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March 21, 2019 Volume 1 Issue 131  

Testimonial Builder App Passes 500 Downloads

Baltimore, MD - Testimonial Builder, the premier mobile app for filming and syndicating video reviews, recently surpassed the 500-download threshold.  The iPhone and Android versions of the app debuted at NADA earlier this year, and have been embraced by the automotive industry.


Flick Fusion's Tim James to Present "Mastering Google's Five Critical Micro Moments with Video" at Digital Dealer 22

Urbandale, IA - Flick Fusion recently announced that COO Tim James will be speaking at the 22nd Digital Dealer Conference & Exposition in Tampa, FL. On Wednesday, April 12th at 2:30 p.m. James will present "Mastering Google's Five Critical Micro Moments with Video -- Creating a Video Marketing Strategy to Maximize the Effectiveness of ALL of Your Video Content and Deliver Measurable ROI through an Increase in Leads, Appointments, Shows, and Sales."


Dealers Lose an Average $380K Annually in Service Revenue Due to Missed Opportunities with Millennials, Finds AutoLoop
As purchasing power of key demographic grows, adjustments to digital engagement strategies and in-store experience will be required to increase retention rates

Clearwater, FL – AutoLoop LLC, the leading provider of auto industry marketing and customer relationship management solutions that successfully drive the Sell, Service, Repeat cycle, recently announced that dealerships are losing an average $380K annually in service revenue due to missed opportunities to digitally engage with, and retain, their Millennial customers. The data was highlighted in AutoLoop's 2016 Digital Engagement (ADE) study, which surveyed 1,000 auto consumers and analyzed the purchase behavior of over 4 million customers representing 1,000 dealerships from across the U.S.


String Automotive Puts Market Intelligence in the Palm of Dealer’s Hand, Debuts Free StringDPS Pulse App

Groton, MA - String Automotive, provider of the auto retail industry’s first and only Dealer Positioning System® (DPS), is proud to debut their ground-breaking competitive intelligence mobile app for dealerships, StringDPS Pulse. StringDPS Pulse is being offered after a wildly successful beta period with requests for the app quadrupling the original goal set for the time period.


AutoSuccess Exclusive Media Sponsor of 2017 Digital Marketing Strategies Conference (DMSC)

Louisville, KY — AutoSuccess Magazine, the industry leader in providing how-to sales information to automotive dealers, salespeople and leaders, is excited to announce that it is the exclusive media sponsor for the 2017 Digital Marketing Strategies Conference (DMSC).

The Conference, hosted by PCG Companies, is designed to assist automotive dealers with creating and implementing their digital marketing strategies to take full advantage of the tools available to them, capturing increased market share along with raising their visibility and profile.


AutoSuccess Webinar Cory Mosley

Please register for "The 3 Major Problems That Cost Dealers Sales Online and How to Fix Them on April 4, 2017 at 2:00 PM EDT.


AutoSuccess Webinar Ted Dupuy and Ashley Mabery

Please register for "Real Dealer, Real Processes, Great Results!" Guest Ashley Mabery Cardinal Auto Group on April 6, 2017 at 2:00 PM EDT.


New Book Shares Best Practices for Better Hiring: Six Tips to Help Businesses Fix Their Broken Hiring Processes

Modern-day hiring is largely broken, but hiring expert Scott Wintrip is fixing it one company at a time. In his new book, High Velocity Hiring, Wintrip explains exactly how to optimize your company's hiring potential and find better job candidates faster than ever before.

New York, NY — Everyone knows that hiring within an organization can be a stressful, confusing, and tedious process. Business owners, organization leaders, and hiring managers all want to choose the best job candidates so their companies can experience more productivity and less turnover. But according to business consultant and hiring expert Scott Wintrip, most companies operate under a broken hiring system, and they may not even realize it. In fact, he wrote the book on how to rehab your hiring practices by hiring faster, smarter, and better.


Cox Automotive Announces Retirement of Chief Economist Tom Webb
Industry veteran recognized for legacy of economic insights and analysis spanning 40+ years

Atlanta, GA – Cox Automotive announced recently that
Chief Economist Tom Webb will retire on June 30. His departure marks the end of an illustrious automotive industry career that spanned some four decades and earned Webb recognition as the pinnacle of automotive market intelligence and economic analysis.


