromonte serves as the Vice President of Asset Remarketing for Bank of America responsible for the sales and transportation of Auto, RV, and Marine repossessions and Vendor Management.   She manages all aspects of the auction remarketing operations on a national level and is responsible for developing all strategies associated with the processes, audit and compliance and results tracking.  She joined the Bank in 1991 and her experience also includes Lease End Term and Collateral Recovery.   Jeannie serves on the Board of Directors and Executive Board of IARA (International Automotive Remarketers Alliance) and currently 1st Chair Vice President.  She has a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration from the University of La Verne in La Verne, CA.


Bill Cieslak
Vice President, Remarketing
Element Fleet Management
Bill Cieslak has 25 plus years experience in the automotive and truck Remarketing industry. Specific competencies include residual forecasting, residual realization and portfolio management strategies. Bill’s industry experience includes Avis Leasing (We Try Harder), AT&T Capital / Automotive Services, PHH Arval and Element Fleet Management. 


Tom Cornellier
Manager, Auction Operations & eBusiness Vehicle Remarketing
Ford Motor Company
Tom Cornellier is the manager of Auction Operations and eBusiness for Ford Motor Company's Vehicle Remarketing department, a position he has held since 2008. He is responsible for all operational and strategic aspects of Ford's physical and online vehicle remarketing initiatives. Tom joined the Ford Remarketing team in 2001 as the eBusiness Manager responsible for the development and implementation of Ford's eBusiness strategy. From 2007 through 2008, he also managed the Ford and Lincoln Certified Pre-Owned program. Tom has been with Ford Motor Company for 29 years in a variety of field, marketing, sales, and operational positions.


Laurence Dixon
Senior Automotive Analyst
NADA Used Car Guide
Laurence Dixon oversees NADA’s market intelligence efforts and leads a team with a goal to continuously provide content that is both useful and usable to the automotive industry, financial institutions, businesses and consumers. He manages and contributes to NADA’s Used Car & Truck Blog, creates the company’s monthly market report and oversees the creation of special studies and reports. With 15 years at NADA, Laurence is well-versed in the analysis of wholesale and retail transaction price data, as well as the market fundamentals that dictate used vehicle price performance. He’s also been quoted in The Wall Street Journal, Los Angeles Times, Car & Driver Magazine and Automotive News.


Bob Graham
Vice President of Vehicle Remarketing
Bob Graham joined ARI in 1973. Throughout his career, he has been involved in most phases of the leasing business. He started in the new vehicle ordering area, moved to the maintenance management department, then to vehicle remarketing, where he became manager and then director. Bob was instrumental in moving ARI's remarketing program to a web-based environment, which led to ARIAutoDirect®, ARIBuyDirect, ARI's Virtual Market and other industry-leading programs. Bob is active in the industry and in 2009 was named president of the International Automotive Remarketers Alliance (IARA) and currently holds the position of Chairman.


Susie Heins
Vice President of Dealer Sales
Manheim - Cox Automotive

Susie Heins is the vice president of dealer sales for Manheim, a Cox Automotive business.  She oversees the national and regional sales teams focused on driving revenue and solutions for Manheim’s top dealer buyers and sellers.  Heins brings expertise in automotive wholesale, auction and online B2B sectors as well as relationship marketing to her role.  Heins has extensive experience in all facets of sales and operations, strategic business planning, sales management and development, customer service and online operations.  This level of experience was a driving force in her being asked to participate in and subsequently contribute to the overall growth strategy and evolution of Manheim’s parent company, Cox Enterprises Inc.  


Eric Ibara
Director, Residual Values
Kelley Blue Book
Eric Ibara has more than 20 years of automotive industry experience. He is responsible for managing the residual value practice at Kelley Blue Book, which includes overseeing the residual value forecasts. The information Eric manages is offered as a syndicated data product, utilized on kbb.com and published in Kelley Blue Book’s Official Residual Value Guide. Previously, Eric spent more than a decade to Mitsubishi Motors, where he directed the financial planning department. He architected new ways of forecasting residual values for the lifecycle of vehicle models and improved incentive cost forecasting. Prior to Mitsubishi, Eric worked at Nissan Motor Corporation in financial planning handling long-range forecasts and strategic planning.


Mark Ilijanic
General Manager, Dealer Remarketing
VW Credit, Inc.
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Ellie Johnson
General Manager, Manheim North Carolina
NAAA President
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Dan Kennedy
Manager, GM Remarketing
General Motors
Dan Kennedy began his career with General Motors in 1978 and has been a member of the GM Remarketing organization since 1986. He has been the National Sales Manager for GM Remarketing since 1999 and is responsible for devising and instituting all processes and programs associated with GM’s vehicle remarketing activities. Previously, Dan served as the Finance Manager for GM Fleet Operations where he oversaw of all departmental operating budgets. Dan was also a Special Project Manager within GM’s Fleet Redistribution Staff where he served as the departmental interface with GMAC for auctions and sales consolidation and was responsible for coordinating the GM auction participation of GM’s overseas dealers.


