ORLANDO, Fla. — Organizers announced that StoneEagle CEO Cindy Allen will deliver the luncheon keynote address to a combined audience of Industry Summit and P&A Leadership Summit attendees in Orlando next month. The co-located events will be held at the Caribe Royale Orlando in Orlando, Fla., Oct. 8–10. Allen’s address, “No Human Necessary: Emerging Tech and Impactful Trends,” will begin at 11:45 a.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 9. In it, she pledged to get dealers, F&I professionals, and other industry members up to speed on some of the most important and impactful trends in the technology space. “Uber announced it is investing $150 million in autonomous car tech. Tech like [Toyota’s] Bird’s Eye View and Apple CarPlay now influence how I think about my next vehicle purchase, vehicle subscription services are on the rise, Amazon’s hyper growth has put many brick-and-mortar retailers out of business, and digital retailers are pursuing the entire new car purchase online! No human necessary!” Allen said. “If we aren’t already thinking about how we will play in this new world, we will miss the game completely. I’m looking forward to sharing some of the trends and tech we see emerging as the pressures of the digital consumer renaissance continue to grow.” David Gesualdo, show chair and publisher of the Bobit group of industry publications, said Allen’s address comes at a critical time for all involved parties. “Never has the demand for content relating to a dealership’s ability to compete on the digital battlefield been so great,” Gesualdo said. “We thank Cindy for taking on this important topic and for sharing her insights into the challenges and opportunities it presents.” More information about Industry Summit 2018, including the agenda, speakers, sponsors, and travel, is open at the event’s website. Register by midnight on Sept. 20 to enjoy a $100 early-bird discount. To discuss sponsorship and exhibition opportunities, contact David Gesualdo at (727) 947-4027 or via email.
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