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When I got the good news that I was selected to be a breakout speaker at the 2014 DrivingSales Executive Summit, I'm not too ashamed to admit that a single tear slid down my cheek as I read my acceptance email.
(editors note from Mrs. Stum: if by 'a single tear' Jason he means cried like our one-year old daughter for an hour before finally regaining his composure, then sure, it was a single tear...#NotImpressed)
A single tear of joy to be sure, as this is something I worked long and hard to achieve over the past year.
But as soon as I wiped that solitary tear off my supple cheek, I saw who the other breakout speakers were....and I started to hyperventilate.
As panic set in, I was having quite the Wayne's World "I'm not Worthy" moment to see my name listed among those who I admire from near and far.
Dare I say it was almost too much for me to handle - I mean c'mon people, this is a veritable list of who's who in the automotive marketing biz.
David Kain, Brian Pasch, Jerry Thibeau & Jon Quade - all veteran speakers and industry pros that I admire greatly.
Jeff Kershner master of DealerRefresh and all things digital (and hair-care products!)
Bryan Armstrong, Megan Barto and Aaron Wirtz - subject matter experts and former guests on the MarketPunch Podcast.
Bobbie Herron, my neighbor to the north whom I recently met IRL and one of Automotive News' 40 Under 40.
Joe Chura, JD Rucker, Jeremy Anspach & Eric Miltsch - a few fellas who've influenced me greatly the past year.
The YouTube Diva herself, Elise Kephart.
And just when you think that's a pretty solid line-up worth the price of admission, you realize there are 18 more breakout speakers packing the 2014 DSES Agenda for a total of 33!
That's when it dawned on me just how lucky DSES attendees will be this year (and no, it has nothing to do with me).
These 33 breakout speakers are coming together in one location to share with you their knowledge over a three day span so you are prepared to have a prosperous 2015.
(and I haven't even mentioned the outstanding Keynote Speakers who will tie the whole event together).
For there to be an automotive conference that puts the focus on giving dealers the information they want and need to succeed in the upcoming year is pretty damn fantastic.
Last year the price of admission for our team at LaFontaine was returned multiple times over when we were able to take home plenty of actionable intelligence and a little something called the Appointment Boarding Pass courtesy of Best Idea Contest winner, Robert Karbaum.
Can't you see what I'm trying to say?
The fact is that the DrivingSales Executive Summit is one of the best investments you can make for you and your team this year.
Why am I so passionate about what DSES offers to attendees?
It simply because DrivingSales.com and the DrivingSales Executive Summit have been an integral part of my growth and success.
And since you're reading this here on DrivingSales.com, you probably feel the exact same way I do.
Will I see you at the 2014 DrivingSales Executive Summit? Let me know in the comments section below so we can connect this October!