The Roundtable discussion topics included: “How to Maximize Portfolio Revenues,” led by Warren Byrd of ServNet and Chuck Nix of Grand Rapids Auto Auction; and “A Uniform Vehicle Grading Scale” presented by Dick Dennis and Joann Foster. A dealer panel composed of a cross section of area dealers on the topic of “Why I Buy Your Vehicles,” was moderated by Steve Houston of WFS Financial and Layne Weber of Donlen Corporation. David Walsh of Marketwise gave the luncheon address with a presentation on leadership.
The meeting also included presenting the new slate of officers, effective January 2005 through 2007. The officers are: President – Steve Houston, WFS Financial; Vice President – Layne Weber, Donlen Corporation; Secretary – Mike Antich, Bobit Business Media; Treasurer – Jean Hitterdal Rosati, Dent Wizard. The next IARA meeting will be February 2005 in conjunction with the 2005 Conference of Automotive Remarketing (CAR) in Las Vegas.