The star of ABC’s Shark Tank, Daymond John, will be a featured speaker at this year’s AUTOVATE conference, which will be held Dec. 6-8 in Scottsdale. The 7th annual conference will return to the Omni Montelucia Scottsdale, and the fireside chat with Daymond John will be on Dec. 8.

AUTOVATE is the leading automotive retail industry conference.

“AUTOVATE is all about investing in automotive retail, leading to approximately $1.5 billion in transactions. And Daymond John is the king of deal-making as an entrepreneur, investor, coach, and star of ABC’s Shark Tank,” said Cliff Banks, the president and founder of The Banks Report and “We’re excited he is joining AUTOVATE’S stellar lineup of speakers. We’re proud AUTOVATE attendees have built many great relationships at the conference and continue to come back year after year to hear from the best minds in automotive, investments, and entrepreneurship.” 

 Daymond John is well-known as a star on ABC’s five-time Emmy Award-winning television series, Shark Tank, where he’s invested millions in businesses. He’s the founder and CEO of the FUBU global fashion brand, which has achieved billions in product sales worldwide. John is a New York Times best-selling author of six books, named as one of the top 50 public speakers in the world, runs the brand management and consulting firm the Shark Group, and is the co-founder of Rise Nation Mastermind, a private network for high performing entrepreneurs, investors, and executives. He’ll share his unique goal-setting, investment, and achievement strategies at AUTOVATE to empower audience members to make positive life changes.  

“I’m looking forward to speaking at AUTOVATE, where I will share some deal-closing tips,” he says. 

AUTOVATE differs from the typical conference style, with PowerPoint presentations followed by more PowerPoint presentations. Instead, AUTOVATE features an informal and conversational Q&A format with dealer principals and executives from investment firms and investment banks, manufacturing executives, and startup entrepreneurs armed with new ideas and solutions for automotive retail.  

This year’s slate of AUTOVATE speakers includes Geoffrey Pohanka, chairman of the Pohanka Automotive Group and NADA chairman; James Taylor, managing director of automotive for Truist Securities; Eric Denlinger, managing director at TD Cowen; Chris Walsh, president of Reynolds & Reynolds; and Alexi Venneri, co-founder and CEO of DAS Technology.