September 7, 2017

Carvana Chairman and CEO Ernie Garcia to Keynote 2017 Venture Atlanta Conference

ATLANTA — September 5, 2017 — What does multi-million-dollar short-term growth, a leading e-commerce platform and a successful footprint in Atlanta all have in common? Find out from Ernie Garcia, chairman and CEO of Carvana, who will deliver the keynote at the 2017 Venture Atlanta conference. In what promises to be of keen interest to the over 900 technology entrepreneurs, investors and executives who will attend this year’s event, Garcia’s address will give insight into Carvana’s unique business model and mission to transform the way consumers purchase cars, as well as how he has managed rapid growth and maintained a strong corporate culture along the way.

The 10th annual, two-day Venture Atlanta conference is anticipated to once again be a sold-out event and will showcase and connect the Southeast’s best and brightest innovators with top-tier investors. This year’s conference will be held October 11-12 at the College Football Hall of Fame in Atlanta.

“Ernie is one of the brightest, out-of-the-box business thinkers in modern history and is responsible for transforming the industry in a way that’s very interesting and powerful,” said Larry Williams, president and CEO of the Technology Association of Georgia (TAG) and Venture Atlanta board member. “Since its founding in Phoenix in 2012, Carvana has launched a local presence in 36 markets, including establishing one of its first footprints right here in Atlanta. We could not be more thrilled to have Ernie share his experiences firsthand at this year’s Venture Atlanta conference.”

Garcia’s experience in building a high-growth, disruptive business model offers a rare window for entrepreneurs and venture capitalists to better understand how to build their own successful products and companies. Garcia began his career at RBS Greenwich Capital, where he focused on consumer credit-based investments. Prior to that, he served in a variety of senior corporate finance and analytics roles at Drivetime Automotive Group. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Management Science and Engineering from Stanford University.

Garcia’s keynote address will take place at 9:30 a.m. on Thursday, October 12, 2017.

Venture Atlanta showcases the most promising technology companies located in Georgia and its expanded footprint of Texas to Washington, D.C., that are at both early and later stages and seeking to raise capital in the next 12 to 18 months.

For more information and to register for the event, visit www.ventureatlanta.org.

About Venture Atlanta

Venture Atlanta, Georgia’s technology innovation event, is where the region’s most promising tech companies meet the country’s top-tier investors. Now in its 10th year as the region’s largest investor showcase with over 900 attendees, Venture Atlanta connects the best and brightest entrepreneurs with local and national venture capitalists, bankers, angel investors and others who can help them raise the capital they need to grow their businesses. The annual nonprofit event is a collaboration of three leading Georgia business organizations: Atlanta CEO Council, Metro Atlanta Chamber and the Technology Association of Georgia (TAG). For more information, visit www.ventureatlanta.org.


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Allyson Eman
Executive Director
Venture Atlanta
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Michele Cramer
Carabiner Communications
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