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Industry Summit 2017: Big Value in Big D


DALLAS — Organizers of the annual Industry Summit announced that this year’s event, scheduled for Sept. 11–14, 2017, at the Gaylord Texan in Grapevine, Texas, near Dallas, will be the biggest and best value in the show’s 13-year history.

Produced by the publishers of Auto Dealer Today and F&I and Showroom, Industry Summit was launched as the F&I Conference in 2005. It has since grown into the premier event for dealers, sales and F&I professionals, agents, and executives, and has retained its focus on expert-level training for every department in the dealership.

This year’s event will be produced in partnership with the following:

  • The Best Training Day Ever, featuring Dave Anderson, Jeff Cowan, David Lewis, and Alan Ram
  • Greg Goebel’s Special Finance Conference
  • F&I Think Tank, featuring Ethical F&I Managers’ Marv Eleazer
  • Compliance Summit, including onsite certification by Gil Van Over’s Automotive Compliance Education (ACE)

“This is the all-star team,” said David Gesualdo, show chair and publisher of Auto Dealer Today and F&I and Showroom. “Every dealer event has value, but you would have to attend them all to get the education and networking opportunities Industry Summit offers in one place.”

Industry Summit 2017 will be held at the Gaylord Texan in Grapevine, Texas, Sept. 11–14. For updates on registration, travel, special events and more, subscribe to the free digital editions of Auto Dealer Today and F&I and Showroom.

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AMS Announces Industry Summit Giveaway Winner


HADDONFIELD, N.J. — Automotive Mobile Solutions (AMS) announced that Roy O’Brien Ford in Saint Clair Shores, Mich., won the company’s giveaway at Industry Summit in Las Vegas. The dealership will enjoy full use of AMS’s LeadsBeacon mobile wallet platform for the next year.

Joseph A. Opolski II, business manager at Roy O’Brien Ford, attended “Get Your Customers Back,” a presentation on mobile and proximity marketing delivered by John F. Possumato, AMS’s founder and CEO, and accepted the prize on behalf of the dealership.

“We really enjoyed the entire Industry Summit, and the presentation on geofencing and proximity marketing through mobile wallet and apps — and winning the prize of use of the platform for a year — was the icing on the cake,” Opolski said. “We can’t wait to get started utilizing all of the customer-facing features, like couponing, loyalty punch cards, and especially mobile wallet digital business cards.”

“Automotive dealers who are utilizing Apple Wallet and Android Wallet capabilities are on the cutting edge of mobile wallet technologies, on par with some of the major national retailers on the scene today, such as Starbucks, Best Buy and Target,” said Possumato. “We look forward to working with Joe and the team at Roy O’Brien Ford to use our unique platform to enhance customer acquisition and retention for both sales and service.”

Possumato described the industry trends toward geofencing and mobile wallet as “clear and dramatic,” noting that the technology will soon be in wide use among auto dealers.

“Soon, if you are not reaching your customer through a mobile first and focused strategy and sales initiatives, with tools like TCPA-compliant texting, and now, mobile wallet with proximity marketing capabilities, including geotargeted text, coupons and flash sales, you won’t really be reaching many consumers at all,” Possumato said. “Really, how many email ‘blast’ notifications does a car dealer today have to send out to get a few responses? The proof is in the numbers.”

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ORIAS Offers Prize to Industry Summit Attendees


LAS VEGAS — Organizers of the upcoming Industry Summit have announced that Old Republic Insured Automotive Services (ORIAS) will award two $500 American Express gift cards in a random drawing of attendees who register by this Friday, July 29. The three-day event will be held Aug. 29–31, 2016, at Paris Las Vegas.

“Thanks to Old Republic, Industry Summit attendees have one more good reason to sign up by Friday,” said David Gesualdo, show chair and publisher of Agent Entrepreneur and F&I and Showroom. “We appreciate their support and look forward to a spike in registrations.”

Attendees who register by midnight Friday will enjoy a $100 discount at registration and will be automatically entered in a drawing to win one of the two gift cards.

“We are, as always, proud to sponsor and looking forward to attending the Industry Summit this year,” said Matt Curran, vice president of sales and marketing for ORIAS. “The event, like Old Republic, continues to grow year over year. This year’s agenda is packed with relevant and important information for anyone in our industry.”

To register for Industry Summit, click here.

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Compliance Summit to Hit Tampa, Las Vegas in 2016


TAMPA, Fla. — Organizers of Compliance Summit, a series of regional events dedicated to front-end compliance for dealers and dealership management, announced that events will be held in Tampa and Las Vegas this year following stops in Chicago and Austin, Texas, in 2015.

“Demand for compliance education is a national concern, and we have had a tremendous response at every stop thus far,” said David Gesualdo, show chair and publisher of Auto Dealer Today and F&I and Showroom. “I would encourage any dealer who is looking for a rock-solid, region-sensitive compliance plan to mark their calendars now.”

The first opportunity is next month at Dealer Summit, where the Compliance Summit agenda has been rolled into the three-day event. Dealer Summit will be held May 3–5, 2016, at the Sheraton Tampa Riverwalk Hotel.

Vegas Compliance Summit will be co-located with Industry Summit, which is scheduled for August 29–31, 2016, at Paris Las Vegas, as a separate but concurrent event.

Registration for Dealer Summit is open at the event’s website. For more information about Compliance Summit, including sponsorship and exhibition opportunities, contact David Gesualdo email hidden; JavaScript is required or at 727-947-4027.

