Automotive Intelligence Summit 2020

Auto Intel Summit 2020 shifts to August 17-19

Last week was a hectic one for many, as companies, event teams, sports franchises, universities and many more kept tabs on the latest developments and risks associated with COVID-19 — and made the necessary arrangements.

Cherokee Media Group, parent company of the Auto Intel Summit, responded to guidance from local and federal health experts, as well as other event teams about the heightening risk associated with the Coronavirus. As a result, we have decided to reschedule the Automotive Intelligence Summit to late this summer — August 17-19.

The safety of our speakers, attendees, team — and all who make an event like AIS successful — is of utmost importance to Cherokee Media Group.

As reported by Auto Remarketing, the event will still be help in the North Carolina capital, Raleigh — which is also beautiful in the late summer (and just a couple hours from the beach, if you can make time for a quick getaway after the event!) — it will just be shifting from the original timeframe of April 14-16 to later in the year.

Additional industry events making recent date modifications in light of health concerns included organizers of the Conference of Automotive Remarketing postponing the 2020 CAR Conference, originally scheduled for later this month in Las Vegas, and  the American Recovery Association moving the North American Repossessors Summit to the beginning of October.

All registrations, sponsorships and speakers for the Automotive Intelligence Summit will convey the new dates of Aug. 17-19.  In the case of any scheduling conflicts, Cherokee Media Group will work diligently with impacted individuals and companies to smooth challenges as much as possible.

All AIS hotel reservations made within the original Auto Intel Summit block will be automatically canceled. If you had a reservation, no need to call to cancel. We will be in touch shortly with a new link for reservations for August, with our original room rate.

See below for insight from Cherokee Media Group president Bill Zadeits and Marilu McQuilkin, Cherokee Media Group’s senior director of marketing and events, on the company’s methodology for making the move, plans — and ‘pledges’ — for AIS 2020: 

“I’d like to state clearly that the we are taking concerns about COVID-19 (commonly known as Coronavirus) very seriously,” Zadeits said. “The health and safety of our clients and their families, as well as our team and their families, is our top priority.

Bill Zadeits, Chair, Auto Intelligence Summit; President, Cherokee Media Group

“Our team is closely following the CDC’s official Interim Guidance for Event Planners and the PCMA’s (Professional Convention Management Association) COVID-19 resource page for the most accurate, relevant and updated information and will be making the necessary and appropriate changes for our event to ensure a safe and successful meeting for all of us,” he went on to say.

“Our team possessing more than a dozen years of wide-ranging experience ensures that we can navigate extreme challenges when hosting our industry-leading events,” said McQuilkin. “Our pledge is to orchestrate the Automotive Intelligence Summit with the same excellence the industry has come to know with our other events, including Auto Remarketing Canada, Women & Automotive and Used Car Week.”

Zadeits said, “We are excited about the great speaker lineup and energy that is building around this event, the new business opportunities, the new people we’ll meet and the new things we will all learn.”

For the latest information about the Automotive Intelligence Summit, stay tuned to www.autointelsummit and

Nick Zulovich, Senior Editor, Cherokee Media Group, contributed to this report. 

1st Confirmed Speakers for AIS 2020 — the Auto Intel Summit in Focus

For the Auto Intel Summit, the focus has always been on the future.

For most of us entering 2020 and a new decade in the 21st century, the concept of the “future” seems…well, very much like the present these days. Autonomous vehicles. Changing mobility structures. AI, and much more. The opportunities seem endless!

AIS will continue to move and grow with what and who is on the cusp of innovation for the automotive industry. For 2020 and the near future, according to our audience, the following key focuses are top of mind: compliance and regulations, connectivity, mobility, digital retail, predictive analytics, investing and M&A, fintech solutions and economic forecasting.

AIS will be held in April this year, 14-16, in Raleigh, N.C.! The Early bird rate — available now — saves you $400 of on-site registration!

These topics, which have been honed since launching the event in 2018 also happen to be the key focuses of AIS — and served as the overarching content themes for the agenda in 2019.

AIS itself, of course, is tied not only to those topics, but to the overarching backbone of innovation, and whatever is new and productive for the auto industry — relevant content for each new year — or decade, in this case.

Marilu McQuilkin, Sr. Director, Events & Marketing, Cherokee Media Group, had this to say about the creation — and evolution — of AIS: “The event is designed to flow with innovation in the industry — following and exploring the latest technology and initiatives pushing the collective auto business forward,” she said. “What tech is making it easier to retail vehicles? What new product is streamlining the credit and F&I process? What’s next for mobility and vehicle ownership trends? These are the types of questions we aim to answer for our attendees each year of AIS.”

