2017 ATAE Summer Conference Sponsors

Cox Automotive

Ethos Group


American Fidelity
George P. Johnson
NADA Retirement
Recreation Vehicle Industry Association

Computerized Vehicle Registration
Dixon Hughes Goodman
Federated Insurance
General Motors
Nth Degree
Reynolds & Reynolds
Show Fleet

G&R Connex
Global Experience Specialists
Interactive Ticketing
Motor Trend Auto Shows
Northwood University
Paragon Group
Productions Plus
Romanelli Event Services
Shepard Event Services
Viper Tradeshow Services

Corporate Descriptions and Contacts

Ally Financial         Rosalyn Fresard (313) 656-3404, Rosalyn.fresard@ally.com
We are a Relentless Ally for Your Financial Well-Being. As a leading digital financial services company that’s constantly creating and reinventing, Ally continues to build award-winning experiences and products that bring our customers innovative approaches to online banking, auto financing, credit and lending.

American Fidelity         Rob Yetter (405) 523-5075, rob.yetter@americanfidelity.com
When it comes to protecting your employees by offering supplemental benefits, it's best to partner with a company who has the expertise in your field and understands your needs. We consider it a privilege that thousands of employees have put their trust in us. 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. 

Computerized Vehicle Registration (CVR)          Ken Mehall (248) 219-5032, kmehall@cvrreg.com
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 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 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.

Cox Automotive             Ernest Lattimer (516) 547-2242, ernest.lattimer@coxautoinc.com
Cox Automotive is a leading provider of products and services spanning the automotive ecosystem. No matter the stage of the auto buying or selling process, we have a solution for clients of any size.

Dixon Hughes Goodman   Tony Taylor (980) 210-7817, tony.taylor@dhgllp.com
DHG is a top 20 CPA firm whose national industry practice, DHG Dealerships, serves 3,000+ dealership clients of all sizes across 50 states, including six of the top ten U.S. groups. Our comprehensive tax, assurance and advisory services are geared to minimize our clients’ risk and optimize dealership performance.

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. 

Federated Insurance              Nate Oland (507) 363-6344, nsoland@fedins.com
Federated Insurance has been providing quality insurance programs to businesses 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.

G&R Connex       Terri Maloy (248) 799-5059, tmaloy@gr-connex.com
“Wherever cars and people meet. . .G&R Connex should make the introductions.” We are experts in interpersonal automotive marketing.  We start by envisioning the moment of human interaction. Then we deliver to make that moment truly meaningful, memorable and exceptional. G&R Connex is a Certified Women’s Business Enterprise and part of the ail & Rice family of companies.  We specialize in:  engaging brand and product representation, outstanding event management, and memorable consumer education.

George P. Johnson              Kathy Cernok (248) 475-8822, kcernok@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.

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. 

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.

Hargrove      Tim McGill (301) 306-9000, timmcgill@hargroveinc.com
Hargrove is a leading Trade show and Special Events production company that creates immersive environments for everything from experiential marketing activations and special events to custom exhibits and trade shows. We are master storytellers who offer creative thinking to help bring brands to life- from concept and design to fabrication and installation. Our team are visionaries and aspire to push boundaries to execute experiences that rethink and reimagine the ordinary.

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.

Innocean     Melissa Minihan (714) 269-9692, mminihan@innoceanusa.com
Innocean is pleased to represent two manufacturers.  Hyundai vehicles are distributed throughout the United States by Hyundai Motor America and are sold and serviced through 835 dealerships nationwide.  Genesis is a global luxury automotive brand that delivers the highest standards of performance, design and innovation. A total of six new Genesis models will launch by 2021. 

Interactive Ticketing      Terry Howisey (877) 253-5676, terry@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.

Motor Trend Auto Shows               Steve Freeman (323) 216-7557, sfreeman@enthusiastnetwork.com
Motor Trend Auto Shows is the nation’s leading auto show experiential company with success in over 19 markets nationwide. As part of The Enthusiast Network, the world’s premier transmedia network of enthusiast brands, we have the ability to leverage strong industry relationships and an experienced team, creating an event like no other.

NADA Retirement      Virginia Graham (703) 821-7053, vgraham@nada.org
NADA Retirement from Empower offers dealer members and ATAEs access to high-quality retirement plans with group pricing based on the entire NADA program, a wide array of investment options and 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, co-educational business management university promoting the virtues of free enterprise, capitalism, entrepreneurship, and personal responsibility.  The University offers more than 20 business related majors, including its nationally known Automotive Marketing & Management program.  For more than 50 years, this program has educated thousands of Northwood graduates who are active in all areas of the automotive industry.

Nth Degree               Cindy Haun-Nevens (801) 518-6389, chaun@nthdegree.com
Your message deserves to be heard. In fact, it deserves to be celebrated. At Nth Degree, our job is to do everything it takes—whether it’s planning, implementation, or both—to ensure your message is well received. We work with organizations around the world to create event and exhibit experiences that go well beyond expectations.

Paragon Group Auto Shows                    Garry Edgar (781) 343-1492, gedgar@paragonexpo.com
Producing the biggest-in-region auto shows with ever-increasing ROI for associations is our business.  We take pride in customizing our clients’ auto shows to fit their marketplace.  It’s become a passion.  We’re pleased to share our superb manufacturer relationships, innovative approaches and flawless on-site execution to meet our clients’ auto show and association objectives.  We view our relationship with our clients as a partnership and are personally invested in their success.

Productions Plus                     Elizabeth Kogler (310) 525-8943, ekogler@productions-plus.com
Productions Plus – The Talent Shop is an 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
The RV Industry Association (RVIA) is the advocate, partner and leader for RV manufacturers and suppliers throughout the U.S. The association provides national guidelines, safety standards and inspections; training for technicians; a voice at federal and state legislative levels; market forecasts and trends and the country’s largest RV trade shows.

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  provide dealers in each state with standard forms, common defenses, managed risk, and streamlined processes.  There are over 42 state automobile dealer associations 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 Event Services            Richard Maples (404) 720-8601, rmaples@shepardes.com
What sets Shepard apart? Our clients set us apart; we add value by making your priorities our own. We listen. We care. We solve. Our commitment to service is evident in everything we do.

Show Fleet             Bryan McKnight (949) 254-3431, bryan.mcknight@showfleet.com
The leader in auto show vehicle logistics, ShowFleet has serviced the auto show industry for over 30 years. Originally Professional Detailers, rebranded to ShowFleet. ShowFleet performs vehicle inspection, transport, stage, move in / out vehicles to auto show floor, detail / maintain, repair dents, repaint vehicles, and install accessories at auto show venues nationwide. ShowFleet provides all-inclusive programs with vetted staff for auto show promoters.

TIME        Kristin Smith (212) 522-5518, Kristin.smith@timeinc.com
Time Inc. (NYSE:TIME) is a leading content company that engages over 150 million consumers every month through our portfolio of premium brands across platforms. Our influential brands include People, Time, Fortune, Sports Illustrated, InStyle, Real Simple and Southern Living, as well as approximately 50 diverse titles in the United Kingdom.  

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.

Viper Tradeshow Services               Rick Tyner (816) 541-8025, rtyner@vipertradeshow.com
Viper Tradeshow Services is a great fit for the fast moving Automotive Industry.  The combination of our size, which allows us to tailor our approach and price structure for each unique Auto Show, and the addition of staff members who know the Auto Show industry, make Viper a great partner for your Auto Show.