2018 ATAE Summer Conference Sponsors


Ethos Group


American Fidelity
Cox Automotive
Empower/NADA Retirement
George P. Johnson
RV Industry Association

700 Credit
Ally Financial
Capital Automotive 
Computerized Vehicle Registration
Dixon Hughes Goodman
Federated Insurance
General Motors
Haig Partners
Kubik Display
Reynolds & Reynolds
Shepard Expo Services
Show Fleet

Auxilio Group
EWI Worldwide
First Equity Payment
Foresight Research
Fulkerson Group
G&R Connex
Global Experience Specialists
H&X Technologies
Innocean - Hyundai/Genesis
LA Auto Show
Motor Trend Auto Shows
Northwood University
Paragon Group
Productions Plus
Romanelli Event Services
Touch A Prize
Viper Tradeshow Services

Corporate Descriptions and Contacts

700 Credit         Ann Carson (614) 310-8218, acarson@700credit.com
700Credit is the largest provider of credit, compliance, prescreen and consumer prequalification solutions for franchised, independent and BHPH dealers across the US.  For over 10,000 dealerships, we enhance dealers’ workflow, speed the sales process, and offer very competitive rates for all three credit bureaus.  We are a one-stop shop for all your credit needs.  

Ally Financial          Emily Orlando (313) 656-3695, emily.orlando@ally.com
Ally Financial Inc. (NYSE: ALLY) is a leading digital financial services company and a top 25 U.S. financial holding company offering financial products for consumers, businesses, automotive dealers and corporate clients. Ally Bank, the company's direct banking subsidiary (Member FDIC), offers an array of banking products and services.

American Fidelity           Ted Brehony (800) 654-8489, ted.brehony@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)       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. 

AutoAp        Mark Paul (503) 951-6150, mpaul@autoap.com
Most dealers are unaware of the safety recall data errors and timing delays from SaferCar, NHTSA, VHRs and even OEMs.  This results in dealers unknowingly buying and selling vehicles with open safety recalls.  AutoAp’s services solve these problems, and provide dealers with the industry’s most accurate and timely recall information.

Auxilio Group            Laurie Foster (704) 495-2621, laurie.foster@theauxiliogroup.com
The Auxilio Group was created as a joint venture between DHG LLP and NCM Associates with the sole purpose of creating unique and specialized services and solutions to clients across North America. We design innovative solutions to tackle and move beyond issues impacting their people and profitability to positively impact our clients.

Capital Automotive         Gabriel Robleto (703) 288-3075, grobleto@capitalautomotive.com
Capital Automotive is exclusively committed to dealers through providing access to capital for growth, succession, and estate planning.  Our relationships represent over $5 billion invested in retail automotive, representing all manufacturers throughout North America.  Our expertise includes real estate acquisitions in connection with buy-sells, ground-up construction, and funding image improvements.

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.

Czarnowski         James Reece (248) 930-5939, jreece@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. 

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 6 of the top 10 U.S. groups. Our comprehensive tax, assurance and advisory services are geared to minimize our clients’ risk and optimize dealership performance.

Empower       Virginia Graham (657) 464-0880, vgraham@nada.org
NADA Retirement from Empower 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.

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) 367-8398, 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.

First Equity Payment         Guy Manasse (682) 225-1856, Guy@1fep.com
FEP’s accelerated/budgetary payment service has implemented several state/metro association requests. Compliance and transparency are our top concerns. The timing is right for all dealers to consider biweekly as an important alternative. FEP wants to thank the ATAE members.

Foresight Research           Steve Bruyn (248) 608-1870, steve@foresightresearch.com
Our insights are gathered via thousands of consumer surveys annually in both the U.S. and globally.  We study auto shows and events from every possible angle and among every possible audience: general population surveys, auto show and events visitors/viewers, brand display/activation visitors, avoiders/non-attendees, and recent new vehicle buyers.

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.  

Fulkerson Group        Tavi Fulkerson (248) 819-8332, tavi@fulkersongroup.com
The Fulkerson Group is a marketing and sponsorship sales company that specializes in selling and negotiating sponsorships for major events in the Detroit Metropolitan Area.  The company has been providing sponsorship services to the North American International Auto Show since 1993.

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.

G2 Planet             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. 

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

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 Automakers          Damon Porter (202) 650-5555, 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.