Bill Zadeits, conference chair for the Auto Intel Summit, added, “One of the great things about AIS is the collaboration with industry leaders through initiatives like the Auto Intel Council (more on that here!) and our commitment to bringing together thought leaders and relevant content that highlight the latest in auto, and asks the tough questions — the ones the industry are still trying to solve.”

Where’s the auto industry headed over the next decade? If you have the answers, why not speak at AIS 2020? 

And the 2019 AIS agenda was so well received — with the backbone of the latest in fintech and digital retailing — that the AIS team will be bringing back a few of our most well-received speakers, as well as a new onslaught of innovators and creators in the auto space this year!

Already confirmed for our 2020 April agenda are: 

  • Jim Bauman, Automotive Partnerships Lead, Uber
  • Laurie Foster, Founding Partner, Foster Strategies Group
  • Morgan Hansen, Senior Director, Data Science, ALG 
  • Zarif Haque, Chief Executive Officer, DRAIVER
  • Bill Liatsis, CEO, CreditIQ
  • Frank Mckenna, Chief Strategist, PointPredictive
  • Lonnie Miller, Principle Industry Consultant, SAS
  • Daniel Parry, Chief Executive Officer, TruDecision
  • John Possumato, CEO, DriveItAway Inc.
  • Ryan Robinson, Global Automotive Research Leader, Deloitte
  • Tarry Shebesta, CEO, TruPayments
  • Mike Wall, Director, Automotive Analysis, IHS Markit
  • Marguerite Watanabe, President, Connections Insights

The Call for Speakers responses are already flowing in for this year’s event, as well. And don’t wait … the Call for Speakers for AIS 2020 closes come the end of the month, Friday, Jan. 31!

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Save $100 More Off Early Bird Rates for Auto Intel Summit 2020 through End of Year

If you are anything like me and the team at the Auto Intelligence Summit, then you like to plan ahead. We get it. And that’s why we are launching registration for this spring’s Auto Intel Summit 2020 before the ball drops on a new year and a new decade.

Yep, that’s right — we know many of you want to get a head start on planning your year before you are toasting to the New Year!

Attendees at the Automotive Intelligence Summit, July 23-25, 2019, at the Marriott in Raleigh, NC.

Registration is open for AIS 2020, April 14-16 in Raleigh, N.C., and you early — really early — folks will be saving $100 more off Early Bird rates. This special rate to close out 2019 ends on Dec. 31, so make sure to reserve your spot before the holiday madness begins (and you forget your own name, let along what you’ll be doing in April).

Take advantage of the rate open today though the end of the year, and you save a total of $500 off on-site registration for AIS 2020.

So, what’s in store for 2020 attendees? Our Call for Speakers for AIS 2020 opened last month, and the team at AIS can’t wait to start forming next year’s agenda.

But in the meantime, here are a few notes, links and highlights to give you a taste of what Auto Intel Summit attendees will be privy to come April at the Marriott Crabtree Valley in North Carolina’s capitol city:

  • A star-studded attendee list: Our public attendee list from 2019 offers an insiders look at the makeup of AIS 2020, including name, company and title of attendees, spanning the auto industry’s leading companies, OEMs, fintech startups, digital retailing front-runners and more. An exclusive, password protected version of this list is also provided to attendees post-event, including contact information to expand your networking opportunities.
  • Expert speakers: Last year, AIS welcomed over 50 speakers, including leaders from legacy companies such as Deloitte and EY, as well as new innovators like digital retailing companies MotoInsight and CarNow. This year, once again, AIS will invite leaders in fintech, digital retailing, mobility, connectivity and more, to the stage in April.
  • Relevant presentations, focused on key trends: Now you’ve taken a look at the type of speakers that make it to onto the AIS agenda. But do you need a taste of the content to make that big decision to register? See here for presentations from the 2019 event, covering topics like AI in auto loans and collections, mobility services, the value of data analytics, the evolution of the auto consumer and more!
  • New programs designed to drive innovation: Last year, at AIS,  we launched the Emerging 8 program, implemented by AIS and sister publication the Auto Fin Journal, and designed to honor new companies that aim to improve a specific aspect or aspects of the auto-financing process through technology. The honorees are required to be in the early growth phases and making waves in the fintech industry. The 2020 group will be recognized once again at AIS 2020, and the team has other new offerings in store for attendees, as well!

