Over 200 senior executives representing automotive and fintech companies are convening at the inaugural Automotive Intelligence Summit at the Crabtree Marriott in Raleigh.

The scope of the content zooms in on the areas impacting the market the most. Sessions cover consumer behavior, predictive analytics, AI and machine learning solutions to industry challenges, value chain trends, cybersecurity and data privacy, auto lending and ownership, and the role of fintech in the auto sector.

The speakers are executives and upper management leaders representing companies that are driving the economy of automotive innovation. The event will also host peer-to-peer rountables and expert panels.

The Automotive Intelligence Summit (AIS), which opens today and runs through Thursday is being organized by Cherokee Media Group, a media and event management company that is also the publisher of Cary Magazine, Auto Remarketing and SubPrime Auto Finance News.

The goal of the AIS program, according to Cherokee President Bill Zadeits, is to examine the questions surrounding the future of the automotive, auto finance and auto fintech industries.

“We believe that in a digital world sometimes the most valuable thing we can do is to bring people together to answer these important questions from the foundation of expert human judgment,” Zadeits says. “From retail and finance strategies to fintech and cybersecurity, our faculty of speakers will equip attendees with knowledge and insights to grow and improve their businesses.”

The summit kicks off today at noon.

Keynote presentations include:

  • Connections Insights President Marguerite Watanabe will open the event on Tuesday with a keynote spotlighting the dynamics of the auto fintech market.
  • Fair Inc. Founder and CEO Scott Painter (formerly of TrueCar Inc. and CarsDirect.com) will cover auto industry developments and how they’re disrupting consumer demand, experience and ownership.
  • A keynote by SAS Principal Automotive Consultant Lonnie Miller will demonstrate strategies to monetize data and analytics in the vehicle industry.
  • A keynote by Maryann Keller, principal at Maryann Keller & Associates, will discuss the ins and outs of residual value vehicle analysis.
  • Mike Wall, the executive director of automotive analysis at IHS Markit, will present an outlook of the automotive industry, examining vehicle segments, competition, opportunities and differentiators.
  • SpringboardAuto CEO Jim Landy will deliver a keynote on how companies can keep up with consumer behavior shifts.
  • Dennis Ephlin, digital strategist for IBM’s Global Automotive Center of Competence, will present a keynote on the latest disruptions in business models and value chains in the auto industry.

Workshops include:

  • FICO Emerging Markets Partner Fernando Lopez will lead a workshop on how to apply AI and machine learning to detect and prevent synthetic identity fraud.
  • Michael Perugi, automotive industry strategist and principal consultant at Acxiom, will discuss how OEMs and in-vehicle technology firms can keep customer data safe, secure and private.
  • Hudson Cook LLP Partner Patty Covington will discuss the legal considerations companies should take with collecting, purchasing, handling and using data.
  • Intellaegis / masterQueue CEO John Lewis will show participants how to identify, plan and execute a strategy for collecting delinquent loans using automation technology.
  • Jonathan Smoke, chief economist at Cox Automotive, will discuss economic cycles and how the automotive market can understand them to meet consumer demand.
  • Sunil Marolia, VP of product management at Spireon, will lead a workshop on understanding the automotive customer lifecycle and how companies can address the blind spots to improve their customers’ experience and boost profitability.
  • Digital Recognition Network Executive VP of Fintech Jeremiah Wheeler will lead a peer-to-peer roundtable on understanding the mistakes of old data models, and how how alternative data—such as location data and analytics—can be a good replacement for outdated data models.
  • STRATIM Co-Founder and CEO Sean Behr will discuss how to find the right predictive analytics technology to improve vehicle up-time, service and maintenance.
  • Cox Automotive Senior Director of Marketplace Analytics Mark Allers will lead a workshop covering investment trends, leveraging VIN-level data, pricing, unsupervised AI, and more.
  • Experian Automotive executives Amy Hughes and Matthew Kolodziej will present the results of a recent study on data and analytics for dealer operations, advertising and decision-making.
  • Eric Brown, president of LotLinx, will discuss AI-enabled digital marketing strategy and proficiency.
  • Peter Oburu, VP of auto data and analytics at Equifax, will show how companies can use trending data to maximize profitability and market opportunity, risk assessment and lender decision-making.
  • Michael Vogan, lead automobile economist at Moody’s Analytics, will deliver a presentation on the factors to consider in predicting owner default and credit risks.
  • defi SOLUTIONS Chief Product Officer Kartheek Veeravalli will lead a peer-to-peer roundtable discussion on the tools and solutions companies will need to compete and succeed in the future.
  • Kayne Grau and Tom Kontos of KAR Auction Services will discuss big data and understanding customer needs with predictive analytics AI and machine learning.

Panels include:

If you’re interested in attending the Automotive Intelligence Summit, you can buy tickets for $1,595 online (available here) or $1,795 on-site.

Ahead of the event, you can get acquainted with the speakers by listening to a series of podcast interviews.

Attendees can keep track of event sessions through the Auto Intelligence Summit’s dedicated app for both iOS and Android devices, or through the Sched portal on the event’s website.