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Tuesday, November 28, 2017
Los Angeles, CA    

2017 AutoConference LA Agenda

11:00 A.M.Registration Opens

12 NoonCharlie Gilchrist, NADA Industry Relations Chairman

12:00 P.M.Welcome Remarks
Bob Smith, Executive Director, Great LA Dealer Association
Mark Scarpelli, Chairman, NADA

12:15 P.M.Lunch  

1:15 P.M.General Session Opening Remarks
Fin O’Neill, CEO and President, J.D. Power

1:20 P.M.Tom Doll, President & COO, Subaru of America

Q&A: Joe White, Reuters

1:50 P.M.How to drive consumer impact with fully integrated marketing

Jeremy Tucker, VP, Marketing Communications/Media, Nissan North America

Q&A: Steve Shannon, Automotive Advisor, Yext & Foursquare

2:10 P.M.The Dealership of Tomorrow Discussion

Peter Welch, President, NADA

Glenn Mercer, Automotive Consultant, GM Automotive LLC
Dave Conant, CEO, Conant Auto Retail Group

2:30 P.M. Gen Z—They’re On the Move!
Much has been written about the fastest growing automotive customer base—Gen Y, many now pushing 40. However, the next generation—Gen Z, ranging from 7-21 years old—is beginning to gain their independence on the road. There are many questioning if those in Gen Z want to own a car or to even drive. Will they be open to such concepts as shared ownership or autonomous driving? Will they trust their vehicle to make decisions for them? This discussion will voice the sentiments and trends of our newest drivers.

Renee Stephens, Vice President, U.S. Auto Quality, J.D. Power

2:20 P.M.Changes Impacting Dealers: Facility sizes, off lease returns, and a peaking SAAR
The automotive industry and the franchised dealer model are facing new challenges. Mike Sullivan, the LAcarGuy, will share his perspective.

Mike Sullivan, LAcarGuy

Q&A: Mike Stanton, VP/GM, J.D. Power’s Valuation Services Division

2:50 P.M.Reaching and Influencing the Most Vehicle Buyers
Highlights from The Local Path to Automotive Purchase Study will help automakers and dealers optimize their advertising and marketing plans.

Thom Callahan, President Southern California Broadcaster Association

3:05 P.M.Afternoon Networking Break – Foyer

3:35 P.M.Autonomous Vehicles: What is Realistic?
Autonomous technology is coming - what is hype and what technologies are likely to see mass adoption. What are consumer perceptions of autonomy?

Ethan Forchette, Senior Manager Automotive, Deloitte
Kristin Kolodge, J.D. Power, Executive Director, Driver Interaction and HMI
Peter Hoffman, President, Sierra Auto Cars Inc.

Q&A: Glenn Mercer, Automotive Consultant

4:25 P.M.

Anders Gustafsson, Senior Vice President Americas, Volvo Car USA

Q&A: Joe White, Reuters

4:55 P.M.Closing Comments

5:00 – 7:00 P.M.Networking Reception – Sky Deck, 73rd Floor

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