Keynote Speakers

Friday, January 27

Jeff CarlsonJeff Carlson
2016 NADA Chairman

Jeff Carlson is president of Glenwood Springs Ford and Glenwood Springs Subaru in Glenwood Springs, Colo. and Summit Ford in Silverthorne, Colo. After graduating from the University of Northern Colorado, he started in the automotive business in 1973, working for Ford Motor Co. In 1979 he joined Glenwood Springs Ford, Lincoln Mercury as a sales manager. He purchased interest in Glenwood Ford in 1982 and became president in 1986, expanding the business from a single dealership to the current three dealerships over the past 33 years. Carlson is 2016 chairman of the National Automobile Dealers Association and represents Colorado's franchised new-car dealers on its board of directors. (Term: October 2004-January 2018).


Jim GaffiganJim Gaffigan

Jim Gaffigan is a Grammy nominated comedian, New York Times best-selling author, top touring performer, and multi-platinum-selling father of five.  He is now in the second season of his semi-fictitious television show, The Jim Gaffigan Show, which TV Land picked up for a second season and premieres this summer. The series, lauded by The Los Angeles Times as Fun and Funny, and People Magazine as One of Summer TV’s bright spots, was developed by Peter Tolan along with Gaffigan and his wife, Jeannie, who both also serve as executive producers and showrunners. The single-camera comedy co-stars Ashley Williams, Michael Ian Black, and Adam Goldberg and revolves around one man’s struggle to balance fatherhood, stand-up comedy and an insatiable appetite.    
Mark Fields

Mark Fields
President and CEO, Ford Motor Company

Under Fields’ leadership, Ford is expanding its business model to be both an auto and a mobility company. The company is committed to growing and investing in its core business of designing, manufacturing, marketing, financing and servicing a full line of Ford cars, trucks, SUVs and electrified vehicles, as well as Lincoln luxury vehicles. At the same time, Ford is aggressively pursuing emerging opportunities through Ford Smart Mobility – the company’s plan to be a leader in connectivity, mobility, autonomous vehicles, the customer experience and data and analytics. 


Saturday, January 28

Mark Scarpelli

Mark N. Scarpelli
Incoming NADA Chairman

Mark Scarpelli is president of Raymond Chevrolet/Kia in Antioch, Ill., operating his family's two dealership locations there that employ 150 team members. Scarpelli is 2016 vice 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 2017)

Racing to be the Best
Motorsports legends Roger Penske, chairman of Penske Corporation, and Helio Castroneves, three-time Indianapolis 500 winner for Team Penske Racing, take the stage for an intimate conversation with Keith Crain, editor-in-chief of Automotive News.


Roger Penske
Chairman, Penske Corp. 

Roger Penske is Chairman of Penske Corporation,  a closely-held, diversified, transportation services company whose subsidiaries operate in a variety of industry segments, including retail automotive, truck leasing, transportation logistics and professional motorsports. Penske Corporation manages businesses with revenues in excess of $26 billion, operating in more than 3,300 locations and employing over 50,000 people worldwide.  


Helio Castroneves
Three-time Indianapolis 500 Winner

One of the most popular personalities in all of sports, Helio Castroneves - Team Penske's elder statesman - has accomplished much in his illustrious career, yet he remains passionate in his desire to achieve much more. Castroneves returns for his 17th season with Team Penske in 2016 driving the No. 3 Shell-V-Power Pennzoil-Ultra, Hitachi, and AAA/Automobile Club of Southern California Indy car.

Known for his electric smile and enthusiasm, Castroneves has driven and danced his way into the hearts and minds of people around the world. As the only active driver to have earned the distinction of being a three-time winner of the Indianapolis 500 and the only race car driver ever to become a "Dancing with the Stars" Champion, Castroneves in many ways is in a league of his own.


Keith E. Crain
Editor-in-Chief, Automotive News, Autoweek, Automobilewoche

As chairman of Crain Communications Inc, Keith Crain is recognized internationally for his contributions in both the automotive and publishing industries. 
Mr. Crain became publisher and editor-in-chief of Automotive News when Crain Communications purchased the publication in 1971. He then became publisher and editor-in-chief of Crain’s Detroit Business when it launched in 1985. One of his major accomplishments in his long career was the development of the Automotive News World Congress as an international forum for global business leaders to meet annually to discuss the most pressing issues facing the automotive industry. Mr. Crain also assisted in the development of the annual North American International Auto Show in Detroit in 1989. He went on to help with the launch of Automotive News Europe’s European World Congress in 1997.


Sunday, January 29

Amy Purdy Amy Purdy
World-class adaptive snowboarder

Amy Purdy lost her legs to bacterial meningitis when she was only 19. Originally given less than a 2% change of survival, she beat her odds, battled depression, and rose to accept her new reality – but not any limitations. Today, she is the top-ranked adaptive snowboarder in the U.S., a three-time World Cup Para-Snowboard winner, the 2014 Paralympic bronze medalist, and the author of New York Times best-seller On My Own Two Feet. Purdy has evolved into a powerful inspirational and motivational speaker who has shared her story with millions of people around the world. She has been a featured presenter at both TEDx and POP Tech. Her TED talk is distributed to new, incoming TED speakers as the No. 1 recommended sample presentation. It has been viewed millions of times and translated into multiple languages. Through poignant and powerful stories, she shows audiences how to use our challenges to push past our limits and live a life without barriers.