American Financial Services Association




Join us for the premier event for the vehicle finance industry with AFSA committee meetings the preceding week. The conference begins soon – visit the streaming site now!

AFSA is excited to announce that the 2021 Vehicle Finance Conference will be held online from February 23 through February 25. AFSA committees will also meet in conjunction with the conference the week preceding the conference, February 16 through February 18.

Each day will feature three hours of fast-paced and informative keynotes and interactive general sessions, along with engaging networking opportunities. Attendees can expect the same level of expertise and information they’ve come to expect from all AFSA conferences.

Building on AFSA’s recent 2020 Annual and Independents Conference, we will have a streamlined virtual experience for our attendees and business partners

  • Explorethe evolving landscape of vehicle financing – from global to local – and gain business insights and strategies.   
  • Interact  with our keynote speakers and panelists from your home, office or mobile device. 
  • Participate  in thoughtprovoking breakouts and roundtable discussions. 
  • Network with other attendees, sharing best practices that increase your bottom line and enhance your customer relations.   

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Conference Schedule

Day One Agenda Sponsored By…  

11:00 a.m. – 11:15 a.m. ET | Conference Welcome

AFSA Vehicle Finance Division Chair Kyle Birch, President – North America Operations, GM Financial and AFSA President & CEO Bill Himpler welcome attendees to the 2021 AFSA Vehicle Finance Conference.


11:15 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. ET | Keynote: “The future is better than you think” + Live Q&A

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Join world-renowned futurist Peter Diamandis as he discusses the pace and implications of exponential technology, how to drive innovation within your organization and how to find stability and success in the face of quickly changing and challenging times.


12:00 p.m. – 12:15 p.m. ET | Break

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12:15 p.m. – 12:45 p.m. ET | Roundtable Discussions

Join industry experts for engaging conversation in small roundtable discussions on the hottest issues.

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  • Simulation for Smarter Credit Risk ManagementFICO
  • Bankruptcy Forecast, U.S. Supreme Court Ruling Chicago v Fulton, Consolidated Appropriations Act | National Bankruptcy Services
  • Digitization in Auto Finance | White Clarke Group
  • 5 Pro Tips for Increasing Self-Service Payments | PayNearMe


12:45 p.m. – 1:15 p.m. ET | Policy Update

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2021 ushers in a new Administration and a new Congress. With significant budget challenges and shifts in regulatory priorities on the horizon, how will this affect the financial-services industry at both the federal and state levels?



1:15 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. ET | Economic Outlook & the Great Pandemic

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Join Dr. Mark M. Zandi, Chief Economist, Moody’s Analytics, one of the most authoritative advisers to policymakers and a trusted source of economic analysis for businesses, journalists and the public, as he provides an overview on the state of the U.S. economy, and an outlook for the U.S. and global economies as they continue to cope with the pandemic and policy challenges.


1:30 p.m. – 1:45 p.m. ET | Break

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1:45 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. ET | Accelerating Diversity & Inclusion + Live Q&A

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Join Poyner Spruill Diversity Adviser Cheslie Kryst, JD, MBA, for her insights on diversity and inclusion, particularly in the financial-services arena, as well as the quickly evolving social justice movement in the United States. Kryst’s presentation will be followed by a panel discussion with auto-finance professionals.

Panel Speakers:

  • Prabir Chakrabarty, Vice President/Associate General Counsel, Mariner Finance
  • Kristen P. Miller, Vice President, General Counsel & Compliance Officer, Global Lending Services
  • Shunda Robinson, Global Vice President, Diversity, Equity & Inclusion, GM Financial


4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. ET | Voluptuary & Lucid Wines Virtual Tasting

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An urban industrial micro-winery based in Sacramento, CA the wines are made in small batches by Winemaker Kevin Luther using organically grown grapes from local small farms. All of the wines are naturally & organically produced. The first 200 registrants will receive a 5 piece wine-tasting kit from Voluptuary & Lucid Wines sponsored by DataScan.

Day Two Agenda Sponsored By…

11:00 a.m. – 11:05 a.m. ET | Day Two Welcome

AFSA Vehicle Finance Division Board Chair Kyle Birch welcomes attendees back to day two of the 2021 AFSA Vehicle Finance Conference.


11:05 a.m. – 11:45 a.m. ET | Trend-setting: How Far, How Fast? + Live Q&A

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Sheryl Connelly, Corporate Futurist with Ford Motor Company, highlights trends in the social, technological, economic, environmental, and political arenas, and shares insights that allow you to anticipate shifts in consumer values, attitudes and behaviors.


11:45 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. ET | Break

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12:00 p.m. – 12:30 p.m. ET | Wholesale Vehicle Market + Live Q&A

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Join this deep-dive discussion covering the wholesale vehicle market, including auction trends and used-car-market pricing.


