Our excellent line-up of speakers and panelists includes:
Nariman Behravesh, Chief Economist, IHS
Warren E. Buffett, Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer, Berkshire Hathaway Inc.
Johan de Nysschen, President, Cadillac and General Motors Executive Vice President
Fred Diaz, Senior Vice President, Nissan Sales & Marketing and Operations, U.S.
Tom Doll, President and Chief Operating Officer, Subaru of America, Inc.
Bill Fox, Chairman, NADA
Christian Fuller, Chief Relationship Officer, Search Optics
Joseph Heyer, Managing Partner, Guggenheim Securities
John Humphrey, Senior Vice President, Global Automotive, J.D. Power
Adam Jonas, Managing Director, Morgan Stanley
Stefan Knupfer, Director, McKinsey
Nishit Madlani, Associate Director, Lead Analyst, Standard & Poor's Ratings Services
Robert Hiroshi Mathis, Partner, McKinsey
Michelle Morris, Group Director for Automotive and Financial Services, Facebook
John Murphy, Managing Director, Global Auto Equity Research, Bank of America Merrill Lynch
Finbarr O'Neill, President, J.D. Power
Becky Quick, Co-anchor of “Squawk Box”, CNBC
Mark Scarpelli, Industry Relations Chairman, NADA
Mark Schienberg, President, Greater New York Automobile Dealers Association
Sandy Schwartz, President, Cox Automotive
Mark Sneathen, Managing Director, Nielsen Automotive
Mark Templin, Managing Officer, Toyota Motor Corporation and Executive Vice President, Lexus International
Robert Vail, Chairman, Greater New York Automobile Dealers Association
Larry Van Tuyl, Chief Executive Officer, Van Tuyl Group, Inc.
Peter Welch, President, NADA
Joseph White, U.S. Transportation Editor, Thomson Reuters
Dr. Nariman Behravesh is Chief Economist of IHS and author of Spin-Free Economics: A No-Nonsense, Nonpartisan Guide to Today's Global Economic Debates (McGraw-Hill). Directing the entire economic forecasting process at IHS, he is responsible for developing the economic outlook and risk analysis for the United States, Europe, Japan, China and other emerging markets. He oversees the work of over 400 professionals, located in North America, Europe, Asia, Latin America, the Middle East and Africa who cover economic, financial and political developments in over 200 countries.
Behravesh is a "Bloomberg Best" and ranked as one of Bloomberg's Top-10 economists for 2009 and 2010. MarketWatch designated IHS Global Insight "Forecaster of the Year" in 2009 and has bestowed several Forecaster of the Month accolades since. He and his team were designated #1 in USA Today's 2004 ranking of top economic forecasters, and in Reuters' 2004 survey of major currency exchange rate forecasters. In 2008, he was ranked #2 by USA Today. In The Wall Street Journal's annual ranking of US forecasters, Behravesh was ranked #3 (out of 56) for 2006 and was the only forecaster to place in the top six for 2003, 2004 and 2006. As the chief economics spokesperson at IHS, Behravesh is quoted extensively in the media on such topics as the outlook for the US and global economies, exchange rates, the budget deficit, the trade deficit, globalization, country risk and sovereign debt crises. He is cited frequently in leading business publications such as the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, the Financial Times, USA Today, Investor's Business Daily, Business Week, Newsweek, Fortune, Forbes and US News and World Report. He also regularly appears on national radio and television programs including BBC World Business Report, NBC Nightly News, CNN Headline News, The News Hour with Jim Lehrer (PBS), Fox News, CNBC, Bloomberg TV and Radio, and All Things Considered and Market Place on National Public Radio.
Behravesh was the host of the PBS television series "Inside the Global Economy." In addition to his recent book, he has authored numerous articles in such publications as European Affairs and Credit Week, co-authored two books-Economics U$A (now in its 8th edition) and Microcomputers, Corporate Planning and Decision Support Systems-and was a contributing author to a book on scenario analysis, entitled Learning From the Future. His op-ed pieces have also appeared in the Financial Times, Newsweek International, London Times and the Boston Globe.
