Speakers

#AutoConfLA

Andrea Brimmer

Andrea Brimmer

Chief Marketing and Public Relations Officer

Ally

Andrea Brimmer was named chief marketing and public relations officer of Ally Financial in 2015. In this role, she oversees the company’s marketing, advertising, public relations, market research initiatives, social media and brand management. Brimmer joined Ally at the height of the financial crisis when the company faced intense challenges – transitioning from its roots as a captive auto finance company to launching the first-ever online-only deposits franchise, Ally Bank. She was charged with standing-up the Ally brand; developing everything from the brand pillars and cultural framework, to creating the value proposition and delivery in the marketplace. Under her direction, Ally emerged with a strong reputation as a “different” kind of financial services company, relentlessly focused on solving pain points that traditional institutions set forth.

In 2017, Brimmer was named “Marketer of the Year” by the Financial Communications Society, recognized for the successful launch and widespread impact of Ally’s “Do It Right” brand campaign. In 2018, Brimmer was named to AdAge’s Women to Watch, cited for her forward-thinking, disruptive approach. She was also named one of the 2018 Communicators of the Year by ANA Business Marketing New York as “The Disruptor” for her approach, extraordinary insight, creativity and effectiveness in communications. In 2019, Brimmer won The CMO Club’s Innovation Award, driven and executed by an elite group of peers, which celebrates the marketing industry’s brightest leaders and provides a forum for shared insights among CMOs.


Michael Dunne

Michael Dunne

President

ZoZo Go, LLC

Michael J. Dunne arrived in Shanghai in 1990, three days removed from graduation, at a time when China prohibited the personal ownership of cars. Over the course of his career, he founded and sold his first company, then served as CEO of J.D. Power in China. During the 2000s and 2010s Dunne played a pivotal role advancing the growth of American and European companies in key Asian markets including China, Thailand, Vietnam and Indonesia. He later served as President of General Motors operations in Indonesia.

Twenty-five years since Dunne started doing business in the country, the Chinese now own 300 million cars. Having had a front row seat to this staggering growth, Dunne returned to the United States, where he now serves as an advisor, speaker and author. His touted keynotes offer a unique vision and expertise on the future of China, its autonomous and electric vehicle industries, and what it all means for the United States. Dunne reveals how China’s global ambitions are triggering an upheaval in the world’s fast changing auto-tech industry, an era some have referred to as the biggest disruption “since Henry Ford”.

Says Automotive News, “Few people know China’s auto industry better than Michael Dunne.”

Michael Dunne launched his next venture, “ZoZo Go”, an auto-tech advisory group, earlier this year. Based in Hong Kong, the company recently opened its U.S. operations in San Diego, CA.


Cheri Fleming

Cheri Fleming

Owner

Valencia Acura

Cheri Fleming was born and raised in Parma Heights, Ohio and moved to Southern California after graduating from Ohio University. She and her husband, Don, have an entrepreneurial spirit and have owned various businesses; however, the car business "hooked" them in 1985. In 1997, Cheri and Don purchased Valencia Acura, and made the decision to put Cheri in the leadership position as Dealer Principal. At that time Valencia Acura ranked dead last nationally in sales and customer satisfaction. With no place to go but up, Cheri and Don began treating customers the way they would want to be treated, and became a vital force in the Santa Clarita community. Today Valencia Acura is in the top Acura dealerships in sales and one of the highest ranking customer satisfaction dealerships in the country. Their sales penetration in their primary market area and customer loyalty ranks among the highest in the nation.


Charlie Gilchrist

Charlie Gilchrist

Chairman

NADA


Reuven Glick

Reuven Glick

Group VP, International Research in the Economics Research Department

Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco

Reuven Glick is group vice president of International Research in the Economics Research Department at the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco. He is currently also co-manager of the Research Support Shared Services and Research IT groups as well as a member of the Bank’s Management Committee. He earlier served as director of the Bank's Center for Pacific Basin Studies as well as chief of the International Research Section.

Prior to joining the Bank staff in 1985, Reuven was a professor of economics and international business in the Graduate School of Business at New York University. He has also taught in the Economics Department at the University of California at Berkeley and served as a consultant and lecturer for the World Bank.

Reuven is the author of many journal articles and other professional writings. His research focuses on topics including international macroeconomic policy, capital flows and trade patterns, Pacific Basin developments, and monetary policy effects. He received a Ph.D. degree in economics from Princeton University and a B.A. degree in economics from the University of Chicago.


