Last week was a hectic one for many, as companies, event teams, sports franchises, universities and many more kept tabs on the latest developments and risks associated with COVID-19 — and made the necessary arrangements.

Cherokee Media Group, parent company of the Auto Intel Summit, responded to guidance from local and federal health experts, as well as other event teams about the heightening risk associated with the Coronavirus. As a result, we have decided to reschedule the Automotive Intelligence Summit to late this summer — August 17-19.

The safety of our speakers, attendees, team — and all who make an event like AIS successful — is of utmost importance to Cherokee Media Group.

As reported by Auto Remarketing, the event will still be help in the North Carolina capital, Raleigh — which is also beautiful in the late summer (and just a couple hours from the beach, if you can make time for a quick getaway after the event!) — it will just be shifting from the original timeframe of April 14-16 to later in the year.

Additional industry events making recent date modifications in light of health concerns included organizers of the Conference of Automotive Remarketing postponing the 2020 CAR Conference, originally scheduled for later this month in Las Vegas, and  the American Recovery Association moving the North American Repossessors Summit to the beginning of October.

All registrations, sponsorships and speakers for the Automotive Intelligence Summit will convey the new dates of Aug. 17-19.  In the case of any scheduling conflicts, Cherokee Media Group will work diligently with impacted individuals and companies to smooth challenges as much as possible.

All AIS hotel reservations made within the original Auto Intel Summit block will be automatically canceled. If you had a reservation, no need to call to cancel. We will be in touch shortly with a new link for reservations for August, with our original room rate.

See below for insight from Cherokee Media Group president Bill Zadeits and Marilu McQuilkin, Cherokee Media Group’s senior director of marketing and events, on the company’s methodology for making the move, plans — and ‘pledges’ — for AIS 2020: 

“I’d like to state clearly that the we are taking concerns about COVID-19 (commonly known as Coronavirus) very seriously,” Zadeits said. “The health and safety of our clients and their families, as well as our team and their families, is our top priority.

Bill Zadeits, Chair, Auto Intelligence Summit; President, Cherokee Media Group

“Our team is closely following the CDC’s official Interim Guidance for Event Planners and the PCMA’s (Professional Convention Management Association) COVID-19 resource page for the most accurate, relevant and updated information and will be making the necessary and appropriate changes for our event to ensure a safe and successful meeting for all of us,” he went on to say.

“Our team possessing more than a dozen years of wide-ranging experience ensures that we can navigate extreme challenges when hosting our industry-leading events,” said McQuilkin. “Our pledge is to orchestrate the Automotive Intelligence Summit with the same excellence the industry has come to know with our other events, including Auto Remarketing Canada, Women & Automotive and Used Car Week.”

Zadeits said, “We are excited about the great speaker lineup and energy that is building around this event, the new business opportunities, the new people we’ll meet and the new things we will all learn.”

For the latest information about the Automotive Intelligence Summit, stay tuned to www.autointelsummit and autoremarketing.com.

Nick Zulovich, Senior Editor, Cherokee Media Group, contributed to this report.