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Rene Abdalah is a senior vice president at the RVI Group, and is responsible for business and product development for the insurance business as well as analytical services. Rene’s area of expertise is in the analysis of the auto leasing market with particular focus on portfolio risk management; his extensive experience in residual risk management includes consulting with bank and captive lessors on appropriate reserve estimates, as well as residual setting practices. 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.
In 1989 Darrin Aiken began working for Wheels, Inc. He started in the vehicle remarketing department as a regional sales manager. In 1999 he was promoted to his current position with responsibility for all wholesale vehicle sales, including sales to drivers and employees. Darrin helped develop the WheelsDirect Program. He also launched the Wheels Promotional Sale Schedule with their top performing auctions. Recently he has also taken on title maintenance and vehicle inventory management departments and has successfully integrated both areas into the Remarketing Department. Darrin is a member of IARA, Used Truck Association, National Association of Fleet Resale Dealers, and participates on both the Manheim Client Advisory Board and the ADESA Advisory Board.
Andrea Amico is the president of Jack Cooper Logistics: a diversified provider to the remarketing industry of inspections, transportation, title and key services, and privacy protection solutions. Andrea also runs Jack Cooper’s R&D department where he is the inventor or co-inventor in four patent filings in the areas of deep-learning artificial intelligence, image processing, computer vision, and privacy protection. Andrea chairs the cybersecurity and privacy initiative at the International Automotive Remarketing Alliance (IARA) where he launched a partnership with Auto-ISAC. He is a member of the Department of Homeland Security’s Cyber Information Sharing and Collaboration Program (CISCP) and is increasingly involved with government officials on the topics of cybersecurity and privacy for automotive.
Mike Antich is executive editor and associate publisher for Automotive Fleet Magazine. Mike has been 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 industry associations, including the Automotive Fleet & Leasing Association (AFLA), NAFA Fleet Management Association (NAFA), and the International Automotive Remarketers Alliance (IARA). Mike is a past AFLA president, a 15-year member of the NAFA Foundation Board of Directors, and long-time member of the NAFA Affiliates Committee. 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.
Evert started in the automotive industry in 1988. He worked over 26 years in the Wholecar Auto Auction industry holding positions as fleet lease manager, operations manager and assistant general manager. In 2009 he switched over to Insurance Auto Auctions and opened a green field site outside Philadelphia. Evert worked for IAAI for four years holding positions as branch manager and vehicle remarketing representative. In 2011 he joined Capital One Auto Finance as a senior remarketing representative, before joining Merchants Fleet Management as remarketing manager in 2016.
Brad Bollman has been in the automotive finance industry for more than 20 years, with leadership roles across multiple disciplines, including strategic planning and sales operation. Brad is senior vice president of GM Financial North American Remarketing Operations. In his role, Brad oversees the ongoing advancement of U.S. and Canadian remarketing programs, while building and leading teams focused on exceeding customer expectations.
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. Sherb is a member of the Ford Fleet Advisory Board and GM Commercial Sounding Board.
Chris Clarke joined ARI in 2015 and has more than 25 years’ experience in remarketing and the auto industry. He currently has oversight of operational remarketing throughout North America, including management of market sales, heavy truck and equipment sales, direct sales and ARI BuyDirect, in addition to the management of three Canadian remarketing centers. Prior to joining ARI, Chris’ background included varying remarketing roles for a major rental car company, and sales and operational positions in the truck and trailer leasing industry. Chris is a member of IARA and is on the Board of Directors, and serves on advisory boards for Manheim, Adesa and ServNet.
Tom Cornellier is the manager of auction operations and eBusiness for Ford Motor Company's Vehicle Remarketing department. He is responsible for 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 32 years in a variety of field, marketing, sales, and operational positions.
James oversees logistics, remarketing, transportation, and purchasing of vehicles at Merchants Fleet Management. He maintains multi-channel operations, tracks and monitors all new and used vehicle inventories, as well as streamlines the vehicle order-to-delivery process. James works with major auto manufacturers and key vendors to establish and develop strong partnerships and relations. James brings over 15 years in the automotive industry within the operations realm.
