2018 ATAE Summer Conference Sponsors

ATAE recognizes and thanks our 2019 supporters:






Ethos Group






American Fidelity

Cox Automotive

George P. Johnson

NADA Retirement

RV Industry Association




Ally Financial

DDI Technology

Dixon Hughes Goodman

Federated Insurance


General Motors

Global Automakers

Reynolds & Reynolds

Shepard Expo Services




700 Credit




Center for Sustainable Energy

EWI Worldwide

Foresight Research

G&R Connex



Haig Partners


Kerrigan Advisors

LA Auto Show

Motor Trend Auto Shows

Northwood University

Paragon Group

Productions Plus


Touch A Prize

Viper Tradeshow Services

700 Credit        Susan Burke (616) 240-9853, sburke@700credit.com
700Credit is the automotive industry’s leading provider of credit reports, compliance products and prescreen services. The company’s product and service offering includes: credit reports, dealer-facing prescreen and consumer-facing pre-qualification platforms, OFAC compliance, Red Flag solutions, score disclosure notices, adverse action notices, MLA, Synthetic Fraud detection and more. 700Credit’s goal is to provide its clients with the highest quality data in a compliant framework in the most efficient manner possible. For more information about 700Credit, visit www.700credit.com. 

Adstrategies           Alastair Gracie (443) 614-0905, alastairg@adstrategies.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.

Ally Financial             Emily Orlando (313) 656-3695, emily.orlando@ally.com
Ally Financial is a leading digital financial services company that is relentlessly focused on being a trusted financial partner for its consumer, commercial, and corporate customers. Ally has one of the largest full-service auto finance operations in the country with a complementary auto-focused insurance business, which together serve about 18,000 dealer customers and millions of auto consumers. Ally's award-winning online bank offers mortgage-lending services and a variety of deposit and other banking products, including CDs, online savings, money market and checking accounts. 

American Fidelity           Susan Weed (800) 654-8489, susan.weed@americanfidelity.com
When it comes to helping protect your employees by offering supplemental benefits, it's best to partner with a company that 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)             Matt Kownacki  (202) 469-3181, mkownacki@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. 

AutoAp    Mark Paul (503) 951-6150, mpaul@autoap.com
AutoAp’s services provide dealers with the industry’s most accurate and timely recall information, as well as comprehensive reporting and alerting solutions, and on-demand business intelligence insights.  AutoAp offers customized, actionable recommendations to help dealers with their safety recall management solutions.

Center for Sustainable Energy Karen Glitman (857) 702-8527, karen.glitman@energycenter.org
The Center for Sustainable Energy (CSE) is a nonprofit energy program administration and advisory services organization with long-standing subject and market transformation expertise in clean transportation.  We offer large-scale market transformation services, including rebate and incentive program design and administration, end-user engagement campaigns, policy guidance, and workforce training and education.

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.

DDI Technology   Todd Philips (803) 808-4937, todd.phillips@dditechnology.com
DDI Technology provides title and registration services to dealerships nationwide. DDI can assist your dealership in all 50 states with quotes, registration packets, DMS integration, exception handling and lien placement, while providing exceptional customer service and support.  For complete title and registration management, rely on DDI!

Dixon Hughes Goodman            Tony Taylor (980) 210-7817, tony.taylor@dhgllp.com
DHG Dealerships has a team of dedicated professionals working exclusively with dealerships across the country. We serve more than 3,000 dealership clients across all 50 states, representing dealership groups of all sizes. We leverage our knowledge of and relationships within the industry to help identify solutions surrounding dealership trends and hot issues, which include: tax and assurance, mergers and acquisitions, facilities and factory matters, performance, succession planning, risk and regulatory and people and talent acquisition.

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. 

EWI Worldwide         Teri Gudenau (734) 536-1644, tgudenau@ewiworldwide.com
EWI Worldwide is an experience marketing house that helps many of the world’s most ambitious companies market their products in the live space. At a mall, marina, convention center, or festival–we create immersive engagements and environments for brands that value the power of experience.

Federated Insurance                             Nate Oland (507) 363-6344, nsoland@fedins.com
Federated’s A+ (Superior) Rating from AM Best gives you the confidence you need that we will be there to protect your dealership when you need us the most.  We tailor our insurance and risk management programs to be effective for your unique business.  At Federated Insurance, it’s our business to protect yours.

