Executive Vice President - Sales
Toyota Motor North America
Robert (Bob) Carter is executive vice president of sales for Toyota Motor North America (TMNA).
In his role, Carter is responsible for sales, marketing, distribution, and customer service for the Toyota and Lexus brands in North America.
Prior to his current position, Carter was senior vice president of automotive operations for Toyota Motor Sales (TMS), U.S.A. Inc., where he was responsible for the Toyota division, the Lexus division, sales administration, Toyota Logistics Services, Toyota Motor Sales de Mexico, and Toyota de Puerto Rico.
Carter previously held the positions of group vice president and general manager of both Toyota and Lexus divisions at TMS. Carter was responsible for leading all sales, logistics, marketing, retail development, customer satisfaction, and dealer relations activities.
Since joining TMS in 1981 as a warranty processor, Carter has held a number of other positions, including vice president of sales for both Toyota and Lexus, general manager of Toyota’s Denver regional sales office, Lexus Eastern area manager, and Lexus national market representation manager. He was also the general manager and part owner of Hyannis Toyota in Hyannis, Massachusetts.
Carter received a Bachelor’s Degree in Business from Shippensburg State College in Shippensburg, Pennsylvania.
President and CEO
Mitsubishi Motors North America
Fred Diaz is President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Mitsubishi Motors North America
(MMNA) and Chairman of the Board. In this role, Diaz is responsible for overseeing all aspects
of the company’s operations in North America, including sales, marketing, parts and service,
logistics, communications, customer support and regional operations.
Diaz brings nearly 30 years of experience in the sales and marketing field and a wealth of knowledge of the U.S. market. Most recently, Diaz served as General Manager in charge of performance optimization for the global marketing and sales division of Mitsubishi Motors Corporation (MMC) in Japan.
Before his tenure with Mitsubishi Motors, Diaz served in the role of Division Vice President and General Manager, North America Trucks and Light Commercial Vehicles, Nissan North America (NNA), and was responsible for trucks and light commercial vehicles across the U.S., Canada and Mexico. Previously, Diaz was Senior Vice President, Nissan Sales & Marketing and Operations, U.S. During his time leading the Nissan Division in the U.S., Diaz helped strengthen the division's focus on trucks and commercial vehicles and provided important guidance for the launch of the all-new TITAN XD full-size pick-up truck.
Prior to that, Diaz was President and CEO, Ram Truck Brand and Head of National Sales, as well as President and CEO of Chrysler de Mexico and Latin America.
Diaz holds a bachelor's in management with an emphasis in psychology from Texas Lutheran University and an MBA from Central Michigan University. He is based in Cypress, California.
President and CEO
Volvo Cars US
Anders Gustafsson’s career started at the local Volvo dealer from where he at an early stage was hand-picked by Volvo Car Sverige to be prepared for higher positions. He joined Hertz First Rent A Car at age 29 as Director for Sales & Marketing as well as Franchise Development and became the CEO for Hertz Sweden and COO for Hertz Nordic only a few years later. In 2009 he joined Volvo Cars Sweden as Deputy President and Sales Director Nordic and became President for Volvo Cars Sweden in 2011. In March 2015 Anders Gustafsson joined Volvo Car Group as Senior Vice President Europe and became a member of the Executive Management Team.
VW of America
Scott Keogh, head of Audi of America, was named president and CEO of Volkswagen Group of America as well as head of the Volkswagen brand for the North American region.
Keogh, who joined Audi in 2006, will succeed Hinrich J. Woebcken, who led the successful transformation of Volkswagen in North America. Woebcken will remain with the company as an adviser. Keogh’s successor is Mark Del Rosso, president and CEO of Bentley Motors, Inc., Americas, and former chief operating officer of Audi of America. Keogh and Woebcken's new roles are effective Nov. 1. Del Rosso joins Audi Dec. 1. A replacement for Del Rosso will be named later. Keogh, 49, joined Audi as chief marketing officer, where he led the revival of the Audi brand with innovative marketing tactics that lead to record awareness and brand strength. In 2012, he was appointed president, building on the momentum to help reach record customer satisfaction levels and double sales from 2010 to 2015.
Senior Vice President and General Manager, Global Automotive
Doug Betts is the Senior Vice President and General Manager of Global Automotive Operations at J.D. Power. He is responsible for leading the strategy and operations for J.D. Power’s entire automotive division, which includes the Americas, Europe and Asia Pacific.
Prior to joining J.D. Power in 2017, Mr. Betts was at Apple, Inc., where he helped lead the introduction of Apple’s latest product innovations. Previously, he held senior executive roles in global manufacturing and quality at FCA-Chrysler Automobiles as senior vice president & global head of quality; Nissan Motor Corp, Americas as senior vice president of total customer satisfaction; and Toyota Motor Manufacturing of Indiana as general manager, quality for Tundra, Sequoia and Sienna. Mr. Betts received a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology.
Executive Vice President
Video Advertising Bureau (VAB)
Danielle DeLauro oversees the VAB’s insights, research, member relations and growth, communications, marketing and finance divisions. She works directly with the VAB’s CEO Sean Cunningham and Board of Directors to determine the strategic direction, agenda and vision for the premium video industry. Prior to joining the VAB, she spent her career at advertising agencies developing cross-channel media strategies for a range of high-profile brands across multiple categories. She was named one of Advertising Age’s 40 Under 40, which honors innovative media and marketing leaders who have helped advance businesses or brands by breaking models, blazing new trails or applying creative thinking to challenging problems.
