Email this page Print this page Bookmark this page

Keynote Speakers

Saturday's Opening General Session

NADA Chairman's Address

David Westcott
Burlington, North Carolina

2013 NADA Chairman

 

David W. Westcott, president of Westcott Automotive, Burlington, N.C., is 2012 vice chairman of the National Automobile Dealers Association and represents North Carolina’s franchised new-car dealers on the association’s board of directors.
         
A new car-dealer since 1981, Westcott previously was NADA's Region II vice chairman and a North Carolina Auto Dealers Association (NCADA) chair to the Self-Insurance Fund. He was also chairman of the Buick National Dealer Council, GM President’s Council and Buick’s Brand Team.

From 1995 through 1996, Westcott was president of the NCADA, during which time he also received the TIME Dealer of the Year Award from NADA and TIME Magazine. Active in his community, Westcott has served as a board member to the United Way, Cancer Society, YMCA and the Rotary Club, where he received the Paul Harris Fellow Award. As past president and current trustee of the Boy Scouts, Westcott received the Silver Beaver Award.

 

Keynote Address

Steve Forbes
Chairman and Editor-in-Chief of Forbes Media

Steve Forbes is Chairman and Editor-in-Chief of Forbes Media. Under Mr. Forbes’ leadership, the company has launched a variety of new publications and businesses.  They include:  ForbesLife, the dedicated luxury lifestyle and culture magazine; Forbes Europe, Forbes Asia; and Forbes licensee editions published in Africa, Afrique, Argentina, Brazil, Bulgaria , China, Croatia, Czech Republic, Estonia, Greece, Georgia,  India, Indonesia, Israel, Kazakhstan, Korea, Latvia, Mexico, Middle East Arabic, Middle East English, Poland, Romania, Russia, Slovakia, Turkey and Ukraine.  The company also publishes a number of investment newsletters. 

In 1996 Forbes entered the new media arena with the launch of Forbes.com. Now averaging 38 million unique monthly visitors, it has become a leading destination site for senior business decision-makers and investors.  Other Forbes Web sites include: RealClearPolitics.com; RealClearMarkets.com; RealClearSports.com and RealClearWorld.com.   Together with Forbes.com, these sites reach over 40 million business decision-makers each month.

The company’s flagship publication, Forbes, is the nation’s leading business magazine, with a circulation of more than 900,000. Forbes combined with Forbes Asia, Forbes Europe and the company's licensee editions together reach a worldwide audience of more than 5 million readers. 

Mr. Forbes writes editorials for each issue of Forbes under the heading of “Fact and Comment.”  A widely respected economic prognosticator, he is the only writer to have won the highly prestigious Crystal Owl Award four times.  The prize was formerly given by U.S. Steel Corporation to the financial journalist whose economic forecasts for the coming year proved most accurate.

Mr. Forbes is the author of: Freedom Manifesto: Why Free Markets are Moral and Big Government Isn’t, co-authored by Elizabeth Ames (Crown Business, August 2012); How Capitalism Will Save Us: Why Free People and Free Markets Are the Best Answer in Today’s Economy, co-authored by Elizabeth Ames (Crown Business, November 2009); and Power Ambition Glory: The Stunning Parallels between Great Leaders of the Ancient World and Today . . . and the Lessons You Can Learn, co-authored by John Prevas (Crown Business, June 2009).  He also wrote:  Flat Tax Revolution:  Using a Postcard to Abolish the IRS (Regnery, 2005); and A New Birth of Freedom (Regnery, 1999), a book of bold ideas for the new millennium.

Mr. Forbes serves on the boards of The Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation, the Heritage Foundation and The Foundation for the Defense of Democracies. He is on the Board of Overseers of the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center and on the Board of Visitors for the School of Public Policy of Pepperdine University.  He previously served on the Board of Trustees of Princeton University for ten years.

Sunday's Inspirational Service

Inspirational Message

 

J.R. Martinez
Hero, Actor, Winner of Dancing with the Stars

Long before J.R. Martinez won legions of fans as the winner of "Dancing With the Stars," he was inspiring audiences of all kinds with his remarkable story.

