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Gary Vaynerchuk to Keynote 2011 DrivingSales Executive Summit

Registration Now Open

SALT LAKE CITY, UT - May 25, 2011 - Gary Vaynerchuk will keynote the third annual DrivingSales Executive Summit (DSES) scheduled for October 9th through 11th, 2011 at the Bellagio Las Vegas.  Vaynerchuk is a social media expert and New York Times bestselling author.  His appearance at DSES is supported in part by Dealer.com. Registration is now open for the summit at: http://drivingsalesexecutivesummit.com/2011_registration/.

"Gary is a true inspiration and his passion comes across in everything he does," said DrivingSales CEO and Founder Jared Hamilton.  "His story resonates with dealers because dealers are in the people business - not just the car business. Gary is an expert on how to successfully utilize digital media to 'humanize' your business."

Vaynerchuk grew revenue in his family's wine business from $4 million in 1997 to $60 million in 2008 by harnessing the power of social media. He became one of the first to reach Facebook's friend limit and accumulated more than 800,000 followers on Twitter. Well known from his guest appearances on programs such as CNN Your Money, Fox Business Your Questions Your Money, and The Big Idea with Donny Deutsch, Vaynerchuk is also an author whose books include Crush It! Why Now is the Time to Cash in on your Passion, which debuted as a New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestseller.

"Dealer.com is excited to help bring Gary directly in contact with the forward-thinking dealers who attend DSES, and to enable a lively exchange of progressive ideas on social media, entrepreneurship and innovating in the small business environment," said Dealer.com CMO Dean Evans.

Dealer.com will be providing a copy of Vaynerchuk's New York Times bestseller The Thank You Economy to dealers who register for DSES 2011. In addition to his keynote address, scheduled for Day Two of the conference, Vaynerchuk will remain onsite to sign copies of his book and for one-on-one interactions with dealer attendees.  

Last year's summit sold out and, in response to dealership demand, DSES 2011 has expanded the number of registrants it will accept. REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN. To register for the event, and learn about discounted hotel room rates, visit: http://drivingsalesexecutivesummit.com/2011_registration/.

For more information about the conference, visit: www.drivingsalesexecutivesummit.com or contact dses@drivingsales.com.  Follow conference news as it develops on www.twitter.com/drivingsales using #DSES, and on facebook.com/drivingsales.

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DrivingSales encourages innovation and excellence in the industry with its annual Dealer Satisfaction and Innovation Cup Awards, whose winners are determined solely by the dealer community. Founded by Jared Hamilton, a third generation car dealer, DrivingSales was named one of ten social media gambits for 2009 by Automotive News and one of the Top 10 Companies to Watch by Auto Success Magazine. 

DrivingSales Executive Summit Media Relations:
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Angela Jacobson (angela@mwebbcom.com), mWEBB Communications, 714.454.8776

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