Before joining IHS, Behravesh was chief economist for Global Insight (now an IHS company). Prior to that, he was chief international economist for Standard & Poor's. He also held a number of other positions, including president and CEO of Oxford Economics U.S.A. and Group Senior Vice President of WEFA. Early in his career Behravesh worked at the Congressional Budget Office and the Federal Reserve. He has been covering the global economy for over 35 years.
Behravesh holds PhD and MA degrees in economics from the University of Pennsylvania, and a BS from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He has lived in Europe and the Middle East and is fluent in several languages. He travels extensively to Europe, Asia, Africa and Latin America.
Warren E. Buffett
Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer
Warren E. Buffett is chairman of the board and chief executive officer of Berkshire Hathaway Inc., a holding company controlled by him since 1965. Berkshire Hathaway has 76 operating businesses, with its largest sources of earnings arising from insurance and the BNSF railroad. Berkshire Hathaway has revenues of about $182 billion.
Mr. Buffett started out as an investment salesman and securities analyst, and early in his career, he created his own investment partnership.
If an investor had put $10,000 in Buffett Partnership Ltd. when it was formed in 1956 and continued that investment in Berkshire Hathaway, he would now have shares worth about $950 million.
Mr. Buffett has pledged that all of his shares in Berkshire Hathaway – about 99% of his net worth – will be given to philanthropic endeavors. Along with Bill and Melinda Gates, Mr. Buffett is a co-founder of The Giving Pledge that encourages wealthy Americans to devote at least 50% of their net worth to philanthropy.
Mr. Buffett attended Woodrow Wilson High School in Washington D.C., Wharton School of Business at University of Pennsylvania, and in 1950 received his B.S. from the University of Nebraska. He earned his M.S. in Economics from Columbia University in 1951.
Johan de Nysschen
Johan de Nysschen was appointed President, Cadillac and General Motors Executive Vice President on July 11, 2014. de Nysschen is responsible for all aspects of Cadillac globally including sales, pricing and network development; strategic brand development and marketing; product portfolio planning, including providing critical input for product engineering and design; and overall business results.
de Nysschen joined GM from Infiniti where he served as President, Infiniti Global Limited since July 2012. In this role he oversaw all functions within the Infiniti Business Unit (IBU), which included managing global business operations for Infiniti, ensuring consistent development of the Infiniti brand, and driving its profitable growth around the world.
Prior to Infiniti, de Nysschen was President of Audi of America Inc., at Volkswagen Group of America, Inc. from December 2004 and was in charge of business in the United States. De Nysschen served as a Member of Executive Board of Volkswagen of America, Inc.
de Nysschen joined Audi of America after many successful international assignments at Audi, including serving as the President of Audi Japan from April 1999 to December 2004. During that time, he oversaw significant development of the Audi business, establishing an exclusive Audi dealer network and reconfiguring the vehicle lineup.
From 1993 through 1999, de Nysschen was General Manager, Audi South Africa and prior to that held various management positions in the automotive industry. From 1981 to 1990, he occupied positions in the Plastics/Automotive components industry, and in government service.
de Nysschen holds an MBA, marketing and finance, from the University of Pretoria and a BA, commerce and economics, from Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University. A motorcycle and performance automobile enthusiast, de Nysschen and his wife, Anna, have two adult children.
Senior Vice President
Fred Diaz is Senior Vice President, Nissan Sales & Marketing and Operations, U.S. He is responsible for operations of the Nissan Division including sales, marketing and media communications, brand and product management, parts and service, product planning, commercial vehicles, customer quality, dealer network development and all regional offices across the United States. Earlier, Mr. Diaz served as divisional vice president, Nissan Sales & Marketing and Parts & Service.
Previously, Mr. Diaz was CEO of Chrysler's Ram Truck and Ram Commercial Division. Under his leadership, the brand received the Motor Trend Truck of the Year title twice as well as North American Truck of the Year honors. He simultaneously served as CEO of Chrysler de México, responsible for all Chrysler Group brands in the country.
