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Jim Kelly
Hall of Famer & Former Quarterback
Buffalo Bills, NFL
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 we led them to four consecutive Super Bowl appearances in 1990-1993.  Kelly retired from the NFL in 1997.  As a polished keynote speaker, Kelly has spoken to a wide variety of organizations including Fortune 500 companies, Universities, Health Care organizations, as well as many other businesses. Kelly will share his life story of perseverance and overcoming obstacles including his insights on teamwork, leadership, having a special needs child, and facing cancer.


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.


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.


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.


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.


Virgil Thomas 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.    


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.


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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Wednesday, March 18, 2015
1:30pm - 2:30pm
NAAA Opening Keynote Address: 
Kelly Tough
Keynote Speaker: Jim Kelly, Hall of Fame and Former Buffalo Bills Quarterback
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Thursday, March 19, 2015
9:30am - 10:25am
Keynote Address:
How Learning from the Past Will Help the Industry Plan for the Future: 50 Years Ought to Teach You Something
Keynote Speaker: Mike Hockett Sr.Founder & CEO of Auction Broadcasting Co.

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