2016 ATAE Summer Conference Sponsors

SPOTLIGHT - $15,000+

DIAMOND - $10,000+
Canadian ATAEs
Ethos Group
Global Experience Specialists

PLATINUM - $7,500+
Freeman Company

GOLD - $5,000+
Alliance of Auto Manufacturers
American Fidelity
Ford Motor Company
George P. Johnson
Hyundai Motor America
NADA Retirement
Recreation Vehicle Industry Association

SILVER - $3,000+
Ally Financial
Computerized Vehicle Registration
Dixon Hughes Goodman
Federated Insurance
General Motors
Interactive Ticketing
Perma Plate
Pro Detailers
Reynolds & Reynolds
Shepard Expo Services

BRONZE - $2,000+
FISH Technologies
Foresight Research
Gail & Rice
iBoss Innovations
Northwood University
Productions Plus
Romanelli Event Services
Viper Tradeshow Services

Corporate Descriptions and Contacts

Adstrategies Curt Van Loon (410) 822-2450, cvl.adstrategies@icloud.com
Adstrategies is the largest event ad agency in the country.  Adstrategies manages the marketing affairs for 200+ international auto shows, international boat shows, international motorcycle shows, home shows, computer shows, bridal shows and more.  Adstrategies has a staff of 25, is headquartered in Maryland, and has been in business since 1992.

Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers Wayne Weikel (202) 326-5550, wweikel@autoalliance.org
The Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers, the voice for a united auto industry, represents the manufacturers of over 77% of all cars and light duty trucks sold annually in the U.S..  Members include BMW Group, FCA US LLC, Ford Motor Company, General Motors Corporation, Jaguar Land Rover, Mazda, Mercedes-Benz USA, Mitsubishi Motors, Porsche, Toyota, Volkswagen Group of America and Volvo Cars USA.

Ally Financial Rosalyn Fresard (313) 656-3404, rosalyn.fresard@ally.com
Ally Financial Inc. (NYSE: ALLY) is a leading digital financial services company. Ally's automotive services business offers a full spectrum of financial products and services, including new and used vehicle inventory and consumer financing, leasing, vehicle service contracts, commercial loans and vehicle remarketing services, as well as a variety of insurance offerings, including inventory insurance, insurance consultative services for dealers and other ancillary products. Ally Bank, the company's direct banking subsidiary, and member FDIC, offers an array of deposit products, including certificates of deposit, savings accounts, money market accounts, IRA deposit products and interest checking. Ally's Corporate Finance unit provides financing to middle-market companies across a broad range of industries.

American Fidelity Rob Yetter (405) 523-5075, rob.yetter@americanfidelity.com
The automotive industry is always changing, with increasing expectations for delivering excellent service. That’s why it’s important to have a specialist in your field who can offer you the experience and expertise tailored for your business’s needs. When choosing among supplemental benefits providers, consider American Fidelity for a different opinion.

American Financial Services Association (AFSA)     Danielle Fagre Arlowe   (952) 922-6500, dfagre@afsamail.org
Based in Washington DC, the American Financial Services Association (AFSA) is the national trade association for the consumer credit industry, representing nearly every major auto finance source in the country, as well as many smaller institutions. Founded in 1916, AFSA member companies also offer payment cards, traditional installment loans and mortgage lending/servicing. 

Canadian ATAEs
The Canadian Provincial Dealer Associations are truly honored to help host the 2016 ATAE Summer Conference.  The ATAE associations of Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba, Montreal, Quebec, Nova Scotia and Trillium have joined together with generous support of this year’s summer conference.  Welcome to Banff, Alberta, and please remember to breathe as you experience the natural beauty of the Canadian Rockies.

Computerized Vehicle Registration (CVR) Ken Mehall (248) 219-5032, kmehall@cvrreg.com
CVR is a General Partnership between CDK Global and the Reynolds and Reynolds Company. Formed in 1992, CVR is the leading provider of electronic vehicle registration and titling programs in partnership with motor vehicle agencies across the US. CVR currently has value added programs operational in 23 states and over 16,000 clients. CVR pioneered dramatic improvements in the speed, accuracy, efficiency, and security of the vehicle registration and title process while extending this capability to the point of purchase. CVR processes over 15 million vehicle transactions and over 4 million secure DMV inquiries annually. CVR is dedicated to partnering with Motor Vehicle Agencies and key dealer associations to deliver process improvement, financial and operational benefits that translate to alternative delivery services and high value options offered to the driving public.

Czarnowski    Patrick McGrath (412) 213-0800, pmcgrath@czarnowski.com
Czarnowski is a full-service exhibit and event marketing company that produces brand experiences for the world’s most forward-thinking organizations. Our multi-faceted approach combines strategy, creativity, fabrication and operations to create powerful face-to-face experiences. 