Mr. Diaz was ranked No. 2 among the most influential Hispanic business leaders in America by Hispanic Business magazine in 2011.
Mr. Diaz earned a bachelor's in management with an emphasis in psychology from Texas Lutheran University and an MBA from Central Michigan University.
Thomas J. Doll
President and Chief Operating Officer
Thomas J. Doll is President & Chief Operating Officer for Subaru of America, Inc. (SOA), headquartered in Cherry Hill, N.J. He is responsible for overseeing operations for the entire organization.
Doll joined SOA in 1982 and from 1985-1988, he was the Manager of Treasury Operations. In 1988 he was promoted to Director of Treasury Operations and then to Director of Accounting one year later. In 1991, Doll became Vice President of Business and Strategic Planning. From there, he was promoted to CFO, responsible for business and strategic planning, budgeting, controller functions, accounting and financial reporting. In April 2009, Doll was promoted to Chief Operating Officer. Prior to joining SOA, he spent five years at Arthur Young and Company.
Doll received a Bachelor’s Degree in accounting from Villanova University in Villanova, PA and a Master’s Degree from Drexel University. Doll is active in several financial organizations including the American Institute of CPAs.
William C. Fox
Partner, Fox Dealerships, Inc.
William Fox is a partner in Fox Dealerships, Inc. in upstate New York. He began his career in the automotive business as a Cadillac, Oldsmobile and Subaru dealer in Auburn. He is admitted to practice law before all New York State courts, including the Federal District Court for the Northern District of New York and the U.S. Supreme Court. He was a practicing attorney at Melvin and Melvin in Syracuse, New York, for 12 years.
Mr. Fox is the 2014 vice chairman of the National Automobile Dealers Association and represents New York state’s franchised new-car dealers on its board of directors. He is also vice chairman of the New York State Automobile Dealers Association (NYSADA) and has been on the executive committee for the last five years and a board member and committee chair for the last 14 years. He is also a member of Subaru’s National Dealer Advisory Board.
Mr. Fox received a bachelor’s degree in finance from Georgetown University and a juris doctorate from St. John’s University.
Chief Relationship Officer
With a degree from Michigan State and an automotive heritage, it was natural that Christian started his extensive career in customer service behind the desk of a forward thinking dealership in Michigan. Moving out to Southern California, he continued the path with a leadership position at Auto Trader. This diverse automotive experience in sales, customer relations, and marketing culminated in one big idea and a partnership with Troy Smith and Jason Stesney. Christian is a key voice in the strategic direction of Search Optics, and is responsible for overall customer satisfaction. While in San Diego, he also added a Masters in Business Administration to his resume. As Search Optics expanded and opened new offices in Detroit, Christian returned to motor city to head that office, and is enjoying the rapid expansion and momentum of the company within the automotive community.
Joseph Heyer joined Guggenheim Securities in May 2010 to help build out the Investment Banking platform and leads the Firm’s Automotive Group.
Previously, Joe served as an Executive Director in Mergers & Acquisitions at J.P. Morgan (which he joined following J.P. Morgan’s acquisition of Bear Stearns) and as a Vice President, Mergers & Acquisitions at Bear Stearns. Prior to Bear Stearns, Joe was an Associate in the Portfolio Management Group at Sanford C. Bernstein.
Joe received an MBA from Columbia Business School in 2002 and a BA in Economics from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania in 1995.
Senior Vice President and General Manager, Global Automotive Operations
John Humphrey is Senior Vice President and General Manager of Global Automotive Operations at J.D. Power. He is the lead executive responsible for sales, strategy and operational management of the company's global automotive practice covering North and South America, Europe and Asia.
Previously, Mr. Humphrey was Senior Vice President of International Operations, with overall responsibility for the company's global activities in Asia Pacific, Europe, Latin America and Canada, which includes offices in Tokyo, Singapore, Bangkok, Beijing, Shanghai, Toronto, London, Munich, Mexico City and São Paulo. He was responsible for strategic leadership and management in key global markets; establishing long-range goals and strategies; and coordinating all business and product development efforts covering the automotive, financial services, travel and telecommunication sectors.
