Members of the remarketing industry converged at Music City for the 2017 International Automotive Remarketers Alliance (IARA) Summer Roundtable.
From Aug. 15-18 the roundtable held a number of open committee meetings, open-forum-styled panel sessions, and keynote presentations about the issues that the remarketing industry is facing and those on the horizon.
The keynote presentations were kicked off by former University of Tennessee Head Football Coach Phillip Fulmer. He shared personal experiences from his coaching days, but he also noted how some of the lessons he learned along the way could be beneficial in a business setting.
After a short break CEO of Dealers Auto Auctions and NIADA President David Andrews took to the stage to talk about the auction industry, his long-time career in the industry, and the strategies he employs to be successful.
The next day Shane O’ Dell, president of financial solutions group for Cox Automotive provided some of the final remarks of the Summer Roundtable during the closing keynote. He shared some of the trends that Cox Automotive has seen in the dealer segment and how a push toward digital could affect the industry. He also shared new data that Cox has collected about the exact number of independent dealers located in the U.S.
Immediately following O'Dell's presentation, Tim Meta was named the new president of the IARA.