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2013 NADA Convention Press Conference Schedule

McLEAN, Va. (Jan. 17, 2013) -- The NADA Convention and Expo, held in Orlando, Fla., runs Feb. 8-11. All press conferences will be held in rooms W312A and W312B at the Orange County Convention Center. Here’s the schedule:

Saturday, Feb. 9

NADA Industry Affairs
9:00 – 9:45 a.m.
Room W312B

Auto industry consultant Glenn Mercer will release the findings of NADA's Phase 2 study on factory-mandated dealership renovation programs, which require new-car dealers to collectively invest billions of dollars. The new study analyzes the return-on-investment of these programs as well as what dealerships of the future will look like. Contact: David Hyatt, NADA vice president of public affairs, at (202) 281-4550 or dhyatt@nada.org.

NADA Industry Affairs
10:00 – 10:30 a.m.
Room W312A

Paul Taylor, chief economist of the National Automobile Dealers Association, will discuss the performance of the new-vehicle market and new-car dealerships as well as the state of the U.S. economy. Contact: Charles Cyrill, NADA public affairs, at (216) 870-8837 or ccyrill@nada.org.

NADA Used Car Guide
10:30 – 11 a.m.
Room W312A

Mike Stanton, vice president and chief operating officer of the NADA Used Car Guide, will highlight the company’s initiatives, and Jonathan Banks, executive automotive analyst with the NADA Used Car Guide, will discuss new- and used-vehicle market trends as well as how basic market fundamentals will affect used-vehicle prices in 2013. Contact: Charles Cyrill, NADA public affairs, at (216) 870-8837 or ccyrill@nada.org.

Manheim
11:00 – 11:45 a.m.
Room W312B

Manheim president Sandy Schwartz, Manheim senior vice president of product development Joe George and Manheim chief economist Tom Webb will share a business update, unveil new digital and mobile products and discuss findings from the 2013 Used Car Market Report. With dealers looking for more efficient and effective ways to conduct business, Manheim is responding with solutions that save them time and broaden their access to the Manheim Marketplace. Contact: Lois Rossi at (678) 557-8904 or Lois.Rossi@manheim.com.

ADESA
12:00 – 12:45 p.m.
Room W312A

Tim Zierden, senior vice president of dealer services for ADESA and OPENLANE, will announce the launch of next.ADESA.com, backed by industry technology leader, OPENLANE. With the integration of OPENLANE completed at all ADESA U.S. auction locations, the company now offers a single platform of the freshest online inventory in any venue. Zierden will also highlight enhanced vehicle search capabilities for buyers, real-time Black Book integration for vehicle values, integration of all vehicle history reports and first access to inventory from top consignors. The company will unveil enhancements to the AuctionTrac Dealer mobile app, the industry’s first vehicle location technology, and CarsArrive integrated transportation solutions at all U.S. auction locations. Contact: Darci Valentine at (317) 249-4414 or darci.valentine@adesa.com.

Experian Automotive
12:00 – 12:45 p.m.
Room W312B

Scott Waldron, president of Experian Automotive, will provide an in-depth analysis on the current state of the automotive marketplace, highlighting key areas including vehicles in operation, financial trends, shifts in market share and customer loyalty. This detailed analysis provides dealers with an integrated perspective into information and insights enabling them to gain the fullest possible understanding of the market, the vehicles and the people who buy them. Contact: Roslyn Whitehurst at (714) 830-5578 or roslyn.whitehurst@experian.com.

Compli
1:00 – 1:45 p.m.
Room W312A

Compli, a provider of HR and compliance management software, will debut Compli Portfolio. Portfolio represents a new way for companies to approach their Compliance Obligation Management responsibilities and simplify their regulatory reporting. Portfolio implements a host of tools that enable users to structure all of their compliance, and non-compliance needs within the system. New functionality includes dynamic workflows and robust reporting that allows for flexibility across an organization. Contact: Laurie Halter at (503) 245-3140 or laurie@charismacommunications.com.

Dominion Dealer Solutions
1:00 – 1:45 p.m.
Room W312B

Robert Berndt, president of Dominion Dealer Solutions, and other Dominion executives will introduce new advancements within its DMS technology, DominionDMX. The company, based in Norfolk, Va., will also unveil two DMS product integrations with exciting repercussions for both dealers and OEMs. Contact: Peyton Hoffman at (757) 351-7271 or peyton.hoffman@drivedominion.com.

Microsoft Cloud Services
2:00 – 2:45 p.m.
Room W312A

Kevin McMillen, CEO of Microsoft Cloud Services “MSCS,” will outline Microsoft’s multi-faceted role in the Auto Industry. As a subject matter expert in cloud computing and software as a service (SAAS), Kevin will present solutions to the challenges dealers face in operating a stable, compliant and protected business in today’s digital world. Statistics and comparisons of solution providers will be reviewed. MSCS’s new executive team will be introduced. Contact: Charlie Vogelheim at (866) 804-9040 x 4123 or charliev@mscloudservices.com.

ADP Dealer Services
2:00 – 2:45 p.m.
Room W312B

ADP Dealer Services will be providing an update on the recently announced innovations in the service and front-office areas of the dealership. Contact: Michelle Benko at (847) 485-4389 or michelle.benko@adp.com.


Sunday, Feb. 10

IFM North America, Inc.
10:00 – 10:45 a.m.
Room W312A

Richard Graham, CEO of IFM North America, will discuss Superservice, a cloud-based suite of software products designed for dealerships to track vehicle repair and maintenance as well as customer satisfaction. Contact: Kathy LaRosa at (313) 590-0185 or klarosa@ifmnorthamerica.com.

