2023 Convention Speakers
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.
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.
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.
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.
Brian Finkelmeyer is a seasoned automotive industry professional and serves as the Executive Director of Cox Automotive's Enterprise Insights and Advisory practice. Prior to joining Cox, Brian spent nearly 20 years at Nissan working with Dealers in sales, fixed operations, and finance. Brian also held leadership roles in sales operations, incentives, and production volume planning. In 2015, Brian joined Cox Automotive to lead sales and product strategy for vAuto’s New Vehicle Inventory software platform Conquest. Most recently, Brian moved into a new role in the Cox Enterprise Clients group to use data insights to help automakers improve their sales and profitability. Brian is passionate about the industry and is a frequent contributor to various automotive publications. Outside of work, Brian enjoys playing tennis and spending time with his wife and two children at their home in Nashville.
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.