Richard Curtis is a partner in Auction Management Solutions, Inc. Richard works with auto auctions, auto finance companies, vehicle manufacturers, corporate fleets, commercial lessors, third party servicers, and e-commerce concerns. He has done work with a group of companies headquartered in Canada that evaluate and participate in various automotive industry ventures in North America. Richard, has over 40 years of industry experience, including 18 years as general manager of auto auctions, and six years as general manager of franchise auto dealerships. He has spent the last 16 years consulting as a partner with TPC Management Company and recently served as the vice president of industry relations for the ServNet Auction Group.
Mike Eruzione served as the captain that led the 1980 United States Olympic Hockey Team to its gold medal victory in Lake Placid, NY. The highlight of the games for Mike was scoring the game-winning goal against the Soviet Union. After the Olympics, Mike spent several years as a sports commentator for Madison Square Garden. In 1984 Mike joined ABC and was a broadcaster for the summer and winter Olympics in 1984, 1988, 1992 and 1994. The 1980 Olympic Team was inducted into U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame, and in 1999, Sports Illustrated voted the 1980 Team’s victory as the number one sports moment of the century. Mike and his teammates had the honor of lighting the Olympic flame at the Opening Ceremonies of the 2002 winter Olympic Games, and in 2004 they were featured in the Disney movie “Miracle”. For the past several years, Mike has traveled throughout the country representing major corporations as their spokesperson and/or motivational speaker. Mike is currently employed by Boston University as director of special outreach.
Doug joined Hyundai Capital America in 2012 as the lease end servicing director building and leading HCA’s customer off lease process. In 2015 he transitioned to his current role as the senior director of remarketing operations which includes oversight of Physical Auction, On-Line Sales and Asset Administration operations. He and his team located in Plano, Texas are responsible for Hyundai Motor Finance and Kia Motors Finance off lease and repossession sales. Doug’s experience in the automotive finance industry extends back many years to also include collections/customer service, consumer and commercial finance and dealer field sales.
Pasquale Forletta reports to the director of used vehicle activities and is responsible for sales operations, inventory management, and strategic planning. Pasquale comes to the sales and service side of the automotive industry after spending over 25 years in vehicle manufacturing. He has an extensive background managing production operations, quality assurance and industrial engineering. Pasquale is an operation leader that specializes in building teams that drive efficiency improvements and focus on waste reduction to increase business throughout.
Faye Francy currently serves as the executive director at Auto-ISAC, where she oversees the company’s day-to-day operations that include information sharing processes, the company’s threat intelligence capabilities, and the continued development of vehicle cybersecurity best practices. She first joined Auto-ISAC in October 2016, as the company’s first executive director, bringing with her over 30 years of experience in government and industry, specializing in cyber security and complex systems. Prior to joining Auto-ISAC, Francy served as the executive director of Aviation-ISAC where she was responsible for establishing, implementing, and overseeing the company’s mission, goals and policies. Before that, she held various positions at the Boeing Company. Francy has also owned and operated two private companies.
An experienced professional with over 22 years of automotive industry experience, Matthew has been a member of the Mike Albert Fleet Solutions team for 15 years. Matthew has held various positions throughout the company including remarketing manager, manager of strategic analytics, and currently holds the title of director of operations. Through his previous experience in the retail automotive space, Matthew has extensive knowledge of the remarketing industry from both a buyer’s and seller’s perspective. Matthew is currently a member of Mike Albert’s Senior Management Team, sits on the company’s Residual Committee, and oversees many ongoing projects and processes within the Operations area.
Zach Hallowell serves as vice president for Manheim Digital Marketplace and RMS Automotive. In this leadership role, Zach directs and coordinates the overall global activities of RMS to ensure optimum efficiency and productivity to maximize growth, profitability and customer satisfaction. In this role, Zach directs and coordinates the overall domestic and global operational activities for digital channels – OVE, Manheim.com and Simulcast and OEM-specific marketplaces – along with RMS automotive and its global business. Zach is a seasoned remarketing industry executive, with extensive experience in the global wholesale automotive industry, having a held senior leadership roles at OPENLANE and vice president of product management for ADESA, before joining RMS in 2015.
Paul brings deep mobility services and automotive market expertise to his role as CEO of Launch Mobility, an end-to-end technology platform built to power a range of mobility services operations. With the Launch Mobility platform, clients can quickly experiment, iterate, and scale a new mobility business. Prior to Launch Mobility, Paul developed and grew Evercar, an electric vehicle car share that served the on-demand market for rideshare and delivery drivers. Prior to that, Paul led product planning for alternative powertrain vehicles at Toyota.