Mr. Humphrey joined J.D. Power in 1989. From 2003 to 2008, he focused on the company's Asia Pacific business, most recently serving as Vice President and General Manager of Operations. He was responsible for the inception of the company's China operations, and resided in Shanghai for two years. He played a key role in further expanding J.D. Power's presence in the Asia Pacific region. Earlier, he was an executive in the company's Consulting Division. His primary responsibilities involved working with organizations to identify operational and process-related concerns, as well as consulting with clients on the development and implementation of strategies for sales and customer retention improvement. Previously, he was responsible for research and advisement services in the areas of product quality; long-term durability and reliability; customer satisfaction; and distribution strategies and operations.
Mr. Humphrey is a frequent contributor to automotive publications, and is often quoted on economic and industry trends in the United States and Asia. For many years, he was also a frequent contributor to The Power Report, J.D. Power's automotive journal, for which he provided analysis and insight into trends in the automotive market.
Mr. Humphrey earned a bachelor's degree in political science from Arizona State University and an MBA from Pepperdine University.
Adam Jonas is a Managing Director at Morgan Stanley. He is responsible for leading the firm’s global auto research team.
Mr. Jonas joined Morgan Stanley’s investment banking division in Chicago in 1996, specializing in corporate finance and M&A in the automotive industry. In 1999, he moved to equity research and joined the firm’s European autos team, based in London, serving as the lead European auto analyst from 2003 to 2010, during which time he was among the most influential auto analysts in the region. His team achieved numerous top 3 rankings, including at Institutional Investor and Extel. Since returning to the United States, the team has reached a top 3 ranking in the Greenwich Associates Equity surveys and top 3 in the Institutional Investor All-America Research survey.
Mr. Jonas serves on the board of directors of National Safe Place, a non-profit organization providing access to immediate help and safety for runaway youth.
Mr. Jonas earned his bachelor's degree in business administration (with distinction) from the University of Michigan.
Stefan Knupfer is a Director in McKinsey’s Stamford office. He leads McKinsey's Sustainable Resources and Productivity (SRP) Practice in the Americas and the global learning program of all McKinsey consultants in the sustainability arena. He is also a leader in McKinsey's Advanced Industry Sector including Automotive and Assembly, Aerospace, and diversified Industries.
Prior to this, Stefan was responsible for McKinsey's Automotive & Assembly Practice in the Americas and was the leading partner in our Detroit office. In addition to large scale and global improvement programs, Stefan has led McKinsey's knowledge efforts in electrical vehicles, has served Clean Tech clients in the automotive and industrial space over the last five years, and developed McKinsey’s Green Model Plant. Stefan serves his clients globally with engagements in North America, South America, China, and Europe.
Stefan holds a Masters in Mechanical Engineering (Germany), a Masters in Business Administration (UK), and an International Marketing Diploma (UK).
Associate Director, Lead Analyst
Nishit K. Madlani is a lead analyst in the Corporate Ratings team at Standard & Poor’s Ratings Services. He works with U.S.-based auto manufacturers and several auto suppliers. Additionally, he manages the analytic review, thought leadership and publishing process for the North American automotive sector.
Previously, Mr. Madlani worked as a lead analyst in the Global Analytical Centre at CRISIL Ltd, in Mumbai, India (a Standard & Poor's Company), where he was involved with supporting credit analysis and published research across industry sectors with a focus on autos.
Nishit holds a bachelor of commerce degree from Mumbai University, India and a master of management studies with honors degree in applied economics and finance from Waikato University, New Zealand.
Robert Hiroshi Mathis
Robert Hiroshi Mathis is a Partner in McKinsey’s Chicago office and is a leader in the North American automotive & assembly practice. Since 1998, he has been serving leading automotive and industrial clients on a broad range of strategic issues, ranging from product development up to sales and dealer improvement. He is looking back at a diverse and global McKinsey client service experience, having spent 4 years in Europe, 7 years in Asia and the past 5 years in North America. Previously, Robert built up McKinsey’s operations and transformation practice in Japan.