Tyson Jominy

Tyson Jominy

Vice President, PIN Operations

J.D. Power

Tyson has worked for J.D. Power and the Power Information Network since September 2009, advising OEMs on pricing and incentives for new and used car sales. Prior to joining J.D. Power, Tyson worked for Ford Motor Company and Nissan North America, where he held several positions within finance and sales & marketing, leading OEM projects in product development, manufacturing operations, pricing and financial control. Additionally, he has managed financial forecasting and planning in the CPG industry and advised executives in corporate development and M&A in the energy sector.

Tyson has a bachelor’s degree in finance from Indiana University in Bloomington, IN and a master’s of business administration from The University of Chicago Booth Graduate School of Business in Chicago, IL.


Kurt Kennedy

Kurt Kennedy

Vice President of Automotive Sales and Strategy

Spectrum Reach

Kurt Kennedy is the Vice President of Automotive Salesand Strategy at Spectrum Reach. He has been working in the media industry for more than 29 years, starting as a Local Sales Manager in Farmington, New Mexico. In his present position, Kurt leads a team of automotive media experts across the Spectrum Reach Enterprise. Kurt and his team work with OEMs, automotive dealers, and media partners to create holistic video marketing strategies using a mutli-screen platform across the Spectrum Reach footprint.

Before assuming this role, Kurt worked as a Regional Vice President for Spectrum Reach overseeing the Mountain Region after his role of Vice President of Sales for Comcast Spotlight in Colorado and New Mexico. Kurt is a graduate of the University of New Mexico and a proud father of three. When Kurt isn’t working, he can be found on a running trail, a tennis court, or a ski slope.


Glenn Mercer

Glenn Mercer

GM Automotive LLC


José Muñoz

José Muñoz

Global COO/CEO

Hyundai Motor Company

José Muñoz is the Global Chief Operating Officer of Hyundai Motor Company and the president and CEO of both Hyundai Motor North America and Hyundai Motor America. In this capacity, Muñoz is responsible for global operations strategies and their successful implementation, delivering profitable growth and improving the overall performance of Hyundai Motor Company.

Muñoz also oversees the entire American market, including Hyundai Motor North, Central and South America, as the head of the Hyundai Motor Americas Region. Muñoz is based in Hyundai’s U.S. headquarters in Fountain Valley, California.

Prior to joining Hyundai, Muñoz was most recently the Chief Performance Officer for Nissan Motor Corporation and the Chairman of Nissan China. He joined Nissan in 2004 and during his 15 years at the automaker led significant growth and record sales in the regions he managed. Muñoz is a native of Spain and earned his Ph.D. in nuclear engineering from Polytechnic University of Madrid and has an MBA from Instituto de Empresa (IE) Business School in Madrid. He has also completed executive management programs from Cranfield School of Management in the U.K. and INSEAD Business School in France. He is fluent in English, Spanish and French.


Jeff Pope

Jeff Pope

Group VP

Infiniti Americas

Jeff Pope is Group Vice President, INFINITI Americas, a position to which he was appointed in April 2019. In this role, he reports to Mike Colleran, INFINITI Global Division Vice President, and is responsible for overseeing INFINITI's overall performance in the United States, Canada, and Mexico, including oversight of the brand's strategic direction, planning, retail and marketing efforts.

Prior to this appointment, Pope was senior director, INFINITI Americas Sales Operations and oversaw sales, supply chain, aftersales, fleet, certified pre-owned, client experience, and training.

Since 2006, Pope has held several positions within INFINITI, including Senior Director, INFINITI Global Sales Operations at INFINITI's headquarters in Hong Kong. He previously worked at Ford Motor Company for 11 years.

Pope holds a bachelor's degree in materials and logistics management, and a master's degree in marketing, both from Michigan State University. He is based in Franklin, Tennessee.


Dave Sargent

Dave Sargent

VP, Global Automotive

J.D. Power

Dave Sargent is Vice President, Global Automotive at J.D. Power. He oversees all of the company’s vehicle quality research globally, including the Initial Quality Study (IQS); Automotive Performance, Execution and Layout (APEAL) Study; and Vehicle Dependability Study (VDS), as well as vehicle quality tracking studies. Previously, Mr. Sargent was vice president, U.S. Automotive Research at J.D. Power, responsible for all syndicated research in the U.S. market. Prior to that, he was the practice leader of J.D. Power’s European operations, where he established the company’s London office in 1995. Earlier, he worked in the company’s headquarters in California, and was responsible for the Initial Quality Study and a number of proprietary quality studies. Before joining J.D. Power in 1992, Mr. Sargent worked for a UK consulting firm specializing in competitor analysis, as well as for Ford of Europe and the Rover Group. Mr. Sargent holds a bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of York and an MBA from Manchester Business School, both in the UK.


