2015 Automotive Summit and NADA Welcome Reception: Agenda

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January 22, 2015 • Marriott Marquis • San Francisco, California


Please note that the Agenda is tentative. Check back for updates.

 Thursday, January 22, 2015

 
7:30 a.m.  Registration Opens, Breakfast Begins
 

8:30 a.m.  Opening Remarks
Finbarr O’Neill, President, J.D. Power

8:40 a.m. U.S. Market Outlook
Thomas King, Vice President, PIN U.S. OEM Operations, Media and Marketing

9:00 a.m. Morning Keynote Speaker: Robert Carter, Senior Vice President – Automotive Operations, Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A. Inc.

Future Customers and Their Needs
Automakers must focus on emerging markets and listen to their needs to help ensure growth today, tomorrow and beyond.

Q&A
Phil LeBeau, CNBC Auto and Airline Industry Reporter, CNBC


9:45 a.m. J.D. Power Annual Franchise Assessment: Mid-and-High-Volume Franchises
– Jeff Schuster, Senior Vice President of Forecasting, LMC Automotive
– David Sargent, Vice President, Global Automotive, J.D. Power
– Joe Derkos, Director, Consulting & Analytics, J.D. Power

11:15 a.m. Networking Break

11:30 a.m. J.D. Power Annual Franchise Assessment: Luxury Franchises
– Jeff Schuster, Senior Vice President of Forecasting, LMC Automotive
– David Sargent, Vice President, Global Automotive, J.D. Power
– Joe Derkos, Director, Consulting & Analytics, J.D. Power

12:45 p.m. Networking Lunch

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1:45 p.m. Drivers of Today’s Dealership Buy/Sell
The dealership buy/sell market is extremely active today – up 89% through the third quarter of 2014 according to Kerrigan Advisors.  This presentation will discuss the drivers of today’s activity level and dealership’s high blue sky values.  It will also discuss the effect outside investors are having on dealership valuations and assess the future of buy/sell activity and blue sky values.

Erin Kerrigan, Managing Director and Founder, Kerrigan Advisors


2:15 p.m. Panel Discussion: The Future of the Buy/Sell Market: Too Good to Last?
The buy/sell panel is comprised of some of the most acquisitive dealership groups in the country. These panelists will provide their perspective on today’s buy/sell market and current valuations. They will also discuss the drivers of the acquisition strategies.

Panelists:
– Franklin McLarty, Chief Executive Officer, RML Automotive
– Mark Iuppenlatz, Vice President, Corporate Development, Group 1 Auto
– Ed Napleton, President, Napleton Dealership Group


3:00 p.m. Networking Break 

3:15 p.m. 2015 U.S. Auto Finance Forecast: Industry Leader Perspectives
What is the near term environment for loan, lease, sub-prime and floor plan?  Is the softening of the used car market going to impact the availability of lease programs? How concerned is the industry regarding the increase in sub-prime loans?
 
Executives representing top captive, bank and sub-prime lenders as well as a major credit bureau will provide a comprehensive view on the auto lending market for 2015.  Perspectives on the funding landscape, Leasing and Used cars, Sub-Prime and Floor Plan, technology, credit quality and performance will shape the outlook for the coming year.

Moderator: Mike Buckingham, Senior Director, Auto Finance Practice, J.D. Power

Panelists:
– Tim Russi, President, Automotive Finance, Ally Financial
– Pete Turek, Vice President, Automotive, Trans Union
– Joy Falotico, Executive Vice President, Marketing, Sales, Americas and Strategic Planning, Ford Motor Credit Company
– Thasunda Duckett, Chief Executive Officer, Chase Auto Finance


4:00 p.m. Afternoon Keynote Speaker: José Muñoz, Executive Vice President, VP Nissan Motor Co., Ltd.; and Chairman, Nissan North America, Inc.

Nissan North America: Profitable & Sustainable Growth in Partnership with Our Retail Network
Nissan North America (NNA) just completed its best year ever in the U.S. market, with nearly 1.4 million unit sales and a market share improvement of 0.4 points to 8.4 percent. 2014 marked the eighth year out of the last nine that NNA gained market share in the U.S. Jose Munoz will explain how the company has become one of the fastest-growing automotive brands in the U.S. through a strategy of great new products, a localized manufacturing base and strong partnership with its retail network.

Q&A
Phil LeBeau, CNBC Auto and Airline Industry Reporter, CNBC


4:45 p.m Closing Remarks and NADA Welcome Reception Comments
Finbarr O’Neill, President, J.D. Power and Peter Welch, President, NADA

5:30 p.m. -
7:30 p.m.
 NADA Welcome Reception
Hosted by J.D. Power
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