Have you marked Used Car Week 2017 into your calendar? It’s Nov. 13-17. If you haven’t yet, no worries: There’s still time to register. The early birds may have already caught the worm, but that shouldn’t keep you from attending this year’s exciting events.

Here’s a few of many reasons to attend…

1. We’re debuting a new format.

After Used Car Week 2016, we picked attendees’ brains and discovered ways to encompass a more comprehensive scope of the used-car market. In particular, they desired an expansion of the auto finance and repossessions topics and thorough adjustment of the certified pre-owned conference.

The conference will now consist of two blocks. Pre-Owned Con, Auto Fin Con and Repo Con comprise the first block, while the second will be National Remarketing Conference and NAAA Convention.

You’ll have the opportunity to attend either First Block, Second Block or both with an All-Access registration.

Within each block, it’s “choose your own adventure.” If you’re a First-Block participant and want to attend a Pre-Owned Con workshop in the morning and an Auto Fin Con workshop in the afternoon, feel free to do whatever floats your boat. Check out the agenda here to start planning your personal schedule.

We hope the new and improved format will provide you with a more valuable experience.

2. We’re lengthening the networking breaks.

Another point taken from the attendee surveys was that breaks between sessions could be longer. Thus, we’ve extended the time for a good deal of the breaks in the agenda from 15 minutes to a much more substantial 45 minutes. This tweak grants attendees time to explore the Expo Hall, chat with exhibitors and, of course, squeeze in some quality time to talk shop, rub elbows and exchange cards. After all, one of the biggest benefits of Used Car Week is the chance to make new business contacts.

3. We’ve picked the perfect getaway locale.

Mid-November. For the most part, we’re looking down the barrel at dreary winter weather, from Charlotte to Seattle, from Chicago to New York.

Not at Used Car Week.

Held at the La Quinta Resort & Club outside of Palm Springs, Calif., you can’t help but stop and smell the roses in the absolutely gorgeous Coachella Valley. You’ll take in spectacular vistas of the Santa Rosa Mountains. Taking full advantage of the warmer clime, the resort sprawls in a campus-like setup, rather than keeping you stuffed in a single hotel.

This will be the first time Used Car Week will visit La Quinta, and considering the average high temps peak at about 79 degrees, it might not be the last. Spare room for your swimsuit.

4. We’re debuting the Used Car Awards.

2016 Auto Remarketing 40 Under 40

Recognizing excellence has long been a key part of Used Car Week’s annual agenda, but with the launch of the Used Car Awards, the awards and recognition will be grouped together during the Used Car Awards Luncheon.

Awards that have traditionally been a part of the event — like the CPO Dealer of the Year, Executive of the Year and Repo Executive of the Year — along with others like the respective CPO awards from Vincentric, IntelliChoice and U.S. News & World Report, will all be part of the new UCA luncheon.

New awards will also be a part of this combined effort on the part of Auto Remarketing, SubPrime Auto Finance News and other Cherokee Media Group brands, including Franchise Dealer of the Year, Independent Dealer of the Year and three tiers of Dealer Group of the Year.

The Used Car Awards will be presented during a luncheon sponsored by TradeRev during the First Block of Used Car Week on Tuesday, Nov. 14. Old standbys like the Auto Remarketing 40 Under 40, Women in Remarketing, National Remarketing Executive of the Year, Lifetime Achievement Award and others will still be presented during the Second Block.

All honorees during Used Car Week will be highlighted in a special December “Used Car Awards” edition of Auto Remarketing.

5. We’re extending Women in Remarketing content.

Women in Remarketing Panel Discussion 2016

In addition to our annual Women in Remarketing panel on Thursday, Nov. 16 at 1:45 p.m., Used Car Week will include a second Women in Remarketing session this year.

“Hiring for the Future: The search for authenticity” will occur on Nov. 16 at 2:45 p.m., right on the heels of the first panel. Moderated by Kruse Control founder and chief executive officer Kathi Kruse, this panel will include KAR Auction Services VP of Technology Services Carolyn Bogan, Bank of America Vice President/National Remarketing Manager Jeannie Chiaromonte and Potratz Advertising VP of Account Services Samantha Zawilinski.

The panel focuses on trends in recruiting and working in remarketing as the industry becomes increasingly technology-driven, as well as the role of mentoring women to develop into industry leaders and the impact of changing demographics.

Register for Used Car Week today.

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