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NADA Press Conference Schedule - 2012 Convention in Las Vegas

NADA Announces Press Conference Schedule for 2012 Convention in Las Vegas

McLEAN, Va. (Jan. 17, 2012) – The National Automobile Dealers Association announced today the schedule for 21 press conferences at its upcoming Convention and Expo in Las Vegas, which runs Feb. 3 to 6.

All press conferences last 45 minutes and will be held in rooms 233 and 235 in the North Hall of the Las Vegas Convention Center. Here’s the schedule:

Saturday, Feb. 4

(Factory Image Study)
9:00 - 9:45 a.m.
Room N233

NADA will announce the findings of an independent study that focuses on the cost effectiveness of factory image programs. Glenn Mercer, the well-known industry analyst who conducted the study, will present the findings and answer questions. This is the first study of its kind to take an in-depth look at manufacturer programs that require new-car dealers to invest billions of dollars in facility upgrades. NADA Chairman Stephen W. Wade will also be on hand to answer questions. Contact: David Hyatt, NADA vice president of public affairs, at (202) 281-4550 or

10:00 - 10:20 a.m.
Room N235

NADA Chief Economist Paul Taylor will highlight his 2012 sales forecast and economic outlook for new cars and light trucks, including a regional analysis. Contact: Charles Cyrill, NADA director of public relations, at (216) 870.8837 or

NADA Used Car Guide
10:20 - 10:45 a.m.
Room N235

Jonathan Banks, executive automotive analyst with the NADA Used Car Guide, will provide a 2012 forecast on where transaction prices are headed for both new and used vehicles. Banks will also discuss the primary market factors that led to record high used-vehicle prices in 2011 and how that will affect prices this year. Contact: Charles Cyrill, NADA director of public relations, at (216) 870-8837 or

11:00 - 11:45 a.m.
Room N233

Manheim President Sandy Schwartz and Chief Economist Tom Webb will unveil a remarketing solution and the company’s 2012 Used Car Market Report. Contact: Crystal Cooper at (770) 649-0880 or

G&A Marketing
11:00 - 11:45 a.m.
Room N235

Patrick Gunning, president of G&A Marketing, and Matt Baker, vice president, will introduce a “doorstep” mail delivery program that bypasses the U.S. Postal Service and allows dealerships to deliver mail directly to their customers. They will also discuss how G&A has helped dealers increase gross profits and introduce PaySmart, a new short-term financing solution for car buyers and service customers not based on the customer’s credit score. Contact: Matt Baker at (800) 688-1370 or

ServiceBook Pro
12:00 - 12:45 p.m.
Room N233

Phillip Battista, CEO of Superior Integrated Solutions, and Steve Anderson, CEO of AutoLoop, will discuss the launch of ServiceBook Pro, the first application of its kind offering fixed operations personnel with a true end-to-end solution while redefining the role of technology in auto retail parts and service sales. Contact: Chris Grimes at (732) 781-9010 or

12:00 -12:45 p.m.
Room N235

Steve Anenen, president of ADP Dealer Services; John Holt, senior vice president of ADP’s digital marketing group; and Kevin Henahan, senior vice president of marketing, will provide an update on ADP’s recent innovations. ADP, based in Hoffman Estates, Ill., provides integrated computing solutions to motor vehicle dealers in nearly 100 countries. Contact: Michelle Benko at (847) 485-4389 or

CP Handheld Technologies
1:00 - 1:45 p.m.
Room N233

Executives from CP Handheld Technologies, LLC, based in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., will discuss its VIN Query solution, which allows a vehicle to report its VIN and location to CP Handheld servers, transforming the way automobiles are physically captured for reconciliation by dealerships and wholesale lenders. Contact: Dan Perry, president, at (812) 759-6902 or

Dominion Dealer Solutions
1:00 - 1:45 p.m.
Room N235

Robert Berndt, president of Dominion Dealer Solutions, and other Dominion executives will introduce new advances and integration across their CRM, inventory and marketing technologies. The company, based in Norfolk, Va., will also unveil its dealer-branded mobile app for consumers as well as business and product integrations for both dealers and OEMs. Contact: Peyton Hoffman at (757) 351-7271 or

2:00 - 2:45 p.m.
Room N233

MobileAppLoader CEO Zvika Ashkenazi and Mike Stupeck, systems director for Henry Brown Auto Group, will discuss how mobile app technology is changing the way auto dealerships build relationships with customers. The presenters will explain the critical differences between native and Web apps, and will provide market information on app features reaping the biggest ROI. Contact: Ruth Littmann at (408) 314-1840 or

