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November 16, 2017 - Industry News

EFG Companies: 2018 to See Increased Focus on F&I, Service Drive, Customer Loyalty

John Pappanastos, president and CEO of EFG Companies

EFG Companies issued its 2018 predictions and recommendations for the retail automotive and powersports F&I markets this week. These insights reflect another year of cautiousness as well as opportunity for dealers to navigate an uncertain business climate.

Tags: CFPB, compliance, Customer Service, digital retailing, EFG Companies, general agents, new-vehicle sales, parts and service, service drive

September 7, 2017 - Industry News

Southwest Dealer Services Acquires Wash.-based F&I Agency

Ryan Hoff, Southwest Dealer Services

Income development company SouthWest Dealer Services (SWDS) has acquired Spokane, Wash.-based Evergreen Dealer & Insurance Services (Evergreen). Financial terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

Tags: F&I products, F&I training, general agents, Southwest Dealer Services

August 7, 2017 - Industry News

CareGard to Open Offices to Industry Summit Attendees

Agents attending this year’s Industry Summit in Grapevine, Texas, can schedule a time to visit CareGard’s nearby headquarters.

Tags: CareGard, F&I products, general agents, Industry Summit

July 20, 2017 - Industry News

Automotive Assurance Group Now Part of Amtrust Financial Services Group

The F&I agency has represented Warranty Solution, an AmTrust company, for more than 14 years. Now it can offer its dealer clients the resources of AmTrust programs as well as access to other F&I product providers the firm represents.

Tags: AmTrust, Automotive Assurance Group, F&I products, general agents

June 30, 2017 - Industry News

Portfolio Acquires California-Based F&I Agency

The F&I product provider has acquired Folsom, Calif.-based Finance Concepts LLC, one of its largest producing agencies. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

Tags: Brent Griggs, Capital Z Partners, F&I product provider, F&I products, F&I training, Finance Concepts, general agents, Portfolio Group

June 29, 2017 - Industry News

UDS Celebrates Milestone

United Development Systems Inc. (UDS), a full-service income development company, is celebrating 35 years in the F&I performance arena.

Tags: F&I menu, F&I performance, F&I process, F&I technology, F&I training, general agents, Randy Crisorio, United Development Systems

April 11, 2017 - Industry News

EasyCare Names New Head of Agency Experience

The F&I product provider named Sally Freeman vice president of agency experience. She joins the company in the midst of an ongoing campaign to add more agents to its roster.

Tags: EasyCare, F&I products, general agents, Sally Freeman

January 24, 2017 - Industry News

Doug Frey Joins EasyCare to Lead New Agency Development and Acquisitions

Frey joins the F&I product provider from Allstate Dealer Services, where he served as COO. He will now serve as EasyCare’s executive vice president of new agency relations and acquisitions.

Tags: Allstate, APCO, Doug Frey, EasyCare, F&I manager, F&I products, general agents, GWC Warranty Corporation

November 1, 2016 - Industry News

Carl Grane Appointed Director of Training for EasyCare

The 28-year industry veteran will spearhead the development and execution of new financing, sales, and service training programs, as well as refine the company’s overall training strategy for internal employees, agents and dealers.

Tags: EasyCare, F&I manager, F&I products, F&I training, general agents

February 25, 2016 - Industry News

APCO Acquires Automotive Development Group

The acquisition brings together two firms that have been connected since 1992, with ADG serving as APCO’s largest independent agency for seven of those years, including the last two.

Tags: APCO, Automobile Development Group, EasyCare, F&I product provier, F&I products, general agents

March 12, 2015 - Industry News

Midwest Compliance Summit Set for April

The next Compliance Summit event is set to be held April 20–21, 2015, in Illinois. The full day of educational sessions is open to automotive industry professionals involved in front-end compliance.

Tags: attorney, compliance, general agents, Regulations

May 15, 2012 - Industry News

IAS to Sell LoJack Products

Innovative Aftermarket Systems will now rep LoJack's vehicle recovery and early warning systems through its network of general agents, the two companies announced yesterday.

Tags: general agents, Innovative Aftermarket Systems, LoJack

March 6, 2012 - Industry News

Agent Summit Panels to Tackle Key Issues

Panel discussions slated for next week’s Agent Summit are expected to open a dialogue regarding two key issues, event organizers announced.

Tags: Agent Summit, general agents

February 16, 2012 - Industry News

Top Trainers Lead Agent Summit Agenda

Agent Summit organizers have reported an early surge in registrations following the release of the event’s agenda.

Tags: Agent Summit, general agents

February 13, 2012 - Industry News

Agent Summit 2012 Agenda Released

The preliminary agenda for the second annual Agent Summit, scheduled for March 12–14, 2012, at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas, has been released.

Tags: Agent Summit, general agents

February 7, 2012 - Industry News

Allstate to Open In-Dealership Insurance Agencies

Allstate Insurance Co. and Allstate Dealer Services announced that auto dealers will have the opportunity to open full-service Allstate agencies inside their dealerships.

Tags: Allstate, Allstate Dealer Services, general agents, insurance

January 24, 2012 - Industry News

Famed NFL Ref Tapped as Summit Speaker

Organizers of the second annual Agent Summit have announced that Jim Tunney, a former pro football official and highly regarded motivational speaker, will deliver the final keynote address at this year’s show.

Tags: Agent Summit, general agents

January 10, 2012 - Industry News

Arroyo to Reprise Role as Chair of Agent Summit Advisory Board

Organizers of Agent Summit 2012 announced that Gregory Arroyo, executive editor of F&I and Showroom magazine, has agreed to return as advisory board chair for the second annual event.

Tags: Agent Summit, general agents

December 9, 2011 - Industry News

American Guardian Launches Contest for Agents

American Guardian Warranty Services Inc. (AGWS) announced plans to launch a football-themed contest next month that will award agents who sign the most new business with trips to exotic destinations.

Tags: American Guardian Warranty Services, general agents

October 25, 2011 - Industry News

Braganini Joins Agent Summit Roster

Organizers of Agent Summit 2012 have announced that John Braganini, principal of Great Lakes Companies, will deliver the event's evening keynote address.

Tags: Agent Summit, general agents, training

December 7, 2010 - Industry News

Joe Verde Named Keynote Speaker for Agent Summit

Trainer and author Joe Verde will serve as opening keynote speaker for the first-ever Agent Summit, to be held in Las Vegas in March 2011.

Tags: Agent Summit, general agents

August 3, 2010 - Industry News

F&I Magazine to Kick Off Annual Summit With Agent-Only Event

The exclusive agent-only symposium will take place Monday, Sept. 13, 2010, at the Paris Las Vegas hotel and casino.

Tags: F&I Conference & Expo, general agents

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