Below are the speakers from our 2017 event.

SPEAKERS (Click on the name to see more information on each speaker).

  • Erik Day — Partner, Chief Financial Officer for the Warren Henry Automotive Group
  • Bill Cariss — President & CEO for Holman Strategic Ventures; Chief Strategy Officer for Holman Enterprises
  • Matt Hinson — Managing Director for Flow Automotive Companies & Amplify RPM
  • Brian Benstock — Partner, GM Paragon Honda, Acura
  • Randy Callison — M&A Consultant
  • Alex Vetter — President, CEO of
  • Ron Frey — Chief Strategy Officer for CDK Global
  • Chris Glenn — COO, Motormindz
  • Matthew Belk — Co-founder, Chief of Ideas, BetterCarPeople
  • Eric Denlinger — Managing Director for Portico Capital
  • Micah Winkelspecht — Founder and CEO of Gem
  • Serge Vartanov — Chief Marketing Officer of AutoGravity
  • Curtis Nixon — President & Chief Executive Officer with Update Promise
  • Jose Puente — President of FlexDrive
  • John Price — Founder, CEO and CarStory
  • Chad Bockius — Chief Product Officer for CarStory
  • Chris Taylor — Founder, CEO of Square Root
  • Jeff Van Dongen — CEO of Motormindz, moderator of the Startup Showcase
  • Chris Marshall — Oracle Data Cloud, Senior Director of Strategic Planning and Development
  • Mark Queen — Partner with ELEAD1ONE
  • Eric Brown — President, Lotlinx
  • Anthony Carroll — Senior Account Executive for Google
  • Charlie Vogelheim — Podcast Host/Producer of MotorTrend Audio; Partner with TPC Management; Principal with Vogelheim Ventures
  • Sheldon Sandler — Founder and CEO of Bel Air Partners, moderator of the Technology and Dealership Valuation Panel
  • Gary Tucker — CEO of telematics platform Zubie
  • Yury Kaganov — founder and CEO of MyDealerOnline
  • Cliff Banks — Founder of The Banks Report, President of Banks Media Enterprises


  • Gavin Gillas — Head of Partnerships, Thirteen23
  • Jim Curry — Co-founder, BuildGroup
  • Vasant Kamath — Principal, Primus Capital
  • Jim Armstrong — Managing Director, March Capital Partners & Clearstone Capital Partners

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