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November 11, 2014 - Industry News

F&Idol Winner Earns Master AFIP Certification

Justin Gasman, who was named the 2014 F&Idol winner, recently attained master certification from the Association of Finance and Insurance Professionals.

Tags: AFIP, F&Idol, IAS

November 10, 2014 - Industry News

NCM Associates to Provide Training for Veterans

NCM Associates Inc. has launched a joint effort with nonprofit Hire Heroes USA to provide training and resources to veterans seeking careers in the retail automotive sales and service industry.

Tags: NCM Associates, sales training, Veterans

November 7, 2014 - Industry News

Last Chance to Pre-Register for Compliance Summit

Online registration for the inaugural Compliance Summit, to be held Nov. 10-11 in Hollywood, Fla., will soon be closed. Register before it's too late.

Tags: compliance

November 6, 2014 - Industry News

CNCDA Selects DMVdesk As Preferred Registration Software Provider

The California New Car Dealers Association has selected DMVdesk to be the organization's preferred registration solution for California dealers.

Tags: California New Car Dealers Association, Dealer Software, DMV, New Vehicle Registrations

October 29, 2014 - Industry News

NCM Sponsors 2015 Best Training Day Ever Event

For the third consecutive year, NCM Associates is sponsoring the Best Training Day Ever, a one-day event featuring panels with some of the industry’s top trainers.

Tags: NCM Associates, training

October 28, 2014 - Industry News

Crisorio Named Compliance Summit Keynote Speaker

The president and CEO of United Development Systems will open the new compliance event with a keynote address. He will offer his take on how dealers can stay out of the crosshairs of what many believe to be government overreach.

Tags: Compliance Summit, David Gesualdo, Randy Crisorio, United Development Systems

October 28, 2014 - Industry News

Complí Receives 2014 GRC Value Award

The compliance management software provider was recognized by GRC 20/20 for the value it provided to Tricolor Auto Group. The auto group cut time spent on compliance management in half using solutions from Complí, officials said.

Tags: Awards, Compli, GRC

October 23, 2014 - Industry News

Compliance Summit Room Block Nearly Full

Organizers of the first-ever Compliance Summit in Hollywood, Fla., have announced that the event's room block at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino is nearly full. Register today, before it's too late.

Tags: compliance, training

October 22, 2014 - Industry News

Mich. Governor Signs ‘Anti-Tesla’ Bill

Governor Rick Snyder signed into law yesterday tighter restrictions on selling vehicles directly to consumers. The new law now effectively bans Tesla Motors from selling vehicles in the state.

Tags: Electric Vehicles, Franchised Dealerships, Governor Rick Snyder, Michigan, Tesla, Tesla Motors

October 16, 2014 - Industry News

Inaugural Compliance Summit Set for Nov. 10-11

The new event is designed to offer actionable compliance solutions to dealers and their partners. It will be held at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, Fla.

Tags: compliance, Compliance Summit

October 14, 2014 - Industry News

Dealertrack CRM Receives Reynolds Certification

Dealertrack’s CRM has been certified as part of the Reynolds Certified Interface Program, which provides a standardized approach to handling dealership data.

Tags: certification, CRM, Dealertrack, DMS, Reynolds & Reynolds

October 9, 2014 - Industry News

Cox, Federal-Mogul Purchase Stake in AutoMD

Federal-Mogul Motorparts and Cox Automotive have purchased a minority stake in the free online automotive repair website, which previously operated as a wholly-owned subsidiary of U.S. Auto Parts Network Inc.

Tags: AutoMD, Cox Automotive, Federal-Mogul Motorsports

October 7, 2014 - Industry News

Minnesota AG Sues EFG Over Service-Contract Refunds

John Pappanastos, CEO of EFG Companies

Attorney General Lori Swanson is suing EFG Companies for deceptive practices because it failed to deliver on its promise of full refunds for VSCs canceled within 30 days. The company’s CEO tells F&I and Showroom his company will be exonerated once all the facts are presented.