Stay tuned to as we reveal more about the fresh offerings at AIS 2020, and look forward to kicking off a new decade of auto innovation.

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A Look Back at Year 1 & 2 of the Auto Intel Summit

The Automotive Intelligence Summit, launched in 2018, is a brainchild of the veteran editorial and auto-events team at Cherokee Media Group.

The goal? To help turn the dial on innovation in the auto space — from fintech and AI to mobility and connectivity. Innovation defines the agenda and conversation at AIS events, since the inaugural year.

The event has been held in Raleigh, N.C., and will once again head to the North Carolina capital city at the Raleigh Marriott Crabtree Valley in 2020. This year, the event will be held earlier in the spring — April 14-16 – to help kick the new decade in auto off with the latest tech and strategies.

The Automotive Intelligence Summit, July 23-25, 2019, at the Marriott in Raleigh, NC. Click here to learn more about the Auto Intel Council (AIC). 

The AIS 2020 Call for Speakers is open now through Jan. 31!

A we launch the 2020 Auto Intel conversation, the team at AIS wanted to take a walk down memory lane to hone in on some of the AIS highlights from year 1 and 2 of the new event!

We also hope the below high points will help pique your interest in year 2020 for the Auto Intel Summit.

2019 AIS highlights — Year 2

Find out what was new at last year’s AIS, including new awards programs, dealer partnerships and new presentation styles:

We’ve worked to provide a forum where you can broaden your horizons, meet new people, learn new and exciting things and put you and your company in a better position to succeed in this fast-paced environment. — Bill Zadeits, Conference Chair, Auto Intelligence Summit

2018 AIS highlights — Year 1

Explore the impetus behind the launch of AIS with conference chair and CMG president Bill Zadeits, find out how AIS defined it’s 8 core topics, get a recap of the inaugural event and more:

Stay tuned to for updates on the launch of Early Bird Registration for the 2020 event!

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The Automotive Intelligence Summit 2020 Call For Speakers Launches Today

What do the next 10 years mean for the automotive industry — and for the evolving fintech leaders and experts on the edge of digital retail? The industry has a whole new frontier ahead of it, and we are all on the cusp of further innovation in auto.

The 2018 Automotive Intelligence Summit July 24-26 in Raleigh, NC.

The Auto Intel Summit is designed to bring together visionaries and their insights to help the auto industry answer the most pressing questions about its future.

Do you have answers, insights or strategies to share with our audience of auto leaders on the next horizon of automotive, this April 14-16 in Raleigh, N.C.?

If so, make sure to respond to the AIS 2020 Call for Speakers today, which just opened this morning!

AIS gives you the opportunity to meet and connect with the intellectual capital that is critical to providing innovative solutions for the industry today and for decades to come.

If your expertise broaches compliance and regulations, connectivity, mobility, digital retail, predictive analytics, investing and M&A, fintech solutions, or economic forecasting, then the 2020 Auto Intelligence Summit is the right event for you.

The event, previously held in July, is moving to April in 2020. So you can kick the first year off of the new decade this spring with a deep look at what’s next for automotive, and how you can stay up to speed — and remain competitive.

Enter your idea for AIS 2020! The Call for Speakers closes Monday, Jan. 31. 

We received a large number of responses to the 2019 AIS Call for Speakers, so make sure to get your name in the running early!

What is the next horizon of fintech tools? Where should you focus your cybersecurity efforts?  Do you want to separate the facts from fiction when it comes to digital retailing? Or perhaps you want to explore what’s turning the dial in auto with other industry peers? This is what the Auto Intel Summit is set up to do — to create an environment ripe for strategizing, innovation and meaningful discussion.

Need a sampling of what was top of mind at 2019 AIS before submitting your proposal? Check out the recording’s of some of  last year’s top sessions. 

AIS 2019 speakers included the following industry expert speakers, among many more:

  • Dinesh Chopra, Ally
  • Tim Cox, CarNow
  • Eric Flow, Flow Automotive Companies
  • Alex Fraser, Cox Automotive, PIVET
  • Bob Glaser,  NCADA
  • Nathan Hecht, Honcker
  • Lonnie Miller, SAS
  • Joe Oliveri, KAR Global
  • Mark Olson, PNC Bank
  • Ryan Robinson, Deloitte
  • Andrew Tai, MotoInsite
  • Mike Wall, IHS Markit
  • Jeremiah Wheeler, DRN

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