It’s true of any industry — or any era — a new generation serves to usher in change, and oftentimes, a lot of it.

Did Baby Boomers foresee the social media boom, and the impact it would have on future generations? Maybe a few, but most probably didn’t consider we would one day be posting pictures of what we ate for dinner, or letting our “friends” know when we were going to go grocery shopping (or think anybody would care, for that matter).

Instead, the “social media era” was launched in full, for all intents and purposes, by Mark Zuckerburg — (you guessed it) a millennial.

The point of this walk down memory lane is to recognize that the next generation is often the force behind the development and proliferation of “next gen” products and tools. For the auto industry these days, this means things like autonomous vehicles, ride-sharing, car subscription services, fintech, digital auctions and more.

At the upcoming Used Car Week 2018 conferences, these topics — all of which are serving to change the used-car industry as we know it today — will be up for discussion.

Many of these discussions will be covered by new leaders and up-and-coming names in the industry. In fact, Auto Remarketing and the Used Car Week team considers it part of our jobs to encourage and recognize new talent in the remarketing industry.

One of the ways we do this is through our awards programs; in this case, the 40 under 40. This Friday, Auto Remarketing announced its fourth class of Remarketing & Used Car Industry’s 40 Under 40 honorees  (See the full list of honorees).

Many young professionals are taking on leadership roles in the auto industry, making waves  and positively impacting the remarketing and used-car business. This year’s honorees include auction execs like Tim Adrian, VP, Product Development at ADESA, and Matt Trap, Regional VP at Manheim, among other remarketing leaders, as well as those pushing the technology and retail envelope with new companies, including Jared Foster, Wholesale Operations Manager at Carvana, and Becca Henderson, Operations Manager at Carlotz.

The fourth annual 40 Under 40 class spans all facets of the auto industry — much like the Used Car Week 2018 agenda, which aims to highlight the latest trends, products, developments and more in the areas of remarketing (NRC + NAAA) used-car retail (Pre-Owned Con), auto finance (Auto Fin Con) and the repossession industries (Repo Con).

In fact, many of this year’s award winners, as well as past year’s 40 Under 40 members, are joining us at UCW 2018 not only as honorees, but also as speakers. They are set to offer new perspectives and insights on where the remarketing industry is headed, and how we will get there.

Check out just a few of the offerings on tap at Used Car Week 2018 from the industry’s young — but influential — leaders:

  • NRC Workshop: The Talent Shortage — Attracting the Next Generation of Auction Employees, Will Farmer, Executive Director of Dealer Sales, TradeRev (2017 40 under 40 honoree)
  • Pre-Owned Con General Session: Samantha Cunningham Zawilinski, VP account services, Potratz (2018 40 under 40 honoree)
  • Jeremiah Wheeler, EVP & GM, Fintech, DRN (2015 40 under 40 honoree)
    • Auto Fin Con General Session: Lender Panel
    • Breakfast Roundtable Discussion: The Latest Trends in Repo and Auto Finance
  • NRC Workshop: Industry Evolution — Independents Chart Future; Dan Diedrich, President and CEO, Auction Edge (2015 40 under 40 honoree)
  • Women in Auto Finance Panel: Jennifer Reid, VP, Vertical Marketing Leader, Equifax (2015 40 under 40 honoree)
  • Repo Con General Session: Forwarding Forecast — Managing Assignments and Vendors at High-Volume Market; Jose Delgado, SVP, Sales & Business Development, PAR North America (2015 40 under 40 honoree)

The 2018 class of 40 under 40 will be honored at an awards luncheon during the NRC + NAAA portion of Used Car Week.

Cox Automotive will also be recognizing its Community Impact award winner during the very same luncheon.

“Together with the ideas and resources of passionate people in our industry, we can create joy that impacts our communities and connects us to them for generations to come,” the company shared in a call for the industry to nominate remarketers whose actions reflect this shared view of business.

The 2017 Community Impact Award went to Heather Pullen, national remarketing manager at Porsche Cars North America.The selected remarketer this year will receive $10,000 for a charity of their choice, in addition to being honored during the Used Car Week luncheon. Those interested can nominate a remarketer before the Oct. 5 deadline.

Don’t wait to register to see these young leaders and more grace the stages of Used Car Week 2018! Early bird registration  is open!

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