Agenda

WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 6, 2023
4:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Registration (Front Courtyard, near hotel check-in)

 

5:30 pm – 7:00 pm
Welcome Reception

 

Hors d’oeuvres and drinks in the Cortijo Plaza.

9:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Welcome Party

 

Rekindle past relationships and create new friends over cocktails and snacks in the Castillo Lucina.

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 7, 2023
7:30 AM – 8:30 AM
Breakfast

 

Rise and shine as we officially kick off AUTOVATE.

8:30 AM – 8:40 AM
Welcome

 

Host & Moderator Cliff Banks
8:40 am – 10:00 am
The Analyst Perspective

 

  • Glenn Mercer, Independent Automotive Industry Researcher
  • John Murphy, Bank of America’s Managing Director, Research Analyst 
10:00 am – 10:30 am
On the Political Front – NADA Panel

 

  • Geoffrey Pohanka, Chairman of the Pohanka Automotive Group & NADA Chairman
  • Andrew Koblenz, NADA’s Executive Vice President of Legal & Regulatory Affairs 
10:30 am – 10:45 am
Break

 

10:45 am – 11:00 am
The Advisor’s Perspective

 

  • Q&A with Jim Press, Senior Advisor for Work Truck Solutions, The Presidio Group & Hyundai Motor North America. Previous roles include President, COO of Toyota North America; Co-President & Vice Chairman of Chrysler Group; & CEO of RML Automotive
11:00 am – 11:30 am
Dealer & Venture Capital Firms – A Working Model

 

  • Michael Maledon, Executive Vice President for the John Elway Group
  • Brad Eichers, Partner with the Ken Garff Automotive Group & CEO of Kornerstone Insurance
  • Chase Fraser, Founder of FM Capital
11:30 am – 12:30 pm
The CEO Perspective

 

  • Fireside Chat with Chris Walsh, President of Reynolds and Reynolds
  • Fireside Chat with Alexi Venneri, Co-Founder & CEO of DAS Technology
12:30 pm – 1:30 pm
Lunch

 

1:30 pm – 2:00 pm
Startup Showcase

 

  • Q&A with Nathan Hecht, Founder & CEO of Rodo/Cario
  • Q&A with Mark Queen, Founder & CEO of Skaivision
2:00 pm – 2:45 pm
Dealer Perspective

 

  • Q&A with Franklin McLarty, Chairman & CEO of McLarty Diversified Holdings
  • Q&A with Joe Shaker, Principal Owner with Shaker Auto Group & Co-Founder, CEO of TruVideo
  • Q&A with Adam Simms, Founder &CEO of Simms Automotive Inc.
  • Q&A Grené Baranco, Vice President, Baranco Mercedes-Benz of Buckhead
2:45 pm – 3:30 pm
What’s Happening with M&A?

 

  • Q&A with Eric Denlinger, Managing Director, TD Cowen
  • Q&A with Pete Cimmet, Chief Strategy Officer, J.D. Power
  • Q&A Robert Burnett, Executive Vice President, Corporate Development, Reynolds and Reynolds
3:30 pm – 3:45 pm
Break

 

3:45 pm – 4:15 pm
Private Equity in Automotive Retail Panel

 

  • Bob Daglian Director, Holman Growth Ventures
  • Stephen Jones, Principal, JMI Equity
  • Brian Donnelly, Director of Strategic Partnerships, Autotech Ventures
4:15pm – 5:00pm
Raising Capital & Growing the Company

 

  • Rich Sands, CEO of STELLA Automotive AI
  • Devin Daly, CEO & CO-Founder of Impel
  • Brice Englert, Founder & CEO of TradePending
5:00 pm – 5:30 pm
2024 – The Big Stories

 

  • Niel Hiscox, President, Universus Media Group
  • Charlie Vogelheim, Vogelheim Ventures, Host The Flying Car Podcast
  • Cliff Banks, Founder, AUTOVATE & The Banks Report
  • David Spisak, Founder, Disruptive Growth Solutions
6:00 PM – 7:30 PM
Cocktail Reception

 

Join us for drinks and Hors d’oeuvres as we network under the stars on the lawn of the Camelback Suite.

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 8, 2023
7:30 am – 8:30 am
Breakfast

It’s an AUTOVATE tradition! Join us for breakfast burritos and specialty breakfast drinks.

8:30 am – 9:00 am
Dealership Buy-Sell Update
  • Willie Beck, Bel Air Partners
  • George Chaconas, Performance Brokerage Services
  • Stephen Dietrich, Partner, Holland & Knight
9:00 am – 9:30 am
The Lawyer’s Perspective
9:30 am – 10:00 am
View from the Capital Markets
  • Q&A with James (J.T.) Taylor, Managing Director, Automotive for Truist Securities
10:00 am – 11:00 am
Fireside Chat with Shark Tank’s Daymond John