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Gruber to Helm Leadership Panel at PALS

DALLAS — Organizers of the annual P&A Leadership Summit have announced that Kristen Gruber, president of Dealers Assurance Company (DAC), will moderate a panel discussion dedicated to leadership at the event, which will be held Sept. 12–13 at the Gaylord Texan Resort & Convention Center in Dallas. PALS is co-located with the annual Industry Summit for the sixth consecutive year.

“I’m looking forward to facilitating a candid discussion among industry leaders about topics that weigh heavy on their minds,” Gruber said. “This session is geared towards anyone who occasionally wakes up in a cold sweat, wondering how to address some of today’s biggest challenges for the F&I industry!”

The panel will begin at 2:05 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 12. Gruber, who is also a member of this year’s PALS advisory board, will be joined by Arden Hetland, president of American Financial & Automotive Services, Dave Duncan, president of Safe-Guard, Kelly Price, CEO of National Automotive Experts (NAE)/NWAN, and Lance LaCoe, president and CEO of C.A.R.S. Protection Plus.

The panel is expected to tackle the topics weighing heavily on the minds of leading executives in the F&I product provider and administrator segment, including questions posed by attendees.

“We could not have asked for a better or more qualified group to tackle the most pressing issues facing the leaders of our industry,” said David Gesualdo, show chair and publisher of P&A magazine. “We anticipate a lively and highly informative session.”

Registration for Industry Summit 2017 is open at the event’s website. Attendees who register by Aug. 11 will enjoy a $100 discount. To discuss sponsorship and exhibition opportunities, contact David Gesualdo at (727) 947-4027 or via email hidden; JavaScript is required.

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2018 Advisory Board

David Trinder 
CEO, F&I Administration Solutions
and Advisory Board Chair

Cindy Allen
CEO, StoneEagle

Lee Bowron
Founder, Kerper and Bowron, LLC

Dave Duncan
President, Safe-Guard Products International

Kristen Gruber
President, Dealers Assurance Company

Lori Hallissey
COO, Portfolio Reinsurance Services

Randy Henrick
President, Randy Henrick & Associates, LLC

Arden Hetland
President, American Financial
and Automotive Services

Dan Jones
Principal, Eckbond Coatings, Inc.

Daniel Lievrouw
Executive Vice President and CIO, American Guardian Warranty Services, Inc.

Adam Pope
President, Warranty Solutions

Brian Reed
President, F&I Express