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2017 NVLA Annual Conference Slated for April 5-7 in Nashville

Tuesday, March 14, 2017   (0 Comments)
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2017 NVLA Annual Conference Slated for April 5-7 in Nashville

Event Features Education, Networking Opportunities for the Independent Leasing Industry


Menomonee Falls, Wis.The National Vehicle Leasing Association (NVLA), voice of the independent vehicle leasing community, will hold its 49th annual conference April 5-7 at the Hilton Nashville Downtown.


Over 150 leasing industry leaders are expected in Music City, according to conference chair Tarry Shebesta, president of


 “The 2017 NVLA Annual Conference will feature top-notch speakers and engaging panel discussions on the most important topics in leasing,” said Shebesta. “The diverse program features something for everyone, including the latest economic data, compliance standards, and a sales training workshop.”


Keynote speaker and emcee Charlie Vogelheim will draw on his 30 years of automotive industry experience in his address entitled, “Transformation in Transportation: Autos and Ownership.” Vogelheim will celebrate the automotive industry’s successes and discuss how lessors can apply the lessons of the past to succeed in a technologically advanced future.


The 2017 program features a dual track format including sessions aimed at traditional commercial fleet and consumer lessors and a track focusing on the growing Lease Here Pay Here (LHPH) business model.


“The LHPH track at the 2017 NVLA Annual Conference will give attendees the tools, resources, and connections needed to build and grow a successful LHPH business,” said Nick Markosian, president of Markosian Auto. “The program covers topics ranging from tax and compliance issues to software solutions for LHPH dealers.”


Linda Kester, a pioneer and authority in the field of sales and sales training, will provide a half-day training workshop aimed at helping attendees increase their bottom line. The workshop will incorporate all aspects of a sale from pre-call planning to objection resolution.


“We look forward to a great conference in Nashville – one of the premier meeting destinations in the country,” said NVLA President Chris Pontarelli, vice president of GT Leasing. ”The conference not only features outstanding speakers, but also provides the unique opportunity to network with leading vehicle lessors from throughout the United States and Canada.”


Founded in 1968, NVLA provides educational opportunities, promotes responsible legislation and communicates with members regarding developments and trends in vehicle leasing. NVLA promotes the leasing concept while encouraging the highest ethical and professional standards. Membership is made up of independent leasing companies, automobile dealerships, banks, credit unions and suppliers of goods and services to lessors.

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