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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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2017 Advisory Board

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

Brent Allen
President, StoneEagle Insurance Systems

Jimmy Atkinson 
President/CEO, AUL Corp 

Robert Berger Jr.
Executive Vice President & Director of Operations, Wise F&I

Bob Corbin
President and CEO, IAS

Ron Greer
Vice President of Provider Services, Open Dealer Exchange, LLC

Kristen Gruber
President, Dealers Assurance Company

Lori Hallissey
Chief Operating Officer, Portfolio Reinsurance Services

Arden Hetland
President, American Financial and Automotive Services

Daniel Lievrouw
VP of Operations & I.T., American Guardian Warranty Services, Inc.

Adam Pope
President, Warranty Solutions

Kelly Price
CEO, NAE NWAN

Mitch Rand
President, C&K Auto Parts, WIS Inspections

Tony Wanderon
CEO, National Auto Care