Las Vegas — Organizers of the annual Industry Summit announced that Steve Braskamp of Capital One Auto Finance will deliver the opening keynote address at this year’s event, which will be held Sept. 8–10, 2014, at Paris Las Vegas.
Braskamp is director of national sales and originations for Capital One, which is among the industry’s leading noncaptive finance companies. He will welcome the Industry Summit crowd on the evening of Monday, Sept. 8, and will be followed by that evening’s welcome reception.
The announcement follows last week’s news that Rick Hackett, former assistant director for the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), agreed to speak on Tuesday morning. Hackett was the CFPB’s point man to the automotive industry and supported the agency’s efforts to regulate dealer-arranged sales and financing.
“We are intrigued, to say the least, by what both men have to say,” said David Gesualdo, show chair and publisher, F&I and Showroom and Auto Dealer Monthly. “But Steve’s presence, bolstered by his expertise, guarantees that our attendees will leave the show with a good idea of where that segment is headed.”
Braskamp’s 15-year career at Capital One includes leadership positions in several consumer lending segments. In his current role, he oversees a team of more than 900 associates that generates more than $17 billion in prime, nearprime and subprime auto contracts on an annual basis. Prior to joining the company, Braskamp worked in investment banking and management consulting.
Industry Summit includes educational tracks for F&I, Special Finance, Used Vehicle Retailing, Dealership Sales & Technology and P&A Leadership. More details, including registration information and a full agenda, will be available on the event’s Web site in the coming months. For information about sponsorship and exhibition opportunities, contact David Gesualdo via e-mail or call (727) 947-4027.