MT. ARLINGTON, NJ – Jim Hallett, president of Columbus Fair Auto Auction, will give the Keynote Address March 8 at noon at the International Automotive Remarketers Alliance (IARA) Circle of Excellence Award luncheon in Caesars Palace in Las Vegas.

Hallett has experienced all facets of the auto remarketing business as wholesaler, franchise dealer, independent business owner, CEO of a large publicly traded company, and now as president of a large independent business.

“You will not want to miss hearing Hallett’s ‘Roadmap for the Future’ of automotive remarketing,” said Stephen Houston, IARA president. “Jim will discuss where the industry has come from and more importantly where it is going. As Jim says, ‘this is one man’s opinion, but the industry must make the next shift.’”

Hallett will discuss such topics as new products and revenue opportunities, possible new competitors, and the continued evolution of technology.

Other events include a Vehicle Valuation Roundtable moderated by Raj Sundaram, president, Automotive Lease Guide, and Charlie Vogelheim of J.D. Power & Associates, and a Certification Roundtable moderated by Jill Tarallo and Mike Antich of Bobit Business Media.

Events Schedule:

Wed., March 28, 2006

9:30am - 6pm: Registration Open for IARA and CAR.

Noon - 1:30pm: IARA Circle of Excellence Awards Luncheon with Keynote by Jim Hallett, Columbus Fair AA.

1:45pm - 2:45pm: Concurrent Roundtable Series.

#1: IARA Certification Program Moderators: IARA Task Force Members.

#2: Vehicle Values: Complete or Incomplete? Moderators: Raj Sundaram, ALG and Charlie Vogelheim, JD Power & Associates.
2:45pm- 3pm: Break

3-4pm: Concurrent Roundtable Series Commence.

4:15-5:15pm: Process Management Session.