HANOVER, Md.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Highlighted with a focus on social media and industry wide networking, the National Vehicle Leasing Association (NVLA) held its annual conference March 26-30, 2014 in Tucson, Ariz. Attendees from all segments of the vehicle leasing industry convened at the Westin La Paloma to foster the future of vehicle leasing in North America.
Industry executives from primary bank and credit union funding sources, vehicle industry lessors, and manufacturers and suppliers of industry-related goods and services met to network, grow their business and celebrate the NVLA’s 46-year history.
The 2014 NVLA Conference was punctuated by a dual track format covering commercial fleet and consumer leasing and a track focusing on the Lease Here / Pay Here business. The keynote address was presented by Joseph Arpaio, Sheriff of Maricopa County, Arizona, famous for his unique approach to dealing with criminals.
This year’s conference was highlighted by presentations by Tom Webb, Manheim’s chief economist, and a remarketing session with panelists Ricky Beggs, Black Book; Alex Guitierrez, Kelly Blue Book; Jack Pierce, Manheim; and Dan Kennedy, GM Remarketing. A session was offered on how to use LinkedIn to grow a leasing business and another on relationship management. Sessions on accounting and legal issues facing the industry were also included on the program.
Consumer Vehicle Leasing Professional Program Introduced
NVLA president P.J. McMahon announced the Association’s newest educational program, the Consumer Vehicle Leasing Professional (CVLP) program. This web-based program of seven one-hour online sessions provides a basic education in vehicle leasing and awards a professional designation to participants upon completion. The CVLP program provides training on the fundamentals of leasing for independent leasing company personnel, auto dealers and banking and auto finance professionals.
Blassingame Wins Clemens-Pender Award
David Blassingame, CVLE, received the 2014 Clemens-Pender Lessor of the Year Award. It was presented by past NVLA President, Tarry Shebesta. Mr. Shebesta noted that Mr. Blassingame had served as the President of the Association, had been recognized with the President’s Award several times, and had served on both the National and State Boards for over 20 years. The award is voted on by the NVLA Executive Committee. They select the winner based on four categories of achievement: the number of nominations each candidate receives; service to the Association; service to the industry; service to the local community, and the votes of the committee members themselves.
The Clemens-Pender Lessor of the Year Award was established in 1977 and is the highest honor to be awarded by the Association. The award was established to memorialize the two pioneers of the vehicle leasing industry, who were, in many respects, responsible for the formation of the organizations, which formed the early roots of the NVLA, Clemens in Northern California and Pender in Southern California. Frank Pender and Jack Clemens were dedicated, hard working and highly ethical participants in the vehicle leasing industry. Each exemplified the highest standards of professional conduct. This award is given annually to the lessor who best exemplifies the principles for which Jack Clemens and Frank Pender, the Association's founders, stood.
About the National Vehicle Leasing Association (NVLA)
The NVLA, established in 1968, is a trade association representing independent leasing companies across the United States. The Association provides educational opportunities, promotes responsible legislation and communicates with members regarding developments and trends in vehicle leasing. NVLA promotes the independent leasing industry while encouraging the highest ethical and professional standards.
For more information go to: www.nvla.org