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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.


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.


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.


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 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.


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.


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"We accomplished our goal and found international business partners. We also obtained knowledge about remarketing in the USA. The show was really impressive and we discovered really great business opportunities."
-Thomas Povilaika, Business Development Manager, Exleasingcar

"It was a great opportunity to connect with our venders face-to-face.  After all, these are the important people that help us run our business. Thanks to everyone at the CAR conference for making it a successful meeting."
-Rob Thompson, President, Mid-State Auto Auction

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