DealerTrack            Ernest Lattimer (516) 547-2242, ernest.lattimer@dealertrack.com
Dealertrack delivers integrated digital solutions designed to enhance the efficiency and profitability for all major segments of the automotive retail industry, including dealers, lenders, vehicle manufacturers, third-party retailers, agents and aftermarket providers. From bridging the gap between the online and in-store experience to developing industry leading innovations, Dealertrack is transforming automotive retailing through its comprehensive award-winning solution set, including dealer management system (DMS), F&I, and registration and titling solutions. Headquartered in Lake Success, New York, Dealertrack is a Cox Automotive brand.

Dixon Hughes Goodman, LLP Tony Taylor (704) 367-5907, tony.taylor@dhgllp.com
Dixon Hughes Goodman ranks among the nation's top 20 public accounting firms offering comprehensive assurance, tax and advisory services. The firm's national industry practice, DHG Dealerships, has a team of more than 130 dedicated professionals working exclusively with dealerships across the country. We serve more than 1,500 rooftops across all 50 states, representing dealership groups of all sizes, including six of the top ten groups in the country. We consult on best practices to help clients maximize efficiencies, decrease costs and understand risk management.

eShots Craig Steensma (312) 253-1501, csteensma@eshots.com
Founded in 1998, eshots is the leading consumer lead capture, engagement and conversion platform in the experiential marketing industry with more than 10,000 automotive event days annually. We offer the industry’s most comprehensive event data and technology platform within a data-driven framework to help our clients deliver a higher ROI on their experiential marketing spend.

Ethos Group         Kerry Muller (214) 952-9940, kmuller@ethosgroup.com
Ethos Group partners with retail automotive dealers to promote an ethical, customer-focused approach to the sale, financing and servicing of automobiles. Our comprehensive services include: consulting, recruiting, training, compliance, technology, product administration, and dealer participation programs.  We drive profits and customer retention by helping the dealership create a world class ownership experience. Working with client leadership, Ethos Group seeks to understand and prioritize our clients’ goals, producing a plan that maximizes use of existing resources. Our proven approach delivers measurable profit increases in both the retail dealership and dealer participation programs while reducing the risk and cost of doing business. 

Experient Bill Barclay (678) 984-7997, bill.barclay@experient-inc.com
Experient, a Maritz Global Events Company, provides strategic custom solutions and deploys the most advanced technologies in registration, housing, ticketing, lead generation and mobile apps.  Mitigating risk, securing cost savings, generating revenue, growing attendance, leveraging business intelligence, and enhancing attendee experiences are the result of what we do for show organizers worldwide.

FCA Bo Puffer (248) 512-2890, bo.puffer@fcagroup.com
FCA US LLC is a North American automaker with a new name and a long history. Headquartered in Auburn Hills, Michigan, FCA US is a member of the Fiat Chrysler Automobiles N.V. (FCA) family of companies. FCA US designs, engineers, manufactures and sells vehicles under the Chrysler, Jeep, Dodge, Ram and FIAT brands, as well as the SRT performance vehicle designation. The company also distributes the Alfa Romeo 4C model and Mopar products. FCA US is building upon the historic foundations of Chrysler, the innovative American automaker first established by Walter P. Chrysler in 1925; and Fiat, founded in Italy in 1899 by pioneering entrepreneurs, including Giovanni Agnelli. FCA, the seventh-largest automaker in the world based on total annual vehicle sales, is an international automotive group.

Federated Insurance  Nate Oland (507) 363-6344, nsoland@fedins.com
Federated Insurance has been providing quality insurance programs to businesses of all sizes for more than a century. Our representatives understand the insurance needs of auto dealers—you can expect personal service, coverages specially designed for your business, and outstanding risk management programs and services.

Fish Technologies Michael Gilvar (214) 601-6122, mgilvar@fishisdata.com
FISH provides an event operating system that enhances the consumer experience, drives actionable data for the event organizer, and more qualified leads for the OEMs.

Ford Motor Company Justin Heinonen (313) 390-5448, jheinon3@ford.com
Ford Motor Company is a global automotive and mobility company based in Dearborn, Michigan. With about 201,000 employees and 67 plants worldwide, the company’s core business includes designing, manufacturing, marketing, financing and servicing a full line of Ford cars, trucks, SUVs and electrified vehicles, as well as Lincoln luxury vehicles. At the same time, Ford is aggressively pursuing emerging opportunities through Ford Smart Mobility, the company’s plan to be a leader in connectivity, mobility, autonomous vehicles, the customer experience, and data and analytics. The company provides financial services through Ford Motor Credit Company. 

