"An exclusive group of innovative dealers
addressing the toughest challenges in the industry..."
DrivingSales Presidents Club is an individually unique and exclusive event for owners and general managers.
Instead of a conference focused on keynotes from opinion leaders, Presidents Club is crafted around critical operations discussions led by real-life experts.
These discussions will center around the most challenging topics in the automotive retail industry lead by dealers who’ve found real-world solutions.
This event allows you to engage at a deeper level with invite only dealer executives, like yourself, who are pioneering new practices for their stores and groups.
Presidents Club 2018 is structured around in-depth, facilitated conversations selected by our dealer panel as the most important for the health of dealer businesses.
Join the conversation and take home actionable strategies to your dealership.
Professor, Strategy and Innovation, Babson College
How do you innovate and change in a competitive environment?
The world is experiencing increasing levels of uncertainty. This new world requires a different type of leader – the entrepreneurial leader. Entrepreneurial Leaders lead and navigate change.
This change is cultural, and strategy, innovation and leadership cannot be addressed independently and in isolation. Entrepreneurial Leaders are risk managers as well as
Jay Rao will discuss how to make decisions using incomplete information and how to forge into the future with disciplined and deliberate experiments that combine emergent and analytical strategies.
Former Top Gun Pilot and Instructor, Lt Col, United States Marine Corps (Ret.)
There is no such thing as perfection. Even in fields with extremely slim margins of error. Mistakes happen.
If you’re looking for perfection in your employees you won’t get honesty and candor.
If you want people to hide mistakes, tell them perfection is your goal.
Instead, you need to build an organization that talks about mistakes and looks for opportunities to learn and grow from them.
A former Top Gun pilot and Instructor, Dave Berke will explain how the top pilots in the world use their mistakes to improve performance and how you can apply this thinking in your dealership.
The DrivingSales Presidents Club Workshops are a 20 Group-style moderated discussion around key topics that will impact dealerships today and in the future. This unique format creates an environment where assumptions can be challenged and executives work through key strategies.
These sessions include panelists made up of industry thought leaders in a stimulating forum where dealership executives can interact and solve problems, wrestle with opportunities, and develop plans to improve their capital, brand and people.
As the customer expectation evolves, technology is being developed to address online retailing. What are some of the emerging tools that introduce technology into the transaction? Are these tools delivering on customer demands or just slowing down the process? How can dealerships evaluate potential online retailing opportunities and assess their viability?
VP Analytics & Data Services
Head of Customer Success
Chief Marketing Officer
C.O.O. Hubert Vester Auto Group
If there is one constant today in automotive retail, it’s that good used vehicles are hard to come by. Learn best practices for acquiring, assessing, and merchandising a winning inventory.
Member / Managing Partner
The Rikess Group LLC
Dealerships are addressing the different facets of successful fixed operations. One of the critical needs of any service department is full service bays. What are high performing dealerships doing to increase service traffic and how can store capitalize on increased traffic to impact the bottom line?
Division VP, Marketing
CMO & Vice-President
Discussions in employee development are moving beyond turnover into increasing performance. Learn how to develop a strategy to improve your human capital and build a culture of continuous improvement that will result in dealership bench strength and increased profits.
Director of HR
Auto/Mate Dealership Systems
Director of Service Operations
West Herr Auto Group
The “Big Data” explosion has led to more dashboards. In addition, attribution is a buzz word being circulated today. What should you measure, and more importantly, how do those measurements help you define success?
Chairman & Co-Founder
CEO & Founder
This session will discuss the current state of the industry and what the near future looks like so you can allocate resources and grow today and tomorrow.
SVP, Strategy & Innovation
VP Sales Strategy
Marketing is a moving target that constantly evolves. What are some of the latest trends in digital marketing? How do you know if you should invest in them? Discover cutting edge marketing updates that you need to know about.
Director of Social Strategy
Your dealership brand is more than a mission statement on the wall or a tagline in your advertising. A strong brand is one that resonates with today’s customer. Discover what successful organizations are doing to create and communicate a winning consumer brand.
VP of Partner Marketing
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6:30 - 8 p.m.
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GRAND BALLROOM 1
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Using Entrepreneurial Leadership to Navigate Uncertainty
Jay Rao, Professor, Strategy and Innovation, Babson College
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MOST VALUABLE INSIGHT
MOST VALUABLE INSIGHT AWARDS
Jared Hamilton, Founder, DrivingSales
The Flawed Notion of Perfection
Dave Berke, Former Top Gun Pilot and Instructor, Lt Col, United States Marine Corps (Ret.)
6 - 7:30 p.m.
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