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Agent Summit Sponsorships Are Going Fast


LAS VEGAS — Organizers of the annual Agent Summit announced that sponsorships and exhibition space for the 2017 event have nearly sold out with several months to go before showtime. The event will be held May 21–24 at Paris Las Vegas.

“In what has become an annual tradition, after re-signing our sponsors from last year’s event, we are left with limited opportunities for 2017,” said David Gesualdo, show chair and publisher of Agent Entrepreneur and P&A magazines. “We have a number of excellent options open to new partners for our growing event, but they won’t last long.”

Last year’s event attracted about 1,000 agents and agent principals, speakers, F&I product executives and special guests. The three-day agenda included sessions dedicated to F&I department and agency development, reinsurance, technology and more, plus a number of networking opportunities and sessions open only to agent principals.

More information about the 2017 event, including the full agenda, will be released soon. To inquire about sponsorship and exhibition opportunities, contact David Gesualdo at 727-947-4027 or via email hidden; JavaScript is required.

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UDS’s Crisorio Returns as Agent Summit Advisory Board Chair


LAS VEGAS — Organizers of the annual Agent Summit announced that Randy Crisorio, president and CEO of United Development Systems Inc. (UDS), will serve a fifth consecutive term as advisory board chair. The 2017 event is scheduled for May 21–24 at Paris Las Vegas.

“As an experienced and accomplished agent, Randy has his thumb on the pulse of our industry,” said David Gesualdo, show chair and publisher of Agent Entrepreneur and F&I and Showroom. “We fully expect he and his team to produce another hard-hitting and action-backed agenda no agent can ignore.”

The advisory board’s principal task is to decide upon which topics are of pressing importance to agents and invite speakers to address them. In the course of Crisorio’s tenure, the scope of the event has expanded from its original focus on F&I training to include sessions devoted to agency development, dealer recruitment and relations, reinsurance, new technology, and much more.

To build the event’s agenda, Crisorio and his team rely heavily on suggestions from agents and other attendees. Past feedback has led to a number of new topics and features, including a block of sessions open only to agent principals.

“Business has been great, but to take the next step up, join fellow agents from across the country in an idea exchange that will write your future,” Crisorio said. “There is no limit to what we can accomplish together.”

Registration for Agent Summit VII will be open soon. Stay tuned to AgentSummit.com for updates. To participate in the conference or offer ideas to the Agent Summit advisory board, contact Randy Crisorio via email hidden; JavaScript is required with “Agent Summit” in the subject line.

For sponsorship and exhibition opportunities, contact David Gesualdo at 727-947-4027 or via email hidden; JavaScript is required.

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Agent Summit Reaches Fever Pitch


LAS VEGAS — The attendees of the sixth annual Agent Summit were treated to three days of advanced education for agents and agent principals, highly motivating keynote addresses and a panoply of networking events.

The event, which was held May 9–11 at the Venetian Palazzo in Las Vegas, also drew 60 exhibitors to a spacious exhibit hall — a first for Agent Summit — as well as the support of 90 sponsors.

“Thanks to the combined efforts of the events teams at Bobit Business Media and MG Business Media, our advisory board and our speakers and supporters, Agent Summit has established itself as a can’t-miss event for agents in the know,” said David Gesualdo, show chair and publisher of Agent Entrepreneur and F&I and Showroom magazines. “We couldn’t be happier with the turnout or the results.”

Key sponsors included Accelerated Service International (ASI), which sponsored the event’s registration desk; AUL, AutoBodyguard and MaximTrak, which sponsored evening receptions; National Automotive Experts (NAE/NWAN), which sponsored refreshment breaks and this year’s shoe shine station; and SouthwestRe, which sponsored the meet-and-greet that kicked of the fourth annual Reinsurance Symposium. EasyCare along with GWC Warranty sponsored the event’s opening keynote address; E-Credit Express sponsored a cigar rolling station; and Allstate Dealer Services, American Financial & Automotive Services (AFAS), Portfolio, United Car Care (UCC) and Warranty Solutions sponsored meals and refreshment breaks.

At the heart of the agenda was a panoply of featured presentations and panel discussions devoted to Technology, Compliance, Training, Coaching & Development, Profit Opportunities and Selling to Dealers. Randy Crisorio, CEO and president of United Development Systems (UDS) and chair of the Agent Summit advisory board, said the event exceeded all expectations and will pay dividends for all who attended.

“Agent Summit 2016 was outstanding on many fronts,” Crisorio said. “The industry veterans shined on stage and the motivational speakers danced through people themes while walking across the tables. Attendees were clearly lathered up by the exchange of information and ready to return to their markets and pursue the cash!”

