2022 Speakers

Check out our list of speakers from the most recent AUTOVATE. And stay tuned for upcoming news and updates about AUTOVATE 2023.

We promise, you won’t be bored with powerpoint after powerpoint presentation. Instead, AUTOVATE features an informal and conversational Q&A format with dealer principals, executives from investment firms and investment banks, manufacturing executives, and startup entrepreneurs armed with new ideas and solutions for automotive retail.

  • Our format is 15-to-20-minute TED Talk styled Q&A sessions with the audience participating via text with the moderator, with two or three featured presentations. NOTE: No exhibitors or sales and marketing pitches. Just conversations.



Alexi Venneri

Co-founder & CEO at Digital Air Strike

Marty Blue

Entrepreneur-in-Residence - Harvard Business School, Board Member, Advisor, Consultant

Brian P. MacDonald

President and Chief Executive Officer at CDK Global

Steve Greenfield

CEO, Founder of Automotive Ventures

Ron Frey

Automotive Strategist, M&A Advisor, Investor

Mark Queen

Founder, Skai Vision

Michael Alford

2022 NADA Chairman, Principal, Marine Chevrolet & Trent Buick GMC Cadillac

James Taylor

Managing Director, Automotive, Truist Securities

Eric Denlinger

Managing Director, Cowen Portico

Glenn Mercer

Independent Automotive Researcher

David Spisak

Founder of Disruptive Growth Solutions

Andrew Koblenz

NADA's Executive Vice President of Legal and Regulatory Affairs

Franklin McLarty

Chairman and CEO of McLarty Diversified Holdings (MDH)

Bill Cariss

President and CEO of Holman Strategic Ventures

Amitay Kalmar

CEO and Co-Founder of Lendbuzz

Jay Vijayan

Founder and CEO of Tekion Corp

Leonard A. Bellavia

Founding Partner of the law firm of Bellavia Blatt, PC

William Camastro

Dealer/Partner for Gold Coast Cadillac

Rusty West

President, & CEO of Market Scan

Nick Calderone

Award Winning Journalist and TV Host

Josselyn Boudett

Founder & CEO of Stella Automotive, Serial Entrepreneur

Harrison Wilson

Leader, Innovator, and Visionary in the Biotech and Life Sciences Industries

Doug Caywood

Co-Founder of Search Engines MD

Curtis Nixon

Leader in the Automotive and SaaS Space

Quin Garcia

Co-Founder and Managing Director of Autotech Ventures

Daniel Raglan

Partner at Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP

Aaron Bickart

Executive Vice President, General Manager OfferLogix

Jeremiah Wheeler

President of the DRNdata & MVTRAC business units for Motorola Solutions Inc.

Eric Brown

CEO and Co-Founder of inSearchX a Perpetual Search™ Platform

Jessica Stafford

Senior Vice President Consumer Solutions, Cox Automotive

Eric Kohn

Vice President, Auto Market Strategy TransUnion

Don Reese

Partner with Franchise Equity Partners

Atul Patel

Orbee’s Co-Founder and CEO

Andrew Carrington

Chief of Innovation, Technology & Applications

Napoleon Rumteen

Senior Vice President of Commercial Operations for Tekion

Marcus Aman

CEO and co-founder of Bayley

Stephanie Valdez Streaty

Research & Development Director for Cox Automotive Mobility

Michael Dunne

Entrepreneur, Author and Keynote Speaker

Adam Simms

Serial Entrepreneur and Partner in Price Simms Automotive Group

Jason Stein

CEO of Flat Six Media

Ed Roberts

Chief Operating Officer at Bozard Ford Lincoln