The Midland International Motor Show will showcase more than 500 cars starting October 7

MIDLAND — Wake up! Dreams meet reality at the largest outdoor auto show in North America.

The Northwood University International Auto Show will encourage the public to make their dreams come true.

“This year’s theme is ‘DREAMS’ because we want to inspire others to live their dreams and find the car of their dreams,” said CEO Ethan Schad. “Also, many companies are based purely on dreams, and we wanted to include Northwood’s role in that; honor the companies that contribute to the show; and remind everyone that everything starts with a dream. Come and see how our dream comes to life.”

From October 7 to 9 in Midland, more than 500 cars from 65 manufacturers will be on display. Attendees will see a wide selection of cars, including the “Dream Car” collection based on Winckelmann’s collection, which includes the Bugatti Chiron, Pagani Huayra and McLaren Speedtail.

A VIP panel will be held on Friday, October 7, featuring Steve Rowley, President, Cox Automotive Inc.; Tina Prue, Dodge Marketing and Communications Manager; Mike Kavanaugh, Lithia & Driveway Vice President of Operations; Porter Brown, New Car Sales Manager, Garber Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram; and Alice Thomas, vice president of acquisitions at Capital Automotive Financial.

“VIP will be very inspiring for students and others to listen to,” Schad said. “The group consists of a unique group of people who come from different professions and have found their own path through the love of their industry.”

The VIP panel will be held from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. on Friday, Oct. 7, in the John and Marjorie Hochman Amphitheater at Founders Garden near the newly improved shopping street.

The show will also feature games, activities, food trucks, photography, interactive booths and giveaways. Drinks for adults will be available for purchase on October 8 at Tavern 59 from 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Saturday will feature a Women in the Automotive Industry Roundtable moderated by Northwood First Lady Mary Ellen McPhee. Panelists will include Lisa Rechsteiner, partner and general manager of Graff Chevrolet; Susan Michaels, Head of Professional Development, CDK Global; Diana Zimmerman, general manager of Coffman Truck Sales; Nikki Paschall, Director of Communications and Engagement, Aftermarket Auto Parts Alliance; Christine Osterhart, regional sales manager for Buick GMC; Debbie Pershon, Director of Corporate Accounts, CDK Global; Lisa Saylor of CDK Global; and Tammy Horn, senior vice president of credit risk.

“The Women in Automotive Roundtable is a great opportunity for Northwood students to hear from industry professionals about the importance of DE&I, the dream for women in the industry, and more,” said Signature Events Chair Andria Thompson. “This year, we’re really excited that students will be able to connect with these amazing women on a more intimate level and show just how important women are in the industry.”

The panel discussion will take place on October 8 at 9:45 in the McNair Center.

The show is run entirely by students. This year’s executive committee includes the following students, their hometowns and roles:

• Ethan Schad of Sauk Prairie, Wisconsin is general chairman

• Anthony Giacalone of St. Louis, Missouri is director of acquisitions

• Chelsea’s Ryan Bost is CFO

• Riley Heyer of Clare is Assistant CFO

• Alaina Randazzo of Woodhaven is director of marketing

• Alexa Young from Livonia — Department of Multimedia

• Pietro Vitale of Woodhaven is head of public relations

• Cole Briggs of Port Huron is head of logistics

• Andrea Thompson of New Baltimore, Michigan is head of corporate events

• Logan Lundgren of Woodhaven is the national chapter chairman

• Alexander Mason of New York, New York is head of the Asia Division

• Raelyn Ross of Lansing — Head of the European Chapter

• Wyatt Caldwell of Holly — Chairman of the Special Branch

• Elise Richardson of Dexter is Head of After Sales

• Miranda Prior of Novi is vice president of aftersales

Thanks to generous sponsors, admission to the Northwood University International Auto Show is not available. Also, there is no parking fee.

“We are incredibly excited to share all the hard work our amazing students and the DREAM team have been putting in over the past year,” said Director of Marketing Alaina Randazzo. — Come see how our dream comes to life at 59th Northwood. University International Motor Show. It’s going to be a great show!”

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