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RANCHO CUCAMONGA, Calif. – CU Direct’s upcoming 7th Annual Auto Lending Symposium will feature well-known faces among professionals in the auto lending market – Wall Street veteran analyst Maryann Keller and Chair of NADA’s Finance Issues Committee W. Carroll Smith. Keller is one of Wall Street’s top three auto analysts. She write for Motor Trend and Automotive Industries magazines and is a director of Dollar Thrifty Automotive Group and of Sonic Automotive, which are both traded on the New York Stock Exchange. Keller will talk on key auto industry issues and future outlook. Smith is an auto dealer and represents South Texas’ franchised new-car dealers on the NADA Board. He also currently chairs NADA’s Finance Issues Committee. Smith will speak on public and dealer perceptions of financing. Other speakers on the list are Ira Blumenthal, president of Co-Opportunities Inc. and author of Ready, Blame, Fire!; and Gary Raddon, chairman of the Raddon Financial Group, a strategic marketing and consulting firm to the financial services industry. The CU Direct Symposium will be held June 22-24 at the Las Vegas Venetian Casino & Resort. Among the topics it will focus on are liquidity, remarketing vehicle inventory, sub- and mid-prime lending, collections, fraud and risk management, and creating credit union awareness at dealerships.

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