More information about Agent Summit is available at the event’s website. To receive news and updates about next year’s event, subscribe to the Agent Entrepreneur enewsletter. To inquire about sponsorship and exhibition opportunities, contact Eric Gesualdo via email hidden; JavaScript is required or call 727-612-8826.

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WFIS’s Dylan Doran Joins Agent Summit Roster


LAS VEGAS — Organizers of Agent Summit announced that Dylan Doran, founder and president of Western Fidelity Insured Services Inc. (WFIS), will serve as a featured speaker at the 2016 event, which will be held May 9–11 at the Venetian Palazzo Las Vegas.

“I’m honored to be speaking at this year’s Agent Summit, joined by such a tremendous group of entrepreneurs,” Doran said. “As business owners, we are always focused on growth, and new account acquisition is central to achieving that growth in our agencies. I’m looking forward to not only contributing to this year’s conference, but also gleaning some knowledge from the rest of the group.”

A 22-year automotive industry veteran, Doran served in leadership positions with Jim Moran & Associates and Protective Asset Protection before launching WFIS in 2014. He will serve as the featured speaker for the “Selling to Dealers” portion of the Agent Summit agenda.

Doran’s session, “Buried Treasure in the Yellow Pages,” will begin at 10:15 a.m. on Wednesday, May 11. He is expected to focus on targeting prospects, earning appointments and effectively presenting an agency’s value proposition.

“Dylan brings unquestioned expertise in dealer acquisition as well as the nuts and bolts of running an agency,” said David Gesualdo, show chair and publisher of Agent Entrepreneur and F&I and Showroom. “It’s an important topic and one to which he is perfectly suited.”

Registration for Agent Summit is now open at the event’s website as well as by phone, fax and email. Attendees who register by April 4 will enjoy a $100 discount.

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Jim Smith to Headline 2016 Reinsurance Symposium


LAS VEGAS — Organizers of the annual Agent Summit have announced that SouthwestRe’s Jim Smith will deliver the keynote address at this year’s Reinsurance Symposium. The pre-show event will begin at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, May 9.

“Jim Smith is among the reinsurance industry’s most prominent and knowledgeable figures,” said David Gesualdo, show chair and publisher of Agent Entrepreneur and F&I and Showroom. “Agents will walk away from Jim’s session empowered to deliver knowledgeable reinsurance presentations to their dealer clients.”

Smith founded SouthwestRe in 1985 and serves as the company’s CEO. He is a frequent speaker at automotive and insurance industry events. This year will mark Smith’s second appearance at Agent Summit.

Smith will present “The Landscape of Reinsurance” at 12:10 p.m. He pledged to deliver a comprehensive and forthright analysis of how various types of reinsurance programs benefit agents and dealers.

“I am both excited and honored to return to Agent Summit. Agents have been a driving force in reinsurance,” Smith said. “We’re going to do a little math, talk about how valuable the agent is to the business and explore all the wonderful opportunities our industry has to offer.”

Registration for Agent Summit 2016 is open at the event’s website as well as by phone, fax and email. Attendees who register by April 4 will enjoy a $100 discount. To inquire about sponsorship and exhibition opportunities, contact Eric Gesualdo via email hidden; JavaScript is required or call 727-612-8826.

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2016 Reinsurance Symposium Takes Shape


LAS VEGAS — Organizers of the annual Agent Summit have announced that the Reinsurance Symposium, which has become a fixture since it was first spun off into a pre-conference event in 2013, will return for a fourth consecutive year.

Agent Summit will be held May 9–11, 2016, at the Venetian Palazzo in Las Vegas, and the Reinsurance Symposium begins at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, May 9. General Agents with a full show pass will be invited to attend the Reinsurance Symposium for no additional charge.

“I am a huge fan of the Reinsurance Symposium, and I’m happy our advisory board has positioned it so prominently in the Agent Summit agenda,” said David Gesualdo, show chair and publisher of Agent Entrepreneur and F&I and Showroom. “Agents and agency principals who bring expertise in reinsurance to their dealer clients hold a very tangible competitive edge.”

This year’s symposium will include a meet-and-greet with reinsurance sponsors, a keynote address by Jim Smith, founder and CEO of SouthwestRe, and two 45-minute educational sessions. Gesualdo said more information on speakers and sessions will be announced this week.

Portfolio and SouthwestRe are the lead sponsors for this year’s Reinsurance Summit. They are joined by premier sponsors CNA National, GSFSGroup, Protective Asset Protection and Delaware Tribal Financial Services and general sponsors BOK Financial, Cornerstone Financial Consulting (div. Raymond James) and SunTrust Reinsurance Trust Services.

