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2021 AGENDA

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* Open-air rooms will be available for attendees to watch sessions through our live stream

EXCLUSIVE TEE-TIMES AVAILABLE AT THE WYNN LAS VEGAS GOLF CLUB

Limited tee-times available, click here for more information. 

8:00 AM REGISTRATION

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12:15 PM WOMEN IN AUTO FINANCE LUNCHEON 

LUNCHEON 

The Women in Auto Finance Luncheon is an exclusive networking opportunity to support and cultivate female leadership in the industry. The luncheon will include a keynote from a highly regarded executive who will share her experiences and expertise in navigating and thriving in auto lending and leasing.

Participation in the luncheon is included in the registration for all delegates, attendees must sign up for the luncheon during the registration process. The Women in Auto Finance Luncheon will be in an open-air room and outdoor seating will be available. We look forward to welcoming women and allies from all areas of the business to this important event.  

Michele Rodgers, Chief Information Officer, Exeter Finance

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5:00 PM OPENING OUTDOOR COCKTAIL RECEPTION

Enjoy open-air surroundings  while networking with attendees poolside on the Sunset Terrace.

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8:00 AM REGISTRATION

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8:00 AM BREAKFAST

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9:00 AM OPENING REMARKS

9:15 AM SESSION ONE

FIRESIDE CHAT 

Kevin Cullum, President and Chief Executive Officer of Nissan Motor Acceptance Company, will take the stage to discuss the economy, innovation, industry trends and the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.

MODERATOR:

JJ Hornblass, Chief Executive Officer, Auto Finance News

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9:45 AM SESSION TWO

 EXECUTIVE DIALOGUE:
TACTICS FOR RISING ABOVE THE TURMOIL OF THE PANDEMIC AND ITS AFTERMATH 

PANEL

  • For how long can outstandings continue to rise – responsibly?  
  • Bracing for a return to rate-driven hyper-competition 
  • Overcoming the residual inflationary effects of the pandemic   

PANELISTS:

MODERATOR:

Joey Pizzolato, Editor, Auto Finance News

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11:00 AM MID-MORNING BREAK IN THE EXHIBIT HALL

NETWORKING 

11:45 AM SESSION THREE

ECONOMIC OUTLOOK AND FORECAST FOR THE AUTOMOTIVE AND AUTO FINANCE INDUSTRIES  

PRESENTATION 

  • Forecasting the long-term SAAR amid dynamic and expansionary economic and monetary trends 
  • Inflation and the future of the credit cycle and profitability  
  • Understanding the lingering economic effects of the pandemic on the automotive industry  

PANELISTS:

Edgar Faler, Senior Industry Analyst, Center for Automotive Research

MODERATOR:

JJ Hornblass, Chief Executive Officer, Auto Finance News

12:15 PM AUTO FINANCE EXCELLENCE AWARDS 

AWARDS CEREMONY 

Join us in the General Session to find out who will win this year’s Auto Finance Excellence Awards.

Every year, the Auto Finance News team presents the Auto Finance Excellence awards to auto finance companies and senior executives who have contributed to the industry in meaningful ways. In this session, the 2021 award winners will be announced and celebrated.

12:45 PM AUTO FINANCE EXCELLENCE AWARDS LUNCHEON

LUNCHEON 

Join our Auto Finance Excellence Award winners for a celebratory luncheon in an open-air room with outdoor seating available.

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2:00 PM SESSION FOUR

 FOSTERING EXCEPTIONAL TEAM PERFORMANCE IN AUTO FINANCE 

PANEL 

  • Strategies and tools that can help improve team performance, from origination through servicing 
  • Ideas for advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion 
  • Best practices for fostering exceptional performance from your “human capital” and for better ROI  

PANELISTS:

MODERATOR:

Marcie Belles, Contributor at Auto Finance News and Editor of the annual Auto Finance Big Wheels Data ranking 

2:45 PM SESSION FIVE

FIRESIDE CHAT 

Jim Drotman, Executive Vice President of U.S., Canada and International Markets at Ford Motor Credit, will take the stage to discuss innovation initiatives, brand and risk management and product development in the rapidly changing auto finance industry.