Recently, Robert has been leading several McKinsey research efforts, including studies on electric vehicle technologies, supplier business in Japan, ultra low cost products development, and around future trends for car dealers in McKinsey’s 2014 global “Innovating Automotive Retail” study.
Robert holds a Master of Mechanical Engineering and Business Administration from studies at the University of Technology Darmstadt, the National University of Singapore and the Tokyo Institute of Technology.
Group Director for Automotive and Financial Services
Michelle Morris is Group Director for Automotive and Financial Services at Facebook. She is responsible for helping auto manufacturers and agencies use Facebook to build brands, move metal and create owner advocacy strategies.
Previously, Ms. Morris led Google’s automotive manufacturing and dealerships business as a managing director responsible for the development of creative, direct response and brand activation strategies for Google’s North American automotive clients and agencies.
Prior to Google, Ms. Morris served as group senior vice president and account director of the Chrysler brand at BBDO, where she also held executive leadership roles in the agency’s corporate marketing, retail sales training and human resource departments. Earlier, Ms. Morris was a key principle in the innovative partnered staffing division of Kelly Services.
Ms. Morris has shared her integrated advertising experience and knowledge of branding, creative strategy and consumer-lead generation at automotive and digital conferences conducted by NADA, IHS, DMAD and J.D. Power. She was honored as one of Crain’s Detroit 40 under 40 professionals in 2010, one of Vista Maria’s Celebrating Women 2012 award winners and serves as a founding board member of the Cassie Hines Shoes Cancer foundation.
Ms. Morris received a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Michigan State University.
John Murphy is a managing director and the lead US Auto analyst in Equity Research. He advises clients on investments in automobile manufacturers, suppliers, dealers and related businesses. He has earned high rankings in industry surveys, including the Institutional Investor All America Research Team, the Wall Street Journal Best on the Street, the Financial Times/Starmine World’s Top Analysts, and Bloomberg Markets World’s Top Analysts. Murphy has addressed numerous automotive industry conferences including: the World Economic Forum Automotive Industry Sessions, the Original Equipment Suppliers Annual Outlook Conference, the National Automobile Dealers Association Symposium, the International Congress of the Automotive Industry of Mexico’s Conference, and the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago’s Automotive Outlook Symposium. He joined the Merrill Lynch Auto group in 1999. Prior to that, Murphy worked at the National Economic Research Associates (NERA) in the banking and finance practice. He has a BA in quantitative economics from Tufts University, and is a CFA charterholder.
Fin O’Neill is President of J.D. Power, a global leader in providing benchmarks and insights into the Voice of the Customer. The company serves a variety of industries, including automotive, financial services, insurance, telecommunications, healthcare, energy, utilities and hospitality and travel.
Prior to joining J.D. Power in 2008, Mr. O’Neill was vice chairman and CEO of Reynolds and Reynolds, a global provider of dealership management software and services. He also held positions as co-chairman, president and CEO of Mitsubishi Motors North America, Inc. from 2003 to 2005, and president and CEO of Hyundai Motor America from 1998 to 2003. Mr. O’Neill joined Hyundai Motor America as general counsel in February 1985.
Previously, Mr. O’Neill was employed by Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A. as senior counsel, following seven years of law practice in New York at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher and Flom, one of the nation’s largest law firms.
Mr. O’Neill formerly served as chairman of the board of the Association of International Automobile Manufacturers. He earned a bachelor’s degree from Columbia University and a juris doctorate from Fordham University Law School, where he was an editor of the Law Review.
Co-anchor of “Squawk Box”
Becky Quick is co-anchor of "Squawk Box." Quick is also anchor of the nationally syndicated "On the Money."
