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PALS 2016 Sets New Records

LAS VEGAS — Organizers of the annual P&A Leadership Summit have announced that the 2016 event, held last week at Paris Las Vegas, set a new record for attendance and earned high praise in early reviews.

“Our pride in organizing and holding a successful show is matched only by our pride in its year-over-year growth,” said David Gesualdo, show chair and publisher of P&A magazine. “Thank you to our advisory board, sponsors, speakers and attendees for making PALS 2016 a hit.”

This year’s event attracted exactly 200 attendees, a new record, and featured two days of advanced education for executives in the F&I product provider and administrator segment. Highlights included “Positioning Your Business for the Future,” a presentation by attorney Tara Newell of Bryan Cave, “Execute Like a Fighter Pilot,” a motivational address from Lt. Col. Bruce Bright, USMC (Ret.), and “The Pre-Owned Correction and F&I’s Big Opportunity,” the closing keynote address delivered by AUL’s Jimmy Atkinson.

The agenda also included a long list of featured speakers and panel discussions staffed by many of the industry’s leading executives, thought leaders and experts, whose presentations covered everything from digital F&I to parts sourcing.

“In an industry that is under tremendous pressure despite record levels of productivity, PALS has become the focal point for high-level discussions among industry leaders,” Gesualdo said. “The stars aligned for us in Las Vegas, and we couldn’t be happier.”

Next year’s P&A Leadership Summit will take place in mid-September 2017 at the Gaylord Texan Resort Hotel & Convention Center in Grapevine, Texas, near Dallas. For more information, including sponsorship and exhibition opportunities, contact David Gesualdo via email hidden; JavaScript is required or at 727-947-4027.

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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

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

Tony Wanderon
CEO, National Auto Care