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Thursday, October 11, 2018
11:00am

Welcome networking reception Ballroom Foyer

Noon

Lunch

1:00pm

Welcome
Jason Stein, Publisher, Automotive News

1:05pm

Welcome and opening remarks
How will the dealer model change in the next 3-5 years? What is the future of retail in an autonomous world?

  • Ron Frye, Chief Global Strategy Officer, CDK Global
  • Chip Perry, CEO, TrueCar

1:15pm

Mike Jackson, CEO, AutoNation

2:00pm

Panel: How Is Industry Disruption Changing Dealership Facilities and Staff?
The dealer model is changing. Find out what dealers need to be doing now to adapt their facilities, staffing and customer service approaches.

  • Paul Walser, Co-Owner, Walser Automotive Group

3:00pm

Networking break

3:20pm

Panel: Maximizing Dealership Profitability
With vehicle gross margins compressed or even non-existent, what can dealers be doing to cut costs and get more efficient? How are vehicle pricing strategies evolving and what other efforts are underway to reinvent pricing and profits?

  • Liza Borches, President and CEO, Carter Myers Automotive

4:20pm

Closing keynote speaker

5:00pm

Conclusion of Retail Forum: Chicago

BEST DEALERSHIPS TO WORK FOR

5:00pm

Welcome reception

6:30pm

Gala Dinner and Awards Program

9:00pm

Dessert and Afterglow Celebration

Contact Us

If you have questions regarding programming/speaker submissions, contact:
Libby Irwin, Conference Director:
Phone: (313) 446-0420
Email: lirwin@autonews.com

For registration questions, contact:
Janine Ward, Conference & Events Specialist
Phone: (313) 446-0350
Email: jward@autonews.com

To discuss sponsorship opportunities, contact:
Ellen Dennehy, Director of Relationship Marketing
Phone: (313) 446-6039
Email: edennehy@autonews.com