Quick is known for her hard-hitting interviews and profiles of some of the world's richest and most influential investors, including Warren Buffett, Bill Gates, Alan Greenspan, T. Boone Pickens, Jamie Dimon, Charlie Munger and many others. She also has interviewed three U.S. presidents and has hosted panels at some of the most prestigious conferences in the world such as the Microsoft CEO Conference, Fortune's Most Powerful Women's Conference and the Allen & Co. Sun Valley Media Conference. Quick also authors a regular column for Fortune magazine as well as contributes to CNBC.com.
Previously, Quick, a seven-year veteran of The Wall Street Journal, covered the Wall Street beat for CNBC as part of the network's partnership with Dow Jones.
Prior to joining CNBC in February 2001, Quick covered various beats for The Wall Street Journal, including retail, e-commerce and the Internet. She also played a crucial role in the launch of The Wall Street Journal Online, while serving as the site's International news editor.
She graduated from Rutgers University in New Brunswick, N.J., and previously served on the board of The Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital.
President, Raymond Chevrolet/Kia
Mark Scarpelli is President of Raymond Chevrolet/Kia in Antioch, Illinois. He is responsible for operating two dealership locations that employ a total of 150 team members.
Additionally, Mr. Scarpelli represents Metropolitan Chicago’s franchised new-car dealers on the board of directors of the National Automobile Dealers Association.
Mr. Scarpelli received a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Northwood University in Midland, Michigan.
Sanford (Sandy) Schwartz is president of Cox Automotive, a subsidiary of Atlanta-based Cox Enterprises that comprises Manheim, AutoTrader.com, Kelley Blue Book, and a host of global businesses and brands serving customers such as auto dealers, manufacturers and financial institutions.
Previously, Mr. Schwartz was president of Manheim. Under his leadership, the company acquired Dealer Services Corporation and merged it with Manheim Financial Services to form NextGear Capital, Inc., a provider of commercial financing for wholesalers.
Earlier, Mr. Schwartz was president of Cox Media Group and served in various roles of increasing responsibility including president of Cox Arizona Publishing, executive vice president of the Austin American-Statesman, vice president and general manager of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, executive vice president of Cox Newspapers, and vice president of business development for Cox Enterprises.
Mr. Schwartz has served as president of Cox Auto Trader (comprised of both AutoTrader.com and AutoTrader Publishing) and has been a member of the AutoTrader board since 2004.
Mark Sneathen is a Managing Director at Nielsen Automotive. He is responsible for leading the company’s North America automotive team that consults with automotive marketers to improve the effectiveness and ROI of their TV, digital, and social marketing efforts.
Mr. Sneathen has more than 15 years of global business experience with expertise in marketing, innovation and multi-channel sales strategies. He has worked in a number of industries, including automotive, consumer packaged goods, e-commerce, financial services, media and technology.
Prior to joining Nielsen in 2009, Mr. Sneathen was a strategy consultant to Fortune 500 clients, partnering with them to develop and implement growth strategies. Additionally, he has worked with a number of startups, providing strategic direction and executing digital and social media campaigns to drive growth. Earlier in his career, he advised automotive and other manufacturing clients, helping them evaluate and implement capital projects ranging from new auto assembly plants to steel processing facilities.
Mr. Sneathen received a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree in engineering from Michigan State University and an MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business.
Mark S. Templin
Managing Officer, Toyota Motor Corporation
Mark Templin is managing officer of Toyota Motor Corporation and executive vice president of Lexus International, responsible for leading the luxury brand’s global operations. With his appointment to this role in April 2013, Templin became the first non-Japanese executive to oversee an operational division within the company’s global headquarters in Japan.
Prior to his current position, Templin served as group vice president and general manager of the Lexus Division for Toyota Motor Sales (TMS), U.S.A., Inc., overseeing all aspects of Lexus’ U.S. automotive operations, including sales and marketing, retail development, customer satisfaction and product planning. His responsibilities included coordinating sales activities, dealer relations, parts and service operations, and marketing operations of four regional offices around the country. He concurrently served as general manager of the Lexus Planning Division, Toyota Motor Corporation (TMC), working closely with international Lexus affiliates to enhance and bring more awareness of the Lexus Brand worldwide since April 2012.
