Welcome to Grapevine, Texas!
On behalf of the entire team at AutoStar, as well as all of our valued exhibitors, I want to sincerely thank you for attending our seventh annual conference. Without your continued support this event simply would not be possible. With more registered attendees than we’ve ever had before, as well as the largest and most distinguished group of exhibitors in our entire conference history, this will be, by far, the largest and most comprehensive Innovate conference to date. That’s why, as part of our thanks, our entire team has worked diligently to ensure that you get the most out of your experience at the conference.
During the next three days you will gain practical real-world industry knowledge, in-depth product training, and priceless insight from recognized industry thought-leaders and AutoStar product experts. You can also look forward to some excellent general sessions from industry icons Brent Carmichael, Rick Hackett, Mike Dunagan, and more. Furthermore, you’ll have the opportunity to meet with an amazing group of exhibitors, showcasing effective business solutions and services designed to help you meet the specific needs of our unique industry. Throughout the event, we will be providing food and refreshments, so you don’t have to worry about missing a single moment.
I strongly believe that the year ahead will be a pivotal time for independent dealerships and finance companies nationwide. Knowing this, we’ve completely reconstructed our schedule to include more sessions, meaningful industry courses, intensified compliance discussions, informative Q&A opportunities, and exciting announcements. Above all else Innovate is about training, and we have some outstanding sessions prepared for you this year, each of which will give you and your team the knowledge needed to thrive, even in the most challenging situations.
Whether you’ve attended Innovate in the past, or are joining us for first time, I recommend that you review the contents of this mobile app closely and look at all the new content created specifically for this year’s show. Within this app, you can view the full schedule of events, read descriptions of each session, and build out your own custom itinerary. With so many sessions to choose from, and so much information available at your fingertips, I recommend that you take the time to review everything in this app and create a plan that works for you.
By deciding to attend Innovate 14, you’ve made an investment that will continue to pay off for years to come. In addition to all of the impressive sessions and educational material, I also suggest that you take full advantage of one of the most underrated opportunities at the conference: the chance to connect with our industry and share new ideas with the team at AutoStar in a fun and professional environment. It seems that every year, people come up to me after the show and tell me that this was the best AutoStar event they’ve ever attended. This year, it is my hope to hear that Innovate 2014 is not only the best AutoStar conference that you’ve attended, but also the best industry event as well.
Once again, I thank you for your support, and welcome you to Innovate 14.