2012 Car Rental Show Preview: Gather for Solutions

The 2012 Car Rental Show will be one of our biggest in years. The best yet? You be the judge.

If you think you’ve done enough to improve your business, stop reading. You don’t need to go to the Car Rental Show! My guess is that you’re still reading.

In conjunction with the American Car Rental Association (ACRA), the 2012 Car Rental Show (CRS) will convene at the Las Vegas Hotel & Casino on March 12-13.

If you’re a regular, a first-timer or haven’t been in years, why come to this year’s show? We could tell you it’s going to be the best show ever. But, such superlatives are a dime a dozen, so we won’t make that claim. Instead, we’ll let the lineup of keynotes, seminars, workshops and networking opportunities speak for themselves. If you make it to the show, then you can tell us if indeed it was “the best show ever.”

Connect the Dots
This year’s keynotes and general session addresses will connect the dots between your auto rental business, mobility, travel and the future. 

Mark Frissora
President & CEO,
Hertz Corp.
Mark FrissoraPresident & CEO,Hertz Corp.
Sam Graves
U.S. Representative
Sam GravesU.S. Representative(R-Mo.)

We are delighted to have Rep. Sam Graves, sixth district of Missouri, open the Car Rental Show with a special address. Graves, author of the Graves Amendment that eliminated vicarious liability of owners of rented or leased vehicles, will discuss the road to passage of this historic legislation as well as new challenges to the Graves Amendment.

Bob Barton
President & COO, U-Save
President, ACRA
Bob BartonPresident & COO, U-SavePresident, ACRA
Gary Rappeport
President & CEO, Donlen Corp.
Gary RappeportPresident & CEO, Donlen Corp.

A member of the transportation committee, as well as chairman of the small business committee, Graves touches the business lives of all in the auto rental industry, from the major companies and its franchisees to the independent entrepreneurs.

Directly following, Mark Frissora, chairman and CEO of The Hertz Corp., and Gary Rappeport, CEO of Donlen Corp., one of the nation’s largest vehicle leasing companies and a Hertz subsidiary, will together deliver the opening keynote address. Frissora and Rappeport will discuss the imminent convergence of auto rental with other vehicle mobility solutions, ranging from car sharing, traditional car rental, and long-term auto, truck and equipment rental and leasing.

In a Tuesday morning general session, Geoff Freeman of the U.S. Travel Association will guide car rental operators on working together with hotel, airline and destination partners on a grassroots level in the fight against excise taxes and other issues — before a crisis hits.

To close the show, Bob Barton’s keynote address will answer the question, “why is car rental the ugly step-sister of the travel world?” Barton, president and COO of U-Save, president of ACRA, board member for one of Europe’s largest tour operators and a 26-year veteran of the travel industry, is uniquely qualified to answer this question. Barton will challenge CRS attendees on what the car rental industry can do to improve service, the customer’s experience and ultimately, profitability.

Leslie Pujo of LaPlaca Law will update attendees on the laws, regulations, legal challenges and proposed legislation that impacted car rental companies in 2011, and she will provide a look at what’s on the horizon for 2012.

To round out the general sessions, join Sharon Faulkner, the executive director of ACRA, and the ACRA board of directors for an open forum on some of the issues currently being tackled by ACRA and pending issues facing the industry, from legislation and taxation to standardization and policy consensus. This session is your chance to cause action and affect change through your association.

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