Salt Lake City, UT May 14th, 2009 DrivingSales.com (www.drivingsales.com), the auto industry’s leading social media platform and largest online community, today announced that auto industry veteran and Internet pioneer, Charlie Vogelheim, has joined its Board of Advisors. Charged with further amplifying DrivingSales as the authoritative data and best practices source for the industry, Vogelheim will also focus on industry relations and serve as a guardian for DrivingSales’ media- and vendor-neutral environment.
Formed in early 2008, the DrivingSales Board of Advisors consists of the industry’s top innovators and executives who are charged with expanding DrivingSales’ mission to marry the power of technology with the power of community to provide dealers, dealership managers and other industry professionals with a vendor-neutral, online environment where they can collaborate and share best practices, industry trends and news.
“DrivingSales brings together the industry’s most critical and authoritative voices – from Internet, Service and General Managers to OEM executives – all in one place,” said DrivingSales Founder and CEO Jared Hamilton. “Charlie’s extensive background driving and evangelizing industry innovations, as well as his ability to view the industry from multiple perspectives, will help us further elevate DrivingSales - and its many authoritative “voices of the industry’ - to become the defacto industry knowledge base and best practices destination for the thousands of dealers and automotive professionals who are striving to survive and thrive in this challenging environment.”
With over two decades of experience in the automotive industry, Vogelheim is known throughout the industry for his insight and counsel on current challenges and emerging trends and is a frequent commentator for media outlets such as Fox News and Car and Driver. As Vice President of Automotive Development at J.D. Power and Associates, he was responsible for elevating the International Automotive Roundtable to the premier forum for industry leaders; and at Kelley Blue Book, where he served as executive editor, he was instrumental in helping to change the Kelley identity from a regional trade publishing company to the Industry’s leading internet information provider. An original contributor to the development and implementation of leading automotive portal sites such as AOL, Microsoft, Yahoo, Google and e-Bay, he has also served as chairman of the Automotive Internet Standards Committee.
“The auto industry’s most important advances have come from a combination of game-changing technology and the battle-won wisdom of those who are on the frontlines,” said Charlie Vogelheim. “DrivingSales utilizes technology to create a true community of industry voices – of those who are facing challenges as well as those who are achieving success – all without bias. DrivingSales is dedicated to furthering the interests of our automotive community as a whole, and this is why I am excited to help bring more and more of our industry voices into the DrivingSales network.”
DrivingSales.com (www.drivingsales.com) is the largest and premiere online community for the auto industry, where its thousands of members, including dealers, dealership managers, manufacturers, industry experts and vendors, collaborate and share best practices in a 20-group style setting. At DrivingSales, members create profiles and communicate with each other; build their networks and knowledgebase; share and rate proven strategies, and have access to relevant content contributed by fellow industry experts, including blogs, videos, interviews, and more. Dealer members rate and review vendor products - sharing their experiences with the DrivingSales community - while vendors have the opportunity to provide feedback on reviews and showcase their products and services. Created and built from the ground up by third-generation dealer Jared Hamilton, DrivingSales is the auto industry’s leading social media custom platform.