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2011 Automotive Leadership Roundtable & Tony Bennett’s 85th Birthday Dinner

2011 Automotive Leadership Roundtable & Tony Bennett’s 85th Birthday Dinner
  • On September 29, 2011

The Automotive Leadership Roundtable 2011 Fall Series was a two-day event held in New York City that featured VIP entertainment and presentations from some of the brightest minds in the automotive industry.

The ALR 2011 Fall Series kicked off on Sunday, September 18th, with Tony Bennett’s 85th Birthday Dinner Concert at the Lincoln Center. The star-studded event was hosted by Alec Baldwin and featured performances by Elton John, Aretha Franklin and Alejandro Sanz. Also in attendance were Whoopi Goldberg, Robert De Niro, Katie Couric, former President Bill Clinton and Secretary of State Hilary Clinton, among other celebrity guests. All ALR attendees were invited to celebrate with Tony and his wife, Susan Crow, during the birthday concert that benefited the Exploring the Arts Foundation.

The Automotive Leadership Roundtable was held Monday, September 19th on the 42nd floor ballroom of the Le Parker Meridien Hotel, overlooking Central Park. The roundtable featured presentations by motivational speakers and industry thought leaders who shared their best practices, including:

• Bill Underriner, Vice Chairman of NADA and President of Underriner Motors
• Jim Dunn, Vice President of JM Lexus, the #1 selling Lexus dealership
• Grant Cardone, NY Times Best-Selling Author, Sales Training Expert and Columnist.
• Jack Jackintelle, President & COO of Rick Case Automotive
• Courtney Cole, Owner of Hare Chevrolet
• Bill Holiber, President & CEO NY Daily News
• Joni Flynn, American Honda Company
• Asbury Automotive Case Study
• Brett David, CEO of Prestige Imports, #1 Audi dealership
• Hagen Durant, GM of Classic Chevrolet, the #1 selling Chevrolet dealership
• Keith Watts, Facebook
• Sean Wolfington, Tier10

Following the roundtable presentations, attendees were transported to Paragon Honda in Woodside, the nation’s #1 Honda dealer. Brian Benstock led a tour of the dealership’s facilities, sharing his best practices for growing Paragon Honda into the top Honda dealer. The 2011 Fall Series was the second ALR event of the year, following the ALR Awards held at the Versace Mansion in Miami in March.

The Automotive Leadership Roundtable connects the top industry leaders through a series of high-impact experiences where the best and the brightest leaders share strategies that help each other grow professional and personally. The ALR connects the #1 top selling dealers from each brand, an elite group of top performing dealers, top OEM executives and industry thought leaders who participate in exclusive, By Invitation Only experiences that are typically 24 hour high-impact events and include intense learning during the day with an extraordinary experience at night. The event has been referred to as “the Oscars of the automotive industry” by Grant Cardone, a speaker at ALR events. For more information, please visit

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