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Who do you want to hear keynotes #DSES 2012

The 2012 NADA convention isn’t even here yet and we at DrivingSales are already thinking about the DrivingSales Executive Summit.  One of the things the makes DSES the leading automotive event in the industry is that we focus on bringing in some of the world’s most prominent authorities in various fields, from OUTSIDE automotive retail, to talk about trends that are taking shape in the auto industry.  And because our event is centered on serving the most progressive dealership executive teams, we feel it’s important to be inspired to create the future, not just live it.

Last year, the DrivingSales Executive Summit was hugely successful thanks to our incredible speakers, attendees, and sponsors.  Our standout keynotes, over-capacity breakout sessions, and an hour and half of Gary Vaynerchuk left attendees inspired, motivated, and simultaneously wondering, “How on Earth will they top it next year?”

We’re constantly looking to push the boundaries, just like our community members are, and we think we’re on the right track to not just match last year’s DSES experience, but surpass it.

Yesterday, we announced a joint keynote presentation with J.D. Power and Associates Automotive Marketing Roundtable with the 4th annual DrivingSales Executive Summit.  Although the two events will remain separate with our own flair of content and audience, joining the events will allow attendees to have a more impactful and convenient experience, as well as have access to the two most authoritative events in the industry in one shot.  

We’re nowhere near done innovating and brainstorming on how to make the 2012 DrivingSales Executive Summit the hottest event in the industry, but we’re confident this joint venture with J.D. Power and Associates is leading us is the right direction.  But at the end of the day, DSES is a dealer-driven event. We don’t adhere to a pay-to-play model and we’re not about to start now.  Last year, we had outstanding keynotes from Aaron Strout, Jason Falls, and Rob Siefker, and a knock ‘em dead presentation from Gary Vaynerchuk sponsored by Dealer.com, chosen by you, the dealers.  So who would you like to see speak in 2012?  We’re looking into Guy Kawasaki, Seth Godin, John Maxwell, Julien Smith, Jim Farley, and a number of others.  But it’s your show – who do you want to hear from at DSES 2012?

Eric Miltsch
My first run is a mix of technology & social with a strong dose of "down to Earth reality" much like Gary V. delivered last year: (and some with entertainment/motivational flair) All could contribute a lot to the automotive discussion. Clay Shirky - Crazy smart Tim O'Reilly - Awesome Chris Anderson (WIRED) Jimmy Wales - Founder of Wikipedia Richard Branson - Just crazy Lance Armstrong - inspirational Aron Ralston (He'll be at NADA - mountain climber who cut off his arm) Pranav Mistry - Incredible TED speaker Chris Sacca (Original Angle investor in Twitter) David Pogue (Tech writer for NY Times - incredible) Steven Colbert - Entertainment Peter Shankman - Strong presenter Amber Naslund - Smart Ann Handley - Marketing Profs Charlene Li - Very smart Valeria Maltoni - Strong presenter
Bart Wilson
Thanks for the list Eric. Looks like DSES will be 2 weeks long this year! Steven Colbert would be a riot!
Craig Waikem
Steven Colbert hahaha
Alex Schoeneberger
I know there is a lot of emphasis on going outside the industry, but it would be great to hear Scott Keogh or another successful, forward thinking industry CMO. Steven Colbert would be hilarious, though.
Chris Costner
What a solid list Eric. I cannot disagree with having Steven Colbert either. I am super excited about DSES and can't wait for what's in store. See you all there.

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