Andrew Adams is based in San Francisco, and is a Partner in Deloitte’s Strategy Practice, Monitor Deloitte and leader in Deloitte’s Automotive Industry Group. He has nearly 20 years of experience as an executive and advisor across a number of industries and domains.
Mr. Adams currently focuses on the automotive industry and advises clients on matters of strategy, growth and disruption, with a particular focus on the future of mobility. He helped launch Deloitte’s Future of Mobility practice and regularly addresses the topic with senior executives across the industry.
In addition, Mr. Adams helps lead Deloitte’s Automotive Retail practice, where he helps dealer clients improve their operating performance and develop strategies for the future.
Mr. Adams is also a practitioner in the Firm’s CEO Program; he has a particular focus on CEO transition and helping CEOs architect and enact strategic transformations.
Andrew Adams holds an MBA from the Darden School at the University of Virginia, and a BA, also from the University of Virginia.
Donald E. Flow
Chairman and CEO
Flow Automotive Companies
Don Flow is the chairman and CEO of the Flow Automotive Companies, Inc. Under his leadership, Flow Automotive Companies, Inc. now operates thirty-six automobile franchises in North Carolina and Virginia.
Mr. Flow is currently chairman of the board of directors of Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center, and is former chair of the Board of Trustees of Wake Forest University as well as former chair of the Business School of Wake Forest University. He is also a member of the Board of the Institute of Advanced Studies in Culture and the McIntire School of Business at the University of Virginia. He serves as the chair of the Winston-Salem Alliance and is on the Board of the Piedmont Triad Partnership. He is past chair of Winston-Salem Business Inc., and was a previous member of the Board of Trustees of the UNC School of the Arts. He currently serves as a member of the North Carolina Governor’s Economic Council and the Governor’s Commission on Public Schools.
Mr. Flow received a bachelor of science in commerce from the University of Virginia, a diploma in Christian studies from Regent College, Vancouver, B.C., and an M.B.A. from Wake Forest University, graduating with highest honors.
The Niello Company
Rick Niello served in the military for 8 years and upon his return home, he got his first job in the car business working at Carlsen Volkswagen in San Francisco from 1969 - 1972. In 1972, he came to work for his father, and The Niello Company, at Niello Volkswagen as the finance manager. For the next 23 years, Mr. Niello worked for many of the different dealerships, in all different capacities to ensure he fully understood the operations of the company. In 1995, he took the helm of The Niello Company as president where he has remained ever since.
Today, The Niello Company is the region's only privately held dealership group spanning twelve of the world's finest automotive manufacturers: Acura, Audi, Alfa Romeo, BMW (in two locations), Infiniti, Jaguar, Land Rover (in two locations), Maserati, MINI, Porsche, Volkswagen and Volvo. The Niello Company offers locations in Sacramento, Concord, Rocklin, Roseville and Elk Grove. Mr. Niello is the driving force behind the company and its never-ending ambition to find automobiles that fulfill an experience of distinction, innovation and adventure for its customers. Each brand offered by The Niello Company was selected on a foundation of automotive passion and commitment to excellence.
As a long-standing member of the Sacramento business community, Mr. Niello strives to show his appreciation by supporting a variety of community organizations. The Niello Company supports hundreds of charities and non-profit organizations in the Sacramento region and beyond. This year, Mr. Niello will be honored by United Cerebral Palsy of Northern California as Humanitarian of the Year, one of the highest philanthropic recognitions in the region. Niello dealerships are consistently recognized nationally by Automotive News in the "100 Best Dealerships To Work For" in the United States and Canada. Since the inception of the award 5 years ago, 9 dealerships have been named in the top 100, with several being repeat winners. In addition, The Niello Company was nominated by NADA as TIME Magazine's Dealer of the Year for California. On a local level, the company has been honored to be named "Best Place to Work" for all large companies in Sacramento by the Sacramento Business Journal, two years in a row and as the "Best Place to Buy a Car" by Sacramento Magazine every year since the awards inception.
Mr. Niello earned a bachelor of science in business administration from the Menlo School of Business Administration.
Executive Vice President, Cox Automotive and
Dale Pollak's career in the automotive industry spans nearly four decades. As a dealer, technology entrepreneur and best-selling author, Mr. Pollak has helped many successful automotive dealers in North America make dramatic improvements in their new and used vehicle operations.
