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Next wave of Navigate speakers announced: hear from leaders at TripAdvisor, Google, and more

Posted by Meg Bernazzani on August 8, 2019

We hope you have your calendars marked for Navigate, CarGurus’ first-ever automotive conference coming this October.

This one-of-a-kind event is designed for dealers and is sure to become the go-to place to get inspired and gain valuable industry insights, year after year. We’ve got an outstanding agenda planned, networking opportunities galore, and we’re thrilled to announce a new wave of top-notch speakers at Navigate. They come from some of the most recognizable brands and others that are pushing the envelope in marketing and sales.

The first speaker we’d like to introduce is Stephen Kaufer, President and CEO of TripAdvisor. He co-founded TripAdvisor in 2000 with the mission to help travelers around the world plan and book the perfect trip. Today, it’s the largest travel site in the world. He’s also led the growth of TripAdvisor, Inc., which includes 24 other travel media brands that operate in 48 markets worldwide. At Navigate, he’ll share relevant learnings from the consumer-focused travel industry and talk about how the overall shopper experience is changing—and why it’s better for businesses.

Senior Automotive Retail Strategist at Google, Kelly McNearney, has lots to offer dealers. Her expertise lies in helping automotive retailers develop strategies to reach in-market shoppers with the right message at the right time to improve sales and loyalty. She’s a passionate public speaker who has conducted keynote addresses at many industry events, including Digital Dealer, NADA, the Google Automotive Retail Summit, JD Power, and more.

Interested in learning how you can use technology to spark more sales at your dealership? Kim Orlesky, President of KO Advantage Group, is a passionate sales thought-leader who knows how to transform sales processes, and she’ll be sharing how AI and bots fit into sales today. She’s listed as LinkedIn’s top sales influencer and is continuously named as one of the top sales leaders to follow.

As a digital consultant, Perry Hewitt works at the intersection of marketing and digital strategy daily. She helps private sector and not-for-profit organizations navigate complex digital transformations for sustainable change and impact. She writes and speaks on topics including product management, marketing technology, and women’s leadership. At Navigate, she’ll give tips for reinvigorating your dealership’s digital marketing strategy.

Finally, Kyle Stock is a senior correspondent at Bloomberg Businessweek. He’s the creator of Bloomberg’s “Sunday Strategist” newsletter, and he writes about corporate strategy with a focus on the auto industry and emerging transportation technology. He’ll be moderating a fireside chat with CarGurus Founder and CEO, Langley Steinert, at Navigate.

You don’t want to miss these unrivalled speakers! To register for Navigate 2019, visit or contact your account rep.

Topics: CarGurus events, CarGurus news, Navigate