Moderator & Host – Anjali Rao.

Following the Auto-IT Opening Breakfast, the AADA General Session brings you a variety of speakers covering a range of issues pertinent to all aspects of the modern dealership. The General Session also features the Annual General Meeting of the AADA, so it is important you attend to have your say in the running of your Association.

AADA CEO, David Blackhall and Chairman Terry Keating will be joined by Australian Motor Dealer Council Independent Chair, Doug Dickson, distinguished speakers from federal politics, and a special guest from the USA.

Former Deputy Prime Minister and current Shadow Minister for Transport, Infrastructure, Cities and Tourism, The Hon Anthony Albanese, MP, will address the session, as will American industry analyst, Glenn Mercer.

The Hon. Anthony Albanese MP joined the Australian Labor Party at the age of fifteen, and in 1996 he was elected as the Member for Grayndler in Sydney’s Inner West, where he has lived his entire life.

Anthony is a passionate advocate for the environment, workers’ rights, refugees and equality for all members of the community, regardless of gender, race, age, sexuality or religion.

He believes in opportunities for all through education and training, universal healthcare and the need for Government investment in local communities.

Following the election of the Federal Labor Government in November 2007, Anthony became the Minister for Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Local Government, and Leader of the House of Representatives.

In 2010 Anthony was named Aviation Minister of the Year for producing Australia’s first ever Aviation White Paper. In 2012 he was named Infrastructure Minister of the Year by London-based publication Infrastructure Investor.

In June 2013, Anthony became Deputy Prime Minister, and also took on additional responsibility as Minister for Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy.

In July 2016 Anthony was re-elected as the Member for Grayndler and is currently the Shadow Minister for Infrastructure, Transport, Cities and Tourism.

Following the addresses by David, Terry and Anthony, delegates will be treated to a special presentation entitled ‘The Dealership of Tomorrow’, by visiting industry veteran, Glenn Mercer.

Glenn is an American Automotive Industry analyst with three decades of experience, including over 20 years at McKinsey & Company, where he was a Partner and the leader of the Automotive Practice, participating in hundreds of client studies.

Glenn is the author of an extensive project on the Dealership of Tomorrow for NADA (the National Auto Dealers Association) in the USA, and recently a similar report on the future of the US whole-car auction industry. He is a previous President of the Society of Automotive Analysts, and a former Director of the International Motor Vehicle Program.

AADA Company Secretary and Legal Counsel, Vinesh George, will then host the AADA AGM.

This session is the “Report Card” that tells you how your Association and our industry are tracking. It will reveal a wealth of information, so don’t miss it!


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