NADA Show | Keynote Speakers

Keynote Speakers

Friday, March 23

Nick SabanNick Saban
Head Football Coach, University of Alabama Crimson Tide

After leading the University of Alabama Crimson Tide to victory in the 2017 College Football Playoff National Championship over the University of Georgia, Head Coach Nick Saban again cemented his status as one of the greatest coaches of all-time in any sport, not simply College Football. With six National Championship wins, he currently shares the record for most College Football Championships with former Alabama coach Bear Bryant. Along with his 2003 BCS National Championship coaching LSU, Saban was the first coach in college football history to win national championships with two different schools. In addition to his six National Championships, Saban has earned two AP National Coach of the Year awards (’03,’08), the 2003 Bear Bryant Award, and three SEC Coach of the Year awards (’03,’08,’09) among many other accolades. Previously named by Forbes Magazine “The Most Powerful Coach in Sports” and’s “Best Head Coach in College Football,” the legend of Saban continues to grow.

Mark N. Scarpelli Mark N. Scarpelli
2017 NADA Chairman

Mark Scarpelli is president of Raymond Chevrolet and Raymond Kia in Antioch, Ill., and co-owner of Ray Chevrolet and Ray Chrysler-Jeep-Dodge-Ram in Fox Lake, Ill. Scarpelli is 2017 chairman of the National Automobile Dealers Association and represents Metropolitan Chicago's franchised new-car dealers on its board of directors. (Term: February 2011-January 2020)


Saturday, March 24

John Krafcik John Krafcik
CEO of Waymo LLC

John Krafcik is the CEO of Waymo, a self-driving technology company with a mission to make it safe and easy to move people and things around. Building on software and sensor technology developed in Google’s labs, Waymo was formed in December 2016 with the goal to improve transportation for people around the world. Under Krafcik's leadership, Waymo has struck strategic partnerships with Fiat Chrysler Automobiles and ride-sharing firm Lyft, as well as launching a public trial of its self-driving minivans in Phoenix, AZ. Mr. Krafcik has long experience in both the automotive and technology space, including broad operating experience in engineering, product development, technology, and manufacturing, with stints at NUMMI, Ford, Hyundai and TrueCar. Previously, Mr. Krafcik spent 10 years in leadership positions at Hyundai Motor America, including 5 years as president and CEO, where he was responsible for the strategic direction and management of the company’s U.S. operations. Krafcik will assess trending technology and the potential of autonomous vehicles. Then AutoNation’s Mike Jackson and NADA’s Peter Welch (see below) will join him onstage to talk about how dealers will drive the future of AVs.

Mike Jackson Mike Jackson
Chairman, CEO & President, AutoNation, Inc.

Mike Jackson is widely regarded as one of our generation’s most influential and effective leaders in the automotive industry. As chairman, CEO and president of AutoNation, he has been singularly responsible for modernizing the automotive retail business, introducing contemporary operational practices and delivering an unprecedented degree of customer service. As a result of his vision, AutoNation secured its position as America’s largest automotive retailer and distinguished itself as the industry’s standard bearer for customer focus, transparency and corporate success. Previously, Jackson served as president and CEO of Mercedes-Benz USA where he oversaw the automaker’s U.S. sales operation and 311 franchised dealerships. In that role, he helped create the vision and direction that led to the brand’s rejuvenation in the U.S. He has also served as chairman of the Mercedes-Benz National Dealer Council. Fittingly, it was at a Mercedes-Benz dealership that Mr. Jackson began his automotive career as a dealership technician.

Peter Welch Peter K. Welch
President & CEO, NADA

NADA President and CEO Peter Welch will moderate a discussion with Krafcik and Jackson following Krafcik’s keynote remarks. The fireside chat, among other questions, will highlight lessons learned and identify future opportunities and insights for new-car dealerships regarding self-driving vehicles.


Wes Lutz Wes Lutz
2017 NADA Vice Chairman

Wes Lutz is president of Extreme Chrysler/Dodge/Jeep, RAM Inc. in Jackson, Mich. He has been a Chrysler dealer since 1976. Lutz is 2017 vice chairman of the National Automobile Dealers Association and represents Michigan's franchised new-car dealers on its board of directors. He previously served on the NADA board from 2001 to 2004. (Term: February 2013-January 2019)




Sunday, March 25

Robert O'Neill Robert O'Neill
Former SEAL Team Six Leader, Naval Special Warfare Development Group

Rob O’Neill is one of the most highly-decorated combat veterans of our time and the author of the New York Times best-selling memoir The Operator: Firing the Shots That Killed Osama bin Laden and My Years as a SEAL Team Warrior. A former SEAL Team Six leader with the Naval Special Warfare Development Group, he deployed more than a dozen times and held combat leadership roles during more than 400 missions in four different theaters of war. A highly-trained Navy SEAL, he led the military’s most elite and was involved in our nation’s most important campaigns. He has been decorated more than 52 times, including two Silver Stars, four Bronze Stars with Valor, and a Joint Service Commendation Medal with Valor. He is the co-founder of Your Grateful Nation, which provides individualized transition support for Special Operations heroes and their families. He is currently a contributor to Fox News.