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    • Thursday, September 28, 2023
    • 7:15 AM - 4:00 PM
    • Chicago Automobile Trade Association, 18W200 Butterfield Rd., Oakbrook Terrace, IL 60181

    Join the Midwest Automotive Media Association (MAMA) and the Chicago Automobile Trade Association (CATA) as we recharge into Chicago Drives Electric for a comprehensive look at the vehicles and technology that’s driving the EV revolution.

    Please join us on Thursday, September 28th from 7:15 AM to 4:00 PM at CATA Headquarters where you’ll have the opportunity to drive and compare EVs and PHEVs from a wide range of manufacturers including Alfa Romeo, Audi, Cadillac, Chrysler, Dodge, Ford, Hyundai, Jeep, Kia, Nissan, Toyota, Volkswagen, and Volvo. We’ll also have a panel discussion on the state of EVs today with sponsors from, CDK Global, ComEd, and Powering Chicago.

    Media will have the opportunity to drive electric vehicles on 15 to 20-minute drive routes.

    The event will take place in alignment with National Drive Electric Week, and will kick off consumer days of Chicago Drives Electric onsite at CATA over the weekend.


    Broadcast media welcome at any time throughout the day for live interviews and b-roll.

    7:15 a.m. – Media registration opens

    7:30-8:00 a.m. – Continental Breakfast & Networking

    8:30-9:30 a.m. – Panel Discussion/Q&A: The Current State of EVs

    • Panelists:
      • – Brian Normile, Road Test Editor
      • CDK Global – David Thomas, Director of Content
      • ComEd – Ryan Burg, Principal Business Analyst
      • Powering Chicago – Elbert Walters, Executive Director
    • Moderator:
      • Robert Duffer, MAMA President

    10:00 a.m.-Noon – EV Test Drives

    12:00-1:00 p.m. – Lunch & Presentation by CDK Global

    1:00-4:00 p.m. – EV Test Drives

    4:00 p.m. – Event Concludes


    Please follow signs to park in the East Side of the Hyundai building lot adjacent to the event location. There will be no media parking on the CATA property.


    • Alfa Romeo Tonale
    • Audi RS e-tron RT
    • Audi Q4 e-tron
    • Audi Q8 e-tron
    • Cadillac LYRIQ
    • Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid
    • Dodge Hornet RT
    • Ford F-150 Lightning
    • Ford Mustang Mach-e
    • Ford E-Transit
    • Hyundai IONIQ 5
    • Hyundai IONIQ 6
    • Jeep Grand Cherokee 4xe
    • Jeep Wrangler 4xe
    • Kia EV6
    • Kia Niro EV
    • Kia EV9 (static only)
    • Nissan ARIYA
    • Nissan LEAF
    • Toyota bz4x
    • Toyota Prius
    • Toyota Prius Prime
    • Toyota RAV4 Prime
    • Volkswagen ID.4
    • Volvo XC40 Recharge
    • Volvo C40 Recharge
    • Thursday, September 28, 2023
    • 2:00 PM
    • Chicago Automobile Trade Association, 18W200 Butterfield Rd., Oakbrook Terrace, IL 60181

    EV Workshop Tailored to CATA Dealers

    Join us for an afternoon of insightful discussion with leading industry experts providing insights and advice on setting up your business for success in the ever-changing EV market.


    Join fellow CATA dealers for an EV workshop and informative conversations with industry experts on a range of topics including: 

    • Keeping your business strategy forward-thinking and adaptable amidst the ever-changing landscape
    • Find efficiencies in business functions to support EVs, such as charger installation
    • Streamline management of EV charging from showroom to service
    • Used car market and insights around selling used EVs


    2:00-2:15 p.m. – Dealer arrival & welcome

    2:15-3:30 p.m. – State of the EV Landscape Discussion & Workshop

    • Mark LaNeve, President, Charge Enterprises
    • Jim Bunnell, Executive Director Automotive Dealer Channel Operations, Charge Enterprises 

    3:30-4:00 p.m. – Finding Efficiencies in Dealership Charging Installation by Powering Chicago

    • Robert Hattier, Business Representative for IBEW Local 134
    • Nick Pupich, Connolly Electric

    4:00-4:15 p.m. – PlugStar EV Certification Program Overview

    • Joel Levin, Executive Director, Plug In America

    4:15-6:00 p.m. – Remarks & Dealer Networking Happy Hour

    • How to Win the Used Car Game with Grant Goering, Accu-Trade Specialist, Enterprise Accounts at
    • Continue the EV conversation over libations and light hors d’oeuvres

    6:00 p.m. – Event Concludes

    *Schedule subject to change

    Please feel free to add other personnel from your dealership who should be in the EV know. All CATA members are welcome and encouraged to attend!

