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Cliff Banks

Cliff Banks

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Cliff Banks

The Banks Report

Cliff Banks brings 30 years of experience working in the automotive retail industry with the last 20 spent covering it as a journalist and analyst.

He is the founder of The Banks Report, a newsletter focused on investment and trends in the automotive retail space. He also is the founder of AUTOVATE, an annual summit bringing automotive technology investors and executives together to highlight investment opportunities and future trends in vehicle transportation.

As an editor of two automotive-related media companies -- WardsAuto's auto retail publications and the Digital Dealer magazine and conferences, he built a vast network of relationships including investors, CEOs, and dealership employees. His analysis and insights identify trends before they become trends and helps him often predict acquisitions and deals before they happen. As one CEO once said, “Cliff writes about the news before it becomes news.”

Cliff is available for media commentary and insight for print, radio, and TV; he has been a keynote speaker and panel moderator at numerous industry conferences and provides consulting services to investors and analysts who interested in learning more about the automotive retail business.