Burnell King
Purchasing Manager
Sam Swope Auto Group
Burnell King is the purchasing manager for the Sam Swope Auto Group and is responsible for vehicle acquisition and wholesale liquidation for 13 dealerships.  Burnell has been with the Sam Swope Auto Group for over ten years and has over 16 years of experience in vehicle procurement.  He spent the first six years of his career in purchasing for Carmax in both the Atlanta and Chicago area.  


Scott Kolb
Director, Business Development and Remarketing
United Road
Scott Kolb is the Director of Business Development and Remarketing for United Road.  CAR provides strategic business development services to the automotive, remarketing, and competitive bidding industries for United Road. His diverse career has included management assignments with Chrysler Financial, Honda Financial Services, Auction Broadcasting Company, The SKi Group, and Illinois Independent Automobile Dealers Association. He holds the Certified Professional Consultant (CPC) designation and is a lifetime member of the National Auctioneers Association. Scott is a board member of the International Automotive Remarketers Alliance and chair of their Education Committee. As a “Scholar” for the Gerson Lehrman Group Automotive Council, he is widely recognized as one of the top powerbrokers in the remarketing industry.


Tony Long
Executive Director
Tony Long is Executive Director for the International Automotive Remarketers Alliance. His implementation of new membership processes and sponsorship programs have resulted in increased participation from industry partners and record highs for both enrollment and conference attendance. Long came to IARA after spending four years with a leading auto lender, but he is best known for his twenty-year career in the wholesale auction industry. He is a past president of the National Auto Auction Association and the first president and Fellow of NAAA’s Warren Young Scholastic Foundation.


Eric Lyman
Vice President, Industry Insights
Eric Lyman is the official spokesperson for ALG and oversees the solutions team responsible for building and maintaining strategic partnerships with OEMs, captive and non-captive finance organizations, fleet companies and financial companies operating within the automotive sector. Eric joined ALG in 1999 and served as Managing Editor and Senior Consultant prior to his current role. Eric continues to work closely with the Editorial, Consulting, Product and Residual Risk Analysis groups to provide accurate forecasts, high value consulting and risk management products and services that address the dynamic requirements of ALG clients in the increasingly competitive automotive landscape.


Virgil Matczak
National Sales Manager
Dealers Auto Auction Group
Virgil Matczak has 50 years’ experience in the automotive industry. He started his career with Chrysler in 1965 working in finance, sales and operations, then Vehicle Remarketing sales and operations. In 2001, he joined Auction Broadcasting Co., working in national sales and marketing positions. In 2011 he joined Dealers Auto Auction Group as the National Sales Manager. He served as the IARA treasurer from 2005-2010. Matczak received the 1995 Chrysler Corporation CEO award, NAAA Hall of Fame award in 1997, NIADA Ring of Honor award in 2003 and IARA Circle of Excellence award in 2012.    


Levi McCoy
Director, Remarketing
LeasePlan USA
Levi McCoy is responsible for directing end-of-lease vehicle sales via all remarketing channels. Prior to assuming his current position, Levi served as the organizational development trainer for LeasePlan. In that role, Levi was instrumental in developing the remarketing training curriculum introduced with the launch of LeasePlan’s enhanced remarketing system in 2007. Prior to LeasePlan, Levi was with a major internet provider and major US airline/computer reservation system as a call center manager. Levi is a member of several key industry organizations including the International Automotive Remarketers Alliance (IARA), where he currently serves as President, the National Association of Automotive Auctions (NAAA), and Conference of Automotive Remarketing (CAR).


Tim Meta
Consumer Remarketing & Repossession Manager
Fifth Third Bank
Tim Meta is the Consumer Remarketing and Repossession manager for Fifth Third Bank. He has been in Automotive Finance for 29 years which included supervisory assignments with GMAC and management assignments with SouthTrust Bank. Tim is currently on the Board or Directors for IARA and co-chairs the Standards Committee. He has a MBA with Samford University and a Bachelors degree in Marketing from Penn State.


Mark Nagel
Head of Remarketing
Fiat Chrysler Automobiles
Mark Nagel has been in the auto industry over 30 years with FIAT Chrysler Automobiles. He has extensive experience in field sales, marketing, international, dealer network development and corporate realty. He has been responsible for FCA remarketing for 3 years. FCA remarketing utilizes live auction, online and direct sales to remarket upwards of 100,000 vehicles per year.


Richard Okida
TFS Remarketing Administration Manager
Toyota Financial Services
Richard Okida is a TFS Remarketing Administration Manager and has been with Toyota Financial Services for 30 years, including the past 12 years in the Remarketing Department.  Okida's team is responsible for developing and supporting remarketing system and data integration solutions with our business partners. Some highlights include: developing with AutoIMS in 2003 TFS’ auction inventory management system and integrating it with our host system, integrating vehicle build data in 2008, and utilizing iPad technology in the field.       