Freeman Decorating Company        Tom Roy (617) 719-0040, tom.roy@freemanco.com
Freeman creates brand experiences that deliver results. A design-driven company, Freeman uses the power of integrated digital and live brand experiences to move markets, connect people, support growth and generate revenues for the world’s leading organizations. Freeman is a values-driven company with a strong and purpose-built culture that is dedicated to connecting people in meaningful ways.

Gail & Rice      Jeff MacLean (248) 799-5038, jmaclean@gail-rice.com
We are experts in interpersonal automotive marketing.  We start by envisioning the moment of human interaction. Then we execute to make that moment truly meaningful, memorable and exceptional. Trust Gail & Rice for: engaging brand and product representation, outstanding event management, flawless ride & drives, and memorable consumer education programs. 

General Motors                   Mark Mueller (313) 667-2671, mark.e.mueller@gm.com 
General Motors Co. and its partners produce vehicles in 30 countries, and the company has leadership positions in the world's largest and fastest-growing automotive markets. GM, its subsidiaries and joint venture entities sell vehicles under the Chevrolet, Cadillac, Baojun, Buick, GMC, Holden, Jiefang, Opel, Vauxhall and Wuling brands. GM’s OnStar subsidiary is the industry leader in vehicle safety, security and information services. 

George P. Johnson John Tulloch (248) 475-8821,  john.tulloch@gpj.com
GPJ helps the world's most well-known and respected brands attract, engage, and thrill audiences with experiences that drive business results and build lasting consumer relationships. Each of our 1,400 team members is dedicated to one goal: creating experiences that connect with target audiences and bring brands to life. This single-minded devotion is what pushes us to imagine, design, build, and manage the most innovative, successful, and award-winning events and experiential marketing programs in the world.

Global Experience Specialists (GES) Denise Martin (702) 515-5613, dmartin@ges.com
Global Experience Specialists is a leading provider for live events, offering a comprehensive range of services, including creative design, strategy, audio visual, show production, and event accommodations - all with an unrivaled global reach.  With award-winning services and innovative technology, we help our clients maximize performance and achieve their vision through face-to-face experiences.

Global Automakers Josh Fisher (410) 991-6995, jfisher@globalautomakers.org
The Association of Global Automakers represents international motor vehicle manufacturers, original equipment suppliers, and other automotive-related trade associations. We work with industry leaders, legislators, regulators, and other stakeholders in the United States to create public policy to encourage investment, job growth, and development of vehicles that can enhance Americans’ quality of life.

Hireology Kevin Baumgart (773) 220-6035, kbaumgart@hireology.com
Hireology helps businesses streamline their hiring processes, resulting in smarter hiring, assembling better teams, and stronger company performance. Hireology's employee selection management platform includes application management, skills testing, behavioral interviews and verification services such as background checks.

Hyundai Motor America Erik Thomas (714) 965-3435, ethomas@hmausa.com
From technology to philanthropy, Hyundai is always looking for a better way.  We anticipate changes in the road ahead, explore the most promising possibilities, and do whatever it takes to succeed.  Over half the cars we sell in the U.S. are made in the U.S.  Hyundai employs around 5,000 jobs for American auto workers, plus more than 32,000 employees at Hyundai dealerships.

Interactive Ticketing David Arevalo (877) 253-5676, david.arevalo@interactiveticketing.com
Interactive Ticketing's award winning system is packed with unique features you won’t find anywhere else and the list is growing.  Our ticketing solution is at the forefront of the auto show industry offering end to end solutions for all of your ticketing needs. By listening to our clients, we are driving this momentum, and setting new standards in ticketing excellence.

KPA Vane Clayton (303) 228-8762, vclayton@kpaonline.com
KPA delivers environmental health & safety, HR management and sales & finance compliance programs that help our clients achieve regulatory compliance, control risk, protect their assets and effectively manage people through a combination of software, training and onsite consulting. KPA has 6,500 clients, including eight out of ten of top dealership groups, and is licensed/endorsed by 24 state auto dealer associations for one or more of its three solutions.

Motor Trend Auto Shows Steve Freeman (323) 216-7557, sfreeman@enthusiastnetwork.com

NADA Retirement        Virginia Graham (657) 464-0880, vgraham@nada.org
NADA Retirement from Empower offers dealer members access to one of the best in class  retirement plans with competitive pricing as an NADA member, a wide array of investment options, innovative investment tools, and fiduciary support from CAPTRUST- 3(38) Investment Manager and National Retirement Services, Inc. - 3(16) Administrator. 

