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F&I Dealer of the Year Nominations Now Being Accepted


TORRANCE, Calif. — F&I and Showroom is now accepting nominations for its 2018 F&I Dealer of the Year and F&I Pacesetters contest, which is being sponsored by American Financial & Automotive Services Inc. for the second year in a row. The nomination period ends Aug. 15, 2018.

Now in its 17th year, the F&I Dealer of the Year and F&I Pacesetters program recognizes operations with highly profitable F&I departments that demonstrate a commitment to regulatory compliance and customer satisfaction. Dealership employees, general agents, vendors, and F&I product providers are encouraged to nominate their stores and dealer clients for the award.

“This is my favorite time of year, when we get to honor the top F&I operations in the nation,” said Gregory Arroyo, editorial director of F&I and Showroom and Auto Dealer Todaymagazines. “And I’d like to thank Arden Hetland and the team at American Financial & Automotive Services for giving us the opportunity to do so by once again sponsoring our annual awards program.”

Hetland, president of American Financial & Automotive Services, added: “We are proud to sponsor the F&I Pacesetter and F&I Dealer of the Year contest. For over 35 years, we have prided ourselves in giving back to the industry.  Sponsoring these awards for the second year in a row is our way of saying thank you.”

The magazine will first select six finalists, or F&I Pacesetters of the Year. They will be featured in the magazine’s conference issue and recognized during a special awards ceremony at Industry Summit 2018, which is scheduled for Oct. 8–10 at the Caribe Royale Orlando in Orlando, Fla.

At the conclusion of the ceremony, one finalist will be named the 2018 F&I Dealer of the Year. That operation will also appear on the cover of F&I and Showroom’s December 2018 issue, which will feature an extended profile on the winning operation.

To nominate a dealership or dealer group, fill out the contest’s nomination form as completely as possible. List any and all awards or certifications earned by the dealership and its F&I team, as well as describe in detail the process followed by the operation’s F&I staffers. Be sure to note whether the dealership or group employs any special compliance process, such as the National Automobile Dealers Association’s Fair Credit Compliance Policy & Program, or has updated its sales and F&I processes to address new buying habits or to improve the customer experience.

Consumer ratings on DealerRater, Yelp, Google, and Facebook are also considered during the judging process, as well as an operation’s standing with the Better Business Bureau.

“Great product penetration rates and per-copy averages will get you noticed, but we look at the complete picture when selecting the six finalists and our eventual F&I Dealer of the Year,” Arroyo said. “Again, we’re looking for highly profitable F&I departments that demonstrate a commitment to regulatory compliance, ethics, and a customer-centric F&I Process. If that describes your store or your client, nominate them today.”

For more information or to nominate a dealership or dealer group, click here.

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Industry Summit Competitions – Do You Know Someone who Qualifies?


The 2011 Industry Summit is only two months away and announcements have already been made about two exciting opportunities for Automotive Dealerships and F&I Managers. The first is the F&I Dealer of the Year award which is sponsored by Resource Automotive.

F&I Dealer of the Year

Who is Eligible?
ANY dealership with a highly profitable F&I department that can also demonstrate a commitment to regulatory compliance, ethics and a customer-focused sales and F&I approach to doing business.

Who Can Place a Nomination?
Dealership employees, general agents, and F&I product and service providers.

5 Initial Pacesetter Finalists
F&I Showroom will select five ‘Pacesetters of the Year’ (also sponsored by Resource Automotive) who will each win a two-night stay at the Las Vegas Hilton. They will then be honored during a special ceremony held during the Industry Summit scheduled for September 26th through the 28th.

One Grand Price Winner
One of the five selected Pacesetter Finalists will be named F&I Dealer of the Year and appear on the cover the F&I and Showroom’s October issue.

Nomination Deadline?
Friday, August 12, 2011 – So make sure to get your nominations in soon because mid-August will be here before we know it.

Where to Obtain and Submit your Nomination
To download an entry form and obtain information on where to submit your nominations, please visit F&I and Showrooms “2011 F&I Dealer of the Year” webpage at http://www.fi-magazine.com/Content/2011-F-I-Dealer-of-the-Year.aspx

The next competition, called the F&Idol Contest, is new this year and is sponsored by Innovative Aftermarket Solutions (IAS) and powered by SmartEye.

F&Idol

Who is Eligible?
F&I Managers with the best presentations in the following categories: Vehicle Service Contract, GAP, Tire and Wheel, Key Replacement, and Theft Deterrent.

Who Can Enter?
Any F&I Manager with a good video camera and a GREAT closing technique.

One Finalist per Category to be Selected
An esteemed panel of Judges will be selecting one finalist per category, and include:

  • Bob Corbin, president and CEO of IAS
  • Gregory Arroyo, executive editor of F&I and Showroom
  • Marv Eleazer, F&I columnist for F&I and Showroom and F&I professional at Langdale Ford
  • Ron Reahard, president of Reahard & Associates, Inc.
  • Steve Veldkamp, training director for Great Lakes Companies
  • Alan Miller, senior vice president of sales at CNA National
  • Robert Harkins, president of RAH Consulting
  • Randall R. Crisorio, president and CEO of United Development Systems

Each finalist will be honored in a special ceremony held at the Industry Summit, and receive a $1,000 cash prize, free airfare, hotel accommodations and a free pass to the 2011 Industry Summit. Each Finalist will also appear on F&I Showroom’s website along with their video’s as well as the magazine’s special conference issue in September.

One Grand Price Winner
One of the five finalists will be chosen as the Grand Prize winner and will receive the F&Idol trophy and an additional $2,500 cash prize. Finally, the grand prize winner will be profiled in F&I and Showrooms October 2011 issue.

Entry Deadline?
Friday, August 12, 2011 – So, just like I said for the F&I Dealer of the Year nominations, make sure to get your nominations in soon because mid-August will be here before we know it.

How to Submit your Entry’s
Entries can be recorded using an Android Phone, iPhone, Flip video camera, iPad, Webcam or any other video recording device and then uploaded to the contest site. Please visit the following site for details and additional information, https://www.fandidol.com/Default.aspx

So put your thinking caps on to select the best potential dealership candidate for the F&I Dealer of the Year award and release that creativity if you are planning on submitting a video of how well you can present your favorite F&I products.

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