Conference to Challenge Perceptions – “Are We There Yet?” January 17, 2017 WASHINGTON, D.C. (January 17, 2017) - The American Financial Services Association (AFSA) hosts its 21st annual Vehicle Finance Conference and Expo next week at the Sheraton New Orleans, on January 24-26. One of the first events of the year for the vehicle finance industry, the conference has become the premier event for the auto finance industry. This year's conference theme asks the provocative question, “Are we there yet?” “Our theme may remind you of a long road trip with your kids and sounds a bit odd. But it raises an extraordinarily important question,” said Chris Stinebert, President and CEO of AFSA. “It provokes our members to ask themselves if their companies are 'there yet' on issues like compliance, cyber security, customer satisfaction and technology. We’re attempting to answer that question – sessions are focused on giving our members the tools and knowledge to make that journey.” Josh Linker, an entrepreneur and hyper-growth CEO who has spent his career harnessing the power of disruptive change, will present the conference keynote. He will deliver a clear call to action for members - it is better to innovate and disrupt your organization before your competition does. The riskiest move companies can make today is embracing the status quo — believing the future will be like the past is the fast road to obsolescence. Another important session will feature the three major credit bureaus coming together to set the record straight on the health of the subprime auto finance market. AFSA’s CEO Panel will feature key industry executives sharing best practices, compliance hurdles, and critical opportunities in the fast-moving marketplace of auto finance. David Paul (Vehicle Finance Division Chair and Senior Vice President, Financial Services, American Honda Finance Corp.) and Mark Scarpelli (Incoming NADA Chairman and President, Raymond Chevrolet and Kia) will kick off the final day of the conference with a frank discussion about the important relationship between dealers and financing sources. Registration for the conference has grown steadily over the last decade and AFSA is pleased to announce that attendance at the 2017 conference has set a new record as more than 600 attendees will gather in The Big Easy to network, learn from the experts, and visit the conference’s more than 55 exhibitors. AFSA represents nearly every captive auto finance company in the U.S., as well as the auto finance divisions of major banks, and a large portion of independent vehicle finance sources across the U.S. AFSA’s Vehicle Finance Conference and Expo is held every year in the same city, and immediately preceding, the annual National Automobile Dealers Association (NADA) convention. More information may be found at AFSA’s Vehicle Finance Conference and Expo website (www.vehicle.afsaonline.org). Join the conversation on Twitter @AFSA_DC using the conference hashtag #AFSAmtgs. Based in Washington, D.C., the American Financial Services Association (AFSA), celebrating its centennial in 2016, is the national trade association for the consumer credit industry, protecting access to credit and consumer choice. Its 400 members include traditional installment lenders, vehicle finance/leasing companies, consumer and commercial finance companies, mortgage lenders and servicers, payment card issuers, industrial banks and industry suppliers. For more information, visit www.afsaonline.org.