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CARY, N.C. — Cherokee Automotive Group, publishers of the Auto Remarketing and SubPrime Auto Finance News media brands, conferences and owner of the Pre-Owned Auto Dealers Alliance, has announced the latest in its series of automotive industry events: The Automotive Economic Forecast & Financial Forum,  to be held May 10-11, 2010 in Chicago.

The event is designed for automotive industry executives, banking and finance industry executives, allied industry executives, dealer group executives, supplier and aftermarket executives, economists, and analysts from across a broad spectrum of new and pre-owned automotive sales, manufacturing, leasing, financing and aftermarket arenas.

Content and presentations will include critical information and analysis regarding the state of the automotive industry, its suppliers and the closely-related credit and financial industry. 

Presentations from top economists and analysts will provide an in-depth review and forecasting of new vehicle sales, pre-owned sales, access to credit/financing, floor plan financing, FOMC and banking support and more.  Executives will provide exclusive analysis and reporting on global, national and regional economic conditions with forecasting and presentations of key market segments within the automotive supply chain.   

Featured presenters include:

—Mark Vitner, Managing Director & Senior Economist, Wells Fargo Securities

—William Strauss, Senior Economist & Economic Advisor, Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago

—Sudarshan Mhartre, Senior Analyst, PricewaterhouseCoopers, AutoFacts

—Bernard Swiecki, Director of Market Analysis Center for Automotive Research (CAR)

The sharpest minds in the automotive & financial industries will be at this event.

"We very excited about the launch of this event as it marks the first venture for CAG into an area that's not exclusively focused on the pre-owned segment," said Bill Zadeits, CAG executive & event coordinator. "Certainly, pre-owned information will be discussed, but the majority of this content represents a wider topic and will be reflective of what to expect in the automotive industry from a regional, national and global perspective. 

"We believe this event will become the meeting place for the automotive and financial industry's thought and business leaders," Zadeits continued. "We could not be happier with the commitment of speakers, presenters and corporate support thus far and I can tell you that more big names are set to be added to this agenda in the very near future." 

Online registration for the event is set to launch March 1, but if there interest in attending or an interest in sponsoring this event please contact Events Manager, Marilu McQuilkin at mmcquilkin@sacherokee.com or (800) 608-7500 ext. 143.