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NADA’s Koblenz Joins Industry Summit Roster

LAS VEGAS — Organizers of the annual P&A Leadership Summit have announced that Andy Koblenz, executive vice president of legal and regulatory affairs for the National Automobile Dealers Association (NADA), will deliver a keynote address at Industry Summit 2015, which will be held Sept. 8–10 at Paris Las Vegas. Attendees who register for the P&A Leadership Summit are invited to attend.

“Andy Koblenz is a familiar face at Industry Summit and a great friend to dealers everywhere,” said David Gesualdo, show chair and publisher of F&I and Showroom and P&A magazines. “His experience speaks for itself, and we anticipate a gripping and informative address.”

Since 2006, Koblenz has spearheaded critical efforts to protect franchised new-car dealers from federal regulatory overreach. He represents dealers before all federal regulatory agencies and is at the forefront of NADA’s advocacy efforts to protect consumer choice in indirect auto financing. Along with the nation’s top dealer groups, he helped launch NADA’s optional Fair Credit Compliance Policy and Program, which helps dealers and lenders comply with fair credit rules while preserving robust competition for car buyers in the auto finance marketplace.

“The upcoming Industry Summit will provide an ideal forum to discuss a resolution of the challenges to the indirect vehicle financing model presented by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau,” Koblenz said. “As a matter of principle, car buyers have the right to negotiate the rate on auto loans. And they have the right to seek a better deal. No government institution should deny that. That’s not what Washington is supposed to do.”

Koblenz directs a staff of six attorneys specializing in franchise and state law, corporate law and federal regulatory affairs. He helped navigate NADA through intensely challenging times, including the credit crisis, automaker bankruptcies and Great Recession. Previously, he served as NADA’s vice president of industry affairs.

More information about Industry Summit and P&A Leadership Summit is available at the events’ websites. Attendees who register by Aug. 7 will enjoy a $100 early-bird discount.

To inquire about sponsorship or exhibition opportunities, contact David Gesualdo via email hidden; JavaScript is required or call 727-947-4027.

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