Kurt Kohler, Senior Vice President of Fleet Acquisition and Remarketing, North America, for Enterprise Holdings Inc., is a corporate officer responsible for leading all aspects of the company’s car and truck acquisition as well as maintenance and remarketing efforts in North America.
Enterprise Holdings operates the Enterprise Rent-A-Car, Alamo Rent A Car and National Car Rental brands, as well as more than 9,900 fully staffed neighborhood and airport locations in more than 90 countries. Enterprise Holdings is the largest car rental company in the world, as measured by revenue and fleet. The company and its affiliate Enterprise Fleet Management together offer a total transportation solution, operating nearly 1.9 million vehicles throughout the world.
Dan Kennedy joined Jack Cooper Logistics as the senior vice president of business development in June 2017. Prior to this position, Dan was with General Motors holding various positions, the most recent managing the GM remarketing team. Dan retired from GM in June 2017 after nearly 40 years of dedicated service, with the last 31 years of those years in the remarketing area. Dan was elected to the National Auto Auction Association Hall of Fame in 2011 and named the National Remarketing Executive of the year in 2013.
As vice president of auction operations, Kurt Madvig is responsible for identifying and leveraging technology solutions to increase the operational efficiency of ADESA auctions across the country. Kurt has more than 25 years of experience in the automotive industry, with over 15 years at ADESA. He joined the company in 2001 as general manager of ADESA Long Island. He was named general manager of ADESA San Diego in 2002. Under his leadership, the auction received numerous awards for customer service. In 2006 he joined the corporate office as director of organizational effectiveness, later taking on the role of director of auction operational strategy. He was promoted to vice president of auction operations in 2014.
John Manchin holds the position of national fleet remarketing manager for Subaru of America, Inc. and is responsible for the asset liquidation and remarketing activities for all Subaru vehicle groups in the secondary market. John began his career at Subaru in December 2001 as remarketing manager for Subaru Auto Leasing with the responsibility of liquidating the consumer off-lease portfolio. John introduced and incorporated multi-channel, upstream remarketing at Subaru in March 2003 by designing and implementing SubaruSOLD, an internet-based remarketing system.
John possesses a total of 42 years of automobile industry experience.
As president of the McConkey Auction Group (MAG), Bob McConkey oversees auto auctions in Spokane, Kansas City and Seattle. He is a past president of the National Auto Auction Association and is active in the auto remarketing industry. Bob currently serves as chairman of Auction Edge, which he co-founded in 2006.
Glenn Mercer is an automotive industry analyst, with three decades of experience, including over 20 years at McKinsey & Company, where he was a leader of the Automotive Practice, participating in hundreds of client studies over that timeframe. When he left McKinsey as a Partner in 2006, he established his own independent advisory service. In addition to project-based work for investment firms, he has been an advisor to various industry entities, a board member for several automotive firms, an expert witness in automotive legal actions, and a lecturer on automotive economics. He is a previous president of the SAA, and a former director of the International Motor Vehicle Program. Most recently he completed an extensive project on the Dealership of Tomorrow for NADA.
Tim Meta currently manages the repossession process and the vehicle, RV, marine, mobile home and motorcycle consumer remarketing portfolio, on a national level for Fifth Third Bancorp. He manages all aspects of the auction remarketing operations and is responsible for developing all strategies associated with the remarketing process and result tracking. He has 32 years in automotive finance starting with General Motors Acceptance Corporation (GMAC). Tim also worked for SouthTrust Bank as national automotive marketing manager/ vice president and was the consumer remarketing manager/ group vice president. He is a member of the International Automotive Remarketers Alliance (IARA), serves on the board of directors as president and co-chairs the IARA compliance committee.
Mark Nagel is moving into his 6th year as head of remarketing after spending the prior 28 years with FIAT Chrysler engaged in a wide variety of areas from real estate, dealer development, sales, marketing and training.
Alain Nana-Sinkam is a 25-year auto industry veteran, currently serving as vice president of industry solutions for ALG, providing data-driven solutions to answer some of the biggest questions facing the North American auto industry. He leads the ALG client-facing team, managing relationships with OEMs, captive and independent lenders, the investment community and other auto industry participants. Alain previously worked at Wells Fargo and HSBC Auto Finance and started his career at an auto dealership.
