The 2017 Conference of Automotive Remarketing (CAR) is right around the corner, and we are looking forward to this annual event in Las Vegas. This year promises to be impressive, with more than 15 educational sessions, a variety of exhibitors and eight different events dedicated to networking with industry professionals.

Members of the ADESA and KAR Auction Services team are getting ready to learn about the latest technological advancements, make new connections and hear the latest trends.

As a premier sponsor of CAR, ADESA is proud to support a remarkable array of speakers and panelists that include KAR, the National Auto Auction Association (NAAA) and our own ADESA colleagues. Here are the seminars, panels and presentations we’re putting on our schedules for an informative, enlightening two days.

Wednesday, March 1

Welcome to CAR 2017 and NAAA’s State of the Auction Industry Report
Presenter Jerry Hinton, NAAA president and ADESA Portland general manager, will recap auction activity in 2016, highlight the progress made by the NAAA to fulfill specific industry initiatives and preview the goals for 2017. Hinton has been in the industry for over 30 years with the Brasher’s Auction Group and was part of the ADESA acquisition last spring. He is also in his second term as a city councilor in Gresham, the fourth largest city in Oregon.

Thursday, March 2

What You Need to Know to Be Successful in Remarketing
Presenter Bob Rauschenberg, executive vice president of sales, marketing and special services at ADESA, will share the most important lessons he has learned during his 40-year career in the remarketing industry. Rauschenberg, who has been both a consignor and remarketer, has held key positions in the automotive industry, including vice president of remarketing for two of the largest fleet and lease companies, president of ADT’s auction services division and president of ABC Auto Auctions. In 2016, he was presented with both the NAAA Pioneer Award and the IARA (International Automotive Remarketers Alliance) Circle of Excellence Award.

Economic Forecast and Its Impact on Remarketers in 2017
Tom Kontos, chief economist for KAR Auction Services, joins a panel to discuss topics such as whether the national economy will continue to strengthen in 2017 and how economic conditions will impact the vehicle remarketing industry this year. Kontos has more than 25 years of experience in market research, financial analysis and strategic planning. In 2016, he was awarded the Ed Bobit Industry Icon Award by IARA and NAAA. Jerry Hinton, NAAA president and ADESA Portland general manager, will moderate.

Are Your Employees Safety Certified?
This discussion will cover a step-by-step process to make your safety program the best it can be. Panelists include Rich Levene, ADESA Austin general manager, and James Walker, senior director of environmental, health and safety for KAR Auction Services. Levene has more than 20 years of vehicle remarketing experience, holding several key management positions while employed at CitiFinancial Auto, HSBC, and KAR Auction Services and its group of companies. Walker has over 15 years EH&S experience and is familiar with OSHA, EPA, NFPA and FAA safety regulations that enable the development of safety programs for the government and public sectors.

If you are attending CAR, you can see the rest of the conference schedule here. See you in Las Vegas!