We are happy to bring you inspiration and insight at our 2023 convention with exciting speakers. Learn more about our speakers below!

Jim Fitzpatrick

CBT News

Jim Fitzpatrick from CBT News has been immersed in our industry for over 25 years. Jim began his Retail Automotive career on the sales floor of Toyota dealerships in South Florida, rising to the role of Dealer Principal by age 40. During his storied career, Jim has also held executive positions at JM&A Group and AutoNation. In 2004, Jim founded Force Marketing, which quickly became one of the biggest digital marketing companies in the automotive industry. In 2012, with business partner and wife, Bridget, Jim co-founded CBT News – the only news platform specifically for Retail Automotive, at that time. With over 300,000 unique monthly visitors and daily newsletters received by over 37,000 subscribers, CBT News serves our industry as a leading source for news, training, best practices, and marketing trends. Fun fact: more people view news segments on CBT News than any other automotive media platform.

Steve Greenfield

Automotive Ventures

Steve Greenfield  is CEO and Founder of Automotive Ventures, an early-stage automotive technology and mobility VC fund that helps entrepreneurs raise growth capital and accelerate their businesses, and delivers outsized returns to investors in the fund. Steve served as TrueCar’s Senior Vice President of Strategy and Business Development, and AutoTrader.com’s Vice President of Product Management and Business Development, overseeing the acquisitions of vAuto, Kelley Blue Book, HomeNet Automotive, VinSolutions and DealerScience. Earlier in his career, Steve served as Manheim’s Director of international Development, overseeing Manheim’s overseas investments, including establishing new joint ventures in Dubai, Istanbul and Beijing.

Ted Ma

Be the One: How Great Leaders Bring Out the Best in Others

Ted Ma is a leadership strategist, author, and international keynote speaker who works with leaders, teams, and organizations to create a culture that people never want to leave. As an
elder millennial, he has been coaching leaders for over 20 years. Unlike many leadership experts, Ted built and led an international sales team of over 6,000 independent agents. His work has been featured in publications including USA Today, Inc, CNBC, and the New York
Times. When he’s not traveling the world speaking, you may find him rappelling down waterfalls, trying to keep up with his 2-year-old son, or ordering complicated coffee drinks.

Lonnie Mayne

Red Shoes Living and The Art of the Possible

Lonnie Mayne is an author and internationally recognized leadership authority, and award-winning keynote speaker who is in high demand. Lonnie is the Founder and CEO of Red Shoes Living, Inc. Red Shoes Living is a philosophy and framework that gets applied to leadership, culture, customer experience and to how one individually lives their life. Lonnie is the author of the acclaimed book, Red Shoes Living - Stand Out for The Positive in How You Work and How You Live. A deeply meaningful philosophy that inspires us to live our best life and do our best work. It’s a way of humanizing business and igniting human potential. It reminds us to stand out in our own way in literally everything we do. When we get it right, we create experiences that stand out, like a pair of red shoes. Lonnie is a former technology and turnaround executive who has spent thirty years building leadership teams to deliver Red Shoes Experiences, both inside teams, and getting the very best out of people using the Red Shoes Living framework. Lonnie has worked with best-in-class companies who believe in standing out for the positive, including Microsoft, Nike, McDonald’s, Bose, Chicago Mercantile Exchange, Make-A-Wish, Transamerica, Saks Fifth Avenue, Spartan, Talkdesk and many more. Lonnie has presented at the Palace of Westminster in London, many professional stadiums around the world, and works with top-level CEOs and high-performing leadership teams of all kinds. He has also worked with Olympians, professional athletes, politicians, business executives, military leaders, fortune 100 executives, entrepreneurs, and founders of some of the most progressive companies of our time.

Geoff Pohanka

2023 NADA Chairman/Pohanka Auto Group

Geoffrey Pohanka is Chairman of Pohanka Automotive Group in Capitol Heights, MD. He started in the automotive business in 1971, working summers in his father's dealership. He is a third-generation dealer. The company was originally founded by his grandfather in 1919 selling and servicing Chevrolets.

Today, the Pohanka Automotive Group sells fifteen makes of vehicles at their locations in Maryland, Virginia, Texas and Delaware. Pohanka is 2023 chairman of the National Automobile Dealers Association and represents the metropolitan Washington, D.C., area franchised new-car dealers on the board of directors. He previously served on the NADA board from 2001 to 2009.

Kevin Tynan


Kevin Tynan is the Global Director of Automotive Research for Bloomberg
Intelligence since 2009. With more than 20 years of investment research experience, Mr. Tynan began his career as an equity analyst at Argus Research, covering the global automotive, auto parts and auto retailers industries. As a senior analyst, the "Financial Times/StarMine" ranked Mr. Tynan the top stock picker for the automobile parts segment in 2007. He was the No. 2 ranked automobile manufacturing sector stock picker according to "Forbes/StarMine" in 2004 and again in 2005. Mr. Tynan graduated from Saint Anselm College with a BS in business economics and is a member of the college Athletic Hall of Fame. He received an MBA in finance from St. John's University.