AUTOVATE 2023 Announces Daymond John, Star of ABC’s Shark Tank, as Featured Speaker - Digital Air Strike

AUTOVATE 2023 Announces Daymond John, Star of ABC’s Shark Tank, as Featured Speaker

AUTOVATE 2023 Announces Daymond John, Star of ABC’s Shark Tank, as Featured Speaker

Premier M&A conference brings together high net-worth executives, investors, and entrepreneurs for deal-making, networking, and investing insight 

Scottsdale, AZ (October 24, 2023) – AUTOVATE, the leading automotive retail industry conference, is excited to bring award-winning entrepreneur Daymond John as the featured speaker for the 2023 Scottsdale conference. The 7th annual AUTOVATE conference, created by Cliff Banks of The Banks Report, will return to the Omni Scottsdale Resort & Spa at Montelucia on Dec. 6-8, with a Dec. 8 fireside chat between John and Banks. AUTOVATE 2023 will once again bring together top automotive industry executives and investors for a first-class experience to discuss forward-looking trends in automotive technology and retail.   

“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,” John said.  

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 and Reynolds; and Alexi Venneri, co-founder and CEO of DAS Technology.  

“AUTOVATE is the one can’t-miss automotive event each year,” said Franklin McLarty, chairman and CEO of McLarty Diversified Holdings. “The content, the format, and the networking at the event nails it every time. The opportunity to create new relationships while hearing a rational and expert perspective on where automotive technology is headed is invaluable to me as both a dealer and an investor.” 

AUTOVATE has secured a discounted nightly group rate at the newly renovated Omni Scottsdale Resort & Spa at Montelucia. AUTOVATE is sponsored by DAS Technology, TD Cowen, Reynolds and Reynolds,, and Truist. To register and learn about sponsorship opportunities, visit or email Space is limited to 200 attendees, and the event sells out yearly. 


AUTOVATE is a high-level premier experience that sits at the nexus of investment and automotive retail, bringing together progressive dealers, visionary investors, innovative entrepreneurs, and cutting-edge automakers via conferences, industry dinners, podcasts, and newsletters.Anchored by its annual December summit, AUTOVATE provides first-class content in a relaxed atmosphere for investors and executives in automotive retail. Now in its seventh year, AUTOVATE is part of the DAS Technology portfolio of companies. For more information, visit 

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