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Nomination Deadline for F&I Dealer of the Year Announced


TORRANCE, Calif. — F&I and Showroom magazine has announced the deadline to nominate dealers for its 2015 F&I and Dealer of the Year award. Nominations must be received by July 31, 2015, and the winner will be announced at this year’s Industry Summit, scheduled for Sept. 8-10 at the Paris Las Vegas

Dealership employees, general agents, F&I product providers and technology vendors can complete an online nomination form to nominate their dealerships and dealer clients. Supporting materials for a nominee, such as newspaper clippings or awards announcements, can be emailed to email hidden; JavaScript is required.

“Once again, we’re looking for a highly profitable F&I department that demonstrates a commitment to regulatory compliance, ethics and a customer-centric F&I process,” said Gregory Arroyo, editorial director of F&I and Showroom magazine. “If that describes your dealership, then nominate it today.”

Serving as the sponsor of the award for the fifth straight year is The Warranty Group and their Resource Dealer Group. “We are again proud to sponsor F&I and Showroom’s F&I Pacesetter and F&I Dealer of the Year awards — recognizing those dealerships with outstanding F&I performance that consistently deliver customer satisfaction and a commitment to regulatory compliance.” said Charlie Robinson, president and COO of Resource Automotive, a subsidiary of The Warranty Group Inc. “Keep up the good work and best of luck to all this year.”

Arroyo added: “I’d just like to thank Charlie and his team for once again sponsoring this award. It means a lot to us at the magazine. Their support once again illustrates the company’s commitment to the F&I industry.”

The magazine will first select five F&I Pacesetters of the Year, which will serve as finalists for the coveted F&I Dealer of the Year award. A representative from each of the finalists will then be invited to Industry Summit 2015, where they’ll be honored during a special ceremony to open the magazine’s conference. They’ll also receive a two-night stay at the Paris Las Vegas Hotel, the site of this year’s conference, and a complimentary full-conference pass.

Those selected as F&I Pacesetters will also be profiled in the magazine’s special conference issue and the September edition of F&I and Showroom magazine.

At the conclusion of the special ceremony, one finalist will be named the 2015 F&I Dealer of the Year. That dealership will appear on the cover of the magazine’s November issue, which will include a four-page profile on the dealership’s sales and F&I operations. Past winners of the F&I Dealer of the Year award include Vaden Automotive Group, Serpentini Chevrolet of Strongsville, Lithia Motors Inc., Riverside Auto Group, The Suburban Collection, Tuttle-Click Automotive Group, and Vaden Automotive Group.

To nominate your dealership or dealer client today, click here. If you should have any problems completing the online nomination form, please e-mail email hidden; JavaScript is required.

Industry Summit includes educational tracks for F&I, Special Finance, Used Vehicle Retailing, Dealership Sales & Technology and P&A Leadership. For more information or to register, visit www.industrysummit.com. For information about sponsorship and exhibition opportunities, contact David Gesualdo via email hidden; JavaScript is required or call (727) 947-4027.

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Industry Summit Organizers Reveal New Conference Features


TORRANCE, Calif. — Industry Summit 2015, scheduled for Sept. 8-10 at the Paris Las Vegas, will feature special lightning-round sessions that will allow attendees to discover or rediscover key features equipping today’s leading F&I tools and solutions. The new addition is part of Industry Summit’s 2015 theme: “Train. Discover. Network.”

The lighting-round sessions, which will include live demos of today’s leading software solutions, will kick off on Wednesday, Sept. 9, at 1 p.m. with a special “Tech Talk” keynote address from Sean V. Bradley, founder and CEO of Dealer Synergy and author of “Win the Game of Googleopoly: Unlocking the Secret Strategy of Search Engines.”

“This is all about building a better F&I professional,” said David Gesualdo, show chair and publisher of F&I and Showroom and Auto Dealer Monthly. “So aside from featuring an intense training curriculum taught by the who’s who in F&I, we’re offering these special lighting-round sessions to allow attendees to discover the F&I industry’s newest tools and solutions. And there’s no one better than Sean to kick off the festivities.”

Industry Summit 2015 will once again feature the top F&I trainers in the business. They will touch on a range of key F&I topics, from department management and lender relations to objection handling, new closing techniques and more. To view this year’s roster of F&I trainers, click here.

The event will also feature a host of networking opportunities, providing attendees with a chance to connect with the top minds in the business. “And the learning doesn’t stop after show hours,” said Gregory Arroyo, editorial director of F&I and Showroom and Auto Dealer Monthly. “There’s also columnist Mad Marv Eleazer’s annual get-togethers inside the Paris’ Le Central bar, where you’ll find F&I managers, trainers and even F&I product provider reps talking shop over a nice beverage and cigar. It’s where some of the best F&I advice is shared.”

For front-end dealership personnel, Industry Summit will also feature Greg Goebel’s Used Vehicle Retailing and Bobit Business Media’s Dealership Sales & Technology educational programs. Attendees who register for a full conference pass will also gain access to Jim Ziegler’s two-day Profit Masters event, which will have the Alpha Dawg sharing the same strategies that made him a record-setting manager.

Register by Aug. 7 and save $100 on a full conference pass, which includes Jim Ziegler’s Profit Masters today’s seminar. For more information or to register for Industry Summit 2015, click here.

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