The conference will provide a wealth of content on industry trends and best practices in real life scenarios to current and prospective lenders, dealers, and broker partners. Hear from veteran industry speakers and learn from other AFG program user-experts.

  • Learn more about auto finance trends​​​​​​ from industry experts
  • Set your organization up for success with the AFG program
  • Network with your peers

Join us in Austin, TX on October 10-12


Hilton Austin

500 East 4th Street, Austin, TX 78701

Group Rate: $259/night

All attendees will be responsible for their own hotel room charges as well as incidentals.

Reservations by phone

Make reservations over the phone by calling

Hilton Austin: (512) 482-8000 or Hilton Reservations: 1-800-236-1592

Please reference our group’s three-letter code, AFG.

Online Reservations

You can also make your reservation online directly under AFG’s block to receive the group rate.


October 10, 2018

7-9pm Welcome Reception

October 11, 2018

7:30-8:30am Breakfast
9am-12pm Keynote and Industry Speakers
12pm-1pm Lunch
1pm-5pm Entertainment (choice of Golf Outing at Twin Creeks or Skyline Spa at the Hilton)
7pm-9pm Off-site Networking Dinner at Swift’s Attic

October 12, 2018

7:30-8:30am Breakfast
9am-11am Direct and Indirect Lending Panels
11am-12pm Concluding Remarks


Keynote Speaker

Master Sergeant Cedric King

Master Sergeant Cedric King entered the United States Army in 1995. During a career that took him from an infantry private to a position of leadership in the elite Rangers, King graduated from a number of distinguished Army schools. These included the United States Army Jumpmaster Course, United States Army Pathfinder course, Air Assault course, The United States Army Ranger Course, and others. He is the recipient of the Bronze Star, the Purple Heart, the Meritorious Service Medal, and is a four-time Best Ranger Competition competitor.

On July 25, 2012, during his second tour in Afghanistan, King was severely injured by an improvised explosive device. The blast caused major internal injuries, permanent loss to part of his right arm and hand, and the amputation of both legs. He applied the same determined, can-do mindset to his recovery that he had relied on to succeed as an elite Army Ranger. With the love and support of his wife Khieda and daughters Amari and Khayma, he began rebuilding his life.
Just 21 months after losing both legs, King completed the Boston Marathon, running on prosthetic blades. He has gone on to compete in a number of physically daunting events, including a 70.3 mile half Ironman Triathlon, the 2014 New York City Marathon, and the 48.6 mile Disney Marathon series. There, he successfully completed four runs in four days — a 5k, 10k, half marathon, and full marathon.

King has shared his inspirational story of endurance with audiences across the country, including schools, churches, the National Football League, and Fortune 500 companies. Just as he led and motivated men in combat, he now leads and motivates others to see the possibilities in their own lives.

Industry Speaker

Alain Nana-Sinkam

Alain Nana-Sinkam is a 25-year auto industry veteran, currently serving as Senior Director of Industry Solutions for ALG, providing data-driven solutions to answer some of the biggest questions facing the North American auto industry. He is responsible for ALG’s relationships with clients in the finance, rental, investment and software sectors, as well as European OEMs. Alain previously worked at Wells Fargo and HSBC Auto Finance and started his career at an auto dealership.

Industry Speaker

Melinda Zabritski

Melinda Zabritski is Senior Director for Experian automotive financial solutions team, where she is responsible for implementing products and services specific to the automotive credit and lending industry. She also serves as Experian’s primary analyst and spokesperson regarding key automotive finance trends.

Throughout her career with Experian, Zabritski has overseen the product management for Experian Automotive’s lending channel, as well as the marketing strategy for the development of Experian’s automotive credit vertical sales channel.

Prior to joining Experian in 2004, Zabritski held various product management and analyst positions in the credit industry, where she managed and developed credit risk models and market trending and forecasting tools. During that time, she also was responsible for managing prescreen and account management product lines.

Zabritski holds a Master of Business Administration from the University of Phoenix in Phoenix, Ariz., and a Bachelor of Science in political science and urban government from Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, La.

Indirect Lending Panel

Charles Albrecht
Finance Director
Nemer Motor Group

Tammie Atoigue
Vice President/Consumer Lending
Sound Credit Union

Mike Jensen
General Sales Manager
Joe Cecconi’s Chrysler Complex
Tracy Jordan
Used Car Manager
South Tacoma Honda

Direct Lending Panel

Justin Holden
Senior Loan Officer
Vermont Federal Credit Union
Nancy Sieller
Torrington Municipal & Teachers FCU
Matthew Dodds
Chief Operating Officer
Dupaco Community Credit Union


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Interested in sponsoring the event? Please contact us and we will reach out to discuss sponsorship opportunities.

Registration Fee

This year’s registration fee will cover the following items: conference registration fee, breakfast, lunch and dinner each day throughout the conference, hospitality, and recreational activity on Thursday afternoon.

Spouses and significant others are welcome at each of our networking conference dinners and/or recreational activity. If your spouse or significant other will be partaking in a recreational activity and dinner(s), $250 will be added to your registration fee. If your spouse or significant other will just be joining for dinner, $150 will be added to the registration fee.

Early Bird
Through April 30th, 2018
Through June 30th, 2018
Through Close of Registration