Powersports Business Announces 2023 Accelerate Conference Agenda

Power-Packed Programming, Networking and
Top Industry Award Recognitions Slated

PLYMOUTH, MN – September 20, 2023 – (Motor Sports NewsWire) –  EPG Brand Acceleration in conjunction with Powersports Business has finalized the agenda for its 2023 ACCELERATE CONFERENCE slated November 5-7 at the Westin Galleria in Dallas, TX.

“The ACCELERATE CONFERENCE is the only event of its kind where top powersports dealers and industry leaders take the stage to share proven strategies and best practices that have fueled and driven their business growth and profitability,” said Powersports Business Editor-in-Chief Brendan Baker. “Besides the robust educational sessions offered, this year’s event includes a Powersports Business Honors Award Program and Reception recognizing “40 Under 40” emerging leaders; Women with Spark; plus the Best in Class Dealerships. The ACCELERATE CONFERENCE provides a tremendous opportunity to connect and network with top leaders throughout the entire powersports industry.”

The ACCELERATE CONFERENCE kicks off Sunday, November 5 at 4 pm with an opening session featuring an exchange among top industry trailblazers, followed by a welcome networking and reception hosted by Platinum Sponsors Podium, Synchrony and Torque Group.

Monday morning’s opening keynote session addresses “The Economy in Motion: Decoding Trends and Projections,” presented by Chief Economist Curtis Dubay of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. A returning, top-ranked speaker from the 2022 ACCELERATE CONFERENCE, Dubay will tackle the current state of the economy, where it’s headed into 2024 and projections for 2025. In addition, he’ll address potential policy changes in Washington, the impact of the 2024 elections and more.

“Redefining the Buying Experience: Building Customer Loyalty at Every Touchpoint,” is moderated by Susan Medrano, SVP and General Manager of Outdoors at Synchrony who will lead a panel discussion featuring industry experts and retailers. The session addresses credit decision strategies, best practices to drive service in a period of waning consumer confidence, plus hiring and training tactics, and more.

“The ROI of Online Reviews” presented by Alex Romero of Podium includes top practices for enhancing a retailer’s online presence and conversion rate through the power of online reviews. The session focuses on how businesses can strategically drive and boost website traffic, cultivate trust within the local community and leverage consumer behavior and insights to deliver a competitive edge.

The afternoon wraps with three additional seminars including “Dealership Valuation & Wealth Building Strategies” presented by Courtney Bernhard and George Choconas of Performance Brokerage, along with Brad Stanek and Paulina Matel of Morgan Stanley; “Boosting Profits through F&I Synergy” and “Your People are Your Greatest Currency,” the latter two presented by industry F & I guru Rob Greenwald of Power Sport Solutions.

Tuesday’s opener, “Mastering Emotionally Intelligent Leadership,” is presented by Stephen Barth who addresses what the buzzword “emotional intelligence” is all about and why it has gained growing acceptance in leadership, with detailed strategies for deployment within your organization.

Industry veteran Mark Sheffield of Woods Cycle Country, Spader Group, NPDA will present “Strategic Staffing: Advocating for Purposeful Advancement.”  Attendees will learn how top retailers retain top employees and build for a long-term dealership journey through proven HR strategies.

Renowned industry consultant and trainer Steve Jones of SJ Consulting presents “Service Department Excellence in the Post-COVID Era,” to help executives gauge and optimize profitability.

The final ACCELERATE CONFERENCE session features a lively roundtable of industry leaders who will address “Financial Evolution” including how to navigate the changing tides of dealership finance, the effects of emerging technologies on F&I, lead qualification strategies, risk assessment and more, followed by an interactive Q & A session. Powersports Business Editor-in-Chief Brendan Baker moderates the panel including John Warner, VP of national accounts and business development, 700 Credit; Rob Hefner, president, Rider’s Advantage; Zach Materne, commercial property/casual risk consultant, APIAR Commercial Risk Management; and Mark Sheffield, Woods Cycle Country, Spader Group, NPDA.

This year’s ACCELERATE CONFERENCE is presented by Platinum Sponsors Podium, Synchrony and Torque Group; Gold Sponsors APIAR Commercial Risk Management, MOTOTV Network, National Powersports Auctions, Rider’s Advantage, SPEED and Volcon Powersports; Silver Sponsors 700 Credit, APP ONE, Car Wars, Cycle Trader, ZiiDMS, Morgan Stanley, Performance Brokerage Services, Protective, Rollick and Sheffield.

To register, or for more information including sponsorship opportunities for the 2023 Powersports Business ACCELERATE CONFERENCE, visit Powersports Business Accelerate Conference.

Source: Powersports Business

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