Featured Speaker: Captain Scott Kelly

Back from his historic record-breaking Year In Space, NASA astronaut Captain Scott Kelly, the world remains in awe as we celebrate a hero's return to the planet that is home, from an adventure that is extraordinary. With life lessons and personal stories that reveal unique and valuable advice on pushing one's own limits, to insight on the leadership and teamwork required in such demanding conditions, and the challenges -- such as long term deprivation from loved ones and Planet Earth -- Kelly reflects on the choices and life events that paved his journey’s path and brings audiences to the edge of their seats as he delivers a truly one-of-a-kind experience.

An astronaut since 1996, Kelly's achievements over his illustrious 20-year career with NASA earned him the coveted position as America’s first year-round astronaut. On his historic mission that spanned from March 2015 to March 2016, Kelly and Russian cosmonaut Mikhail Kornienko conducted experiments, reconfigured station modules, and captivated the world with live interviews and never-seen-before photos from the International Space Station.

The historic mission also included NASA's groundbreaking Twins Study, in which Kelly’s identical twin brother, retired NASA astronaut Captain Mark Kelly served on the ground as a control model in an unprecedented experiment to understand how space affects the human body.


Speaker: Glenn Mercer

Glenn Mercer is an automotive industry analyst, with over 30 years of experience, including 20 at McKinsey & Company, where he was a leader of the Automotive Practice, participating in hundreds of client studies over that timeframe. He currently has his own independent advisory service, which includes as clients investors in the automotive industry. Mercer also serves as a Board member for several automotive firms, as an expert witness in automotive-related legal cases, and as a lecturer on automotive topics. Most recently he completed an extensive project on “The Dealership of Tomorrow” for the National Automobile Dealers Association and will be speaking on "Auctions of Tomorrow" at the 2017 NAAA/NRC Convention in La Quinta, CA.


 Speaker: Thomas Frey

Over the past decade, Thomas Frey, Executive Director of DaVinci Institute in Westminster, CO, has built an enormous following based on his ability to develop accurate visions of the future and describe the opportunities ahead. Having started seventeen businesses himself and assisting on the development of hundreds more, the understanding he brings to his audiences serves as a rare blend of reality-based thinking coupled with a clear-headed visualization of the world ahead. Predicting the future has little value without understanding the driving forces behind the trends, subtle nuances that can be leveraged, and implications for both the people directly affected in the industry as well as others farther down the technological food chain.

Before launching DaVinci Insitute, Tom spent 15 years at IBM as an engineer and designer where he received over 270 awards, more than any other IBM engineer. He is also a past member of the Triple Nine Society.


History-Making U.S. Astronaut &
Retired U.S. Navy Captain

Captain Scott Kelly


Renowned Automotive Industry Analyst

Glenn Mercer


Thomas Frey

Convention Dates:
November 14-16, 2017

La Quinta Resort & Club- A
Waldorf Astoria Resort
49-499 Eisenhower Drive
La Quinta, CA 92253

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