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Presentation & Roundtable Discussion

Surviving and Prospering in a Disruptive World (Presentation & Roundtable Discussion)
Wednesday, September 1 | 2:15 pm – 5:00 pm | Dr. Bill McCleave, PE

As we recover from the chaos of the COVID pandemic, most of us realize that many phases of our lives and business processes were disrupted and perhaps changed forever. There were both winners and losers as we moved from huge global problems to creative local solutions.

Disruptions and the forces that cause them are not new and will always be there. Recognizing the sources of disruptions and how you can react are critical for both survival and prosperity in your business future.
Through this presentation, attendees will receive an informative historical perspective on the industry’s big disruptors and how we adapted and changed the world around us. We will also explore the forces and technologies that are impacting us now and examine what we can do to take advantage of the power of disruptors in the future.

This session will also feature moderated roundtable discussions where attendees will share with peers what they think about current and future disruptors and learn what they plan to do about it so that they can develop their own action plans for the future.

Opening Keynote Presentation

The Anticipatory Organization: Turn Disruption and Change into Opportunity and Advantage
Thursday, September 2 | 8:45 am – 10:00 am | Daniel Burrus

Based on decades of research and experience applying his Hard Trend methodology to leading companies worldwide, Daniel Burrus has identified the missing competency: Anticipation.

With his Anticipatory Organization Model, Burrus enables business leaders to separate Hard Trends from Soft Trends. When you learn to analyze and perceive trends this way, it is possible to tap into what he calls Everyday Innovation, solving challenges faster, and recognizing previously invisible opportunities.

Mastering these capabilities will position your dealership to be the disruptor instead of being the disrupted – thus creating competitive advantage, and reducing risk.


Education Session

Banking Trends & Challenges for 2021 and Beyond
Thursday, September 2 | 10:15 am – 11:15 pm | Martin Brown

A dealership’s single largest need is capital, and the consistency of delivery of that capital is paramount. Attend this session and learn about the internal and external forces impacting that consistency, and the implications for your dealership’s success today and beyond.

Content includes:

  • Capital distribution process
  • Impact of COVID
  • Fiscal and monetary policy
  • Manufacturer impacts
  • Distribution impacts
  • Things to think about now and beyond
  • Internal forces that impact the capital distribution process


Education Session

Making the Case for Diversity & Inclusion During Disruption
Thursday, September 2 | 11:20 am – 12:30 pm | Wade Hinton

Amid a global pandemic and economic uncertainty, diversity and inclusion (D&I) might not be top of mind for many business owners. But, merit-based hiring with an eye toward diversity ensures that your business is positively benefiting from different perspectives, innovation and experiences, and collaborative efforts from and with underrepresented groups. This session will explore ways in which you can make hiring talented and diverse employees not only a priority, but a long-term strategy to growing your business and improving upon your company culture.


Industry Panel

Dealing with Disruption: An Allied Industry Panel
Thursday, September 2 | 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm | Moderated by: Bob O’Koniewski

Panelists representing dealers from other industries will discuss how they adapted to disruptions and the challenges and opportunities brought about by ever-changing technologies and workforce dynamics.


Education Session

The Business Case for Climate Change
Thursday, September 2 | 2:35 pm – 3:35 pm

There may be no greater disruptive force than climate change. This session isn’t to debate whether or not climate change is natural or man-made; the fact is that the climate IS changing, and dealers can either be proactive to likely industry changes on the horizon or reactive and fall behind. Other industries are already well underway in streamlining emissions reductions in engines and have made the move toward electrification. Learn what climate change means for your dealership, how it might impact the way you manage your business resources, and how you can position yourself for the future.


Closing Keynote Presentation

Embedding a Culture of Innovation into Everyone’s DNA
Thursday, September 2 | 3:45 pm – 5:00 pm | Duncan Wardle

How do you create a culture that embraces risk and entrepreneurialism, allowing everyone to innovate? In this presentation, Duncan Wardle, former Head of Innovation and Creativity at Disney, shares how he infused a culture of innovation across the world’s most creative company.



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