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NADA 2021 Keynote Speakers & Main Stage Announcements

NADA Show 2021, Feb. 9-11, will feature dynamic keynote speakers, insights from industry leaders and the announcement of the 2021 TIME Dealer of the Year. NADA leadership, industry speakers and other automotive business experts will lead dynamic discussions in general sessions each day of the show. 

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Tuesday, February 9 

11 a.m.-11:30 a.m. EST – Main Stage Opening General Session, featuring Rhett Ricart, NADA Chairman 

sponsored by autofi 

As 2020 NADA chairman, Rhett Ricart led dealers through a tumultuous year. Join him at the Main Stage as he recounts how dealers everywhere stepped up to unprecedented challenges to keep their communities safe, healthy and mobile, and helped drive and revive the U.S. economy. 

Presenter: Rhett Ricart, 2020 NADA Chairman  

3:30 p.m.-4 p.m. EST – Main Stage General Session, featuring the TIME Dealer of the Year Award 

After a year in which most dealers were hometown heroes, find out who will be named 2021 TIME Dealer of the Year, recognized for business excellence and community service. Since 1969, TIME has honored the very best in our business. 

Host: Rhett Ricart, 2020 NADA chairman  
Presenters: Viktoria Degtar, global chief revenue officer, TIME; and
Doug Timmerman, president, auto finance, Ally  

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Wednesday, February 10 

11 a.m.-11:30 a.m. EST – Main Stage General Session – What to Expect in Today’s Political Environment 

sponsored by Adesa 

Among the upheaval in 2020 was a contentious election that ushered in a change in leadership. Rhett Ricart will talk to veteran journalist Bob Woodward about what changes a Biden administration will bring and what the business community can expect. 

Host: Rhett Ricart, 2020 NADA chairman  
Presenter: Bob Woodward, legendary investigative reporter  

3:30 p.m.-4 p.m. EST – Main Stage General Session – The Future of the Auto Industry 

sponsored by DealerSocket 

Dealer/OEM relations have never been more important; join NADA Chairman Rhett Ricart and Ford CEO Jim Farley as they discuss how recent challenges have changed the face of auto retailing. 

Host: Rhett Ricart, 2020 NADA chairman  
Presenter: Jim Farley, president and CEO, Ford Motor Company  

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Thursday, February 11 

11 a.m.-11:30 a.m. EST – Main Stage General Session, featuring Paul Walser, 2021 NADA Chairman 

sponsored by CUDL 

Paul Walser will take the wheel as 2021 NADA chairman. He’ll outline his goals for helping dealers navigate expected changes over the next few months and will introduce Mike Stanton, NADA’s new president and CEO. 

Host: Rhett Ricart, 2020 NADA chairman  
Presenters: Paul Walser, 2021 NADA chairman; Mike Stanton, NADA president and CEO  

Learn more about this year’s keynote speakers on the Main Stage, then be sure to register today to secure your spot for this special virtual presentation of the Auto Industry Event of the Year. 

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