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2021 Auto Executive Outlook Series

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2021 Auto Executive Outlook: What Dealers Need to Know for the New Year

NADA Show is offering a unique opportunity to get a jump start on the best education in the industry. 2021 will be another year full of new business challenges and opportunities. As a special preview to this year’s NADA Show, you’ll find out what’s in store for dealers from NADA experts, auto industry veterans and political representatives.

This four-part webinar series is only available to registered attendees of NADA Show 2021. Register for NADA Show before Jan. 15* to get access to this special webinar series and on-demand recordings, a can’t-miss start to 2021.


The 2021 Presidential Transition: What Will it Mean for Franchised Dealers and the Country? 

Monday, Jan. 11, 2021 – 3pm EST

Mack McLarty, McLarty Associates

Mack McLarty is uniquely positioned to discuss the political landscape in Washington from a dealer’s perspective. McLarty served as President Bill Clinton’s first White House Chief of Staff and later as Counselor to the President, and of course, most important from NADA’s perspective, Mack is part of a fourth-generation family auto business. Mack always leverages his wide-ranging experience with very practical common sense, so we can expect an informative and entertaining discussion. 

About the Speaker
Thomas F. “Mack” McLarty, III has served at the highest levels of government, in various roles advising presidents of both parties: Bill Clinton, George H.W. Bush, and Jimmy Carter. McLarty is part of a fourth-generation family auto business founded in 1921. He has a strong track record in the business community as a public company CEO, corporate board member, and founder and chair of the international strategic advisory firm that bears his name.


Cyber Ransom:  How You Can Protect Yourself and Your Dealership 

Thursday, Jan. 14, 2021 – 3pm EST

Brad Miller, Director, Legal and Regulatory Affairs and Senior Counsel Digital Affairs, NADA

Rafael Maldonado, Vice President and Chief Information Officer, NADA

In the past year alone, researchers warn of a seven-fold increase in ransomware attacks compared to previous years and attackers are continually evolving their tactics. Learn how dealers can prevent attacks and protect their customers and their businesses in 2021.

About the Speakers 
Brad Miller is Director of Legal and Regulatory Affairs and Senior Counsel Digital Affairs at NADA. He’s an industry-leading expert on data privacy and cybersecurity regulatory issues affecting dealers. He represents dealer interests before numerous federal agencies and educates dealers on regulations promulgated by those agencies including the Federal Trade Commission, Federal Communications Commission, Federal Reserve Board, Department of the Treasury and Internal Revenue Service.  

Rafael Maldonado is Vice President and CIO for NADA. Maldonado has more than 22 years of experience in information technology and has served in leadership positions in both the private and public sectors. He is responsible for information systems and information technology for NADA Corporate IT, which includes enterprise applications, enterprise data, service desk, solution development, infrastructure, communications, mail and printing services, and information security.


2021 Consumer Outlook: Increasing Loyalty in the Next Chapter of Mobility 
Thursday, Jan. 21, 2021 – 3pm EST

Dania Rich-SpencerVice President of Automotive and Mobility, Escalent
Mike DovoranyVice President, Automotive & Mobility, Escalent
Chris BarnesCPO / Managing Director, Escalent 

Connectivity, autonomous, shared and electrification (CASE) were major disruptors to mobility prior to the pandemic.COVID-19 has amplified the challenges associated with managing these disruptors. How does CASE or the future of mobility look now, considering a new consumer mindset and associated behaviors? Learn how to convert the uncertainty caused by the pandemic to a level of acceptable risk as dealers navigate the changing automotive industry. 

About the Speakers
Dania Rich-Spencer has more than 25 years of experience in the automotive and mobility industry and is currently leading the company’s automotive retail line of business helping clients to prepare for the next generation of transportation.

Mike Dovorany has spent the last 15 years as a consultant and researcher for many global OEM’s, providing strategic advisement primarily on CASE-related issues. Mike works across the Automotive & Mobility team and leads EVForward, the largest, most comprehensive study of future EV buyers.  

Chris Barnes is Chief Product Officer and Managing Director of Escalent’s Financial Services Division, which includes the Cogent Wealth Advisory and Javelin Strategies division. Chris has a deep background in market and public opinion research. He specializes in brand research and has helped some of the world’s biggest brands grow their businesses and brands. He has developed innovative methods and approaches including his Ogilvy Award-winning path to purchase work.


2021 Policy Outlook: What Changes Can Be Expected in the New Administration?
Thursday, Jan. 28, 2021 – 3pm EST

Loren A. Smith, Jr., President, Skyline Policy Risk Group

This revealing session will discuss what to expect in policy and regulatory changes from the Trump Administration to the Biden Administration. Will it be a slow transition, or will the transition of power bring about abrupt changes? What policy changes are on the horizon that will affect your business? Tune in for this insider's view on the potential impact of next presidency for the auto retail industry.

About the Speaker
Loren A. Smith, Jr. leads Skyline Policy Risk Group, a research and strategic advisory firm analyzing transportation policy and political risk. From 2017-2021, he worked at the U.S. Department of Transportation, providing leadership in a number of mission-critical areas as Deputy Assistant Secretary for Policy. From 2009-2016, he was an analyst for Capital Alpha Partners, a DC-based research firm that studies public policy for investors. There, he specialized in transportation policy, particularly relating to autos and infrastructure. He previously served at the U.S. Department of Labor, and as a legislative aide on Capitol Hill.


*Note: This series is only available to NADA Show attendees who register by Jan. 15, 2021. Webinars will be presented live, with on-demand recordings available after the presentation. 

Already registered? Registered attendees will receive links to access the series via email.