    • Wednesday, October 04, 2023
    • 9:30 AM - 11:00 AM
    • CATA HQ 18W200 Butterfield Rd., Oakbrook Terrace, IL 60181

    Is your dealership prepared to meet the challenges of the reinvigorated union movement?  Are your supervisors prepared to educate your employees about the reasons you prefer to remain union-free? Do they know the tell-tale signs to identify potential union organizing activity before organizing efforts go public? 

    New rules for organizing workplaces and a very union-friendly administration have emboldened unions to increase organizing efforts across the state and within the automotive industry. This presentation will provide attendees with:

    • Basic overview of the legal structure in which union organizing takes place
    • Review of recent NLRB rulings and how that impacts your dealership
    • Strategies and techniques that unions use to organize employees
    • How dealers can implement policies, practices, and programs to avoid union organizing campaigns before they begin in the form of positive employee relations

    The goal of this session is for dealers to leave with an understanding of labor law compliance and union awareness/organizing efforts and the tools to help them create a workplace where third-party representation is not necessary and where employees feel heard and respected.

    Join Ms. Jamie M. Hasty, Vice President of SESCO Management Consultants, for this extremely valuable session.  SESCO is a partner of CATA and offers human resources support and compliance serves to CATA members. 

    • Wednesday, November 15, 2023
    • 9:30 AM - 11:00 AM
    • CATA HQ 18W200 Butterfield Rd., Oakbrook Terrace, IL 60181

    Understanding how CP Maintenance and Repair work types cooperate is critical to increasing Service Department revenue. Historically, many Service Department’s CP Maintenance and Repair pricing strategies are functioning independently and disjointed because they are viewed as independent of each other. If these pricing strategies aren’t functioning together in your service department, you are leaving money on the table!

    In this in-person given by Leigh Silver, CEO of Dynatron Software, you will gain a deeper understanding of managing your CP business as 3 separate CP businesses, giving you the clarity needed to understand and improve ELR, Gross Profit, and Retention.

    About the Speaker

    Leigh Silver started his Automotive Technology career in 2005 with Service Repair Solutions (SRS - Identifix, MPI, IATN, AutoPoint, ROI) in the role of inside sales for Identifix. In December 2013 he partnered with his father, Les Silver, and acquired a share in the KEEPS Corporation, later becoming President and COO in May 2015. Leigh acquired Dynatron Software in 2016 and was promoted to CEO for KEEPS and Dynatron Software in 2019.

    • Saturday, February 10, 2024
    • Monday, February 19, 2024
    • McCormick Place, Chicago, Illinois

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Tuesday, November 08, 2022 CATA Educational Seminar: Employee Retention Credit
Friday, September 30, 2022 Chicago Drives Electric - Dealer Session
Thursday, September 29, 2022 Chicago Drives Electric - Media Day
Thursday, September 22, 2022 CATA Educational Seminar: Selecting and Implementing Digital Retail. Learn Best Practices from an actual Dealer and owner of a software company. Presented by WebBuy.
Wednesday, September 14, 2022 CATA Lunch and Learn: The Recession Proof Game Plan: 4 Focus Areas for Success in Your Used Car Department. Presented by ACV Auctions.
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Thursday, August 25, 2022 CATA Educational Seminar: Preventing Vehicle Thefts at CATA Dealerships
Thursday, August 18, 2022 CATA Educational Seminar: Automotive intelligence in today’s M&A market & How to determine the value of your dealership. Presented by DSMA Mergers & Acquisitions
Wednesday, July 20, 2022 F&I Legal Outlook 2022 - Presented by Zurich North America

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18W200 Butterfield Rd.
Oakbrook Terrace, IL 60181 
(630) 495-2282


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