Mr. Pollak pioneered the Velocity Method of Management™, an operational strategy that relies on Live Market data and insights to maximize a dealer's profitability and return on investment from their new and used vehicle inventories. Mr. Pollak crafted this approach during his years as a Cadillac dealer in Chicago in light of his unique circumstances of not being able to physically observe his used vehicle inventory.
This Velocity vision served as the foundation for vAuto, Inc., the company that Mr. Pollak founded in 2005. Since then, the company's technology and tools have been adopted by more than 10,000 dealerships in North America. In late 2010, Cox Automotive acquired vAuto. Mr. Pollak continues to guide strategic product development/integration for vAuto and other Cox Automotive companies. Prior to vAuto, Mr. Pollak helped build and lead Digital Motorworks, Inc. to its successful acquisition in 2002.
Mr. Pollak has written three books that detail the application of the Velocity Method of Management™ in dealerships. The latest, Velocity Overdrive: The Road to Reinvention, was released in 2012.
Dale Pollak holds a B.S. in business administration from Indiana University, a law degree from DePaul University's College of Law, and is a four-time winner of the American Jurisprudence Award. In addition, Mr. Pollak received the 2010 Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award, and in 2011, he was inducted into the Chicago Area Entrepreneurship Hall of Fame. In 2014, Mr. Pollak was named as Poling Chair at Indiana University's Kelley School of Business.
Senior Vice President of Sales
Alan Powell is senior vice president for Clutch Technologies. Clutch builds patent-pending software that powers subscription car service, providing an all-new approach to car ownership.
Mr. Powell joined the Clutch team in 2016 and has the important mission of capturing the mindshare of the automotive sector, including dealerships and OEMs nationwide, as the industry embraces subscription technology.
Before joining Clutch, Mr. Powell was a member of the executive team for PlayOn! Sports, an innovative technology platform bringing schools and communities together through dynamic content produced on the NFHS Network (High School Sports Network). He helped guide PlayOn! to its current status as the nation's largest high school sports media company.
Mr. Powell is well versed at developing new industries and has been responsible for creating disruptive technologies for more than 20 years. He spent nine years with Movero/BroadSource, one of the trendsetters in the telecom expense management arena, and also sat on the executive team for Digital Insight, an Intuit company, a provider of one of the most widely used online banking solutions.
He began his career in the mid-90s as co-founder of nFront, Inc., the pioneer of Internet banking and payments for businesses and consumers.
Graduating from the Georgia Institute of Technology, he holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial and Systems Engineering.
Gen Z Guru
David Stillman is not new to the generational conversation. For almost twenty years he has been called on by business executives, politicians and the media to share his expertise on how best to bridge generational gaps. David has appeared on CNN, CNBC, and the TODAY Show as well as NPR and in Fast Company, The New York Times, USA Today, and The Wall Street Journal.
His creative communications work has earned him numerous accolades including gold medals at the NY Film Festival, the much coveted CLIO Award, and most recently was named as one of 200 People to Watch by the Business Journal as well as one of the Power50 in the state of MN.
In addition to being an internationally acclaimed speaker on the generations, David is also the co-author of two best-selling books including When Generations Collide and The M-Factor: How the Millennial Generation Is Rocking the Workplace.
David's latest book "Gen Z @ Work" describes the 7 key traits of Gen Z. He has coauthored this book with his 18-year-old Gen Z son, Jonah.
Gen Z Guru
Jonah Stillman is a recent high school graduate and who is currently taking a gap year. He already has quite a few accomplishments. For 10 years Jonah competed on the national US circuit in snowboarding. He was ranked in the top 5 in the US before hanging up his helmet to pursue working with his dad in the generational field. Jonah and a team of peers conducted one of the first national surveys about Gen Z's workplace attitudes. The eye-opening results ignited Jonah's interest in keeping the dialogue going. After growing up watching his dad - David - be the voice of his generation, Jonah is excited to be a voice of Gen Z. He is the youngest speaker on the circuit and has already shared his insights on Gen Z with CNBC, MSNBC, and CBS and was recently featured in Fast Company, TIME, Inc, Forbes and The New York Times.
Jonah serves on the advisory board for Blackboard and works for the NFL spearheading their Gen Z fan engagement strategies.
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