March 24, 2016
New York City

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Thursday, 03/24

10:00 AM
Registration Opens
11:00 AM
Opening Remarks
Ross Fadner, Director, Event Programming, MediaPost 
Tanya Gazdik, Senior Editor, Automotive, MediaPost 
11:15 AM
Keynote: Toyota’s Multicultural Approach – The Evolution
Toyota’s marketing reflects the increasing diversity of America and its impact on culture. It deploys a fully integrated, multicultural approach that is representative of all segments while incorporating cultural cues that have universal appeal. Its agency model consists of a number of diverse agencies for various segments and a general market agency of record, all working together to develop multicultural messaging. The head of multicultural marketing will discuss Toyota’s multicultural approach and highlight work being done in the African American, Asian, Hispanic and Transcultural Mainstream segments.
Mia Phillips, National Manager – Brand, Multicultural & Crossline Marketing Strategy, Toyota USA 
11:45 AM
Panel: What Does “Premium” Mean Today?

Luxury is a tough market now. Established luxury brands are facing upstarts, and ambitious mass-market brands. Now that Hyundai and sibling Kia have introduced their own bona fide luxury brands, and BMW’s Mini division shifts its messaging from ersatz to elegant, what does it mean to call yourself a premium auto brand? As the definition of luxury gets hazy, who gets to own the label? How do brands stand out in such a crowded field?

Greg Furman, Founder & Chairman, The Luxury Marketing Council 
Ian Beavis, Chief Strategy Officer, AMCI Global 
Sam Chotiner, Executive Director, Strategy, KBS 
Edward Loh, SVP, In Market Content, The Enthusiast Network 
Jack Nerad, Executive Editorial Director and Market Analyst, Kelley Blue Book 
12:30 PM
Keynote Q&A: Subaru of America’s Big-Picture Approach to Tier 3
In this Keynote Q&A, Subaru of America, Inc.’s National Manager of Retail Digital Operations, Erik Lukas, will discuss how the brand’s integrated approach to digital marketing and web site development empowers 560+ retailer partners. By building an interconnected system for Tier 3 communications including: digital strategy, content, user experience, search, display and analytics under one roof, Subaru dealers enjoy a full menu of platforms for their digital marketing needs.
Erik Lukas, Retail Digital Operations Manager, Subaru of America, Inc. 
Ross Fadner, Director, Event Programming, MediaPost 
1:00 PM
Lunch Break
2:00 PM
Keynote Conversation: Shaping The Future: How Consumers Are Driving Trends And Innovation
What drives the adoption of new products and technology? How do consumers boost innovation? What ideas will be the most important in the next era of innovation? Look into the future of automotive and trends through the lens of consumers who are driving those ideas.
Scotty Reiss, Founder, A Girl's Guide To Cars 
Jane Francisco, Editor-in-Chief, Good Housekeeping 
Rachel Nguyen, Executive Director, Nissan Future Lab 
2:30 PM
Panel: Technology and Younger Buyers: Sea Change Ahead?

General Motors’ recent partnership with Lyft suggests that automakers are facing a stark reality: convenience is key to younger people, and they are more interested in technology than power. If Uber and Lyft are a sign of cool among younger demos today, what will happen when driverless cars finally come to market? Will tomorrow’s consumer regard the motor vehicle as a mere utility to get from Point A to Point B? What will it take to get the next generation to buy into idea of owning a car? 

Jeff Curry, Founder and President, Mere Mortals 
David Berkowitz, Principal, Serial Marketer 
Duncan James, EVP, Global Head of Cadillac, Dentsu Aegis Network 
Rachelle Petusky, Associate Manager, Research & Market Intelligence, Cox Automotive 
Renee Stephens, Vice President, J.D. Power 
3:15 PM
Coffee Break
3:30 PM
Panel: Can Digital Move Metal? See Your Local Dealer.

With record sales last year, and 2016 looking strong, dealerships are facing tight inventory and strong competition. But they are getting more sophisticated, as more and more tier III spend goes toward digital, at the expense of TV and print. Good thing, as more than half of car sales leads are coming from digital channels. Indeed, today’s consumer is armed with more knowledge about pricing and specs than ever before, so as margins are squeezed, how can dealers leverage digital advertising to benefit from consumer empowerment? Where should dealers be spending their marketing dollars in 2016?

Monik Sanghvi, Chief Strategy Officer, Organic 
Melissa Cartagena, Sr. Manager Digital, AutoNation 
Michael DeMilt, Marketing Director, Weeks Auto Group 
Matt Greitzer, COO & Co-Founder, Accordant Media 
Paddy Hannon, Chief Analytics Officer, 
Andrew MacLeay, Director of Digital Marketing, 
4:15 PM
Panel: Engaging Hispanics

There are over 55 million Hispanic Americans, about 17% of the U.S. population. Those numbers are growing fast, especially among Millennials and Gen Z. They buy cars, and they buy trucks, but the pitfalls are potentially huge: one the one hand, automakers want to reach the so-called “transcultural mainstream,” on the other, generalizing turns many off. With vastly different cultural orientations, this demographic cannot be looked at in a vacuum. How have innovations in digital media altered the way marketers engage the Latino market? What effect has data collection had specifically?

Ed Renicker, COO, Cablevision Media Sales 
Mitsy Lopez-Baranello, Group Director, Planning & Strategy, Huge 
Rochelle Newman-Carrasco, Chief Hispanic Marketing Strategist, Walton Isaacson 
Victor Paredes, Managing Director, Spike DDB 
Luis Rosero, Director, Hispanic Business Strategy Group (HBSG), Toyota 
5:00 PM
Conference Concludes
6:00 PM
Exclusive Preview of the Auto Show Floor (Tickets Distributed After Awards Presentation)


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