Born Jose Rene Martinez to a single mother from El Salvador, his dream was to become a professional football player. His plans derailed by a sports injury, he decided to enlist in the Army, where he was assigned to the Infantry Regimen of the 101st Airborne Division. J.R. saw it as a way to give back to a country that that already given so much to him and his family.

In March 2003, J.R. was deployed to Iraq. Less than a month later, the Humvee he was driving hit a land mine. Three other soldiers were ejected from the burning vehicle, but J.R. was trapped inside. Suffering smoke inhalation and severe burns to over 40% of his body, J.R. spent the next 34 months in recovery, undergoing 33 different surgeries, including skin grafts and cosmetic surgery.

During his time in recovery, a nurse asked him to speak to another burn patient, who had just seen his body for the first time and had become withdrawn. After his visit from J.R., the patient opened the curtain letting light into his room and his heart. J.R. decided to use his experience to help others, visiting with several of the patients in the hospital, sharing his story and listening to theirs.

In 2011, when he won season 13 of "Dancing With the Stars," he gained even more fans. His dance moves combined with his powerful story garnered even more notice, including the cover of PEOPLE magazine and numerous honors and recognition by groups nationwide.

J.R. remains devoted to inspiring people all over the country who are facing their own challenges. And while J.R.'s experience was certainly difficult, he credits it for the life he is living today.

By reaching out to help someone else, he discovered a gift he had within himself.

 

Monday's Closing General Session

Keynote Address

The Honorable Hillary Rodham Clinton
67th Secretary of State of the United States, 2009-2013
United States Senator (NY), 2001-2009
First Lady of the United States, 1993-2001

 

Hillary Rodham Clinton served as the 67th Secretary of State of the United States from January 21, 2009 until February 1, 2013, after nearly four decades in public service as an advocate, attorney, First Lady, and Senator.

As First Lady, Hillary Clinton advocated for universal affordable, quality health care and led successful bipartisan efforts to improve the adoption and foster care systems, reduce teen pregnancy, and establish both the Children's Health Insurance Program and Early Head Start, which provides support for children in the crucial first three years of life.

She also traveled to more than 80 countries as a representative of our country, winning respect as a champion of human rights, democracy, civil society, and opportunities for women and girls around the world.

In 2000, Clinton made history as the first First Lady elected to the United States Senate. She worked across party lines to expand economic opportunity and access to quality, affordable health care, including for wounded service members, veterans and members of the National Guard and Reserves. After September 11, 2001, she helped secure more than $20 billion for the rebuilding of New York and fought for the health needs of first responders who risked their lives at Ground Zero.

In 2007 and 2008, Clinton made her historic campaign for President, winning 18 million votes, and more primaries and delegates than any woman had before.

In her four years as Secretary of State, Clinton played a central role in restoring America’s standing in the world and strengthening its global leadership. Her "smart power" approach to foreign policy elevated American diplomacy and development and repositioned them for the 21st century -- with new tools, technologies, and partners, including the private sector and civil society around the world. As America's chief diplomat and the President's principal foreign policy adviser, Clinton spearheaded progress on many of our greatest national security challenges, from reasserting the United States as a Pacific power and imposing crippling sanctions on Iran and North Korea to responding to the challenges and opportunities of the Arab Awakening and negotiating a ceasefire in the Middle East. She pushed the frontiers of human rights and demonstrated that giving women the opportunity to participate fully is vital to the security, stability, and prosperity of all nations.

Today, Clinton continues to build on the nonprofit work she began nearly four decades ago through the Bill, Hillary, and Chelsea Clinton Foundation, which works to improve global health, strengthen economies, promote health and wellness, and protect the environment by fostering partnerships among businesses, governments, nongovernmental organizations, and private citizens. 

 

Incoming NADA Chairman's Address

Forrest McConnell
2013 Vice Chairman
2014 Incoming NADA Chairman

 Forrest McConnell is president of McConnell Honda/Acura in Montgomery, Ala. McConnell started in the automotive business washing cars when he was 14 years old and then selling cars when he was 16 at his family's dealership, McConnell Chrysler/Honda in Montgomery. McConnell is the 2013 vice chairman for the National Automobile Dealers Association and serves on the board of directors, representing Alabama's franchised new-car dealers. He lives in Montgomery, Ala., with his wife Jennifer. They have two children, Forrest IV and Andrew.

 
 
  

Go back to top