ACG San Diego: The Intersection of Vehicle Technology and M&A: Current Opportunities for Deal Flow in the Automotive Industry

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March 19, 2019 7 AM - 9 AM EDT


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Current Opportunities for Deal Flow in the Automotive Industry
Tuesday, March 19, 2019/ 7- 9 am
Lomas Santa Fe Country Club, Solana Beach, CA 92075
7:00-7:30 AM Networking
7:30-8:00 AM Breakfast and Announcements
8:00-9:00 AM Program
Event Description:
There are over 280 million passenger cars and light trucks on the road in the United States, and technology is driving fundamental changes in how consumers interact with vehicles.  Hybrid and all-electric vehicles are gaining acceptance, autonomous vehicles are being developed and component parts are rapidly changing to accommodate technological advances.  Technology is also changing the actual driving experience through on board apps and telematics.  In addition, business models such as fractional ownership and ride sharing platforms are changing the way consumers view the need to own cars and trucks.  The auto industry has attracted significant interest from venture capital and private equity investors, as well as from publicly held automotive parts manufacturers.  This “Fireside Chat” will feature experts discussing current trends and future opportunities for M&A activity in the vehicle industry.
Key Takeaways:
1.Learn about current trends in vehicle-related technology
2.Understand fundamental shifts in vehicle-related business models that are enabled by technology, and how that is
creating M&A opportunities
3.What are the future M&A opportunities in the vehicle industry
Rick Schwartz – CEO and Managing Partner, Schwartz Advisors LLC
PANELISTS:  Bios Below (scroll down)
Derek Kaufman -- Managing Partner, Schwartz Advisors LLC
ACGSD Members & ACGSD Sponsors: 0
ACGSD NextGen Members: 0
Members of Other Chapters: 75
Non-Members & Guests: 95
Contact Executive Director Judy Susser-Travis, CMP, CMM at
or 619 741 7247
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- ACG San Diego Executive Director @ or 619 741 7247.


Rick Schwartz

Rick Schwartz - MODERATOR

Schwartz Advisors LLC
CEO and Managing Partner

Rick Schwartz is co-founder and CEO & Managing Partner of Schwartz Advisors LLC, an M&A advisory and management consulting firm focused on the automotive industry.  For the past decade, Rick has advised private equity firms, boards of directors and management teams on M&A opportunities and strategic growth initiatives.   Rick works with institutional investors and automotive companies on upcoming trends in technology and appropriate strategies to take advantage of a dynamic landscape for M&A activity in the automotive industry.  Before founding Schwartz Advisors, Rick held senior management positions at Nestle, Macy’s and the Upper Deck Company.  Rick received an MBA from the University of Southern California Marshall School of Business, and a B.A. in International Relations from USC.

Derek Kaufman

Derek Kaufman - PANELIST

Schwartz Advisors LLC
Managing Partner


Derek Kaufman is a Managing Partner at Schwartz Advisors, LLC, providing M&A support and company growth advisory services in the auto and heavy-duty aftermarket industries.  He is also President of C3 Network, which he founded in 1997 to provide sales and market positioning support for companies selling into the transportation market.  For 44 years, Derek has worked in the Transportation Industry with positions ranging from VP Marketing and Product Planning for Freightliner Trucks, Senior VP of Sales, Marketing and Customer Support for Hino Trucks, President of Diesel Technology (subsidiary of Penske Corporation), VP of Administration for Smart USA, and CEO of Mission Motors Company. He also serves as a director on six corporate boards and is a regular conference speaker on the emerging technologies that are affecting automotive and commercial vehicle service providers. 

Hosted by: ACG
San Diego

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About Schwartz Advisors


Schwartz Advisors (SA) is a merger & acquisition advisor and strategy consulting firm focused exclusively on the vehicle transportation industry.  SA provides sell side support to business owners and SA supports private equity firms on acquisition due diligence.  The SA strategy practice works with private and public companies on corporate growth initiatives.  The SA team is comprised of former business owners and senior executives from the vehicle transportation industry.