  • Patrick Brennan, Senior Vice President of Marketplace, Manheim, a Cox Automotive Business
  • John Hammer, President, ADESA – Kar Global


12:30 p.m. ET – 1:00 p.m. ET | Dealing With Disruption: How the Vehicle Finance Industry Will Adapt + Live Q&A

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Join industry experts Ben Ellencweig, Thomas Furcher and Philipp Lühr from McKinsey & Company for a presentation of their latest perspective on automotive retail disruptions and how those will shape vehicle financing going forward including changing car buyer preferences, new forms of vehicle financing (i.e., subscriptions) and key implications from rising online sales.


1:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. ET | Roundtable Discussions

Join industry experts for engaging conversation in small roundtable discussions on the hottest issues.

Tables presented by

  • Non-Performing Loan Market – Distressed Debt Sales as a Solution | Crown Asset Management (CAM)
  • Digitalization as a Stepping Stone To Car-as-a-Service (CaaS) | NetSol
  • Driving Toward AHigher Portfolio Yield | Zest Ai


1:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. ET | Industry Keynote: Stephen Carlisle + Live Q&A

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Join Stephen Carlisle, Executive Vice President and President of General Motors, North America for a view into the automotive industry in 2021.


4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. ET | Happy Hour Trivia!
Join your fellow attendees for networking and fun! Big laughs & Exciting prizes. Make sure you join us for a chance to win a million dollars!*

*By “chance to win a million dollars,” AFSA means it will send the lucky winner a lottery ticket that, should it win, might be worth an actual, pre-tax $1 million.

Day Three Agenda Sponsored By…

11:00 a.m. – 11:05 a.m. ET | Day Three Welcome

AFSA President & CEO Bill Himpler kicks off the final day of the 2021 Vehicle Finance Conference and AFSAEF Chair Rex Ellison delivers remarks on the Foundation’s ongoing efforts to promote financial literacy. 


11:05 a.m. – 11:45 p.m. ET | The Pivot to Digital + Live Q&A

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As all businesses are forced into digital transformation by pandemics, technology, and consumer demand, what specific steps can you take to ensure your company is ready? That’s the question Ryan Deiss, Co-Founder and CEO of and author of “Digital Marketing for Dummies” will be answering.


11:45 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. ET | Break

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12:00 p.m. – 12:45 p.m. ET | Industry Pulse + Live Q&A

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Join this must-attend, annual overview on the latest perspectives from industry leaders on where 2021 will take us. What business strategies and practices used to adapt to the pandemic will carry over to a “new normal”? What consumer trends and demands regarding vehicle purchases bear watching?



12:45 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. ET | AFSA/NADA Chairmen Conversation

AFSA Vehicle Finance Chair Kyle Birch and Incoming NADA Chair Paul Welser discuss key issues between lenders and dealers.


1:00 p.m. – 1:15 p.m. ET | Break

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1:15 p.m. – 1:45 p.m. ET | Consumer Perspectives + Live Q&A

Celia Winslow will moderate a discussion with former CFPB Assistant Director David Silberman and Garry Reeder, Vice President, Innovation and Policy, Center for Financial Services Innovation with the Financial Health Network on the the effect that government benefits, such as direct checks and unemployment benefits, have had on consumers. They’ll also discuss what might happen when those benefits expire, the panelists’ opinions on whether credit reports and scores reflect existing racial inequities; the role of private transportation as opposed to public transportation during the pandemic, and the CFPB’s approach to fair lending.


1:45 p.m. – 2:15 p.m. | The Road Ahead: A Fireside CEO Discussion

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Join industry leaders as they review a unique 2020 and the lessons learned, and as they look ahead to the challenges and opportunities for 2021.


Committee Meeting Schedule

12:00pm – 1:00pm ET: State Government Affairs Committee (Session One)

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1:00pm – 3:00pm ET: Credit Risk Committee


1:00pm – 4:30pm ET: Independent Auto Finance Executives

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1:30pm – 5:45pm ET: Law Committee (Session One)

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11:00am – 12:30pm ET: Vehicle Finance Board

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12:00pm – 1:00pm ET: State Government Affairs Committee (Session Two)

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12:30pm – 3:00pm ET: Vehicle Commercial Credit Committee

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1:15pm – 5:00pm ET: Law Committee (Session Two)

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12:00pm – 1:00pm ET: State Government Affairs Committee (Session Three)

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1:00pm – 3:00pm ET: Operations & Regulatory Compliance Committee

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3:30pm – 5:00pm ET: Women’s Leadership Council

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Join in an engaging conversation with peers and share best practices with fellow women leaders.


  • Tracie Ching, Illustrator & Vector Artist
  • Lydia Fenet, Global Managing Director, Strategic Partnerships and Lead Benefit Auctioneer, Christie’s Auction House


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