MODERATOR:

Joey Pizzolato, Editor, Auto Finance News

3:15 PM AFTERNOON BREAK IN THE EXHIBIT HALL

NETWORKING 

4:00 PM SESSION SIX

NEW ADMINISTRATION, NEW COMPLIANCE: REGULATORY CHANGES AMID EXPIRING COVID MORATORIUMS

PANEL 

  • Navigating regulatory changes in repossessions and collections 
  • Understanding the implications of changes in CFPB leadership  
  • How to stay ahead of fluid state regulatory risks 

PANELISTS:

MODERATOR:

Marcie Belles, Contributor at Auto Finance News and Editor of the annual Auto Finance Big Wheels Data ranking

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5:00 PM COCKTAIL RECEPTION IN THE EXHIBIT HALL

Enjoy a cocktail with fellow attendees during this reception in the Exhibit Hall.

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8:00 AM REGISTRATION

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8:00 AM BREAKFAST

9:00 AM – 11:45 AM CONCURRENT TRACKS

At the 21st annual Auto Finance Summit, attendees have the chance to customize their conference experience with the option to participate in the Technology & Innovation Track and Risk & Compliance Track. Pre-registration for the tracks is not required, all content will be available on-demand for both tracks at the conclusion of the conference. There will be short breaks between each session for attendees to switch between sessions.

TECHNOLOGY & INNOVATION TRACK

SESSION SEVEN: NEW TECHNOLOGIES AND OPPORTUNITIES FOR AUTO FINANCE PRODUCTS AND SERVICES

9:05 AM – 9:50 AM

  • How are new vehicle types influencing auto finance product development?
  • Refining current strategies to accommodate new vehicle technologies 
  • Implications for lease underwriting and remarketing

PANELISTS:

 

MODERATOR:


JJ Hornblass, Chief Executive Officer, Auto Finance News

TECHNOLOGY & INNOVATION TRACK

SESSION EIGHT: BEST PRACTICES FOR UPGRADING LEGACY TECHNOLOGY SYSTEMS

10:00 AM – 10:45 AM

  • Identifying areas for improvement in existing technology stacks
  • Developing a roadmap and timeline for upgrading legacy systems
  • Weighing the benefits of internal upgrades versus external fintech partnerships

PANELISTS:

MODERATOR:

JJ Hornblass, Chief Executive Officer, Auto Finance News

RISK & COMPLIANCE TRACK

SESSION SEVEN: CAPITAL MARKETS AND FUNDING AMID EXPANSIONARY MONETARY POLICY 

9:05 AM – 9:50 AM

  • Changes in the securitization market since the pandemic, and what they mean for funding strategies 
  • An update on spreads and yields, and their implications for pricing 
  • Credit performance by asset class 

PANELISTS:

MODERATOR:

Joey Pizzolato, Editor, Auto Finance News

RISK & COMPLIANCE TRACK

SESSION EIGHT: RESIDUAL VALUES IN 2022 AND BEYOND

10:00 AM – 10:45 AM

  • A forecast for incentives and residual values  
  • The longer-term implications of tight vehicle supplyrising vehicle prices and a hyped used-vehicle market 
  • Valuation forecasts for the forthcoming year 

PANELISTS:

MODERATOR:

Joey Pizzolato, Editor, Auto Finance News

10:45 AM – 11:00 AM MID-MORNING BREAK

TECHNOLOGY & INNOVATION TRACK

SESSION NINE: BIG THINK: STARTUP EXECUTIVES ON WHAT’S NEXT IN AUTO FINANCE AND DIGITAL FINANCIAL SERVICES 

11:00 AM – 11:45 AM 

  • The key trends spurred by new and evolving technologies 
  • The changing role of the consumer in a digital-first age 
  • Startup partnership opportunities 

PANELISTS

MODERATOR:

JJ Hornblass, Chief Executive Officer, Auto Finance News

RISK & COMPLIANCE TRACK

SESSION NINE: BEST PRACTICES IN DATA MANAGEMENT AND USAGE FOR BETTER RISK RESULTS  

11:00 AM – 11:45 AM

  • The role of alternative data in underwriting 
  • The rise of machine learning and AI in data collection, and what it means for auto finance 
  • Identifying and leveraging the best technologies for data management 

PANELISTS:

MODERATOR:

Joey Pizzolato, Editor, Auto Finance News