“As in years past, our sponsors will make the Reinsurance Symposium possible and our speakers will make it a success,” Gesualdo said. “We believe it’s one of the best educational opportunities our industry has to offer.”

Registration for Agent Summit is now open at the event’s website as well as by phone, fax and email. Attendees who register by April 4 will enjoy a $100 discount.

To inquire about sponsorship and exhibition opportunities for Agent Summit and the Reinsurance Symposium, contact Eric Gesualdo via email hidden; JavaScript is required or call 727-612-8826.

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Registration Open for Agent Summit 2016


LAS VEGAS — Organizers of the sixth annual Agent Summit have announced that registration is now open for the event, which will be held May 9–11, 2016, at the Venetian Palazzo Las Vegas.

Citing “unprecedented demand,” show chair and Agent Entrepreneur publisher David Gesualdo said all of the exhibit space and most of the sponsorships are already sold.

“I get the sense our attendees and supporters look at the upcoming Agent Summit as a continuation of last year’s show,” Gesualdo said. “I believe it’s a symptom of the prosperity and fluidity of our industry at this time.”

The event set new records for attendance, sponsorship and exhibit space in 2015, when nearly 900 agents, agency heads, speakers and exhibitors converged on the Venetian Palazzo, which hosted Agent Summit for the first time last year.

Registration is open online as well as by phone, fax and email. Those who register by April 4 will enjoy a $100 discount.

More information about Agent Summit is available at the event’s website. To inquire about sponsorship and exhibition opportunities, contact Eric Gesualdo via email hidden; JavaScript is required or call 727-612-8826.

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Reahard to Tackle Training at Agent Summit


LAS VEGAS — Organizers of Agent Summit V have announced that Ron Reahard, president of Reahard & Associates, will helm a session dedicated to Training at the event, which is scheduled for March 2–4 at the Venetian Palazzo Las Vegas.

“Ron Reahard’s name is well-know in dealer and agency circles as a top trainer and a pioneer in the F&I segment,” said David Gesualdo, show chair and publisher of Agent Entrepreneur and F&I and Showroom. “He is no stranger to Agent Summit and we can’t wait to see what he has in store for our attendees this year.”

Reahard’s address is titled “Training, Sir!” and will focus on strategies agents can use to expand upon the product-provider aspect of agency operations to become true business partners to their dealer clients.

“Ron has had many speaking appearances at Agent Summit, Industry Summit and NADA among others always delivering high quality take aways for all who attend,” said Randy Crisorio, president and CEO of United Development Systems Inc. (UDS) and chair of the Agent Summit advisory board. “We are pleased to have Reahard back on center stage for Agent Summit V.”

To register for Agent Summit or for more information, visit AgentSummit.com. Attendees who register by Feb. 1 will receive a $100 early-bird discount. For sponsorship and exhibition opportunities, contact Eric Gesualdo via email hidden; JavaScript is required or call 727-612-8826.

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Agent Summit: Last Week for Early-Bird Pricing


LAS VEGAS — Organizers of the annual Agent Summit have announced that this is the last week in which attendees will receive a $100 early-bird discount at registration. This year’s event will take place March 2–4 at the Venetian Palazzo Las Vegas, and the early-bird discount applies to registrations completed on or before Feb. 1.

“Considering the number and scope of sessions focused on agency and business development, dealer development and reinsurance, we know agents will get their money’s worth at Agent Summit,” said David Gesualdo, show chair and publisher of Agent Entrepreneur and F&I and Showroom. “A $100 discount merely sweetens the deal.”

For the third consecutive year, Reinsurance will lead the event’s agenda. The two-and-a-half-hour symposium will begin with a meet-and-greet at 12:30 p.m. on Monday, March 2, and conclude at 3:00 p.m., shortly before the welcome and keynote addresses for Agent Summit, which concludes midday Wednesday. In addition to the educational sessions, the agenda includes sponsored meal and networking breaks and receptions on Sunday, Monday and Tuesday evening.

To register for Agent Summit or for more information, visit AgentSummit.com. For sponsorship and exhibition opportunities, contact Eric Gesualdo via email hidden; JavaScript is required or call 727-612-8826.

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2017 Advisory Board

Randy Crisorio
President & CEO
United Development Systems
and Advisory Board Chair

Tim Blochowiak
Vice President
Protective Asset Protection

Randy Pazik
President
Accelerated Profit Technologies

Kelly Price
President
National Automotive Experts (NAE)/NWAN

Brian Reed
President
F&I Express

Michael Tuno
President
World Class Dealer Services
ARMD Resource Group