As the Vice President of Yonkers Honda, Bob brings with him an impressive automotive track record that spans over 30 years. In leading all of the day-to-day operations for one of the area’s top dealerships, Bob has delivered year-over-year growth while attaining significant market share. Additionally, he sits on the board of the TriHonda Dealer Advertising Association, a group consisting of more than 60 New York/New Jersey/Connecticut-area Honda dealerships. In this role, Bob plays a crucial role in the ad budget decision-making process for one of Honda’s most important sales regions in the country. He has long been regarded as a champion of bringing innovative media technology to the marketplace across all facets of the car buyer’s journey.
Senior Vice President, Data and Analytics Division
Thomas King is the Senior Vice President of the Data & Analytics division at J.D. Power. He is responsible for the overall strategic direction of the company’s growing D&A segment, including oversight of revenue and profitability; business development initiatives; marketing; budget management; new product development and execution; and other general operational plans.
Most recently, King served as Vice President, PIN OEM Operations, Digital Marketing Analytics, and Auto Finance. In this role, he led the company’s newly combined PIN, Digital Marketing Analytics and Auto Finance practices. Previously, he was the Senior Director of PIN Consulting & Analytics and was responsible for the ideation, creation and delivery of all PIN client-facing services including analytical reports and consulting services.
Prior to joining J.D. Power in 2005, Mr. King was in Global Market and Industry Analysis at General Motors. There, he analyzed the U.S. automotive industry, focusing on sales, pricing and incentive dynamics.
Mr. King received a master’s degree in economics, management and materials science from the University of Oxford in England.
Joel Prakken, Ph.D.
Chief U.S. Economist
In 1982, Joel founded Macroeconomic Advisers; the company was acquired by IHS Markit in 2017. Dr. Prakken completed his undergraduate degree in economics at Princeton University, and holds an M.A. and Ph.D. in economics from Washington University in Saint Louis. Prior to founding Macroeconomic Advisers, he held the position of Senior Economist at the World Headquarters of the IBM Corporation and before that he served with the Federal Reserve Bank of New York. He also has held positions on the faculties of New York University’s Graduate School of Business, the Economics Department of Washington University, and the Olin School of Business at Washington University. He is the past president and a fellow of the National Association for Business Economics. He is also past president of the Gateway Association of Business Economists in Saint Louis. Dr. Prakken has many publications to his credit, including papers written for the President’s Council of Economic Advisers, the American Council for Capital Formation, the Center for the American Study of Business, and the Peterson Foundation on topics ranging from tax reform, to budget policy, to monetary policy, to the impact of technology on productivity. He has testified on these topics before committees in both the House of Representatives and the Senate. Dr. Prakken has participated in meetings of the Outside Consultants to Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, is a past member of the Panel of Economic Consultants to the Congressional Budget Office and is a current member of the Advisory Committee of the Bureau of Economic Analysis.
Team One (Lexus)
Provide media thought leadership to launch remarkable media programs that connect with affluent consumers in local markets. Oversee integrated planning for 59 Lexus Dealer Associations across the Eastern and Southern Areas, finding ways to turn client objectives and ideas into measurable and effective media initiatives – all at the speed of retail.
Under Mark Schienberg’s guidance, the Greater New York Automobile Dealers Association (GNYADA) has grown to become one of the most important and influential trade associations in the country, representing 400 franchised new car dealerships.
As GNYADA President, Mr. Schienberg has pioneered programs that have redefined the automobile dealer business and improved consumer-dealer relations. His initiatives have included innovating the New York International Automobile Show to become one of the world’s leading automotive marketing events, as well as building the state-of-the-art $30 million Center for Automotive Education & Training which hosts training programs for dealership and manufacturer personnel.
Before joining GNYADA in 1986, Mr. Schienberg headed his own media broadcasting and political consulting business.
Senior Vice President of National Sales and Advanced Products
New York Interconnect (NYI)
John Verre is the Senior Vice President of National Sales and Advanced Products for the New York Interconnect (NYI), a joint venture between the nation's most powerful media providers: Altice USA, Charter and Comcast. With the largest advertising reach across the nation’s most affluent market, NYI has earned its place as the go-to media provider for the automotive industry.
As the head of sales, John is responsible for setting and executing the company’s national sales strategy, while leveraging NYI’s best-in-class Audience One platform to maximize revenue for his team’s high-profile clients.
With a highly distinguished career in media sales that spans over two decades, John is a widely known and respected figure in the automotive space, thanks to his strong business instincts and astute strategic vision. He has become an invaluable member of the NYI family, by consistently delivering strong results—with stellar ROIs—for leading car manufacturers, dealer associations and agencies.
Industry Relations Chairman
Paul Walser is CEO of Walser Automotive Group in Bloomington, Minn. He started in the automotive business in 1974 selling new cars at Town's Edge Ford. Walser represents Minnesota's franchised new-car dealers on the board of directors of the National Automobile Dealers Association
Peter K. Welch became NADA's president & CEO on Feb. 1, 2013. He previously served as president and chief executive officer of the California New Car Dealers Association (CNCDA) since 2003. CNCDA is the country's largest state association of franchised new car dealers. Prior to joining CNCDA in 1990 as its director of government and legal affairs, Welch was a partner with a Los Angeles law firm.
A native of Detroit, Mich., Welch holds a bachelor's degree from the University of Michigan, a master's degree from the University of Durham, England, and a juris doctor's degree from Loyola Marymount University of Law, Los Angeles.