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?