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P&A Leadership Summit Names 2016 Advisory Board


LAS VEGAS — Organizers of P&A Leadership Summit have announced the names of the advisory board members for the 2016 event, which will be held Aug. 30–31 at Paris Las Vegas.

David Trinder, president and CEO of F&I Administration Solutions, will serve as advisory board chair for the third consecutive year. He will be joined by:

  • Brent Allen, president, StoneEagle Insurance Systems
  • Jimmy Atkinson, senior vice president and COO, AUL Corp.
  • Robert H. Berger Jr., executive vice president and director of operations, Wise F&I
  • Bryan Bledsoe, president, One Guard Inspections
  • Mike Cescon, president, Old Republic Insured Automotive Services (ORIAS)
  • Bob Corbin, president and CEO, IAS
  • Troy Good, president and CEO, Dent Zone Companies Inc.
  • Kristen Gruber, president, Dealers Assurance Company (DAC)
  • Lori Hallissey, vice president of operations and customer experience, Allstate Dealer Services
  • George Krnich, vice president of claims and risk management, American Auto Guardian Inc. (AAGI)
  • Daniel Lievrouw, vice president of operations and IT, American Guardian Warranty Services Inc. (AGWS)
  • John Pappanastos, president and CEO, EFG Companies
  • Kelly Price, president, National Automotive Experts (NAE)/NWAN
  • Mitch Rand, president, C&K Auto
  • Tony Wanderon, CEO, National Auto Care

“This group includes many of the brightest minds and most effective leaders the F&I product provider and administration segment has ever seen,” Trinder said. “The work of building an agenda that reflects their expertise and the industry’s needs begins immediately.”

Registration for the event is expected to open soon. For updates and industry news, attendees are encouraged to subscribe to P&A magazine’s free enewsletter.

To inquire about sponsorship and exhibition opportunities, contact Eric Gesualdo via email hidden; JavaScript is required or at 727-612-8826.

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PALS Room Block Nearly Full


LAS VEGAS – Organizers of the 2015 P&A Leadership Summit have announced that the event’s room block at Paris Las Vegas is nearly full. The event, which will be held Sept. 9–10, is expected to once again draw a large crowd of executives representing the F&I product and administration segment.

“Given the caliber of speakers, content and opportunities for interaction with experts and thought leaders, it should come as no surprise that we are already near capacity,” said David Gesualdo, show chair and publisher of F&I and Showroom and P&A magazines. “I encourage those who are on the fence about attending the conference or staying at Paris Las Vegas to register for both today.”

Organizers reported surging registration numbers spurred by press releases announcing new speakers, including the National Automobile Dealers Association (NADA)’s Bill Fox and Andrew Koblenz, Kristen Gruber of Dealers Assurance Company (DAC), The Warranty Group’s Aaron Lunt and Brian Reed and Mike Burgiss of F&I Express and MakeMyDeal, to name a few.

Additional highlights will include hard-hitting panel discussions and Q&A sessions with speakers as well as evening receptions and other networking opportunities.

Registration and information about accommodations and travel is available the event’s website. Attendees who register for the P&A Leadership Summit by Aug. 7 will enjoy a $100 early-bird discount.

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Gruber to Lead Big-Data Panel at PALS


LAS VEGAS – Organizers of the 2015 P&A Leadership Summit have announced the addition of Kristen Gruber, president of Dealers Assurance Company (DAC), who will lead a panel discussion at the event, which will be held Sept. 9–10 at Paris Las Vegas.

“Kristen Gruber recognizes the proliferation and aggregation of data in the providers and administrators segment as an opportunity to change and improve the way we do business,” said David Gesualdo, show chair and publisher of F&I and Showroom and P&A magazines. “Our attendees and the industry at large should listen closely.”

Gruber’s panel will be comprised of industry professionals who are using technology to improve their understanding of historical loss data. They will describe the tools they use to quickly visualize and identify trends and loss drivers and explain how they improve underwriting and lead to better decision making.

“This is a must-attend session for anyone interested in getting real value from your data,” Gruber said. “Contract administration systems are a big investment for many administrators, and the return on this investment can be amplified by a company’s ability to extract meaning from the data captured.”

Registration is now open for the P&A Leadership Summit. Attendees who register by Aug. 7 will enjoy a $100 early-bird discount. More information, including additional speakers and travel, is available at the event’s website. 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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Session Highlights – Actuarial Insights into Today’s F&I Products


LAS VEGAS – Organizers of the 2014 P&A Leadership Conference have released highlights about an upcoming session at this year’s conference.

A panel of independent actuaries will provide insights into the underlying profitability of F&I products and discuss the trends they see in today’s market.

The panel, which will be moderated by advisory board member, Kristen Gruber, president,
 Dealers Assurance Company, will include George Belokas, actuary, GPW and Associates, Inc., Lee Bowron, vice president, Kerper and Bowron, LLC, and Michael Covert, principal, Perr&Knight.

“If you had a full-time actuary on staff, what would he or she say about the profitability trends in your F&I products?” asks Gruber, “Are there unprofitable pockets of business that are jeopardizing your back-end profits? Are you appropriately targeting the most profitable segments of your business? Are you getting adversely selected against because you don’t understand the latest trends in the market? If you don’t know the answers to these questions, attend our panel session,
 Actuarial Insights into Today’s F&I Products, and benefit from the extensive knowledge that these three actuaries will share!”

The second annual P&A Leadership Summit is scheduled for September 8-9, 2014 at the Paris Las Vegas. The actuarial panel session is scheduled for day two of the conference on Tuesday, September 9, 2014 at 11:15 a.m..

Look for more session highlights as we get closer to P&A Leadership Summit 2014.

The P&A Leadership Summit is a joint production between P&A and F&I and Showroom magazines. It is scheduled for Sept. 8-9 at Paris Las Vegas. For more info, visit pa-leadershipsummit.com or contact Eric Gesualdo via email hidden; JavaScript is required or at (727)-940-5823.

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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