Global Experience Specialists (GES)              Denise Martin (702) 515-5613, dmartin@ges.com
GES is a leading provider for live events, offering a comprehensive range of services, including experimental 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.

H&X Technologies            Greg Redman (310) 755-8902, greg@hxusa.com
H&X Technologies is an entrepreneurial startup of high impact media technology for the experiential marketing industry.  Just a year ago, Japan’s most established audio visual rental agency, Hibino Corporation of Tokyo entered the US market in Irvine, CA.  The team is led by industry veterans from George P. Johnson Company and XL Video.  

Haig Partners           Kevin Nill (904) 234-0008, kevin@haigpartners.com
Haig Partners is the leading buy sell advisory firm focused on supporting owners of higher value dealerships.  Our firm has more than 20 years of experience in the dealership industry, and has advised on over 160 transactions with total value exceeding $3.8 billion.

Hargrove               Tim McGill (301) 306-9000, timmcgill@hargroveinc.com
Hargrove is a full-service provider of customized experiential environments, creating face-to-face experiences for many of the world’s most recognized associations, corporations and government agencies. Using creativity, innovation and a passion for storytelling, we design and build immersive experiences for events, marketing activations, expositions and exhibits.

Hireology            Kevin Baumgart (773) 220-6035, kbaumgart@hireology.com
Hireology’s integrated hiring and retention platform empowers multi-location, owner-operated, and independently owned businesses to build their best teams with confidence. The company equips teams with the skills and technology needed to manage the full employee lifecycle – from hire to retire – in one seamless platform. With focused expertise in automotive, more than 1,500 dealers today trust Hireology to help build great teams, lift customer service and drive profitability.

Imagination          Chrissie Smith (313) 996-7000, Chrissie.smith@imagination.com
Imagination is a global creative agency that is recognized as the world's leading authority on brand experience. We believe in the power of experience to transform behavior. With over 50-years of ideas and innovation, the extraordinary is our every day. Our unique blend of business, strategy, technology, production and creative expertise lets us create any experience we can imagine, shaped very precisely to produce measurable change for our clients. 

Innocean – Hyundai/Genesis       Edwina Walker-Wright (714) 965-3870, ewalker-wright@hmausa.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. 

Kubik          Patrick McGrath (905) 272-2818, patrickm@thinkubik.com
kubik creates award-winning events, corporate exhibits and museum environments. We transform ideas into unforgettable experiences that enthrall audiences and go beyond imagination.® Innovation runs deep in our DNA, collaboration is second nature, and making a difference in our communities and environment is what we do. www.thinkubik.com

LA Auto Show         Terri Toennies (310) 444-1850, terri@laautoshow.com
Los Angeles Auto Show is the first major North American auto show of the season each year. In 2016, LA’s Press/Trade Days and Connected Car Expo merged to become AutoMobility LATM, the industry’s first trade show where vehicle debuts, auto-tech announcements and discussions around the future of transportation take place. 

Lotlinx            Kim DePalma (561) 291-9211, kim@lotlinx.com
LotLinx is the industry’s #1 Automotive /AI/™ for digital marketing. LotLinx “VIN-specific™” campaigns help dealers sell more cars faster by delivering low-funnel, in-market shoppers to real-time inventory. On average, LotLinx customers enjoy up to 2-5x higher VDP conversions and 78% faster inventory turn - while saving up to 85% in advertising costs. 

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 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.

Northwood University           Warren Mault (989) 837-4349, mault@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.

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 (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 wholesale RV trade show.

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 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.

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. We perform vehicle inspection, transport, stage, house, move in / out vehicles to auto show floor, detail / maintain, repair dents, repaint vehicles, and install accessories at auto shows and Special Events. ShowFleet provides all-inclusive programs with vetted staff for auto show promoters, both foreign and domestic.

TIME            Katie Takacs  (212) 522-2378, katie.takacs@timeinc.com
TIME’s mission is to tell the stories that matter most, to spark conversations that drive global change, and to provide context and understanding to the issues and events that define our times. With unparalleled access to the world’s most influential people, the immeasurable trust of consumers globally and an unrivaled power to convene, TIME is one of the world’s most recognizable media brands.

Touch-A-Prize            Bob Kames (414) 321-0874, 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              John Brueggeman (818) 706-1949, jb@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 and Virginia.