TORRANCE, Calif. — F&I and Showroom magazine announced today the formation of the F&I Advisory Board, a panel of industry executives, dealers and experts who will provide direction and insight related to the F&I Conference and Expo’s 2010 agenda.

Scheduled for Sept. 14-15 at the Paris Las Vegas Hotel, the 7th annual F&I Conference and Expo will feature an expanded agenda that will address all segments of a dealership’s front-end department.

“When we expanded the magazine’s coverage, we did so because it was obvious that success in F&I was dependent upon the success of other departments in the dealership,” said David Gesualdo, publisher of the magazine. “We’re now carrying that over to our F&I Conference and Expo and have created an advisory board to identify topics that speak to the current challenges dealerships are facing. And we think we’ve put together a very good team of advisors.”

The F&I advisory board will include the following members:

Hugh Abernethy
Vice President
DealerTrack Inc.

Gary Allgeier
Director of Finance
The Suburban Collection

Peter Biscardi

Bob Corbin
President and CEO
Innovative Aftermarket Systems

Patrick DeMarco
Ristken Software Services

Marv Eleazer
Finance Director
Langdale Ford Co.

Rick Kurtz
Vice President Dealer Sales

Alan Miller
Senior Vice President
CNA National

John Mitchell
Business Manager
Roper Honda

Tom Murray
Resource Automotive

Ronald J. Reahard
Reahard & Associates, Inc

David N. Robertson
Executive Director
Association of Finance & Insurance Professionals

Additionally, F&I and Showroom magazine has created a separate advisory board to provide guidance on the Vehicle Service Contract Administrators Conference’s 2010 agenda. The following members were named to the board:

Brent Allen
StoneEagle Insurance Systems

Joe Becker
CNA National

Peter Biscardi
National Auto Care Corporation

Lori Hallissey
Senior Vice President – Administration

Kevin R. Jacobs
National Training Manager
Allstate Dealer Services

Mark Mishler
President/COO, The Warranty Group
President/COO, Virginia Surety Company, Inc.
CEO, Resource Automotive

David Trinder
F&I Administration Solutions, LLC

Both boards will be meeting via conference call in the near future. Those interested in following developments related to either show can sign up for the magazine’s e-newsletter by going to Announcements related to both conferences will also be posted to and