2019 is going to be an exciting year for Used Car Week for a variety of reasons — one of which, we just talked about last week, Dealer Training Tuesday. And a brand new Used Car Leadership Luncheon, featuring Jennifer Costabile, general director fleet marketing, rental sales and remarketing at General Motors, is on the docket, as well.
BUT, there’s another big celebration and milestone that stands out for the Used Car Week team and attendees this year: And that’s the 20th anniversary of the National Remarketing Conference, which makes up the second block of Used Car Week, scheduled for Nov. 13-15.
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The NRC first launched in 1999 at a resort on Camelback Mountain in Scottsdale, Ariz. And then in February 2002, amid business travel turmoil caused by the aftermath of 9/11, Ron Smith, the founder of Auto Remarketing and its parent company, S&A Cherokee, and his lieutenant, Bill Zadeits (now president of Cherokee Media Group, presenter of Used Car Week) — brought the National Remarketing Conference to the Bellagio in Las Vegas.
Having personally guaranteed the finances, it was a gamble, for sure, but one that ultimately paid off, Smith said.
And now the NRC, sponsored by SmartAuction, is headed back to Las Vegas to the Red Rock Casino, Resort & Spa, to celebrate two full decades of making an impact on the auto remarketing industry and beyond.
The NRC has always stood out because of a dedication to asking the tough questions and examining the most pressing business developments that impact vehicle consignors, brick-and-mortar auto auctions, online auctions, technology/service providers and all the stakeholders in the remarketing industry.
And that’s in large part due to our loyal attendees and expert speakers. One individual that has been in both those courts over the past 20 years of NRC, had this to say about the event:
“Here’s how I would sum it up. In the late 90s or in the early years, it was a conference that was nice to be at,” said Nick Peluso, president of Manheim Digital Marketplace and RMS Automotive at Cox. “Today, it’s a ‘must-be-at.’”
Another past attendee and Cox Auto exec will be giving a keynote during the NRC 20th Anniversary. That’s Zack Hollowell, VP of Manheim Digital.
And stay tuned to the Used Car Week blog for more on NRC 20th Anniversary celebrations and happenings.
Touching All Corners of the Used Car Biz
NRC takes a long, hard look at the remarketing and auction biz. And the first block of Used Car Week, which includes the Repo Con, Auto Fin Con and Pre-Owned Con, covers aspects of the auto business ranging from recovery management and fintech solutions to CPO strategies and digital marketing and retailing.
That’s right, Used Car Week touches on all corners and facets of the pre-owned vehicle market to ensure our attendees get a full pulse on where the auto business is today, and where it’s headed in the future.
For example, attendees at Repo Con, sponsored by Millennium Capital and Recovery, will be privy to the latest discussions on recovery technology and compliance, as well as a panel that explores trends and strategies from the perspective of recovery management leaders. Already confirmed for this panel session are: Jose Mendiola, President, ALS Resolvion; Claudia Plascencia, Senior Vice President, Del Mar Recovery Solutions; and Drew Shull, VP, Sales, Client Relations, PAR North America.
Those at Auto Fin Con, presented by DRN And Allied Solutions, will hear the latest on fintech technology and auto finance trends from companies like FICO, Connections Insights, Ernst & Young, IC Systems and many more.
And Pre-Owned Con attendees will have front-row seats to a full day of dealer training from leading sales trainers across the country for UCW’s first Dealer Training Tuesday.
We know that for the pre-owned auto industry to run smoothly, it takes all these players and more to keep the cogs running and wheels turning. That’s why there’s something for everyone that calls the auto remarketing industry their professional home at Used Car Week.
Joe Overby, Auto Remarketing Senior Editor, contributed to this post.