Kraig Quisenberry
Director of Sales for DCH Auto Group 
DCH Auto Group
Kraig Quisenberry is a strategic automotive industry professional with over 30 years’ experience. As a franchise dealer and NADA graduate, he has managed multiple rooftop dealerships, business operations, inventory procurement and re-marketing, as well as, all other functions of dealership operation. Kraig is a national speaker recognized as an early adopter of new technology and process improvement with proven success helping companies go further faster. One of the first adopters of online purchasing, Kraig figured out how to purchase and manage logistics for 100% of his inventory needs, via the Internet. He has an extensive background in re-marketing, having established a wholesale dealer-to-dealer department, achieving a one-to-one volume versus retail sales. 


Mike Reid
National Manager, Remarketing
Toyota Financial Services
Mike Reid is the National Manager of Remarketing at Toyota Financial Services and an 18 year veteran in the Automotive Industry. Reid is responsible for supervising the day-to-day Remarketing efforts of Toyota Financial Services’ (TFS) and Lexus Financial Services’ (LFS) off-lease vehicles, repossessions, TMS company vehicles, and TMS fleet repurchase vehicles at physical auction locations and the virtual marketplace.  He reports to Ron Harris, Corporate Manager of Product and Remarketing.


Howard Segal
Vice President/National Remarketing Manager
Wells Fargo Dealer Services
Currently National Remarketing Manager at Wells Fargo Dealer Services since August 2011. Formally National Remarketing Manager with Wells Fargo Auto Finance from July 2003 to August 2011.  Howard is currently responsible for National remarketing process and strategies.  Prior to this position, he was National Remarketing Manager for Bank of America from 1998-2003 and responsible for Indirect and Lease vehicle disposition on a National level. Before joining Bank of America, Howard served as Remarketing Manager with PNC National Bank from 1989-1998 and also worked in the retail sector for a large auto dealership group from 1982-1989. 


Ira Silver
National Auto Auction Association
Dr. Ira Silver has been in the field of Business & Economic Analysis for over 30 years. He is an Associate Professor in Managerial Economics at TCU’s Neeley School of Business and Economist for the NAAA. Before coming to The Neeley School of Business, he was Chief Economist and Director of Strategic Planning at the JCPenney Company. Earlier in his career Dr. Silver was an Assistant VP and Senior Economist at The Bank of New York. He has taught at several universities and has been quoted in publications including The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, and the Dallas Business Journal.


Linda Silverstein
Manager, Remarketing and Rental Operations
Ford Motor Company
Linda Silverstein is General manager, remarketing and rental operations Ford Motor Company. She has been responsible for Ford Motor Company vehicle remarketing since 2002 and rental operations since 2007. Linda joined the Ford Motor Company in 1982 as an analyst in Ford Division's Detroit District Sales Office.  Linda was named auction department manager in 2001.  Prior to that, she was the head of Automotive Remarketing Services where her team offered the company’s remarketing capabilities to external customers. Linda was an NAAA Hall of Fame recipient in 2009, Consignor of the Year in 2010 and was honored as a Warren Young Fellow. 


Brooks Stewart
Director of Purchasing
Brooks Stewart has over 18 years of experience in the automobile industry in all aspects of the business.  He began his career selling retail units while in college and spent six years with Enterprise in the Remarketing division.  Stewart then moved on to the auction side of the business with ADESA Auction as Sales and Marketing for two of their locations for over four years.  Stewart has been with DriveTime Car sales for over nine years and currently hold the position of Director of Purchasing.  


Doug Turner
Director of Asset Management
J.D. Byrider
Doug Turner joined J.D. Byrider in 1999 with responsibility for the operations of the Company Store Service Departments. In his current position, Doug’s responsibilities include the acquisition and liquidation of all vehicles for J. D. Byrider and CNAC within Company Store Operations. Doug is instrumental in the creation, design and support of the Vehicle Inventory and Service modules within the Discover Computer System which is the proprietary software for Byrider Systems. Doug previously spent seven years with Sears Automotive Centers where he managed a Tire America, a National Tire and Battery Center, and a Sears Automotive Center.


Tom Webb
Chief Economist
Tom Webb brings nearly 40 years of automotive experience to his role as Chief Economist for Manheim Consulting. Webb provides analysis of used car market activity based on data from Manheim’s auctions and associated businesses. A summary of his findings is published annually in Manheim’s Used Car Market Report. Prior to joining Manheim, Webb spent 26 years with the National Automobile Dealers Association (NADA) where he served as a spokesman and analyst for the nation’s franchised new car dealers and specialized in dealership financial analysis.


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