“This will be our biggest event yet,” said show chair David Gesualdo. “Our advisory board spent several months preparing a terrific agenda. This year’s show was designed by agents, for agents, from beginning to end.”
The 2013 event begins with a pre-conference Participation & Reinsurance Symposium on Monday, March 4 at 1 p.m., and continues with the welcome keynote address, which will be presented by Joel Kansanback of Automotive Development Group.
Luis Garcia of Safe-Guard Products International LLC will serve as this year’s emcee. He will welcome the crowd on Tuesday morning before introducing Protective Asset Protection’s Scott Karchunas, who will deliver the opening keynote address.
The educational slate begins at 10:35 a.m. and continues through Wednesday morning. This year’s agenda was created by a nine-member advisory board led by Randy Crisorio, president and CEO of United Development Systems Inc.
“I guarantee you’ve never seen anything like this, and I believe we’re onto something BIG for years to come,” Crisorio said. “Extreme Agent Benefits will be on display. Thank you to an outstanding Advisory Board.”
Highlights include workshops on such topics as prospecting new dealers and new account acquisition, online marketing, “menu discipline” and the role of agents in dealership compliance strategies. This year’s panel discussions will include a review of agent-focused technology and a debate over which best practices and challenges agents will be focused on in the year ahead.
Comedian and guitar virtuoso Mike Rayburn will serve as this year’s motivational speaker. Rayburn is a member of the CSAE Speakers Hall of Fame and is known for his blend of music, comedy and a unique view of the business world.
David Robertson, founder of the Association of Finance & Insurance Professionals (AFIP) and the Association of Independent General Agents (AiGA), will deliver the closing keynote address. Robertson will wrap up the conference by offering his take on the sessions that precede his remarks and address the trends and regulatory challenges that will shape the dealer/agent/provider relationship in the years ahead.