Las Vegas, NV - June 15, 2010 – Auto Dealer Monthly announced the 2010 Independent Retailer of the Year, along with corporate sponsor AutoTrader.com, at the 2010 NIADA Convention in Las Vegas. John Iannone, CEO of Auction Direct USA in Victor, N.Y., was on hand at the convention to receive the 2010 Independent Retailer of the Year Award, which was awarded to both him and COO Todd Hoagey for their stellar retail performance in 2009, during which time their group of dealerships retailed 6,165 pre-owned vehicles.
Iannone said, “While I'm honored to accept this award, the achievement itself is the result of our passionate employees and our incredibly supportive customer base. The focus has always been to create a memorable automotive buying experience; these results truly help validate our mission of changing the way people buy quality used cars
In 2005, Iannone and Hoagey founded Auction Direct USA, which includes four rooftops (two in Victor, one in Raleigh, N.C., and one in Jacksonville, Fla.). As in past years, the Independent Retailer of the Year has a strong Internet presence—with its own Web site and through social media. The group effectively utilizes one Web site for all locations, which incorporates several unique and engaging features. As for Auction Direct USA’s social networking, the dealership is a Twitter veteran (with over 12,000 followers) and regularly provides content on their car blog
; connections continue via the Auction Direct Facebook
page as well.
“John and Todd have done a phenomenal job of retailing pre-owned inventory. Managing multiple rooftops is not easy, especially when they are scattered across several states. Their entrepreneurial spirit and firm commitment to reaching online shoppers has allowed them to grow at an amazing rate. Congratulations to Iannone and Hoagey for their outstanding success and first-place finish this year.” said Harlene Doane, editor and director of operations of Auto Dealer Monthly.
About the 2010 Independent Retailer Awards
The 2010 Awards mark the fifth year Auto Dealer Monthly has recognized the Independent Retailer of the Year and Top 50 Independent Retailers. The awards are based on the number of units the dealers retailed in 2009. Overall, the Top 50 Independent Retailers of 2010 reported 77,395 units retailed in 2009.
As in past years, independent dealers had to submit their data to be considered and the application was in Auto Dealer Monthly magazine and online. The full report on the 2010 Independent Dealer Awards – which includes more detailed information about the winners, along with year-to-year comparisons and a list of the Top 50 – is featured in the July 2010 issue of Auto Dealer Monthly magazine.
About Auto Dealer Monthly, LLC
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AutoTrader.com, created in 1997 and headquartered in Atlanta, Ga., is the Internet's leading automotive marketplace and consumer information Web site. AutoTrader.com aggregates in a single location millions of new cars, used cars and certified pre-owned cars from thousands of auto dealers and private sellers. AutoTrader.com attracts more than 15 million unique monthly visitors who utilize the site to view vehicles for sale, research and compare vehicles, review pricing and specials, and read auto-related content like buying and selling tips, auto maintenance tips and coverage of major auto shows and automotive trends. For more information, please visit www.autotrader.com