Subi Ghosh Joins Stream Companies Management Team as Senior Director of Dealer Strategy

Malvern, PA - Stream Companies, a fully integrated advertising agency, is proud to announce Subi Ghosh as their new Senior Director of Dealer Strategy. Subi’s breadth of experience running successful eCommerce and Sales Departments at dealership groups and more recently building a small digital agency makes her a perfect fit for this newly created role. Subi's position will be to enhance Stream's role in working alongside clients in supporting their business objectives through digital marketing and improved online sales processes and digital retailing.


Women in Automotive Names Auto Industry Pioneer Lisa Copeland as Brand Ambassador and Board Member

Orlando, FL – Women in Automotive (WIA), a collection of industry leaders focused on empowering and developing women in the automotive sector, announced recently that award-winning sales and brand strategist Lisa Copeland has been named WIA Brand Ambassador and added to the organization’s Board of Directors.


AUL Corp. Launches 2017 F&I Training Schedule

Napa, CA - AUL Corp., the award-winning and leading warranty and vehicle service contract administrator in America, just released their 2017 F&I Training Schedule. This will be AUL's second year of offering F&I Training. This training provides a tailored education that includes a 3-day live course, virtual training sessions and an online platform that includes a variety of videos and quizzes available for 12 months following the in-person course. The curriculum is designed for F&I professionals selling finance and insurance products in automobile dealerships.


TDC Launches Virtual Compliance Training For A Fraction Of The Cost
Compliance-auditing firm, total dealer compliance, launches virtual compliance training to help car dealers avoid costly fines from proactive regulators and instill a culture of compliance

New York, NY — Total Dealer Compliance (TDC), a car dealership compliance-auditing firm, recently announced the launch of its Virtual Compliance Training platform. This online training solution will help car dealers mitigate risk faced by proactive regulators, creating a culture of compliance at a fraction of the cost. With TDC charging roughly 80% less than their competitors, these Virtual Compliance Training modules will provide affordable access to training, enabling car dealers to be fully compliant with Federal regulations across Sales, BDC, F&I, Fixed Ops, HR, and IT departments.


University Introduces Industry’s First Joining Technologies Class
Class covers welding, brazing, riveting, weld bonding and more

Madison, IN – Chief University introduces the first all-encompassing, hands-on collision repair class focused on joining technologies. The one-day Chief University Joining Technologies class is designed to provide estimators and appraisers a thorough understanding of the current welding, riveting and adhesive bonding and removal technologies being used in today’s shops.


America’s Automotive Trust Announces Four Signature Events at America’s Car Museum in 2017
Fundraisers will celebrate America’s automotive legacy and help secure a future for the collector car community

Tacoma, WA – America’s Automotive Trust (AAT), a not-for-profit dedicated to securing a vibrant future for the collector car industry, has announced four 2017 Signature Events, which will be held at LeMay – America’s Car Museum in Tacoma, Washington. AAT’s Signature Events include Drive the Blues Away, the Wheels & Heels Annual Gala, Cigars & Cars and the Summer Ender Fender Bender.


RFID Journal LIVE! 2017 Keynote Speakers to Discuss RFID Deployments Under Way for Honda, the U.S. Army and Auburn University
RFID Journal's 15th annual event, being held in Phoenix, Ariz., on May 9-11 will feature an impressive lineup of keynotes and general sessions

New York, NY - RFID Journal announced recently that speakers from Honda, the U.S. Army and Auburn University will be featured in general sessions at RFID Journal LIVE! 2017. The conference and exhibition will be held on May 9-11, at Arizona's Phoenix Convention Center. Key themes among all of these sessions will be the use of RFID to improve the customer experience and business operations, as well as increase efficiency in inventory management.


NABD Outlines Conference Agenda in "Changing World"

Houston, TX - The National Alliance of Buy-Here, Pay-Here Dealers recently announced the details of its 19th annual BHPH Conference at the Wynn/Encore in Las Vegas on May 23 through May 25. NABD president Ken Shilson explained that the theme of this show is “The Changing World of Buy-Here, Pay-Here,” because the event will focus on how operators can compete successfully in the highly competitive subprime auto finance market of today.


