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FIDOY Nomination Period Opens

TORRANCE, Calif. — People and process are the usual ingredients of a top-flight F&I department, but the critical role a dealership’s general agent plays in that success often goes unnoticed. That changes today with the opening of F&I and Showroom’s F&I Dealer of the Year contest.

The search for the 2017 F&I Dealer of the Year begins with a new sponsor, American Financial & Automotive Services Inc., and a new awards webpage that highlights past winners and their stories. The page also houses contest details as well as the 2017 nomination form. The deadline to nominate a deserving dealership is July 10.

“First, I’d like to thank Arden Hetland and his team at American Financial & Automotive Services for sponsoring this year’s contest,” said David Gesualdo, publisher of Agent Entrepreneur and F&I and Showroom magazine. “Yes, it’s designed to recognize top-flight F&I departments and their dealerships, but it’s also designed to recognize the people, the trainers and the companies that often drive that success.”

Now in its 16th year, the F&I Dealer of the Year program recognizes operations with highly profitable F&I departments that demonstrate a commitment to regulatory compliance, customer satisfaction, and the communities they serve. Dealership employees, general agents, vendors, and F&I product providers are encourage to nominate their stores and dealer clients for the award.

“American Financial & Automotive Services Inc. is honored to sponsor F&I and Showroom’s F&I Pacesetter and F&I Dealer of the Year awards,” said Arden Hetland, president of American Financial. “With this sponsorship, we are able to help recognize the industry’s top F&I performers who are committed to customer satisfaction and compliance. We look forward to seeing all the finalists, as there are many dealerships that deserve this award. Best of luck to all the applicants and we hope to see you at Industry Summit 2017!”

The magazine will first select six finalists, each of which will be honored as a 2017 F&I Pacesetter. A representative from each organization will be invited to Industry Summit 2017, which is scheduled for Sept. 11–14 at the Gaylord Texan Resort & Convention Center in Dallas. A special ceremony will be held the evening of Sept. 13 to recognize this year’s field of F&I Pacesetters and name one as F&I Dealer of the Year.

Representatives from each finalist will receive a three-night stay at the Gaylord Texan and a complimentary full-conference pass. Dealerships 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 awards ceremony, one F&I Pacesetter will be named the 2017 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 organization.

Past winners of the F&I Dealer of the Year award include Sam Pack’s Five Star Ford of LewisvilleDavid-Moore AutomotiveVaden Automotive GroupSerpentini Chevrolet of StrongsvilleDick Hannah DealershipsLithia Motors Inc.Riverside Auto GroupThe Suburban Collection, and Tuttle-Click Automotive Group.

To nominate a dealership, click here. For more information, email Gregory Arroyo at email hidden; JavaScript is required.

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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)
  • Jim Ziegler, the nationally recognized sales trainer, forecaster and industry firebrand, who will serve as Industry Summit’s master of ceremonies

“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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Compliance Summit: Early Bird Ends Tomorrow

LAS VEGAS — Organizers of the upcoming Compliance Summit have announced the $100 early-bird registration discount ends at midnight Friday. The event will be held Aug. 29–30, 2016, at Paris Las Vegas as part of the annual Industry Summit.

The Las Vegas shows represents Compliance Summit’s first visit to the Western states following events in Miami, Chicago, Austin and Tampa. The agenda includes educational sessions dedicated to Rules and Regulations, Your Responsibilities and Easy-to-Implement Processes and Controls, a welcome address from Andy MacKay, executive director of the Nevada Franchised Auto Dealers Association (NFADA), and, for the first time, the Certified Automotive Compliance Specialist Exam.

“We are less than four weeks out and ready to roll,” said David Gesualdo, show chair and publisher of Auto Dealer Today and F&I and Showroom. “Thanks to everyone who has already registered, and for those who haven’t, I encourage you to register now to get the best price.”

To register for Compliance Summit and the exam, click here. For more information, including sponsorship and exhibition opportunities, contact David Gesualdo via email hidden; JavaScript is required or at 727-947-4027.

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Ganther Leads First Wave of Compliance Summit Speakers

TAMPA, Fla. — Leading attorney and compliance expert James S. Ganther has agreed to speak at the upcoming Compliance Summit Las Vegas, organizers announced Tuesday. The event is scheduled for Aug. 29–30, 2016, at Paris Las Vegas, as part of Industry Summit.

“I’ve been privileged to have participated in each of the Compliance Summits since the initiative was launched in Miami in 2014,” Ganther said. “Each one has been better than the last, so I know the Las Vegas version will be a winner!”

Ganther will serve as the featured speaker for the Your Responsibilities portion of the event’s agenda, which will also include featured presentations and panel discussions dedicated to Rules and Regulations and Easy-to-Implement Processes and Controls.

As with past events, the educational sessions will be capped by “Is It Compliant?,” an open forum among Compliance Summit speakers and attendees. Unlike past events, Compliance Summit Las Vegas will continue with a comprehensive review session followed by an opportunity for attendees to sit for an exam to earn Certified Automotive Compliance Specialist status. Attendees are also invited to take part in the rest of Industry Summit, which also includes two full days of sales and F&I training.

“In words and deeds, Jim Ganther has been a stalwart advocate of front-end compliance and supporter of Compliance Summit,” said David Gesualdo, show chair and publisher of Auto Dealer Today and F&I and Showroom. “We are honored to have him back.”

Registration for Compliance Summit Las Vegas is open at the event’s website. Attendees who register by July 29 will enjoy a $100 discount. For more information about Compliance Summit, including sponsorship and exhibition opportunities, contact David Gesualdo via email hidden; JavaScript is required or at 727-947-4027.

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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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Last Week to Register Online for Agent Summit

LAS VEGAS – Event organizers announced today that online registration will close at midnight on Friday, May 6. The sixth annual Agent Summit will be held May 9-11, 2016 at the Venetian Palazzo Las Vegas.

Last year’s event set new records for attendance with nearly 900 agents, agency heads, exhibitors and speakers and is expected to break that record in 2016.

“Why miss one second of the action by waiting and registering on-site, when you can walk through the doors with your pass already waiting for you,” said David Gesualdo, show chair and publisher of F&I and Showroom and Agent Entrepreneur“Avoid waiting in lines when you arrive and register online today.”

Registration is available online as well as by phone, fax and email. More information about Agent Summit is available at the event’s website.

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