Virtual Auto Summit Presented by WarnerMedia
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Virtual Auto Summit Presented by WarnerMedia

When: Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2020
8:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Where: Online
United States
Contact: Challoi McCuller
(805) 283-9634

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The automotive industry is seeing major shifts: dealerships moving their businesses online, demographic changes toward younger and first-time buyers, and automobiles being viewed as the safest and most predictable way to get around. With media consumption at an all-time high as consumers continue to work from home, join us to learn how automotive manufacturers and dealers are redefining their creative messaging, marketing mix, and attribution models to drive their business forward.

We'll discuss how the industry is adapting to this new world, what manufacturers are doing to adapt their business, and the move dealers have made to react to the new form of consumer demand, including contact-free sales approaches and digital retailing. Will we end up with search, click, and drive? Find out what industry leaders are planning for.


*Additional speakers to be confirmed
Kyle Acquistapace (bio)
Executive Director, Communication
Team One
Andy Barnet  (bio)
VP, Western Advertising Sales
Doug Eroh (bio)
EVP, Penske Motor Group
President and General Manager, Longo Toyota
Greg Johns (bio)
EVP, Chief Digital Officer
canvas Worldwide
Damon Lester (bio)
Lisa Materazzo (bio)
VP, Lexus Marketing
Toyota Motor North America
Tim Murphy (bio)
Innocean USA
Erica Sietsma (bio)
Digital Air Strike
Fernando H. Varela (bio)
Varela Auto Group and All Star Dealerships
Melissa Weiland (bio)
Managing Partner, US Media Director
Allyson Witherspoon (bio)
VP, Marketing Communications and Media
Nissan North America


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ThinkLA events are organized with the help of industry professionals. Many thanks to this committee:

Co-Chair: Shane Dwyer, Head of US Automotive, Snap 
Co-Chair: Matt Smart, VP, Automotive Analytics, EDO Inc.

  • Kirsten Atkinson, VP, Client Partnerships, NBC Universal
  • Ben Sarmiento, VP Sales, West, Channel Factory
  • Steve Sturm, Consultant, TVB
  • John Gallagher, Director of Customer Engagement, Pegasystems
  • Andrew Derr, Media and Platform, Senior Sales Leader, Amazon
  • Matt Sganga, LA Sales Director - Auto, Pandora
  • Matt Budke, Client Partner, CarGurus
  • John Gray, Global Automotive Strategy Lead, Pinterest
  • Derek Hand, Associate Director, Canvas Worldwide
  • John Abel, Senior Director, Global Communications & Brand Integration, Mazda USA  
  • Aaron Walton, President, Walton Isaacson 

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