The International Automotive Remarketers Alliance (IARA) 2014 Summer Roundtable, was held August 19-21 at the Hyatt Regency McCormick in Chicago. The event broke attendance records, featured two Roundtable discussions, three keynote speakers, and a cruise of Lake Michigan overlooking the Chicago skyline.
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Starting with IARA committee meetings on August 19, Tony Long, executive director for the IARA welcomed attendees to the event, followed by IARA President Levi McCoy, who presented a state of the industry. The opening session and keynote speaker was Dan Gemp, president & CEO of Dreamscape marketing.
Day two kicked off with the two concurrent Roundtable discussions: Multi-Platform Offering, Selling, and Buying: Fact or Fiction, followed by the second Roundtable discussion: AutoGrade − Seeing is Believing! Both sessions were repeated to allow all attendees the ability to see everything.
Lunch on day two included an awards luncheon, where Mike Reid, national manager − remarketing at Toyota Financial Services was presented with the IARA Special Recognition Award and a presentation by keynote speaker Melinda Zabritski.
Additional sessions included an in-depth analysis of the trends impacting the auto remarketing industry and a closing keynote presentation by Shama Hyder on digital foresight and trends.