Alvin Heggs is dealer principal of Superstition Springs Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram in the Phoenix, Arizona area. A former NBA power forward for the Houston Rockets, Alvin transitioned to automotive dealership management at the end of his basketball career. He previously served as the general manager for Spring Chrysler Jeep Dodge, based in Spring, Texas.
With over 20 years of experience in the automotive F&I industry, Kurt Hornung serves as vice president of F&I Operations at AutoNation, Inc., the nation's largest retailer of new and used cars, trucks and SUVs in the United States. Prior to joining Auto Nation, Kurt was a district manager for JM&A Group, one of the largest providers of F&I products in the automotive industry. He earned his Bachelor's degree in Business Administration from Kansas State.
John Kane is the principal owner of Empire Dealer Services, a company that is "New England grown, New England focused, and solely dedicated to the New England family owned automotive dealer." His company is comprised of a hard charging team of automotive professionals focused on protecting their client's brands, while providing them with the latest strategies for growing your retail business. Prior to launching Empire Dealer Services, John held senior leadership positions at F&I Resources and Resource Automotive.
Tiger Lester serves as the regional finance director for the Austin Division of Group 1 Automotive, a Fortune 500 company. Group 1 owns and operates 148 automotive dealerships, 193 franchises and 30 collision centers in the United States, United Kingdom and Brazil. Tiger began his career at Gene Messer Ford in Lubbock, Texas. He earned his Bachelor's degree in finance and economics from Texas Tech University.
For the past 12 years, Anthony Patterson has served as vice president of operations for Patterson Auto Group in Wichita Falls, Texas. He brings over 15 years of experience in the automotive dealer finance industry, and previously served as the General Manager of Patterson Honda where he was responsible for all aspects of the dealership.
Fernando Somoza is executive manager of Central Houston Cadillac, Central Houston Nissan and Baytown Nissan. Fernando is a native of Nicaragua where his family was a Mercedes Benz distributor. He served as the first Hispanic chairman of the Houston Automobile Dealers Association in 2006, and was recognized as General Motors' Dealer of the Year in 2008. He has also served on the board of directors of General Motors Minority Dealers Association (GMMDA).
Claudia has served in various roles with Penske Auto Group for 20 years. She brings her immense talent as Director of Financial Services to the company's automotive and commercial truck dealerships principally in the United States, Canada and Western Europe. PAG employs more than 23,000 people worldwide and is a member of the Fortune 500 and Russell 2000.
As senior vice president of Dealer Services at EFG Companies, John Stephens directs the company's direct sales and service channel, providing EFG's solutions and engagement to auto dealers. John is responsible for leading the Dealer Services team in optimizing the profitability of EFG's direct dealer partners and supporting the use of EFG products and services. In his 25 years in the automotive industry, John has held many positions, from F&I contractor and director to a general sales manager. When working for Mac Haik, his store ranked number seven in the nation for unit sales.