26th Annual Conference Held – Board of Director Appointments

TALLAHASSEE, FLORIDA, JUNE 6, 2023 – The National Automotive Finance (NAF) Association, which exclusively serves the non-prime auto financing industry, held its 26th Annual Non-Prime Auto Financing Conference in Plano, TX, last week.

“We are pleased with the strong attendee turnout and appreciate the support of our business partners, sponsors, and vendors. Over 300 industry professionals attended this premier annual event. We couldn’t be happier with the thoughtfully curated agenda and strong speaker lineup”, said Jennifer Martin, Executive Director of the NAF Association.

The NAF Association Board of Directors met in conjunction with the conference and announced that Paul Gillespie with GM Financial will serve another one-year term as President. Jim Bass of Agora Data will assume the role of Chairman.

Two new board members were voted in during the annual membership meeting held on June 3rd. David Elmore, Experian, and Suzi Straffon, Allied Solutions, will join their fellow directors, each serving a three-year term.

Elmore is a Data Solutions Consultant who has dedicated his 20+ year career in Financial Services to becoming a subject matter expert in the use and application of Experian data assets across the consumer life cycle. The last five years he has worked specifically within the Automotive industry focusing on the use of traditional and alternative data to optimize his clients marketing, risk management, servicing and collection strategies thus enabling them to achieve and maximize their revenue goals.

Straffon serves as Director, Finance Company Markets for Allied Solutions LLC, a leading provider of insurance, lending, and marketing products to finance institutions in the U.S. She brings 20 years of marketing and business development proficiency to the role, in which she manages all activity within the auto and consumer market. Prior to her current position, Straffon served as Director of Engagement Marketing for DIMONT and held marketing and business development leadership positions at Exeter Finance as well as RouteOne, a leading provider of F&I solutions to automotive dealers and lenders.

“We are excited to have David and Suzi join the Board of Directors,” said Gillespie. “Their knowledge, expertise, and passion for the industry are guaranteed to contribute to the success of the Association.”

Save the date for the 27th Annual Non-Prime Auto Financing Conference planned for June 7 – 9, 2023, in Plano, Texas.