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2014-08-26 Details announced for 7th annual Innovate conference this September

Four-day event will feature A-list industry experts and breakthrough technology training for subprime auto finance companies, independent retail dealers and buy-here-pay-here professionals.


Innovate, a national convention for subprime auto finance companies, independent retail dealers and buy-here-pay-here professionals, has announced the details of its 7th annual conference.


The event will take place Sept. 21 through Sept. 24 at the Gaylord Texan Resort & Convention Center in Grapevine, Texas. Innovate will be hosted by AutoStar Solutions, Inc., a leading provider of enterprise-level software to subprime auto lenders, as well as independent retail and buy-here-pay-here dealers.


Featured keynotes include:


  • Rick Hackett, partner at Hudson Cook, LLP, and former assistant director at the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB)


  • A panel of payment collections experts will examine the advantages and disadvantages of the various collections processes, techniques, and tools utilized by the independent auto community.


  • Mike Dunagan, a nationally recognized BHPH lawyer, will share his insights into how Dealer's can best manage their legal risk.


  • Tim Clue, a professional writer, director and corporate comedian


  • Allen Dobbins, President and CEO of AutoStar Solutions, who will usher in Fusion 2, the revolutionary new cloud-based end-to-end platform built specifically for independent retail dealers and subprime finance companies


“There has never been a more exciting time to be part of an Innovate conference,” Dobbins said. “This year more than ever, we will focus on helping attendees maximize their businesses to levels never thought possible. Whether through compliance or software or loan servicing expertise, I dare you to come to Innovate and not walk away with real, tangible tools that make you more money at the end of the day.”


Innovate ‘14 will encompass three entire trade shows under one roof:


  1. The Industry Conference Attendees can choose from a wide variety of classes on pressing industry issues, including legal and compliance training with Steve Levine, AutoStar’s Chief Legal Officer; and Nicole Munro, Partner at Hudson Cook, LLP, as well as other industry-related sessions taught by leading experts exhibiting at the conference.


  2. The Technology Conference Subprime auto lenders and independent dealers will learn how to go beyond best practices and embrace “next practices.” From websites and CRMs to portfolio acquisitions and electronic payments, this conference will ensure attendees stay several steps ahead of their competition. Current and potential AutoStar users – along with lenders who require their dealers to use AutoStar – can also dive into Fusion 2 in separate training sessions.


  3. The Users Conference Most dealers only use a fraction of what AutoStar offers. Attendees of the users conference will receive hands-on training for the solutions that can help their businesses most, including special classes for power users.


AutoStar expects about 500 attendees at this year’s conference, in addition to major exhibitors and financial institutions that will showcase the latest dealership technology, best practices and industry solutions.


To register, visit, where users can build and save their own customized event schedule. Those who would rather go mobile can tailor their schedules with the Guidebook app, available at AutoStar is offering a $50 off early bird special to all attendees registered before Aug. 31.


About AutoStar Solutions

For over 20 years, AutoStar Solutions has provided dealer management software solutions to independent automotive dealers and subprime finance companies located in the United States. Their web-based software solutions have enabled clients to automate and simplify activities while staying compliant with state and federal regulations. Learn more at