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EasyCare® Promotes Scott Jacobsen to National Director of Business Performance for SAVY


NORCROSS, Ga. — EasyCare® (div. APCO Holdings) has named Scott Jacobsen as the National Director of Business Performance for SAVY®, the award-winning, dealer-branded mobile app suite designed to bridge the gap between the customer’s digital vehicle shopping experience and the dealership retail experience.

Based in the Atlanta area, Jacobsen will lead the SAVY team as well as the ongoing, store-by-store rollout of SAVY, which has earned a number of accolades since its launch including a first-place finish in the Tech Tank competition at last year’s Digital Dealer Conference & Expo.

“The response has been resounding. Our pipeline is full and we have already exceeded our second-quarter goal,” Jacobsen said, crediting SAVY’s success to its ability to transform lot operations and drive front- and back-end growth for dealers. “It’s all-encompassing. SAVY improves the upfront sales process and is the ultimate customer retention tool.”

Jacobsen joined EasyCare in 2011 as a recent graduate of the University of South Carolina. He played a pivotal role in the development and launch of the 7th Profit Center, a turnkey retention program that markets to dealers’ customers, resulting in vehicle sales, after-sale service contract sales and more service business.

“Scott has been integral to realizing our goal of connecting dealers and customers with industry-leading technology that helps deliver a better customer service experience,” said Larry Dorfman, Chairman and CEO of APCO Holdings. “We appreciate his hard work and look forward to even greater accomplishments in the years ahead.”

For more information, visit www.EasyCare.com/savy.

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EasyCare Adds Connected Car Expert


NORCROSS, Ga. — Connected car expert Bob Dziadosz has joined EasyCare as a dealer performance driver. The Boston-area native and Babson College graduate is based in New England, where he is already working with dealers to introduce SAVY, EasyCare’s dealer-branded mobile app suite designed to bridge the gap between the customer’s online and in-store car-buying experience.

“Having experience with connected car technology aligns well with my priority at EasyCare, which is to help New England dealers succeed with SAVY,” said Dziadosz. “I’m fortunate to have relationships with dealers who are finding great value in this technology, which significantly expedites the sales process and provides customers a connected vehicle experience that drives them back to their dealership.”

Dziadosz brings a wealth and diversity of experience, EasyCare officials said, including tenures with Unilever, Polaroid and most recently LoJack, where he’s spent the last 16 years of his career. In addition to connected car technology, he has expertise in product launches, category management, business development and channel marketing.

Dziadosz demonstrated SAVY this past March at an exclusive event held during the National Automobile Dealers Association (NADA) annual convention in Las Vegas, where former J.D. Power CEO Finbarr O’Neill spoke to a room full of dealers about the importance of the customer experience in this age of technology. “SAVY is being so well-received in the marketplace, our goal is to make sure we can get these dealerships launched as quickly as possible,” Dziadosz said.

Scott Jacobsen, national director of business performance for SAVY, added; “We are confident in Bob’s leadership to introduce SAVY in a key market. His expertise in the connected car experience and vehicle telematics will help drive success for EasyCare dealers in New England.”

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APCO Adds Anne Bélec to Board of Directors


NORCROSS, Ga. — APCO Holdings Inc., the parent company of the EasyCare and GWC brands, announced the addition of Anne Bélec to its board of directors.

Bélec brings extensive experience in brand management. She spent 24 years with Ford Motor Co., where she served as director of Global Marketing for the automaker, as well as president and CEO of Volvo Cars of North America and president of sales operations for Volvo Car Corp. in Sweden.

“Anyone who is fortunate enough to have crossed paths with Anne knows her as one of the most highly-effective leaders and marketing experts in the automotive industry,” said APCO Holdings Chairman Larry Dorfman. “We are really excited and honored to have her join our board of directors. Her presence on the team will undoubtedly accelerate the fulfillment of the goals we have set for helping our customers succeed and our company continue to claim our place as a major player in the dealership solutions industry.”

Bélec added: “I bring experience in a variety of roles, including field experience, interacting with dealers and managing a global brand. The ultimate goal is growth, obviously, but it’s also positioning EasyCare, GWC, Covideo and SAVY, the APCO Holdings brands, as the preferred choices for consumers and dealers. We want the relationship with the dealership to be one where they want to work with us because they believe it is the best product for their customers.”

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ADG EasyCare Adds Yelverton to F&I Specialist Roster


NORCROSS, Ga. — ADG EasyCare announced that Richard Yelverton has been hired as an F&I specialist. He is based in Northern Virginia and tasked with supporting EasyCare’s dealer clients by providing in-dealership F&I training and consulting and sitting in for F&I professionals.

“As our operation grows and our F&I development program evolves, we are adding to our ranks with professional, dynamic recruits, and Richard fits that description perfectly,” said Greg English, president of ADG EasyCare. “We expect our company and our clients to benefit from his work in the retail environment.”

Yelverton is a 10-year veteran of the automotive industry, having risen through the ranks at Enterprise Rent-A-Car, where he ultimately served as branch manager for the company’s prominent, high-volume Walt Disney World branch in Orlando, Fla. He also served in a leadership position with pharmaceutical giant Eli Lilly and Co. prior to joining ADG EasyCare.

“I did my research and I know they wanted to bring on the right person,” Yelverton said. “They want people who have management and sales experience to be trained properly and to continue to train others, and I’m excited to join a company that puts so much focus on ongoing learning. From being encouraged to ‘read an article a day’ to the collaboration with my peers, I’ll be learning something new every day.”

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David Hunter joins ADG/EasyCare as an F&I Specialist


Automotive Development Group (ADG)/EasyCare announced that David Hunter has joined the company as an F&I specialist. His duties include in-dealership F&I training and consulting.

“David’s extensive industry experience and academic credentials are a powerful combination,” said Greg English, president of ADG. “We have nothing but the highest expectations for his success, and that of the dealers and F&I professionals with whom he works.”

Hunter earned a master’s degree in business administration from Appalachian State University in Boone, N.C., in September. He plans to apply the skills he acquired in his graduate studies and his experience in every phase of dealership operations to his new position.

“I grew up around the industry, at the dealership, cutting grass and sweeping the lot. I then moved into detail, parts and service, and then sales, and now I’m back on the finance side,” Hunter said. “I knew I wanted to stay in the automotive world. I want to be part of an industry that’s always changing.”

Hunter identified the emergence of new technology and plateauing sales as opportunities for auto dealers to update and strengthen their F&I processes, maximizing productivity and opportunities for fixed ops revenue.

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Alan Scott Joins ADG/EasyCare


NORCROSS, Ga. — Alan Scott has joined ADG/EasyCare as an F&I specialist, the company announced. An eight-year industry veteran, Scott will serve as a trainer and producer at client dealerships to help ADG/EasyCare dealers succeed.

“I love the car business and I wanted to get a different take on it, and ADG/EasyCare really has a great grasp on the F&I side of the business,” Scott said. “They are able to train talented people and I’m excited to both learn from them and bring the expertise to dealers in my area.”

Scott began his automotive career in 2009 as a salesperson at Medlin Motors in Rocky Mount, N.C. He brings expertise in automotive retail and compliance to his new role, which he will share with the dealers he supports.

“Alan brings great energy to ADG/EasyCare and we are very happy to have him on board.  We expect great things from Alan!” said Greg English, President of ADG/EasyCare.

 

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