Northwood University Warren Mault (989) 837-4349, mault@northwood.edu
Northwood University is a private business university based on the philosophy of free-enterprise and entrepreneurship.  It is the only university to offer a Bachelor of Business Administration in automotive management in the nation.  The curriculum is delivered to students on a residential campus in Midland, MI, through 22 program centers nationwide, and online.
Perma Plate Karen Johnson (801) 303-3156, karen.johnson@permaplate.com
Here at Siskin/PermaPlate we are a 40 year and growing automotive appearance protection products company.  We wholesale our products to leading dealers in North America.  We have recently joined the New Car Dealers of Utah, as well as other state associations. We want to become more involved, especially with growing regulation and additional compliance issues in the auto industry.

Productions Plus          Elizabeth Kogler (310) 525-8943, ekogler@productions-plus.com
Productions Plus – The Talent Shop is the industry leader for auto show and automotive marketing talent in the U.S. Each year we provide 600+ highly-trained product specialists for global auto brands at nearly 100 auto shows in the U.S., Canada and abroad. And with more than 30 years in the business, we have been a trusted partner to our automotive clients through decades of dynamic change, growth and challenge - a testament to our ability to deliver meaningful results to our clients in all types of environments. 

Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA)                    Jay Landers  (703) 620-6003, jlanders@rvia.org
RVIA is the national trade association representing manufacturers of America’s family camping vehicles, commonly known as recreation vehicles or RVs, and their component part suppliers.

Reynolds & Reynolds         Allen Marquart (661) 816-6600, allen_marquart@reyrey.com
Reynolds and Reynolds Document Solutions specializes in compliant automotive documents, F&I compliance, and marketing solutions. Our alliance with CNCDA was the first stop in our mission to create standard F&I documents that has provided dealers in each state with standard forms, common defenses, managed risk, and streamlined processes.  There are over 28 state ADAs that now employ the LAW Library Suite of compliance documents.

Romanelli Event Services Candida Romanelli (917) 880-5219, candida@romanellieventservices.com
With over 25 years of experience in the planning, production and promotion of major auto shows, RES consulting provides proven solutions, innovative ideas and expert guidance to the leaders of automobile dealer associations. Discreet, dependable and collaborative, we are passionate about auto shows and understand the ever-changing environment of the automotive industry.

Shepard Exposition Services Richard Maples (404) 720-8601, rmaples@shepardes.com
Shepard offers a full array of event contracting services for tradeshows, conferences, corporate events, and exhibits. Shepard provides unparalleled customer service, industry-leading creative design and graphics, and innovative solutions that power the production of high-impact and unique face-to-face experiences.

ShowFleet Tim Parsons (949) 460-0314, tim.parsons@prodetailers.com
ShowFleet is a fleet management company built exclusively for the automotive marketing industry. We specialize in vehicle logistics for advertising and experiential marketing agencies. With the most advanced comprehensive solutions, our customer centric approach and quality standards, we set the bar delivering ultimate show experience with peace of mind.

TIME    Kristin Smith (212) 522-5518, kristin.smith@timeinc.com
The TIME Dealer of the Year program honors new-car dealers in America who exhibit exceptional performance in their dealerships and perform distinguished community service. Dealers are nominated by members of the ATAE (Automotive Trade Association Executives) and the winner is acknowledged during the opening business session of the NADA convention.

TIX123 Neil Hersco (888) 780-9825, nhersco@microspec.com
TIX123 is a full-service consumer show ticketing solution provider. Integrated services include e-Ticket, mobile, box office and kiosk ticketing, along with ancillary registration and photo ID services. Access to in-depth web and mobile-friendly reports enable analysis into sales, finances, demographics, historical and redemption statistics. 

TrueCar Pat Watson (803) 360-6094, pwatson@truecar.com
TrueCar, Inc. is an online automotive information and communications platform that provides unbiased market information on new car transactions and supplies an online communications platform where dealers and consumers can communicate. Some of the nation’s largest and most well respected membership and service organizations rely on websites powered by TrueCar.

vAuto Montana Manenti (630) 590-2046, montana.manenti@vauto.com
vAuto® provides innovative technology, tools and business intelligence to thousands of dealerships across North America. vAuto pioneered the use of real-time, local market supply-and-demand data to help dealers. vAuto products include Provision® for used vehicles; Conquest, a new vehicle inventory management tool; and Stockwave, a tool for simpler wholesale sourcing.

Viper Tradeshow Services Don Lenhof (980) 298-6301, dlenhof@vipertradeshow.com
Viper Tradeshow Services is a great fit for a fast moving automotive industry. We are the one-stop to refuel your show’s energy and fine tune your exhibit hall with our personalized level of service and creative approach.  The same old routine doesn’t produce results, but Viper makes a difference!