Salt Lake City, UT - September 27, 2011 - The DrivingSales Executive Summit (DSES) today announced a unique interactive session that brings together the industry’s most influential dealer technology CEOs with the industry’s most progressive dealers. Moderated by DrivingSales CEO and Founder Jared Hamilton, "Executive to Executive: Vision for 2012," will be headlined by Mark Bonfigli, Founder and CEO of Dealer.com; Mitch Golub, President of Cars.com; John Holt, SVP ADP Digital Marketing Group; Mark O’Neil, Chairman and CEO of DealerTrack; and Chip Perry, President and CEO of AutoTrader.com.
“DSES attendees are among the most progressive dealership executives in our industry and they requested a summit session where they could connect directly and personally with the industry’s most influential dealer technology CEOs,” said Hamilton. “We are very pleased to be able to offer them such an impressive line-up, in an intimate setting where real one-on-one, substantive discussion is possible.”
In the session, the dealer technology executives will each present their vision of the key areas dealerships should be focusing on for 2012, and then discuss those visions, and other industry issues, in an interactive QA session with DSES’ dealer attendees.
“Unique to DSES, this executive to executive session puts the ‘executive’ firmly into the summit, providing peer to peer interaction between those who drive the technology underpinnings of today’s progressive dealerships and those who execute on it,” continued Hamilton. “This CEO session will provide a unique snapshot not only of where our industry is - and should be - headed, but is poised to spark new ideas for driving dealership success in 2012.”
Mark Bonfigli, Mitch Golub, John Holt, Mark O’Neil and Chip Perry join an impressive and diverse line-up that includes Gary Vaynerchuk, Rob Siefker, Aaron Strout, Paul Potratz, Dennis Galbraith, Kevin Root of Dealer.com, Brian Pasch, Jeff Cryder of Lebanon Ford, Marc McGurren of Jerry Durant Auto Group, Tracy Myers of Frank Myers Auto Maxx, Eric Miltsch of Auction Direct, Mark Beithon of Rudy Luther Toyota and many more.
The third annual DrivingSales Executive Summit for the industry’s most progressive auto dealers will be held at the Bellagio Las Vegas from October 9th to October 11th, 2011. The summit is dedicated to pushing the auto industry’s innovation boundaries and translating the latest trends and business realities into solid 2012 action plans for every dealership department. To maintain a focused and interactive environment, registration is limited for the exclusive summit, and a few spaces are still available. Dealers are encouraged to register today.
The DrivingSales Executive Summit is presented with Ward’s Auto. Media partners include Automotive Digest, Canadian Auto Dealer, Dealer Marketing Magazine and DealerRefresh. ADP/Cobalt, Dealer.com and TKCarsites are supporting DSES as premium sponsors. Additional sponsors include Cars.com, Dealer e-Process, DealerSocket, DrivingSales University, Mongoose Metrics, AutoTrader.com, DealerTrack, Dealix, eBay Motors, izmocars, VinSolutions, Mudd Advertising and ResponseLogix.
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About The DrivingSales Executive Summit
The DrivingSales Executive Summit is a uniquely collaborative event modeled after the best practices and information-sharing among dealers and auto industry professionals on DrivingSales.com. The third annual event will bring together the most progressive dealers in the country, along with world-renowned speakers, all focused on pushing the auto industry’s ‘innovation boundaries’ and translating the latest trends and business realities into solid 2012 action plans for every dealership department.
Unlike other automotive industry events, the DrivingSales Executive Summit is 100% dealer driven and designed specifically for the most advanced dealer principals and dealership executives in the industry. The exclusive event has a vendor-neutral policy, meaning no vendor influence on presentation selection and adherence to a strict dealer-to-vendor ratio.
DrivingSales is the auto industry’s fastest-growing, most influential trade media property focused on delivering actionable profit-building information to auto retailers and industry professionals. DrivingSales’ media network includes flagship property DrivingSales.com (www.DrivingSales.com), the world’s largest car dealer social network where thousands of dealership professionals collaborate and share best practices in a 20-group style setting; DrivingSalesTV (www.DrivingSalesTV.com), an interactive web channel which helps car dealers and auto professionals keep tabs on their industry and emerging technologies 24/7; DrivingSales University, an on-demand training platform where dealerships learn the latest web strategies from top e-commerce experts; DrivingSales Executive Summit (DSES) the industry’s leading conference where progressive dealers collaborate and learn from world renowned experts, and DrivingSales Dealership Innovation Guide, a quarterly free publication featuring case studies of the industry’s most innovative dealerships, solutions and best practices.
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 won a “Top 25 Under Five” award from the Utah Valley Entrepreneurial Forum (UVEF), which spotlights outstanding entrepreneurs and start-up companies in Utah; was named a 2011 Fast 50 “Emerging Eight” company by Utah Business magazine, which recognizes the entrepreneurial spirit, innovative business tactics and revenue growth of Utah’s fastest-growing companies, and received an Interactive Media Award (IMA) in 2011 for Outstanding Achievement in the ‘Automobile’ website category. Additionally, DrivingSales was named one of ten social media gambits for 2009 by Automotive News and one of the Top 10 Companies to Watch in 2010 by Auto Success Magazine.
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