Canada’s top venue
to develop and grow high-performing dealership executives
Oct. 22 – 24, 2017. Bellagio, Las Vegas
The Only Conference Dedicated To Growing Progressive Dealership Executives
Join us for breakout sessions geared exclusively for Canadian automotive dealers at this year’s DrivingSales Executive Summit! On Sunday, Oct. 22 at 9 a.m., you will be challenged by experts in the Canadian auto industry to stretch your thinking and create value in exciting and new ways. Learn tactical strategies to implement at your dealership from others who are in the trenches, and delivering big wins at their stores from Victoria to St. John’s.Register Now!
Every part of the event…the speakers, the topics, the awards…is selected by our dealer panel.
DSES represents the tip of the spear for dealership innovation.
The event is designed for Dealers, GMs and high-level decision makers. Connect with top industry leaders.
- 8:30a | Breakfast and Coffee - Monet 3-4
- 9:00a | Welcome and Insights from Jay Radke - Monet 3-4
- 9:15a | Michael Cirillo - "The Automotive Landscape is Changing fast...Dealer Playbook's Top 10 List" - Monet 3-4
- 9:45a | Mike Devito - "Make your Home Page Awesome!" - Monet 3-4
- 10:15a | BREAK
- 10:30a | Brian Sencich from Facebook Canada - Monet 3-4
- 11:15a | SuperSession #1 - hosted by Michael Cirillo and Jay Radke, with Panelists Trish Rowsell, Dave Hicks, and Michelle Blakeley - Monet 3-4
- 12:00p | SuperSession #2 - hosted by Michael Cirillo and Jay Radke, with Panelists Matt Miller, Rico Olinger and special guest Josh Bloom -Industry Manager for Facebook Canada - Monet 3-4
Brian Sencich has been working in the auto industry for over 12 years. He started as a detailer at a Nissan dealership in Brampton, Ontario and after meaningful and enjoyable stops at AutoTrader.ca and Kijiji.ca, he found his way to Facebook where he is currently building the automotive dealer channel. Brian strives to ensure that through partnership and optimal solutions, dealers find the most efficient ways to spend their marketing budget. He hopes that through building the channel and helping in educating dealers, he can spread the word as Facebook Inc. builds more opportunity for marketers.
Trish Rowsell is the Director of Marketing for Prestige Auto Group, an organization that consists of 10 automotive brands and dealerships across Calgary, Edmonton and the Greater Toronto Area. Before this, she was the Director of Client Services & Marketing at Strathcom Media, a national automotive solutions provider. Over the course of her 14-year career in sales and marketing, Trish has helped large brands and manufacturers throughout North America, including Honda, Toyota, Chrysler, Starwood, the Edmonton Oilers and more, develop their brand fingerprint in the Digital Marketing world.
Matt brings his intense work ethic and demand for high performance to his role as the General Manager at Lexus of Edmonton. His relentless drive to see himself, the staff he manages and the dealership reach new heights, is balanced with an unfailingly positive attitude. Matt thrives under pressure and consistently seeks new challenges. He values people and is known for the kindness and respect he shows everyone he meets.
Founder of the Dealer Playbook and CEO, Michael Cirillo weaves valuable content, insightful stories, and tangible tools to significantly improve business and marketing practices. Michael’s internationally-embraced podcast, The Dealer Playbook, provides audiences with specific, concrete no-cost ways to create a thriving, fail-proof dealership. His inbound marketing firm, FlexDealer, works in partnership with dealers across Canada to help them win more business by aligning their business goals with the demands of consumers in their market.
Marketing and Business Development Manager at Ontario Motor Sales, a GM dealership in “Canada’s Motor City. With over 20 years of combined vendor and dealership experience in the Automotive industry, Dave enjoys the challenges of blending the dealership’s intense desire to achieve top volume success with its’ passion of delivering an unbelievable customer experience. After arriving at Ontario Motor Sales with a background in Automotive Finance and Digital Marketing, Dave has spent the last 10 years shaping the CRM and Digital-first culture with his dealership team. When Dave isn’t stressing out about last-touch attribution and the inventory syndication spider web, you might find him catching a Blue Jay game with his wife and their 2 daughters.
Currently holds the position as CEO of cDemo.com, whichis a two finalist and winner of the 2012 Drivings Sales Innovation Cup. Outside of his company duties, Jay is the host of the DSES Canadian session, an active CADA supporter and sits on the Curriculum advisory board member at the Georgian College Automotive School of Business, in Canada. Day to Day, Jay is a modern world technology enthusiast and works daily with cDemo team to develop and refined their Semantic Data platform and other inventory management related product offerings. Prior to joining cDemo, Jay spent the majority of his career working in the wholesale side of the Automotive business in the auction, remarketing and fleet services industry with Enterprise Holdings Inc as Group Remarketing and Acquisition Manager in Alberta, Canada and St. Louis, MO.
Michelle Blakeley is the Director of Canadian Market Services at FordDirect, a Joint Venture between Ford Motor Company and its Franchise dealers. Michelle has been working in the automotive industry for 10 years, over the course of these 10 years Michelle has worked in Dealership service operations, business development and consulting. After 6 years of working in the dealership space Michelle landed at FordDirect where she previously worked with dealers on expanding their digital marketing strategy. Now Michelle runs the Canadian operations where she builds, develops and deploys customized digital solutions for Ford and Dealers in Canada.
Josh Bloom is currently the Head of Industry – Autos at Facebook Canada, where he manages a team focused on building business strategies and trusted advisory relationships with key decision makers across Auto OEMs, Dealers and their dedicated agency partners in Canada.
Josh has been working in the digital media industry over 18 years, bringing strong market knowledge and creativity. Josh’s career began in 1998, when he joined the Doubleclick media team in New York City. After three years with Doubleclick, Josh spent many years educating and consulting brands on contextual and behavioral marketing at Conducive and WhenU. Starting in January 2006, Josh landed at MySpace.com to where he spent over two years pioneering the digital sales efforts in both Detroit and Toronto.
Josh joined Facebook in March 2008, beginning the company’s direct advisory efforts in Canada and since then has been widely known as a veteran social media and digital marketing consultant.
Our Location at The Bellagio, Las Vegas
The famous fountainry and beautiful Italian décor inspire success and provide a perfect setting for Dealer Executives to build plans for the future.