AFSA’s annual Vehicle Finance Conference & Expo kicks off next week

The American Financial Services Association (AFSA) will hold its annual Vehicle Finance Conference & Expo next week, March 20-22, at the Bellagio in Las Vegas, highlighting the creative and disruptive influence of innovation on the industry.

Held every year since 1996, this conference has become the magnet event for industry executives, thought-leaders and innovators in the auto finance industry.

Nearly every captive auto finance company in the United States, as well as the auto finance divisions of major banks, and a large portion of the independent vehicle finance sources, are members of AFSA.

“This conference will highlight the speed and level that disruptive innovation is having on our industry,” said Chris Stinebert, President and CEO of AFSA. “We’ve assembled leaders from outside and inside our industry to give their perspectives on where we are heading as an industry.”

Stinebert noted that guest speakers from outside the industry will address topics ranging from Gamification, to the Future of Retail, to start-ups in Silicon Valley. Two of the three have given popular TEDx talks.

Additionally, AFSA’s Business Partner members, whose products and services support the auto finance industry, will be on hand with 75 booths on display over the three days of the conference.

Dan Ammann, President of General Motors since 2014, will be the keynote speaker at the conference. He was previously Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of GM since April 2011 where he led the strategy to rebuild the company’s captive finance company capability through the successful establishment and growth of GM Financial.

The conference’s CEO Panel will feature divergent views and market perspectives from Daniel E. Bearce, Senior Vice President & President and Chief Executive Officer, GM Financial; Ravi Raghu, Head of Capital One Auto Finance Division; Rich Hyde, Chief Operating Officer of Utah-based Prestige Financial: and Rich Morrin, President, Chrysler Capital and Auto Relationships, Santander Consumer USA, Inc.

In addition to general session panel discussions on automotive market overviews and credit market overviews, there will be general sessions on topics ranging from diversity and inclusion, to cyber security, social platforms and risk management.

The AFSA Vehicle Finance conference, since 2004, is held in the same city and immediately before the National Automobile Dealers Association (NADA) Show, to give executives in the automotive retail channel the opportunity to attend both events.