TORRANCE, Calif. -- The seventh annual Conference of Automotive Remarketing (CAR 2003), produced by Bobit Publishing, will be held on Feb. 23-25, 2003, at the Las Vegas Hilton in Las Vegas. According to Bobit Publishing, the preliminary speaker lineup for the CAR 2003 conference includes 31 industry leaders who will participate in seminars covering all remarketing segments, including factory remarketers, fleet/lease companies, banks/financial institutions, auction management, daily rental companies, and franchised and independent dealers.

"In addition to our strong preliminary lineup, we are planning to announce more new speakers for CAR 2003 in the coming weeks, which promises to make this our best-ever conference," said Ed Bobit, chairman and CEO of Bobit Publishing. "We are also planning a special auction sale to be held at a nearby Las Vegas auto auction, and we’re working out the details on that."

Among the keynoter speakers at CAR 2003 will be Mike Linn, executive director of the National Independent Automobile Dealers Association, and Allan Starling, president pro-tem of the National Automobile Dealers Association. "We also have several other surprise keynoters that we will be announcing shortly," said Bobit.

The CAR 2003 preliminary lineup of speakers and presenters by remarketing segment include:

Major Factory Remarketers Tom Cunningham, Ford Keith Helfrich, DaimlerChrysler Dan Kennedy, General Motors Tom Kniivila, Volkswagen Credit/Audi Financial Services Dave Langley, Honda Finance Kent Pace, Toyota Financial Services

Top Industry Analysts Tom Kontos, ADESA Art Spinella, CNW Marketing Raj Sundaram, ALG Charlie Vogelheim, Kelley Blue Book Tom Webb, Manheim

Fleet Leasing, Bank & Rental Company Remarketers Darrin Aikin, Wheels Todd August, Avis Rent A Car Bill Cieslak, PHH Arval Greg Dart, Enterprise Bob Graham, ARI Steve Houston, WFS Financial Peter Klopchic, CitiCapital Fleet Charlie Mullen, Ace Rent-A-Car Chuck Nix, AmeriCredit John Rancourt, LeasePlan USA Doug Richards, Triad Financial Jay Fahrendorff, ABC Minneapolis, one of our moderators

Auction Industry Leadership Dean Eisner, Manheim Jim Hallett, Allete Bob Rauschenberg, ABC Vic Yancone, BSC

Industry Association Leadership Jimmy Compton, president of NAAA Mike Linn, executive director of NIADA Allan Starling, NADA, President Pro-Tem

Dealer Trainer Tim Deese, president of Progressive Basics

Jimmy Compton, president of the National Auto Auction Association (NAAA), and Ray Nichols, outgoing president of NAAA, reviewed the plans earlier in the year to schedule CAR 2003 in Las Vegas and said they are 100% supportive.

In addition, the International Automotive Remarketers Alliance (IARA) will also hold its all-member meeting at CAR 2003 on Sunday, Feb. 23, 2003, said IARA President Dave Langley.

According to Bobit, prior attendees are already expressing plans to attend the upcoming CAR 2003 conference. Timothy Adams, assistant general manager for ADESA Dallas Auto Auction, who attended all of the seminars at the CAR 2002 conference, said the biggest benefit he gained from the conference was the contacts. "That's a big reason we go, to try and build more relationships and meet more dealers," Adams said. "I will go back next year."

Roger Bohanon, general manager for Morton Auto Auction in Morton, Ill, also attended CAR 2002 and agreed that the contacts he met at the conference were invaluable. Another past attendee, Mike Faulknor, president and owner of Faulknor & Son in South San Francisco, said of CAR 2002: "This was one of the better CAR conferences. The speakers were so good, the day went by so fast."

Warren Schewitz, corporate development manager for OnLane Canada in Toronto, said: "The CAR 2002 conference was outstanding. We've been coming to the conference for the past three years and they keep getting better."

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