A quick announcement for those who have been (im)patiently waiting: early bird registration for Used Car Week, which includes the NRC+NAAA Convention, is now open and will be available through Friday, October 13.
Last month we announced some pretty big deal updates and the collective response thus far has been “Wow! Digging the new branding, and the improved Used Car Week experience sounds great!” Most notable of the updates is the intentional cross-learning opportunity built into the 2017 agenda, enabling attendees to delve deeper into their topic of interest while also gleaming insights for the industry as a whole.
Used Car Week is designed to address important issues that impact nearly all stages of the used-vehicle lifecycle. A few highlighted topics for each lifecycle stage include:
- Retail (Pre-Owned Con): Utilizing new inventory channels for sourcing used and certified pre-owned units that consumers want at the price they’re willing to pay.
- Finance (Auto Fin Con presented by DRN): How finance companies can leverage location data to make better decisions during the underwriting and origination processes.
- Repossession (Repo Con presented by MBSi): Addressing new compliance regulations that impact buy-here, pay-here dealerships and other auto finance companies.
- Wholesale (NRC presented by SmartAuction + NAAA Convention): Discussing innovation and economic forecasting trends for auto auctions, a $100 billion industry in 2016.
I encourage you to watch recorded sessions from previous years, made possible by industry partner NIADA, to get a feel for the different types of sessions you’ll have the opportunity to attend.
In addition to the in-depth educational sessions Used Car Week offers, attendees will have plenty of time to network and make new connections during extended breaks in the expo hall, awards luncheons, and evening receptions. Past attendees will sometimes describe Used Car Week as a “family reunion” for the industry, remarking on the inviting and engaging atmosphere that makes both a seasoned leader and a newcomer feel at ease.
One way Used Car Week assists with engagement among conference-goers is by releasing our attendee list ahead of the event, giving attendees time to plan their networking efforts and make the most of their on-site experience. Take a look at our 2016 attendee list to learn more about the individuals and companies who make up our community.
A first-time speaker, sponsor and attendee of Used Car Week 2016 captured the essence of the event in an email to our conference chair Bill Zadeits:
“I found the conferences to be filled with great content, all the right people, and the place was abuzz with activity all the time – the sign of a great and productive conference,” Jeff Marsh, chief business development officer for Millennium Capital and Recovery Corporation.
I hope you will join us Nov. 13-17, 2017, at the La Quinta Resort & Club in Palm Springs, California. Nick Zulovich, senior editor of SubPrime Auto Finance News and BHPH Report, said it best: You want to succeed. We can help you get there.