Ford Motor Company       Justin Heinonen (313) 495-0593, jheinon3@ford.com
Ford Motor Company is a global company based in Dearborn, Michigan. The company designs, manufactures, markets and services a full line of Ford cars, trucks, SUVs, electrified vehicles and Lincoln luxury vehicles, provides financial services through Ford Motor Credit Company and is pursuing leadership positions in electrification, autonomous vehicles and mobility solutions. Ford employs approximately 196,000 people worldwide. For more information regarding Ford, its products and Ford Motor Credit Company, please visit www.corporate.ford.com.

Foresight Research            Steve Bruyn (248) 608-1870, steve@foresightresearch.com
Foresight Research is a marketing research company focused on the measurement of auto shows, events and motorsports.  We specialize in reporting ROI resulting from attendee reported influence on their subsequent automotive purchase.  Included in these syndicated reports are such key measures as attendance, attendee profiles, onsite experiences, and best practices.  

Freeman            Tom Roy (617) 719-0040, tom.roy@freemanco.com
Freeman is the world’s largest brand experience company. We help our clients design, plan, and deliver immersive experiences for their most important audiences. Through comprehensive solutions including strategy, creative, logistics, digital solutions, and event technology, Freeman helps increase engagement and drive business results. What makes us different is our collaborative culture, intuitive knowledge, global perspective and personalized approach, gained from our 90 years as an industry leader. Freeman is a family- owned company with 90+ locations worldwide, and over 7,000 employees, 2,000 of which are located outside of the US.  

G&R Connex             Marci Rice (248) 799-5056, mrice@gr-connex.com
“Wherever cars and people meet. . .G&R Connex and Gail and Rice 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 the moment meaningful, memorable and exceptional.  G&R Connex is a Certified Women’s Business Enterprise and part of the Gail and Rice family of companies.  We specialize in engaging brand and product representation, outstanding event management, memorable consumer education, and best-in-class ride & drives.

G2Planet     Mark Granovsky (415) 828-2088, mark@g2planet.com
G2Planet is an enterprise software company providing event marketing platforms and application solutions to corporations, associations and media companies. Our mission is to help forward thinking companies improve the way they produce their events and provide value to their attendee, speaker, exhibitor, and sponsor customers. 

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                      Kathy Cernok (248) 475-8822, kcernok@project.com
GPJ is the world’s leading experiential marketing agency.  We power brand experiences by enabling brand marketers to benefit from data-driven, integrated experiential programs that leverage online, mobile, and physical brand interactions.  Clients in technology, automotive, consumer goods, finance, and other industries rely on us to help them compete more effectively on a global basis by accelerating relationships with customers, employees, partners, media, and other influencers. GPJ is part of Project Worldwide, a modern agency network built for the needs of contemporary marketers. 

GES                           Denise Martin (702) 591-3787, dmartin@ges.com
GES is a global, full-service provider for live events, producing corporate events, exhibitions, conferences, congresses, exhibits and entertainment experiences. GES provides a wide range of services, including official show services, audio visual, cutting-edge creative and design, marketing and measurement services, and event accommodations – all with an unrivaled global reach. GES’ National Servicenter® has been recognized with certification under the J.D. Power and Associates Certified Call Center Program℠ for the past 10 years, and for the 10th year in a row, Ad Age has named GES as one of the Nation’s Largest Experiential/Event Marketing Agency Networks. For more information visit www.ges.com.  

Global Automakers        Damon Porter (816) 214-2566, dporter@globalautomakes.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.

Haig Partners            Alan Haig (954) 646-8921, alan@haigpartners.com
Haig Partners is a boutique investment banking firm with deep roots in the auto, heavy truck and RV dealership industries, as well as the technology/business service companies that help dealers. Our team has advised on the purchase or sale of over 300 dealerships for a value of over $4.0 billion.

Hyundai/Genesis         Melissa Minihan (714) 269-9692, mminihan@innoceanusa.com
We strive to create the finest automobiles and related products/services for connoisseurs around the globe. Our team of talented individuals around the world is led by our company’s values, where respect for one another in the quest of finding the best solutions for refined individuality, dominates our work ethos. 

