Last month, as director of Schneider Downs’ Auto Dealer Advisory Group, I represented the firm at the 2017 Pennsylvania Automotive Association (“PAA”) Fall Conference, held at the Omni Resort on Hilton Head Island. Schneider Downs is one of the 60 largest accounting and advisory firms in the U.S. and is a Bronze Sponsor of the PAA Fall Conference.
This year’s conference was hosted by the 2017 PAA Chairman and Scranton, Pa., native, Bill Egan. As usual, the conference offered great opportunities for dealer and associate members from across the Commonwealth to network, socialize and keep current on issues facing the automotive industry in Pennsylvania.
Dynamic and informative presentations were delivered on Day 1 by speakers Janet Barnard, President of Cox Automotive Inventory Solutions, Butch Hollister from the NADA, and Gene Marks from The Marks Group, who very honestly, and somewhat lightheartedly, discussed the “Mobile Millennials.” Day 2 of the business agenda was also filled with exceptional presentations from Howard Tullman of 1871, who discussed “Technology Trends Affecting the Automotive Industry” and Joseph Roesner, President of The Fontana Group, who addressed “Responding to Sales Performance Metrics.” And not to be outdone, the PAA Panel of John Devlin, Mark Stine, Chad Marsar and Don Busey provided their usual, invaluable Pennsylvania legal updates.
As a recurring Fall Conference sponsor, Schneider Downs recognizes the importance of the PAA’s ongoing regulatory influence, dealer education and the value and importance of its membership events. Of course, a little sun and sand always enhances the experience and outlook for us Pennsylvania natives! For more information on the Pennsylvania Automotive Association Fall Conference, contact us.