Bob Smith

Bob Smith

Executive Director

Greater LA Dealer Association


Charity Taylor

Charity Taylor

Managing Director, Data & Analytics

J.D. Power

Charity Taylor loves a good challenge.

A Managing Director within J.D. Power’s Data & Analytics division, Charity is charged with turning automotive transaction data into real-time market intelligence and actionable insights that guide multi-billion-dollar decisions for a wide range of clients. Leveraging a decade of OEM experience and a Master's in finance, Charity is the principal curator and architect of PIN’s unique retail sales and pricing solutions that serve automakers, distributors, suppliers and investors, among others.

Charity joined JD Power in 2008 and has since combined her deep knowledge of automotive operations with the bird’s eye view of the retail landscape afforded by JDP's Power Information Network to provide unique perspectives and solutions to a wide range of problems, processes and products.

She is rarely bored and inordinately fond of vintage pickups.


Charlie Vogelheim

Charlie Vogelheim

Principal

Vogelheim Ventures


Deborah Wahl

Deborah Wahl

Global Chief Marketing Officer

General Motors

Deborah Wahl was appointed General Motors Global Chief Marketing Officer on September 1, 2019. She previously served as the Global CMO of Cadillac, where she was an instrumental part of the leadership team that accomplished a global sales record for Cadillac in 2018. During her time with Cadillac, Deborah and her team redefined the brand’s strategy. Rooted firmly in the school of Performance Marketing, she always drives her teams to use data to change how they seek and engage with consumers.

As General Motors Global CMO, Deborah will help the General Motors marketing organization build on its success and accelerate growth by ensuring alignment and more effective, efficient, and agile customer engagement.

Prior to joining General Motors, Deborah served as Senior Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer for McDonald’s from 2014 to 2017, where she played a key role in the brand’s turnaround.

In addition to McDonald’s, Deborah has held a number of senior leadership positions, including Senior Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer, PulteGroup; Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer, Chrysler; and Vice President Marketing, Lexus.

Growing up in Michigan, Deborah has deep roots in the automotive industry. She first learned about the business through her father, who was a plant manager at Chrysler and went on to be a press repair entrepreneur.

Deborah earned a bachelor’s degree in Economics from Wellesley College and an MBA from The Wharton School. She also has a master’s degree from The Lauder Institute, University of Pennsylvania. Forbes named her to its Most Influential CMO list in 2018 and 2019, and Business Insider ranked her No. 3 on its 2017 list of most innovative CMOs.

Deborah is an active business leader who serves on the boards of Groupon, Mediaocean and The Mobile Marketing Association – MMA. She previously served as the Vice-Chair of the ANA and serves on the Board of Trustees of Cranbrook Schools.


Paul Walser

Paul Walser

Industry Relations Chairman

NADA

Paul Walser is CEO of Walser Automotive Group in Bloomington, Minn. He started in the automotive business in 1974 selling new cars at Town's Edge Ford. Walser represents Minnesota's franchised new-car dealers on the board of directors of the National Automobile Dealers Association.


Peter Welch

Peter Welch

President and CEO

NADA

Peter K. Welch became NADA's president & CEO on Feb. 1, 2013. He previously served as president and chief executive officer of the California New Car Dealers Association (CNCDA) since 2003. CNCDA is the country's largest state association of franchised new car dealers. Prior to joining CNCDA in 1990 as its director of government and legal affairs, Welch was a partner with a Los Angeles law firm.

A native of Detroit, Mich., Welch holds a bachelor's degree from the University of Michigan, a master's degree from the University of Durham, England, and a juris doctor's degree from Loyola Marymount University of Law, Los Angeles.

Welch is married to Cheryl Welch and they have three children.


Tim Wixom

Tim Wixom

Automotive Director

Spectrum Reach

Tim Wixom is the Automotive Director for Spectrum Reach. He has been working in major market media focused on automotive and sports for over twenty years including the advanced advertising, cable, regional sports network, and broadcast spaces. Tim creates video marketing partnerships with dealers and media partners across all automotive tiers in the West. Tim has a background in economics and enjoys surfing with his wife and three boys.