SARASOTA, Fla. — Leedom and Associates recently announced the keynote speakers for its 12th Annual National Special Finance and Buy-Here, Pay-Here Conference, which will be held Oct. 7 to 9 at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas.

At this year's event, John Maxwell will serve at the keynote speaker. According to Leedom and Associates, Maxwell is an internationally recognized leadership expert and author of New York Times best-sellers, "The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership" and "The 21 Indispensable Qualities of a Leader: Becoming the Person Others Will Want to Follow."

Chris Leedom, president of Leedom and Associates, said, "We are honored and proud that a personal development expert with such international renown as John Maxwell will be a keynote speaker at our event. It truly reflects our ability to deliver an education program second to none. This is the event everyone will be talking about."

Additionally, the company said Leedom will follow Maxwell as the industry's keynote speaker.

According to company executives, "Over the past 15 years he (Leedom) has worked with thousands of dealers and is arguably the best mind in the business. From founding the Twenty Group program to providing hundreds of million of dollars in financing through Leedom Financial Services, Chris Leedom has done it all."

The 2007 conference and trade show will feature more than 50 workshops, roundtable discussions and training sessions. The agenda is slated to include everything from training workshops for dealership personnel to innovative new programs for dealer/owners looking to grow and develop their business, according to officials.

Moreover, the firm said it has added a complete track of manager and employee training.

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