Kerrigan Advisors    Marie Brashears (949) 202-2200, marie@kerriganadvisors.com
Kerrigan Advisors is the leading thought partner and sell-side advisor to dealers in the US, supporting dealers and their families through the life cycle of growing, operating and monetizing their businesses. The firm also publishes The Blue Sky Report®, the top industry publication on the buy/sell market and franchise values.

LA Auto Show      Terri Toennies (310) 444-1850, terri@laautoshow.com
Over ten jam-packed days, Los Angeles Auto Show visitors gather to celebrate car culture, connect with their favorite automotive brands, test drive the latest vehicles and explore the nation’s largest public aftermarket showcase while discovering rideables and transportation services changing the way people move from point A to B.

Motor Trend Auto Shows                Steve Freeman (323) 216-7557, steve_freeman@motortrend.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 Motor Trend Group, 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 (657) 464-0880, vgraham@nada.org
NADA Retirement offers state-of-the-art 401(k) plans with competitive fees, the highest degree of fiduciary support and an award-winning participant website.  We bring specialized service and a high-tech experience, encouraging engagement and simplifying retirement planning.

Northwood University                            Justin Marshall (989) 837-4279, marshall@northwood.edu
Northwood University was founded on the principles of free enterprise and ethics, two principles which have stood the test of time in regard to their impact on success and prosperity.  Northwood offers a high quality private business education with a proven track record of success.  Northwood is the only university to offer a four-year Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Automotive Marketing & Management.

Paragon Group Auto Shows                       Garry Edgar (781) 343-1492, gedgar@paragonexpo.com
Producing a diversity of the biggest-in-region consumer shows with ever-increasing ROI for associations is our business.  We take pride in customizing our clients’ auto shows to fit their marketplace.  We’re pleased to share our manufacturer relationships, innovative approaches and exceptional 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. www.paragonexpo.com

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 700+ highly-trained Product Specialists for global auto brands at nearly 100 auto shows in the U.S., Canada and abroad.  Our clients also look to us to provide Emcees, Team Leads, Professional Divers, Brand Ambassadors and Hosts at countless events and engagements.  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.

RV Industry Association              Jay Landers (571) 665-5887, jlanders@rvia.org
The RV Industry Association is the national trade association representing recreation vehicle (RV) manufacturers and their component parts suppliers that together build more than 98 percent of all RVs produced in the US.  An RV is a vehicle designed as temporary living quarters for recreational, camping, travel or seasonal use.  RVIA is a unifying force for safety and professionalism within the RV industry and works with both federal and state government agencies to protect and promote the interests of its members.

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.

Shepard Expo Services    Michael Triola (713) 514-3158, mtriola@shepardes.com
Shepard is a nationwide event production company transforming events into engaging experiences that create meaningful connections and establish lasting communities. We take the time to get to know our clients and their businesses so we can ensure that each event stays relevant and creates lasting connections. With expert teams in everything from strategy, design and client services to audio visual and event technology, we have the right tools to elevate your event.

SunPower           Genia Gilbert (510) 260-8317, genia.gilbert@sunpower.com
SunPower is the No. 1 U.S. commercial solar provider and a top choice within the auto industry. Working with dealer principals and general managers across the country, SunPower designs, installs and monitors solar projects to specifically meet each dealership’s unique location(s) and energy needs. Visit www.sunpower.com for more. 

TIME                      Katherine McDonnell  (212) 522-4069, katherine.mcdonnell@timeinc.com
TIME is a global multimedia brand that reaches a combined audience of more than 100 million around the world. A trusted destination for reporting and insight on the people, places and issues that matter, TIME captures the events that shape our lives. 

Touch A Prize            Bob Kames (414) 698-4027, bob@touchaprize.com
Touch-A-Prize and FastSensor, the most powerful one-two punch in engagement and consumer behavior tracking/heat mapping for your auto show, accurate to one square meter. We offer valuable prizes yielding highly accurate data with up to a 98% match rate. We identify event participants and deliver to your database in real time. 99% passive tracking penetration becomes active via opt-in. Show off how valuable your show is!

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.

Vitu       Joseph Nemelka (818) 706-1949, jnemelka@vitu.com
Vitu is an innovative company providing cutting-edge services to the motor vehicle industry. Its first-of-its-kind namesake solution allows managing Vehicle-to-Government (V2Gov) transactions in multiple states and across multiple locations — all on one platform. Vitu currently operates in California, Oregon, Illinois, Indiana, Montana and Virginia.