• Join us for the NYSADA 96th Annual Convention and Business Meeting November 12th-17th

  • Bask in tranquility in a pool oasis under cloudless blue skies

  • Golf on one of two 18-hole Championship-level TPC golf courses

  • Enjoy a captivating array of delicious dining

  • Experience the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess

NYSADA Convention & Business Meeting Speakers


NYSADA is pleased to announce its schedule of speakers for our 96th Annual Convention and Business Meeting in beautiful Scottsdale, Arizona. Join your fellow dealers November 13th-17th, at the luxurious Fairmont Scottsdale Princess Resort. This year’s meeting promises to be the best yet for our dealers and their families! Our exciting line-up of speakers includes:

Jason Stein


Jason Stein Vice President and Publisher of Automotive News, directs the editorial and commercial operations for one of the world’s largest automotive business-to-business media organizations. Previously he served as the publisher of Automotive News Europe, a responsibility that included the management of the news and commercial operations, covering 32 European countries as well as marketing, digital, audience and event activities. Stein eventually moved back to Detroit to oversee the editorial operations of Automotive News and added the responsibility of associate publisher, then publisher in 2013. In 2016, he oversaw the launch of two new media products: Automotive News Canada, a digital media outlet and a monthly print magazine; and Fixed Ops Journal, a semi-monthly print magazine focused on auto retail operations.

Craig Jackson

Chairman/Chief Executive Officer  Barrett-Jackson Car Auction

As Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Barrett-Jackson Auction Company has earned a reputation as one of the world’s most respected collector car and restoration experts. Through Jackson’s role as CEO, Barrett-Jackson events have been covered by notable media outlets, such as Forbes, CNN, The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, NBC Nightly News, Motor Trend and Autoweek. He has also appeared as an automotive expert and correspondent on Bloomberg Television, CNN and SPEED.  Jackson has been named twice to Motor Trend’s Top 50 Power List in the automotive industry. He has also captured the coveted Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award for the Business Services category in the Arizona/Orange County region.

Peter K. Welch

NADA President & CEO

Peter Welch NADA President & CEO previously served as President and Chief Executive Officer of the California New Car Dealers Association (CNCDA). CNCDA is the country's largest state association of franchised new car dealers. Prior to joining CNCDA in 1990 as its director of government and legal affairs, Welch was a partner with a Los Angeles law firm.

Rhett Ricard

2019 NADA Vice Chairman


Rhett Ricart NADA 2019 Vice Chairman and President and CEO of Ricart Automotive Group, in Groveport, Ohio. Today Ricart’s dealership employs over 500 people and annually sells approximately 14,000 new and used vehicles across 6 new product lines. Ricart serves as a Board Member for the Kia National Dealers Council, is a Committee Member on the Ford Motor Company F150 Marketing Committee and has served on the Board for several Ohio Dealers Associations. 

Brian Stratton

Senior Vice President of US Regional Sales & Credit Operations at GM Financial

Brian Stratton Senior Vice President of US Regional Sales & Credit Operations at GM Financial. Previously Stratton has served at the SVP of Commercial Operations and President of Business Development for GM Financial and he brings a wealth of knowledge on the state of dealership vehicle financing.

Industry expert discussion on timely legal and legislative manufacture issues featuring…

Leonard Bellavia

Senior Partner at the law firm Bellavia, Blatt, PC

Leonard Bellavia is a Senior Partner at the law firm Bellavia Blatt, PC and nationally recognized authority in the field of automotive franchise law. Leonard has achieved national recognition for advocating the mass action litigation model on behalf of franchised automobile dealers and has implemented this strategy in several notable cases. He currently serves as an outside counsel to NYSADA. 

Hermes Fernandez

Member of the 230 law firm Bond, Schoeneck & King, PLLC

Hermes Fernandez is a member of the 230 law firm Bond, Schoeneck & King, PLLC where he has practiced law for over 25 years. For the last 15 years Hermes has represented NYSADA before the State Government and represented dealers in administrative matters before the DMV, in lemon law arbitrations, in audit matters and in government investigations.