The moderators and keynoters lined up for the Conference of Automotive Remarketing (CAR) 2003 cumulatively represent more than 200 years of experience in wholesale vehicle remarketing. They will share their expertise in educational sessions throughout the conference being held Feb. 23-25, 2003 in Las Vegas. Three influential industry executives will give the keynote addresses. John Smith, group vice president for vehicle sales, service, and marketing at General Motors, will give an address titled, "The Future of Certified Used Vehicle Sales." This will be his first major address to the remarketing industry. Charley Smith, incoming president pro tem of the National Automobile Dealers Association (NADA), will speak on "What Dealers Want from Auctions." Mike Linn, executive vice president of the National Independent Automobile Dealers Association (NIADA), will give a keynote address on "Key Issues Facing Independent Dealers." Tony Moorby of Flying Lion is ideally suited to moderate a factory remarketing panel as the former president of ADT Automotive, when it was the second largest auction chain in the country. Moorby has had first-hand dealings with factory remarketers and will bring that experience to the discussion while moderating the panel discussion titled, "Identifying the Latest Trends Among Factory Remarketers." Jay Fahrendorff, managing partner at ABC Minneapolis, brings a dual perspective to the discussion on "What Fleet Management Companies are Doing to Enhance Residual Values," having spent several decades as the head of remarketing at Associates Leasing/CitiCapital Fleet and now as an auction partner. Don Elliott, vice president of ADESA, will be moderating the "Latest Remarketing Trends Among Import Automotive Remarketers" session. Elliott, likewise brings a dual perspective to the discussion, as he was previously fleet director for Mazda, where he was also in charge of Mazda's remarketing program, and is now working for the nation's second largest auction chain. Nick Stanutz, executive vice president of the Dealer Sales Group, Huntington National Bank, will be moderating the discussion on "Alternate Financing for Used Car Dealers. Stanutz's other role as president of the Automotive Finance Committee of the Consumer Bankers Association also makes him highly qualified to facilitate and add value to the session on financing. The moderator for the final session on "How Banks/Financial Institutions Will Affect Remarketing Strategies" is Dick Curtis, partner of TPC Management. Along with working with banks and financial institutions, Curtis has experience running retail new car facilities as well as both independent auctions and wholesale auto auction chains. He has worked extensively with major domestic and foreign manufacturers and finance companies. Bob Burnett, president of Black Book, will bring his auction insight to the "Future Trends in the Auction Industry" panel discussion as its moderator based on his day-to-day experience in following resale value trends. John Schuetz of Frontline Remarketing also brings a dual perspective to CAR 2003, as he was formerly fleet director of Daewoo, selling to the daily rental industry, and is now remarketing units with Frontline Remarketing. Schuetz will be moderating the session on "Daily Rental Remarketing Trends." Tim Deese, president and founder of Progressive Basics and a foremost industry dealer trainer, will lead a seminar track entitled "How to Strengthen Your Used-Vehicle Department." In 19 years, Deese and Progressive Basics have worked with over 25,000 dealers and managers from the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Central America, and the Middle East. For a complete list of seminars and participating speakers at CAR 2003, visit

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