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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

August 5, 2014 - Industry News

Reahard Returns to Industry Summit

With F&I offices being challenged by credit unions and insurance companies like State Farm, the celebrated F&I trainer will offer conference attendees new strategies for increasing finance penetration.

Tags: Auto Dealer Monthly, Industry Summit, National Automobile Dealers Association, Reahard & Associates, Ron Reahard, training

August 5, 2014 - Industry News

Compliance Firm Advises Dealers to Review Arbitration Clauses

Automotive Compliance Consultants warned dealers this week to review their arbitration clauses in their finance contracts. The firm says such language is coming under scrutiny from courts and regulators.

Tags: arbitration agreements, Federal Arbitration Act

July 29, 2014 - Industry News

UDS Named 2014 Dealers’ Choice Winner for F&I Training

United Development Systems was named a Diamond Award Winner for F&I Training in Auto Dealer Monthly’s Dealers’ Choice Awards. The achievement marks the ninth time in 10 years the firm received top honors in the contest.

Tags: Auto Dealer Monthly, Dealers' Choice Awards, United Development Systems

July 22, 2014 - Industry News

Joe Verde Releases New eBook

The new eBook explains the 10 technical skills every automotive sales manager needs to help his or her salespeople improve. The eBook is the second in a planned series and is available for free.

Tags: F&I manager, Joe Verde, training

July 22, 2014 - Industry News

Gould to Address Cash, Lease Deals

Gerry Gould returns to the magazine’s annual conference to lead a workshop on maximizing cash and lease deals in the F&I office. He’ll offer product recommendations, break down ideal menu configurations and will cover key word-tracks and responses to common customer objections.

Tags: Cash Conversion, F&I Conference & Expo, Industry Summit 2014, Lease Penetration

July 15, 2014 - Industry News

Manheim, AutoTrader Present First NAMAD Innovation Award

During the National Association of Minority Automobile Dealers conference in Florida, Manheim and AutoTrader.com presented the association’s first-ever innovation award to Steve Ewing, president and CEO of Wade Ford.

Tags: AutoTrader.com, Manheim, National Association of Minority Automobile Dealer, nomination

July 15, 2014 - Industry News

Ron Reahard Returns to Industry Summit

Voted a 2013 Best in Class trainer, Ron Reahard will lead a session at this year’s Industry Summit on converting customers to dealership financing. He will also outline a front-end process designed to keep the F&I office in the financing game.

Tags: Finance, Industry Summit, Ron Reahard, training

July 10, 2014 - Industry News

Jamie Boettcher Joins Summit Consulting

Jamie Boettcher, who will serve as senior training specialist for the firm, brings with him years of experience in the design, development, implementation and delivery of automotive training and certification programs.

Tags: certification, Hiring, training

June 17, 2014 - Industry News

NADA Launches Initiative to Promote Benefits of Franchised Dealers

The “Get the Facts” initiative provides online materials demonstrating the benefits of franchised dealerships, which the association is encouraging dealers to share on their own websites.

Tags: Franchised Dealerships, NADA, National Automobile Dealers Association, Peter K. Welch, Report

June 9, 2014 - Industry News

EFG Companies Awarded ASE Blue Seal of Excellence

The National Institute of Automotive Service Excellence’s Blue Seal of Excellence signifies the level of expertise and knowledge of repair shop technicians and claims administrators.

Tags: Awards, EFG Companies, Hyundai

June 9, 2014 - Industry News

Average Vehicle Age Remains Steady at 11.4 Years

The combined average age of all light vehicles on the road in the U.S. remained steady at 11.4 years. IHS says the average age is likely to remain at 11.4 years through 2015.

Tags: IHS Automotive

June 3, 2014 - Industry News

NCM Adds 3 Retail Experts

NCM Associates has hired Steven Kain, Chris Kahrs and George Gowen to act as executive conference moderators for the firm's 20 Groups Division.

Tags: 20 Groups, Hiring, NCM Associates

May 29, 2014 - Industry News

NADA Data: F&I’s Contribution to Gross Profits Rises in 2013

The NADA reported this week that combined sales from F&I, service contracts and other F&I products accounted for 38.8% of gross profit in 2013, up from 36.5% in 2012.

May 22, 2014 - Industry News

NADA: U.S. Dealers Employ More Than 1 Million People

The number of people employed by the automotive retail industry topped the 1 million-person mark last year, with the average new-car dealership employing, on average, 57 people, the NADA reports.

Tags: employment, NADA, National Automobile Dealers Association, New-Car Sales

May 20, 2014 - Industry News

RouteOne to Offer Fair Lending Compliance Webinar

Tomorrow, RouteOne will discuss discretionary dealer markup practices during a complimentary compliance webinar.

Tags: CFPB, compliance, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, Department of Justice, RouteOne, webinar

May 20, 2014 - Industry News

Ohio F&I Manager Achieves Highest Score on AFIP Exam

An F&I manager from Joyce Buick GMC in Avon, Ohio, posted the highest score on the AFIP Senior Certification Exam at AFIP’s inaugural Boot Camp, held in Cleveland in April.

Tags: AFIP, certification

April 29, 2014 - Industry News

Auto/Mate Receives Top Workplaces Award

For the third consecutive year, Auto/Mate Dealership Systems was selected by The Times Union as one of the Top Workplaces in New York's Capital Region.

Tags: Auto/Mate, Best Places to Work, employee

April 22, 2014 - Industry News

EFG's Entire Field Services Team Now AFIP Certified

The company’s entire field services team is now 100% AFIP certified. AFIP certification curriculum focuses solely on the federal and state laws that govern in-dealership financial services.

Tags: AFIP, certification, EFG Companies