Panels, keynotes, workshops, meeting, networking events. These are all sessions and events that work to make up any successful professional conference. And more recently, fireside chats — smaller, more intimate expert discussions have taken front stage, as well.

Used Car Week 2019 has sprinkled these Fireside Chats throughout the week, spanning the Pre-Owned Con, Auto Fin Con, Repo Con — and the National Remarketing Conference, the second block of UCW. This session style paves the way for lively discussions with top experts in their fields, with a format that allows for organic conversations, friendly banter and strategic communication across industry sectors.

Bob McConkey, President and CEO, McConkey Auction Group

Here’s a sampling of some of these very same discussions on tap for Used Car Week 2019: 

The 20th anniversary of the National Remarketing Conference will feature a discussion between independent auction leaders Bob McConkey, President and CEO, McConkey Auction Group, and John Brasher, Executive Director at ServNet. “A Fireside Chat: Innovation and Independents,” is scheduled for 11:30 a.m. on Thursday, Nov. 14 in the Red Rock Ballroom. This conversation will focus on the changing auto remarketing landscape — and how and where independent auto auctions are innovating with creative business strategies to meet the challenges of a new day.

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Also during the NRC, sponsored by SmartAuction, the team at IAA will take the stage for a session – “Exceeding the Needs of a Global Buyer Base,” set in a “fireside chat” format – which will delve into the importance of data and innovation, growth opportunities, and how to curate the auction experience to a buyer’s needs – no matter where they are across the globe.The best way to attract, retain and exceed the needs of buyers is to understand what they need to be successful. When your buyer base is healthy and your market competitive, vehicle sales and auctions simply perform better. The following IAA leaders will discuss the importance of listening to and incorporating feedback from buyers, why leading with data and innovation is crucial, and more at 3:30 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 14: led by Jeff Blackwell, Vice President of Operations, Select Management Resources LLC; and including Justin Mahlik, SVP, Innovation and Business Development, IAA; John Mathiowetz, VP, Commercial Sales, IAA and Meggan O’Malley, Director, Innovation & New Product Development, IAA.

Andrew Stuart | President and CEO, TD Auto Finance

Fintech. Digital retailing. Omnichannel sales and finance experiences. These are just some of the trends and technology changing the face of the auto-finance industry — from subprime to super prime. A c-level discussion during Auto Fin Con will cover these topics, as well as what do dealers, lenders, auto-finance execs, tech providers and more players in the finance industry need to know to head into a new decade. Hear from the experts like Anil Goyal, Executive Vice President, Operations, Black Book; Bill Jones, CEO and President, Regional Acceptance Corp.; and Executive Vice President, Manager of BB&T Dealer Retail Services; and Andrew Stuart, President and CEO, TD Auto Finance. Explore new trends in fintech, how auto-finance businesses are addressing digital retailing and online financing, and auto fin 2020 tips, trends & expectations.

Check out the pre-event attendee list, and see who’s attending Used Car Week 2019!

Later in the week, Charles Sutherland, Chief Strategy Officer at Defi SOLUTIONS, with additional experts in the auto-finance business, will discuss the evolving landscape of pre-owned leasing. The Fireside Chat, “Used Car Leasing, Real of Buzz?” scheduled for 10:15 a.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 13 in the Pavilion Ballroom.

Check out the full Used Car Week agenda! 

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