Charles Nichols currently acts as president, BSC America and as general manager of the Bel Air Auto Auction, a 70-year old enterprise and leader in automotive, heavy equipment and specialty remarketing. He has successfully managed and staffed businesses with significant annual revenue and 600 plus employees, and has evaluated over 15 major corporate acquisitions with five resulting in multi-million dollar mergers, acquisitions or sales. Charles has also initiated and successfully implemented both corporate decentralization and centralization programs, as well as negotiated and executed the acquisition and development of many large tracks of land in multiple states. Charles is on the board of directors for the National Auto Auction Association.
Julie Picard is national west regional vice president of Manheim. In this role since 2015, she develops and implements strategies for 14 auctions designed to drive business growth, market share and profitability. Prior to assuming these responsibilities, she was vice president and general manager of Manheim Pennsylvania. Prior to that Julie held positions of progressive importance in Kent, Washington including market vice president, Manheim Seattle general manager and others that tapped her finance expertise. Julie received the Community Involvement and Sustainability Award from Manheim in 2016. In 2013, she was honored as part of the Auto Remarketing Women in Remarketing and presented the Laurie Dobbephul Award as an outstanding woman industry leader by GE.
Pierre Pons has 30 years of automotive industry career experience, including: vehicle remarketing with US Fleet Leasing and Wheels, Inc., sales management and remarketing administration with ADT Automotive, and executive management positions with Greater Auction Group and BSC America Automotive Services. In 1996, Pierre founded TPC Management, which specializes in executive search for management positions across the spectrum of automotive industry, project-based consulting related to wholesale vehicle portfolio remarketing strategies, and advisory roles in acquisitions/divestitures. He also founded Auction Academy, the premier continuing education program for auto auction industry professionals. Pierre is active in a variety of associations such as the NAAA and has served as a board member for the IARA.
John Possumato is in the forefront of automotive technology and the mobility as a service (car sharing, ride sharing) industry. He is recognized by Silicon Valley venture capital firms, software platform providers and other “connected car” equipment providers as a consulting resource. He is a regular contributor to many major trade publications and is an in-demand speaker at industry events on topics of advanced mobile technologies and new mobility as a service business models.
Dan Powers serves as the director of remarketing for Donlen. In his role, he is responsible for all remarketing activities, overseeing a multi-channel operation including vehicle sales and transportation. Dan works with key vendors to establish and develop strong partnerships and relations. With over 20 years of experience, Dan is a proven leader in the automotive industry and has held multiple positions within the fleet services and consumer finance divisions. Previously, Dan held positions at GE and Mercedes Benz. He is a member of the International Automotive Remarketers Alliance (IARA) and participates on the Manheim, ServNet and ADESA Client Advisory Board.
In 1981 Leonard Roll entered the vehicle reconditioning field as owner of Len’s Custom Carriage. Len has worked in the wholesale auction industry at South Seattle Auto Auction, Insurance Auto Auctions, and Dealers Auto Auction. During his tenure with DAA, he started a salvage sale that was later sold to Copart and is still operating today. In 2000, Roll relocated to Spokane, Washington where he began managing the Auto Body Center for DAA Northwest. As reconditioning manager, he oversees two auto body center locations, a detail shop, a mechanical shop, and facility construction and maintenance. In addition, he serves on DAA’s strategic management team.
Phil Schappert serves as the director of remarketing for LeasePlan USA. In his role, he is responsible for overseeing vehicle sales and transportation nationwide. With nearly 20 years of experience, Phil is a proven leader in the automotive industry. Previously, Phil held positions ranging from remarketing to repossession management. He has spent years creating marketplace efficiencies and maximizing collateral returns through innovative remarketing channels. Phil has demonstrated an ability to consistently increase the per-unit sale price while growing the volume of sales and decreasing the days to sell.
Mike Scott has been involved in the auction industry for over 20 years. Mike started out in the industry as a wholesaler in the mid 90's and in his time as a wholesaler, he gathered knowledge in many different aspects of the business from reconditioning, title work, managing a team, vehicle appraisals, on the block negotiations and portions of the finance world. In 2001, Mike entered the remarketing world when he joined RSA (currently known as Fiserv) to bring his past experience and knowledge to their team as a Remarketing Representative. In 2007, Mike joined CPS (Consumer Portfolio Services) where he continues serving as the national remarketing manager.
