Strategic partnership with tech company brings auto conference to Scottsdale - Digital Air Strike

Strategic partnership with tech company brings auto conference to Scottsdale

Strategic partnership with tech company brings auto conference to Scottsdale

Digital Air Strike partners with AUTOVATE

Digital Air Strike, a consumer engagement and customer experience technology company, now has a strategic partnership with the AUTOVATE conference.

AUTOVATE brings together visionary investors with progressive dealers, vendor entrepreneurs and cutting-edge automakers. After four years in Austin, Texas, AUTOVATE 2022 is moving to Scottsdale from Nov. 30–Dec. 2, according to a press release.

The new partnership will develop thought leadership content on the automotive retail customer experience, technology industry trends and entrepreneurship. AUTOVATE will expand to provide new virtual and in-person platforms for industry executives, dealers, lenders, F&I providers and technology organizations.

“We’ve been supporters of AUTOVATE and its creator, Cliff Banks, for many years,” Alexi Venneri, co-founder and CEO of Digital Air Strike, said in the release. “This exciting partnership will bring together the automotive retail tech expertise of Digital Air Strike with the leading auto retail executives and investors who attend the annual conference. Our team focuses on innovation and is seen as a strategic industry partner for over 7,000 clients. Cliff Banks and AUTOVATE have been a visionary force in predicting trends in our industry and sharing valuable insights. Working together to bring valuable content to more industry partners is a win for everyone.”

AUTOVATE was created five years ago by award-winning journalist Cliff Banks of The Banks Report, an online, subscriber-only news source providing a predictive and comprehensive analysis of what’s happening in automotive retail. The Banks Report was designed for top automotive executives, dealers, industry analysts and investors. Banks has more than 30 years of experience in auto retail, including serving as editorial director of two automotive-related media companies.

“I’ve long admired Alexi Venneri and the Digital Air Strike team, and I’m looking forward to growing the AUTOVATE conference,” Banks said in the release. “My goal has always been to provide a first-class experience for the auto retail industry with high-level content in a relaxed atmosphere. Through this new partnership with Digital Air Strike, together we’ll work to elevate the experience and provide even more value in the auto retail space.”

AUTOVATE 2022 provides an exclusive audience of high-net-worth executives, investors and entrepreneurs in the automotive retail industry. The content is designed to help investors, dealers and vendor executives think about the future of their businesses and the industry. Deals begin at AUTOVATE, with conversations from the conference leading to nearly $1.5 billion in transactions. Past speakers include executives from companies such as Cowen, Autotech Ventures, Tekion, Cox Automotive, CDK Global, NADA and Google.

The fifth annual AUTOVATE conference will be hosted at the Omni Scottsdale Resort & Spa at Montelucia. Early registration ends Nov. 1.

Visit for more information. For further conference questions and sponsorship opportunities, contact Cliff Banks at 734-658-3709 or

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