Templin joined TMS in 1990 and has held a number of positions, including general manager for the Lexus Southern Area, assistant general manager for both the Southern and Western Area Lexus offices, sales administration manager and retail operations manager at Lexus’ national headquarters in Torrance, Calif., and as vice president of parts, service, customer satisfaction and training for the Lexus Division. Templin also served as vice president of Lexus marketing and vice president of Scion, where he was responsible all Scion activities.
Before coming to Toyota, Templin held several positions at General Motors Corporation.
Templin earned a bachelor’s of science degree at Central Missouri State University in Warrensburg, Mo., where he studied automotive technology.
Robert Vail is President of Vail Auto Group in Bedford Hills, New York. His recently modernized location includes a state-of-the-art car showroom and service bays. As part of his customer service philosophy, the new dealership has been designed to include a luxurious service write up area for his customers’ comfort.
Mr. Vail is a former president of the Westchester Chevrolet Dealers Association and has been a New York State Automobile Dealers Association board member for 18 years. He has also served on Chevrolet’s Regional Dealer Council as well as GMAC’s dealer advisory board and is currently on the Buick-GMC Advertising Board. He is a third generation automobile retailer having entered the family business in the 1960s as a mechanic at the Ossining Studebaker dealership owned by his father and brother.
Mr. Vail was recently named chairman of the Greater New York Automobile Dealers Association (GNYADA). As an active member, he has been on the board of directors since 1993 and also served as secretary, treasurer, and vice chairman on the executive committee and as chairman of the finance committee.
Larry Van Tuyl
Chief Executive Officer
Larry Van Tuyl is the majority owner and Chief Executive Officer of Van Tuyl Group, Inc. of auto dealerships and automotive related businesses.
Mr. Van Tuyl began his career in automotive, working with his father, Cecil Van Tuyl. In 1975, he purchased his first dealership in Olathe, Kansas. By age 30, he owned three dealerships. Additionally, the Van Tuyls started Old United Casualty Company/MPP, providing service contracts to dealership customers nationwide in 1979.
Mr. Van Tuyl started acquiring dealerships in Arizona in 1982, starting with ABC Nissan, which became the number one Nissan dealership in the nation in 1985. He and his father began aggressive acquisitions in Texas, and over the years, the Van Tuyl Group expanded into 10 states. They accelerated acquisitions during the Great Recession. In 1997, the Van Tuyls were ranked third in the nation in sales volume among all dealership groups. In 2014, total sales for the Van Tuyl Group were $8.6B.
In January 2015, Warren Buffett’s company, Berkshire Hathaway, acquired Mr. Van Tuyl’s ownership interest in his dealerships, auto auctions, Smart Group, Zak Products and MPP. Mr. Van Tuyl is now Chairman of Berkshire Hathaway Automotive.
Mr. Van Tuyl supports many charities in multiple communities and contributes funds for general research to the Mayo Clinic in Phoenix.
Peter Welch is President of the National Automobile Dealers Association.
Previously, Mr. Welch served as president of the California New Car Dealers Association (CNCDA)—the country's largest state association of franchised new car dealers.
Prior to joining CNCDA as its director of government and legal affairs, Mr. Welch was a partner in a Los Angeles law firm.
Mr. Welch holds a bachelor's degree from the University of Michigan, a master's degree from the University of Durham, England, and a juris doctor degree from Loyola Marymount University of Law, Los Angeles.
U.S. Transportation Editor
Joe White is U.S. transportation editor for Thomson Reuters, based in Detroit.
Prior to joining Thomson Reuters in January 2015, Mr. White worked at The Wall Street Journal from 1987 to 2014 in various roles, primarily covering the auto industry from Detroit.
In 1992, Mr. White and Paul Ingrassia shared a Pulitzer Prize and a Gerald Loeb award for coverage of management turmoil at General Motors.
2015 Automotive Forum: Speakers
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