2019 Speakers

Master of Ceremonies
Bob Harkins

Bob Harkins

Vice President of Training
American Guardian Warranty Services (AGWS)

Bob Harkins’ background in the automotive industry includes consumer finance, sales and F&I management. He once served as vice president and director of training for an international credit insurance and vehicle service contract administrator and also has worked with Northwood University, NADA’s Dealer Candidate Academy, NCM Associates Inc., manufacturers’ dealer development programs, state dealer associations and AFIP.

Harkins designs and presents Finance and Insurance, Compliance and Ethics seminars and workshops for dealerships, dealer groups, administrators and general agents.

Keynotes

Cindy Allen

Cindy Allen

CEO
StoneEagle

Building companies that people LOVE to work at, that people and companies LOVE to do business with, and that make a healthy profit for their owners/investors. Cindy has held various entrepreneurial and career roles, ranging from startup technical design and development with StoneEagle.com to Fortune 500 C-level leadership at American Express, along with founding several businesses.

Currently Cindy is back home in the Automotive industry and serves as the Chief Executive Officer of StoneEagle, an entrepreneurial endeavor started by her husband and family over 30 years ago, which not only continues to thrive but also spin off additional startups.

Cindy has a passion for starting and scaling up businesses, customer service, building partnerships, and challenging the status quo through innovative thinking and strategic execution.  Cindy’s commitment to building strong industry relationships and casting a vision for innovation in the future drives her as she pursues what’s possible with her husband, Brent and their talented team of partners.

George Dans

George Dans

The World’s Greatest Closer

Motivational speaker George Dans is fired up with passion and drive to help everyone he meets develop themselves to success. George speaks to companies who are looking for real world training solutions, backed with the motivational training to implement what they learn. George has studied human improvement for over 25 years and has read thousands of books on the subject. A published author himself, George has written many articles and books on what it takes to succeed in this market. He is a master of humor and powerful storytelling, bringing unparalleled energy and principals to every audience he speaks for.

George had the privilege of serving our country as a ‘Fire Fighter’ and was honored as the ‘Academy Chief’ at the 62nd basic fire academy n Orange County, California. He has the ability to generate contagious energy, which results from his own rich life experiences.

Lt. General Russel L. Honoré (Ret.)

Lt. General Russel L. Honoré (Ret.)

Commander of Joint Task Force Katrina, Leadership Expert, Safety & Global Preparedness Authority

Gen. Honoré has 37 years of decorated military leadership—including the crucial role in managing New Orleans’ relief efforts post Hurricane Katrina.

Prior to his command of Joint Task Force-Katrina – leading the Department of Defense response to Hurricanes Katrina and Rita in Alabama, Mississippi, and Louisiana – General Honoré served in a variety of command and staff positions which focused on Defense Support to Civil Authorities and Homeland Defense.

As Vice Director for Operations, J-3, The Joint Staff, Washington, D.C., and, as the Commander, Standing Joint Force Headquarters-Homeland Security, United States Northern Command, General Honoré’s focus was Defense Support to Civil Authorities and Homeland Defense.

General Honoré also planned and supported the United States military response to the devastating flooding which swept Venezuela 1999 and Mozambique in 2000. As Vice Director for Operations, he led the Defense Department’s planning and preparation for the anticipated Y2K Millennium anomaly. As Commander of SJFHQ-HLS under NORTHCOM direction, he planned and oversaw the military response to the Space Shuttle Columbia Tragedy and the DC Sniper Shootings. Additionally, General Honoré participated in three TOPOFF (Top Officials) exercises as well as the United Endeavor series of Homeland Defense exercises.

Speakers & Panelists
Kristen Gruber

Kristen Gruber

President
Dealers Assurance Company

Kristen is the President of Dealers Assurance Company (DAC), and has worked in the insurance arena for 25 years, mainly in roles specific to the F&I industry. Over the course of her career, she has focused on developing insurance solutions for agents, dealers, and OEMs. Today, Kristen and her management team of industry experts work to provide DAC’s clients with the exceptional regulatory, compliance, and analytical support they need to grow their business.

 

2019 Advisory Board

David Trinder 
StoneEagle F&I
Advisory Board Chair

Lee Bowron
Kerper and Bowron

Dave Duncan
Safe-Guard Products International

Ron Greer
Provider Exchange Network

Kristen Gruber 
Dealers Assurance Company

Lori Hallissey 
Portfolio

Arden Hetland
American Financial & Automotive Services

Daniel Jones
EckBond

Daniel Lievrouw
American Guardian Warranty Services

Kelly Price
NAE/NWAN

Mitch Rand
C&K Auto Parts

Michael Reth
Axiom Product Administration

Michael Tuno 
World Class Dealer Services

Tony Wanderon
National Auto Care