2:00 - 2:45 p.m.
Room N235

ResponseLogix CEO Tom Mohr will unveil new marketing services and present results of a nationwide mystery shop study of 12,000 dealers that analyzed the effectiveness of dealer responses to Internet sales leads. Looking at the quality and content of lead responses to online car shoppers, Mohr will offer a look at best practices for dealers. Contact: Gabe Foo at (408) 220-6488 or

Sunday, Feb. 5

11:00 - 11:45 a.m.
Room N233

Founder and Executive Chairman Richard Graham and CEO Karen Blunden will discuss the future of online fixed operations solutions and introduce Super Service, a new product that combines service menu pricing and a multi-point inspection into one streamlined process. Infomedia, based in Sydney, Australia, with North American offices in Detroit, provides Internet solutions to more than 56,000 subscribers worldwide. Contact: Rachel Lilly at (248) 381-8814 or

Experian Automotive
11:00 - 11:45 a.m.
Room N235

Scott Waldron, president of Experian Automotive, and executives will present insights into the automotive market highlighting vehicles in operation and shifts in market share. The company, based in Schaumburg, Ill., will also introduce and demonstrate a new business tool that allows dealers to utilize market information to gain insights and make profitable decisions. Lunch will be provided. Contact: Roslyn Whitehurst (714) 390-5351 or

Dealer Synergy
12:00 - 12:45 p.m.
Room N233

Sean V. Bradley, CEO and founder of Dealer Synergy, a training, consulting and digital marketing firm based in Philadelphia, will announce the launch of Dealer Synergy Academy, a training facility located in New Jersey focused on creating quality jobs and employees for the automotive industry. Contact: Eliana Raggio at (866) 432-3555 ext. 23 or

Virtual Guard
12:00 - 12:45 p.m.
Room N235

Vice President Owen Dvir will discuss how to reverse the current upturn in theft and vandalism at dealerships. Virtual Guard has introduced a new system to actively detect any type of intrusion at the perimeter of the dealership. Virtual Guard’s dealership security service emerged from the hi-tech security systems used to protect U.S. military and government installations. Contact: Owen Dvir, (888) 435-3533 or visit

Auction Genius
1:00 - 1:45 p.m.
Room N233

Auction Genius will announce the release of software, which allows dealers buying at auctions to evaluate more vehicles in less time. Todd Kinzle, president and co-founder of Innovative Dealer Technologies, will share how Auction Genius’ access to instant information is transforming the auction buying process. Contact: Todd Kinzle at (720) 515-1534 or

2:00 - 2:45 p.m.
Room N235

Executives from DealerRater will unveil the winners of its 2012 Dealer of the Year award program recognizing the top dealerships throughout the U.S. and Canada for customer satisfaction based on online reviews posted on DealerRater’s site. Winners will be announced by brand category at both the state and national levels. One overall winner will be given the highest honors for outranking all other awarded dealerships. Contact: Amy Rosenfield at (800) 266-9455 x730 or

Monday, Feb. 6

1on1 Reporting Tools
9:00 - 9:45 a.m.
Room N235

David Higgins, president and founder of One-on-One Consulting, will introduce and demonstrate a cost-effective suite of reporting tools that provide integrated access to dealership data for in-depth analytics and reporting that helps dealers easily manage their performance as well as identify successes and opportunities. Contact: Bobbie Higgins at (253) 265-2410 or

10:00 - 10:45 a.m.
Room N233

Joe Castle, Founder of SOCIALDEALER and CEO of Castle Automotive Group, and PhilPenton, CEO of SOCIALDEALER, will introduce new technology designed to create, manage and monitor dealer social profiles, along with reputation and content, through one centralized Web platform. Contact: Brent Albrecht at (630) 824-3196 x109 or Laurie Halter at (503) 245-3140.

Passco Systems
11:00 - 11:45 a.m.
Room N235

Darren Newton, president and CEO of Passco Systems, will introduce a new Web-based search tool for medium- and heavy-duty truck dealers. Based in Chicago, Ill., Passco Systems offers an online program that allows salespeople to store customer specifications permanently by using simple structured screens to instantly search dealer inventories and deliver matches in seconds. Contact: Darren Newton at (312) 577-7660 or

12:00 - 12:45 p.m.
Room N233

Brad King, president of Dealermade, a producer of dealer websites for more than a decade, will discuss its new Photo Studio with a 20,000 lb. capacity carousel and green screen technology. The system, which can be installed at the dealership, produces more than 40 pictures and full-turn videos within 7-10 minutes per vehicle. Contact: Brad King at (888) 403-9143 or


Laura Withers
Public Relations Specialist
NADA Public Affairs
(703) 760-7578
(540) 409-7212 (m)

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