American Financial Services Association

Marguerite Watanabe

Marguerite Watanabe

PeopleWomen's Leadership Council

Marguerite Watanabe

President
Connections Insights

Marguerite has worked in the auto and automotive finance industry for 30 years allowing her to understand its strengths, weaknesses and, most importantly, opportunities. She devotes much of her time in sharing her expertise and connections. Her company provides insights on where innovative product and service solutions can be implemented to improve business processes and shareholder value. Marguerite’s strength is her unique mix of experience in automotive manufacturing and sales, captive and non-prime auto financing, credit reporting, lead generation and consulting – as well as her international experience with companies in Asia, Europe and the Middle East. Prior to forming Connections Insights in 2006, Marguerite worked for Nissan North America and Nissan Motor Acceptance Corporation in the USA and Japan, Equifax, BarNone and BenchMark Consulting International. Marguerite serves on the AFSA Vehicle Finance Board, AFSA Education Foundation, Women's Leadership Council, Operations Regulatory and Compliance Committee and the Business Partner Board. She facilitates the AFSA Independent Auto Finance Executive Group and Commercial Credit Committee.

She also sits on the National Auto Finance (NAF) Association Board of Directors. Marguerite earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from the University of California, Berkeley, and her Masters of Business Administration from Pepperdine University.