During his 34 year career at GE and now Element, Paul Seger has held multiple positions within the fleet services and consumer finance vehicle remarketing divisions. Paul was instrumental in navigating the consumer finance business through one of the most challenging cycles in the automobile industry and, along with his team, was responsible for mitigating millions of dollars in forecasted residual value losses. In addition, Paul is a GE Six Sigma Green Belt with multiple quality improvement projects to his credit. Beginning in 2008, Paul led the launch of GE’s automotive remarketing services business for non-lease customers. In 2015, Paul was named Consignor of the Year by his industry peers and currently sits on the IARA board of directors.
Tom Stewart, an industry specialist in vehicle remarketing and auto finance, is the president of Auction Management Solutions, Inc. Tom works with auto auctions, auto finance companies, vehicle manufacturers, corporate fleets, commercial lessors, third party servicers, and e-commerce companies. Tom, who has over 20 years of industry experience, started his automotive career working for Anglo American Auto Auctions. He later went on to become the director of remarketing for KeyBank. He has spent the last 15 years working on various consulting projects as a partner with TPC Management Company, and held the position of executive vice president of sales for the ServNet Auction Group.
Doug Turner joined America’s Auto Auction in May 2017 as a regional manager. Prior to his employment at America’s Auto Auction, Doug spent almost 19 years at J.D. Byrider, with responsibility for the daily operations of the Company Store Service departments. His responsibilities included management of the buying, remarketing and logistics team, retail pricing and CNAC repossession management of all vehicles for J.D. Byrider and CNAC within Company Store Operations. Doug was also instrumental in the creation, design and support of the Vehicle Inventory and Service modules within the Discover Computer System. Doug is an active board member of IARA and serves on the standards committee for IARA and NAAA.
Bob has direct-line responsibility for all ARI U.S. day-to-day-operations and for the ARI companies in Canada, Mexico, the UK and Europe. He has vast strategic and operational experience overseeing ARI’s vehicle supply chain and remarketing, licensing and compliance, and fleet management and call center teams, as well as global product management. Bob also contributes key insight to the development of best practices and new in-house technologies, processes and design that allow ARI to deliver superior customer service and savings. Bob joined ARI in 1989 and managed three fleet management services areas before being promoted to director of fleet services in 1998 and then vice president of operations in 2005. He advanced to senior vice president of fleet management services in 2011 and then executive vice president in 2013. Bob was promoted to his current position in 2015.
Charlie Vogelheim is a 30-year auto industry veteran whose career history incudes Kelley Blue Book, J.D. Power, Motor Trend and TPC Management. He is a regular media correspondent and automotive industry commentator for business and consumer news. As a conference host, MC or moderator, Charlie continues development of best practices in remarketing and information transparency. He contributes to the continued success of TPC through business development, industry and client relations. Charlie is on the faculty for Auction Academy. He travels extensively worldwide attending automotive events, test drives and conferences.
Layne Weber is the director of wholesale fleet sales – Western U.S. for the Avis Budget Group. A 25 year veteran of the remarketing industry, Layne was previously the vice president of remarketing sales for Citi Financial Auto, vice president of remarketing for Donlen Corporation, and held various positions with GE Capital Fleet Services. Layne joined the IARA while at Donlen and was served for more than a decade as a board member, vice president, president, sub-committee chair, and chairman of the board.
Jimmy Johnson is the architect of the Dallas Cowboys' consecutive victories in Super Bowls XXVII and XVIII, a former Miami Dolphins coach, and member of Fox's NFL Sunday team. The first head coach to win both a National Collegiate Championship and a Super Bowl Championship, Johnson is a proven leader and motivator. Johnson is also the author of the autobiography Turning the Thing Around: Pulling America's Team Out of the Dumps-And Myself Out of the Doghouse, which chronicles his life and coaching experience. It's the ultimate insider's look at football from one of the true masters of the sport.
An entertaining motivational speaker, Johnson blends personal anecdotes and experiences to provide valuable, relatable lessons about leadership, team building, and personal excellence.
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