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CarBinder Named a Finalist for Most Innovative Dealership Solution of 2011

Dealer Specialties’ CarBinder Selected by Dealers as DrivingSales Innovation Cup Award Finalist; Winner to be announced at DrivingSales Executive Summit


MONROE, OH and Salt Lake City, UT – October 5, 2011 – CarBinder has been named a finalist for the Most Innovative Dealership Solution of 2011 in the DrivingSales Innovation Cup Awards. Dealer Specialties’ CarBinder was selected by a panel of dealers from a competitive field of solutions and will be presented onstage at the Third Annual DrivingSales Executive Summit (DSES), held October 9th through October 11th, 2011 at the Bellagio Las Vegas.


DrivingSales ( created the Innovation Cup Awards, presented annually at the DrivingSales Executive Summit, to recognize solutions introduced or enhanced in 2011 whose innovative approaches have produced significant results for dealers.

Glen Garvin, general manager of Dealer Specialties states, “In my almost 20 years in the automotive industry, there’s never been a product that harnesses the need of the consumer to manage their vehicle information while capitalizing on a dealership’s branding.  This app puts the dealer’s most important information at the customer’s fingertips and improves customer loyalty, while also increasing the customer’s lifetime spend.  It’s wonderful to be recognized for a product that is truly something new and exciting.”

CarBinder is available for both the iPhone and Droid devices and is currently in development for the iPad.  From a consumer standpoint, this app acts as a “garage” of useful pieces of information like the vehicles’ VIN #, mileage, service history and book valuations.  The app will not only notify customers of inventory recalls or specials, but also allows car buyers to view service schedules and owner’s manuals. Through both the iPhone and Droid versions of this app, customers can schedule service appointments with DMS integration, find local gas stations, parking spot reminders and loan calculators. 

The dealer owns this white-labeled application on the car buyer’s most important and useful asset – their mobile device.  Contact information contained in the app, service schedules and appointment setting will increase fixed operations at the dealership.  An equity alert shows the consumer how valuable their trade in could be and alerts the dealer to the consumer’s interest in their equity.

“The DrivingSales Executive Summit is designed to inspire dealers to push the envelope on innovation and to help them uncover, collaboratively, the actionable solutions and strategies that will move their dealerships forward,” said DrivingSales Founder and CEO Jared Hamilton.  “The Innovation Cup, a centerpiece of the DSES, raises awareness of the vendor solutions that are moving the needle forward in dealerships across the country by allowing those who know best – auto dealers – to decide the finalists and winner; Clearly CarBinder is already making its mark with dealers, and we look forward to sharing Dealer Specialties’ unique solution with the hundreds of progressive dealers attending the summit.”

Dealership solution-providers submitted applications online, vendor names were blanked out, and a panel of dealers assessed each application. Finalists will present their solutions onstage to DSES attendees and a panel of dealer judges. Presentations will be followed by a Q&A session with the panel of dealer judges who will score each solution. The highest scorer will win the Innovation Cup for Most Innovative Dealership Solution of 2011.


Each solution will also be profiled at, in the DrivingSales newsletter, and will be featured in a video interview at DrivingSalesTV


For more information about the DrivingSales Innovation Cup Awards, go to: To register for the 2011 DrivingSales Executive Summit, visit:


About Dealer Specialties

As an industry leader with more than 20 years experience, Dealer Specialties, a division of Dominion Dealer Solutions, provides robust and comprehensive inventory management solutions and services to automotive dealers nationwide. Dealer Specialties’ inventory management system combines vehicle data, analytics, and merchandising tools to help dealers maintain inventory control and maximize results from the lot to the web. With a nationwide footprint of over 800 local market specialists, our team delivers professional and customized services based on dealer’s changing needs. More than 5000 dealers rely on Dealer Specialties’ inventory management solutions and services to promote vehicles, drive, showroom traffic, and maximize profits.  For more information, visit or follow Dealer Specialties at


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  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.


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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 (, 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 (, 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.


Dealer Specialties Media Relations:

Peyton Hoffman (, Dominion Dealer Solutions, 757-351-7271


DrivingSales Media Relations:

Melanie Webber (, mWEBB Communications, 424.603.4340

Angela Jacobson (, mWEBB Communications, 714.454.8776



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