DealerPeak
10:00 – 10:45 a.m.
Room W312B

Robert Revere, chief sales officer of Dealer Peak, and Scott Lucas, director of ReachLocal Automotive, will announce how dealers in 2013 can both acquire more customers and maximize their brand exposure. Details will be discussed on how dealers can leverage a comprehensive suite of online marketing, website, desking and CRM solutions to achieve these results along with detailed return-on-investment. Contact: Robert Revere at (480) 582-0215 or rrevere@dealerpeak.com.

Digital Service Advisors
11:00 – 11:45 a.m.
Room W312A

Emanuel Jones will introduce the Digital Service Advisor (DSA), an all-new “no wait” customer greeting system hosted in a cloud environment that allows customers to login using kiosks, smart phones, tablets and personal computers. DSA is designed to create “a new paradigm in customer service.” Dealerships using this product will see improved customer relations, higher gross margins, improved efficiency, cost reductions and additional marketing opportunities. Contact: Mary Torrence at m.torrence@live.com.

NextUp
11:00 – 11:45 a.m.
Room W312B

Clint Burns, founder of The Next Up, will share proprietary information gathered from its network of dealership clients to examine how the auto industry can increase profits and sales in 2013. With nearly 14.5 million units sold last year and an even better year forecasted for 2013, The Next Up’s numbers portray an industry that isn’t ready to take on morel showroom traffic. The Next Up’s behind-the-scenes stats show that dealership benchmarks for everything from closing ratios to time with guests are off. Using real back-end information, Burns will discuss how dealerships can improve these stats and highlight the results dealerships have found when they improve just one or two of the following areas: Closing ratios, staffing, accumulated time with guests, test drive numbers, transaction times and guest value. Contact: Laurie Halter at (503) 245-3140 or laurie@charismacommunications.com.

Digital Air Strike
12:00 – 12:45 p.m.
Room W312A

Alexi Venneri, Digital Air Strike co-founder, will announce the winners of Digital Air Strike’s Social Media and Reputation Awards, which celebrates dealerships and auto manufacturers who are leading the industry as best-in-class marketers on the social web. The company will also announce details about an industry-first, mobile product that helps dealers establish a stronger social media presence and build an improved online reputation. Contact: Clint Bagley at (415) 699-8280 or cbagley@digitalairstrike.com.

SOCIALDEALER
12:00 – 12:45 p.m.
Room W312B

SOCIALDEALER will review new technologies launched in late 2012 and 2013 that help both dealers and OEM's jump in and stay relevant with social media.  The integration of the Google+ API into the SOCIALDEALER platform and how Google+ impacts dealers will be discussed.  SOCIALDEALER will introduce its national Message Syndication program with CarFax. Message Syndication is a product growing in demand, allowing OEMs to push their social media content to dealer's social media pages on an opt-in basis.  SOCIALDEALER will also look at how Facebook advertising has evolved over the past year, from growing as a tool to build fans to becoming an advanced targeted marketing program for OEMs and dealers to engage their customers using local and targeted segmentation. Contact: Laurie Halter at (503) 245-3140 or laurie@charismacommunications.com.

DealerRater
1:00 – 1:45 p.m.
Room W312B

Executives from DealerRater will provide an industry-wide update highlighting the direct correlation between dealership reviews and vehicle sales. The presentation will unveil results of a recent study, which will provide groundbreaking insight into the quantifiable value of reputation management in the auto industry. DealerRater will also unveil the winners of its 2013 Dealer of the Year award program. DealerRater, a car dealer review web site, will recognize top dealerships throughout the U.S. and Canada for outstanding customer satisfaction based on consumer online reviews posted on DealerRater’s site.  Winners will be announced by brand category at both the state and national levels. In addition, one overall Dealer of the Year for 2013 will be given highest honors for outranking all other awarded dealerships. Contact: Sara Callahan at scallahan@carterwestpr.com or Amy Rosenfield at amy@dealerrater.com.

vAuto
2:00 – 2:45 p.m
Room W312A

Dale Pollak, founder of vAuto, and Todd Kinzle, operations director for vAuto Genius Labs, will discuss its new Genius Labs product line, highlighting its efforts to offer standalone solutions that address challenges for dealers. The session will highlight how the new AutoVisor sales tool brings market clarity and confidence to used-vehicle sales for dealers and their customers, and how AuctionGenius helps dealers efficiently source vehicles from wholesale auctions. The session will also highlight updates to vAuto’s Provision suite of used-vehicle inventory management solutions, including the release of mobile appraising and pricing tools. Contact: Lance Helgeson, lance.helgeson@vauto.com or (708) 613-5816, (m) (773) 426-3020.

National Video Monitoring Corporation
2:00 – 2:45 p.m.
Room W312B

Scott Warshaw, president of National Video Monitoring Corporation (NVMC), will share real-time live video monitoring services provided by its customized programs for auto dealerships. Warshaw will also introduce the features and benefits of its proprietary software, SmartViewPlus, which was developed to enhance artificial intelligence by integrating video analytics. Contact: Scott Warshaw at (866) 919-9584 or scott@nvideomc.com.

For more information about the NADA convention or to register, visit www.nadaconventionandexpo.org.

Contact:

Amanda Deluca
Public Relations Specialist
NADA Public Affairs
(703) 760-7578
adeluca@nada.org