Tags: EFG Companies, extended car warranty, extended warranties, John Pappanastos, Lori Swanson, Minnesota AG, Minnesota Attorney General, Robocalls, telemarketing

October 7, 2014 - Industry News

Zurich’s Brian Vance Earns AFIP Master Certification

Brian Vance, a regional F&I manager with Zurich North America, earned his master certification at an AFIP Certification Boot Camp in August. He is the second Zurich executive to do so.

Tags: AFIP, certification, Zurich

September 30, 2014 - Industry News

CNW Sees 4% Sales Increase in September

The market research firm’s prediction is based on skyrocketing subprime approvals and an active Hispanic consumer market, which, for the first time, could outpace African-Americans in new-vehicle purchases.

Tags: Closing Ratios, CNW Research, jitters index, new-vehicle sales

September 25, 2014 - Industry News

NADA Responds to Op-Ed Critical of Dealer Franchise Laws

The NADA’s Peter Welch responded to an op-ed piece published in The New York Times that was critical of dealer franchise laws, saying such protections ‘level the playing field between dealers and manufacturers.’

September 23, 2014 - Industry News

Help F&I and Showroom Select the 2014 F&Idol Winner

The magazine made available this week the voting page for the final round of the IAS-sponsored F&Idol competition. Review the five video entries and vote for the overall winner of the 2014 contest.

Tags: F&Idol, IAS

September 16, 2014 - Industry News

Northwood University, EFG Companies Partner

Under the new partnership, the two organizations will develop specialized continuing education programs, conduct joint industry research, and cross-publish content.

Tags: EFG Companies, Northwood University, training

September 16, 2014 - Industry News

Hudson Cook Adds Former CFPB Enforcement Deputy as Partner

Hudson Cook LLP's Lucy Morris

Hudson Cook adds another former CFPB official to its offices in Washington, D.C., in Lucy Morris. She was a founding member of the implementation team that organized the CFPB after passage of the Dodd-Frank Act.

Tags: CFPB, Hudson Cook LLP, Lucy Morris

September 11, 2014 - Industry News

Premier Warranty Hosts AFIP Certification Boot Camp

Representatives from 10 dealerships attended an AFIP certification boot camp hosted by Premier Warranty Inc. in Texas this June.

Tags: AFIP, certification

September 2, 2014 - Industry News

Ziegler to Kick off Industry Summit With All-Day Profit Masters Seminar

The preconference seminar is designed for general managers, sales managers, BDC and Internet department directors, and F&I directors. The all-day seminar is being offered as a value-add for registrants of Industry Summit.

August 26, 2014 - Industry News

Auto/Mate to Host First User Summit

The company will host its first annual User Summit in Albany, N.Y., on Sept. 19. More than sixty dealers and managers are slated to attend, where they will learn about the newest features of Auto/Mate’s DMS and the best practices associated with implementing new technology.

Tags: Auto/Mate, DMS, training

August 21, 2014 - Industry News

F&I and Showroom Extends Deadline to Enter F&Idol Contest

The deadline to enter F&I and Showroom's F&Idol contest has been extended to Monday, Aug. 25. At stake is up to $3,500 in prize money and a trip to Industry Summit 2014.

Tags: F&Idol, IAS, key replacement, lease, Service Contracts, Tire and Wheel

August 19, 2014 - Industry News

AFIP Extends Pre-Summit Boot Camp Discount

Now through Aug. 22, Industry Summit attendees can get a $100 discount off registration for the AFIP's certification Boot Camp. The training session takes place before the start of F&I and Showroom's annual conference on Sunday, Sept. 7, and Monday, Sept. 8, at the Paris Las Vegas.

Tags: AFIP, Industry Summit

August 7, 2014 - Industry News

AFIP Offers Boot Camp Discount to Industry Summit Attendees

The association is offering Industry Summit attendees a $100 discount if they register for its pre-conference certification Boot Camp by Aug.15.

Tags: certification, Industry Summit, training