JANUARY 22-24, 2019


Attend the 23rd Vehicle Finance Conference

The AFSA Vehicle Finance Conference is the premier industry event for the vehicle finance industry. Coordinated by the AFSA Vehicle Finance Planning Committee, this marks the 15th year the conference has been held in conjunction with the National Automobile Dealers Association (NADA) Show. The Conference sets the tone and direction for AFSA's initiatives to benefit its over 100 vehicle finance member companies. The conference will focus on key industry trends, compliance and regulatory activities as well as industry best practices among the top auto finance sources, their business partners and the NADA leadership.

Conference Program

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3:00—5:00 p.m.
Women’s Leadership Council (by invitation)

6:30—9:00 p.m.
Women’s Leadership Council Reception/Dinner (by invitation)

6:30—9:00 p.m.
Independent Auto Finance Executives Group Reception/Dinner (by invitation)

8:00—9:00 a.m.
AWARE Board Meeting

8:00—11:30 a.m.
Independent Auto Finance Executives Group Breakfast/Meeting

9:30—11:30 a.m.
Vehicle Finance Credit Risk Committee Meeting/Lunch (committee members only)

12:00—1:00 p.m.
Vehicle Finance Board/Independent Auto Finance Executives Group Joint Luncheon

1:15—2:30 p.m.
Vehicle Finance Board Meeting

3:00—4:00 p.m.
General Session – Market Overview
Understanding where we are today, helps us prepare for the future. Learn from a panel of experts about the current state of the auto finance industry and the current challenges and opportunities facing auto financing sources and their business partners.

4:15—4:30 p.m.
Refreshment Break

4:30—5:15 p.m.
General Session – Global Trends
In this session, auto finance executives from around the world will discuss current global best practices for Consumer and Wholesale financing as well as potential changes to the financing models.

5:30—7:00 p.m.
Welcome Reception with Exhibitors

8:00—8:30 a.m.
Breakfast with Exhibitors

8:30—9:00 a.m.
Welcoming General Session: Welcome from the Chairman/AFSA Education Foundation Update/AFSA Overview

9:00—9:45 a.m.
Keynote Address

9:45—10:45 a.m.
General Session: Featured Speaker

10:30—11:00 a.m.
Refreshments with Exhibitors

11:00—11:45 a.m.
General Session: Innovation/Digital Transformation
As auto financing sources seek to implement and integrate digital technologies and processes into their business operations to bring value to their dealers and customers, they must find ways to challenge the status quo and experiment with innovation in an accelerated fashion. Learn how companies can be create a culture that values and promotes creativity, permissible trial and error, relevant disruption and cross-functional collaboration.

11:45—12:15 p.m.
Open Dialogue/Town Hall Open discussion on morning topics

12:15—1:15 p.m.
Luncheon with Exhibitors

1:30—2:30 p.m.
General Session: Cybersecurity-Focus on Action
Cybersecurity and protection against potential financial, legal, regulatory and reputation damage incurred with a threat are enough to cause nightmares for businesses. Taking proactive measures to implement new rules and processes to prevent breaches, optimize technology to combat cyber threats and establish and a crisis management plan are at the forefront of today’s leaders.

2:30—3:15 p.m.
Breakout Sessions
Education Session: AI and Machine Learning:
As with the goals of machine learning and artificial intelligence, auto financing sources strive to continuously improve their application of new data, advanced analytics and model development. Business applications for auto financing and other industries will be discussed.

Education Session: Workforce Development
With the workforce demographics and dynamics changing continuing to evolve, executives must learn new ways to align their HR activities with the business strategy, identify and hire for critical positions, empower employee and managers, plan for succession and hold everyone accountable in their roles.

3:15—3:45 p.m.
Refreshments with Exhibitors

3:45—4:30 p.m.
Breakout Sessions
Education Session: Fraud:
It is no secret that auto finance is a prime target for fraudsters. Auto financing are fighting from first party fraud, synthetic identities, stolen identities, and organized crime rings. To fight the increase of fraud in auto finance, new technology and data-driven approaches to prevent, detect and investigate both identity theft and first party fraud are being implemented.

Education Session: Crisis Management:
Are you prepared if a disruptive and unexpected crisis hit your company? The speed of news travels today and the intensity of scrutiny organizations face should make all companies do all they can to protect themselves and their stakeholders.
3:45—4:30 p.m.
General Session – Alternative Ownership Options
The auto financing industry has offered retail installment contracts and auto leasing to support customer purchase of new and used vehicles for decades. As vehicle ownership is rapidly evolving so may financing models. While consumer preferences are often studied, so must the impact on operations, regulations and profitability.

4:30—5:00 p.m.
Open Dialogue/Town Hall Open discussion on morning topics

5:15—6:30 p.m.
Reception with Exhibitors

7:30—8:30 a.m.
Breakfast with Exhibitors

8:30—9:00 a.m.
General Session: Market Forecast Overview
Looking to the future, the rapidly evolving automotive purchase and financing processes will undergo massive change. Learn more about the forces (e.g., car-sharing, subscription services, autonomous vehicles) of change as well as the speed of these changes. Will this mean more challenge or more opportunity for financing sources?

9:00—9:45 a.m.
9:45—10:30 a.m.
12:00—3:00 p.m.
Vehicle Commercial Credit Committee Meeting Luncheon

2019 Printable Schedule-at-a-Glance

What can you expect from the
2019 Vehicle Finance Conference

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industry executives

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thoughts leaders and industry experts


2019 Speaker Lineup

Ian Smith

Chief Executive Officer
BMW Group Financial Services Americas


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