December 4th & 5th, 2024 Scottsdale, AZ

Thank you to our incredible lineup of speakers that participated in AUTOVATE 2023.

Stay tuned throughout the year for speaker and agenda updates for AUTOVATE 2024. 

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.


Our AUTOVATE 2023 Speakers (Stay tuned for announcements of our 2024 lineup).

Daymond John

Award-Winning Author, Entrepreneur & Star of ABC’s Shark Tank

Geoffrey Pohanka

Chairman of the Pohanka Automotive Group & NADA Chairman

James Taylor

Managing Director, Automotive, Truist Securities

Eric Denlinger

Managing Director, TD Cowen

Chris Walsh

President of Reynolds and Reynolds

Alexi Venneri

Co-founder & CEO at Digital Air Strike

Andrew Koblenz

NADA's Executive Vice President of Legal and Regulatory Affairs

Brian Donnelly

Director of Strategic Partnerships, Autotech Ventures

Glenn Mercer

Independent Automotive Researcher

John Murphy

Bank of America, Managing Director, Research Analyst

Niel Hiscox

President, Universus Media Group Inc.

Joe Shaker

CEO/Co-Founder at TruVideo

Franklin McLarty

Chairman and CEO of McLarty Diversified Holdings (MDH)

Nathan Hecht

Founder and CEO of Rodo and Cario

Chase Fraser

Founding partner at FM Capital

Brice Englert

CEO of TradePending

Mark Queen

Founder, Skai Vision

Stephen Jones

Principal with JMI Equity

Pete Cimmet

Chief Strategy Officer, J.D. Power

Jim Press

Senior Advisor, Work Truck Solutions

Bob Daglian

Director, Holman Growth Ventures

Brad Eichers

President & CEO Kornerstone Insurance, Partner Ken Garff Automotive Group

Rich Sands

CEO of STELLA Automotive AI, Inc.

Devin Daly

CEO and Co-Founder of Impel

Michael Maledon

Executive Vice President, John Elway Dealership Group

David Spisak

Founder of Disruptive Growth Solutions

William J. Beck

Managing Director, Bel Air Partners

George C. Chaconas

Senior Partner, CBI/M&AMI

Charlie Vogelheim

35 Years in the Automotive Industry

Stephen J. Dietrich

Partner, Holland & Knight

Grené Baranco

VP of E-commerce Mercedes-Benz of Buckhead

Robert Burnett

Executive Vice President, Corporate Development of Reynolds and Reynolds