Automotive Hall Of Fame Announces 2017 Inductees; Will Celebrate 50th Anniversary Of Induction Ceremony
Alberto Bombassei, August Fruehauf, Jack Roush, and Edward Welburn to be inducted into the Automotive Hall of Fame on Thursday, July 20, at Cobo Center in Detroit, MI

Dearborn, MI - The Automotive Hall of Fame will induct four new members into its ranks at its 2017 Induction & Awards Gala Ceremony in Detroit, Michigan, at Cobo Center on July 20.

The Automotive Hall of Fame's 2017 Inductees include: Alberto Bombassei, president of Brembo; August Fruehauf (1868-1930), inventor of the semi-trailer and founder of the Fruehauf Trailer Company; Jack Roush, founder, CEO, and co-owner of Roush Fenway Racing and Chairman of Roush Enterprises; and Edward Welburn, retired General Motors VP of Global Design.


Brandon Honda Hires David Farner as Executive Manager

Tampa, FL – Sam Raabe is pleased to announce that David Farner has been hired as an executive manager at Brandon Honda, a Morgan Auto Group dealership. He was formerly with Toyota of Tampa Bay for 10 years, another Morgan Auto Group store, where he served in a variety of sales, finance and management roles. In his new position as an executive manager at Brandon Honda, Farner works closely with sales and finance associates to finalize automobile lease and purchase agreements that best meet customers’ needs.


RoadVantage Expands Sales Team, Welcomes Industry Veteran Aaron Riddle
RoadVantage, the fastest-growing provider of F&I programs for the automotive industry, today announced F&I industry veteran Aaron Riddle has joined the sales team as a Regional Vice President

RoadVantage, the fastest-growing provider of F&I programs for the automotive industry, recently announced F&I industry veteran Aaron Riddle has joined the sales team as a Regional Vice President.

Riddle comes to RoadVantage with more than 25 years of experience in F&I, most recently with Ally Financial, where he served as an Area Growth Leader. Riddle’s background includes experience with F&I lenders, products, trainers and providers, including several years with Safe-Guard Products as well as PermaPlate.


NextGear Capital Selects Mackie to Drive Future Sales Growth
Executive brings 20+ years to newly created position

Carmel, IN – To support future growth in the inventory-financing sector, NextGear Capital recently announced Lisa Mackie will fill its newly created vice president of sales position, effective immediately. She is responsible for strategic leadership, vision and execution of the company’s sales efforts.


Tim King Promoted to Stant's Senior Vice President of Global Sales

Connersville, IN – Tim King has been promoted to senior vice president of global sales, it was announced by Gary Masse, CEO of Stant Corporation.

In his 26-year career at Stant, King has held a variety of management positions in engineering, operations, sales and program management. Prior to assuming his new role, King served as vice president of global sales and program management for Stant.


AIADA Hires New Senior Grassroots and Advocacy Manager
Ashley Burch will oversee member advocacy and grassroots initiatives

Alexandria, VA – The American International Automobile Dealers Association (AIADA) recently announced the addition of Ashley Burch as its senior advocacy and grassroots manager. In this role, Burch will be responsible for maintaining and growing relationships between AIADA members and their legislators, managing the association's annual Auto Summit, and representing the organization on Capitol Hill.


Neil Cann Joins Brandon Honda as New Service Manager

Tampa, FL – Neil Cann has joined Brandon Honda as service manager, reporting to service director Erik Vogel. He is responsible for managing all aspects of Brandon Honda’s auto service operations, including customer service, personnel management, streamlining process flows, and service advisor training. He has 11 years of previous Honda service operations experience on the east coast at Hollywood Honda and Coral Springs Honda, where he first worked with Vogel several years ago.


JM Family Announces New Role of Chief Information Security Officer

Deerfield Beach, FL – To accommodate the continuous evolution of cybersecurity laws and the increasing risks associated with information security, JM Family Enterprises, Inc. announces the newly created role of Chief Information Security Officer and welcomes Chip Regan to the position.


2017 SEMA Board of Directors Election Candidates Announced

Diamond Bar, CA — The following slate of candidates are vying for a seat on the Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) Board of Directors:

Chair-elect Category (one open seat)


GM Financial Names Auction of the Year Winners

Fort Worth, TX - General Motors Financial recently named the winners of its 2016 Open Sale Auction of the Year as well as its 2016 Closed Sale Auction of the Year.

Claiming the first prestigious award presented annually that’s part of the company’s nationwide Auction of the Year program, ADESA Kansas City, in Kansas City, Mo., was named as GM Financial’s 2016 Open Sale Auction of the Year.


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