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Women’s Voices are Going to Get Louder in 2019 – Are You Listening?

I predict women’s voices are only going to get louder and more influential in 2019. Will you be listening and respond in ways that will increase your bottom line with women and in the diverse markets your serve? In 2018 women marched, they advocated for each other with the #MeToo and the #TimesUp movement. A record 121 women were elected or held their seats in congress during the 2018 mid-term elections, this will bring the share of Congress members who… Read more »

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Fred Beans group instills processes such as customer loyalty program in acquisitions

n November of 2018, McCafferty Ford, Kia and Hyundai became Fred Beans Ford, Kia and Hyundai of Langhorne. The Fred Beans Family of Dealerships invested in the dealerships in Pennsylvania in 1999 and became full owners in 2018. It waited to put the Fred Beans name on the new acquisitions until they were operating fully according to the Fred Beans standards and processes, say Beth Beans Gilbert. Another element also factored in – the McCafferty employees. “We had to do… Read more »

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Industry veteran Tammy Darvish at Capital Automotive is helping dealers expand

Tamara Darvish – Tammy – is back in automotive retail. As the chief operating officer of Capital Automotive Real Estate Service Inc., Darvish is deeply involved in the buy sell world, she tells Automotive Buy Sell Report. “With the cost of land, labor, materials, and blue sky continuing to increase, we have been very busy this year,” she says. CARS, as Capital Automotive is usually known, purchases 100 percent of a dealership’s real estate including the land and the building… Read more »

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Trusted partners, good people, and access to inventory help an auto group grow

Ivette Dominguez operates dealerships in Colorado and Illinois, pretty far-flung geographic locations. It has required letting go of that urge to manage every little detail in each store, she tells Automotive Buy Sell Report. But there is another key aspect to success. “You obviously have to have trust the people you partnered with,” says Dominguez. Dominguez and her husband Mike Drawe operate the Alpine Buick GMC dealership in Denver, CO. Dominguez is dealer principal and president; Drawe is vice president.… Read more »

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World Automotive Conference in Istanbul highlights women’s role in industry

The 5th World Automotive Conference (WAC) 2018 kicked off in Istanbul yesterday. The event brought together prominent figures of the global automotive industry and shared the latest developments in the sector, from artificial intelligence (AI) to the “internet of things” (IoT). The two-day event also highlights the increasing role of women who shape the automotive industry, which does not perform well in terms of female employment. In 2018, women accounted for only 16 percent of the executives in the top… Read more »

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A family unites to build a dealership group in Washington state

Being a car dealer was “not even on the radar” for Shannon Harnish as she was growing up, she tells Automotive Buy Sell Report. But the family business beckoned. Now, Harnish, president of Harnish Family Auto, a dealership group in Puyallup, WA, has just finished some tumultuous years of winding down franchises and acquiring new ones. Through it all, the importance of unity stood out. “Our slogan is Harnish Auto Family, and I feel blessed that our family is such… Read more »

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Industry Evolution: Women are Buying More Cars Than Men

Melinda Welsh shares why the auto industry needs to change gears and focus on women. The automotive industry needs women to be trailblazers, not just for our ideas and expertise but also because we represent a tremendous market opportunity. When I moved from the Chase Credit Card team to Chase Auto, I focused on the work but I wasn’t blind to the fact that I was often the only woman in the room. Five years later, it’s still a regular… Read more »

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At Principle Auto the focus is on people

Abigail Kampmann is all about people, taking care of them, that is. References to that are woven into a conversation with the co-founder and CEO of Principle Auto Group. “Our key to success has been great people,” Kampmann tells Automotive Buy Sell Report. Based in San Antonio, TX, Principle has seven franchises at six locations. The franchises include Infiniti, Volvo, Mini, and two BMW stores in Texas as well as Toyota stores in Tennessee and Mississippi. In 2014 Kampmann’s father… Read more »

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Jody DeVere – Biases In The Automotive Industry Toward Women

Click Here to Listen to Podcast Online Only 26 percent of the workforce in the automotive industry, including manufacturing, are roles held by women. With this in mind, what is your strategy as a woman to grow in this industry, or as an employer to hire and retain more women? What are some strategies for addressing the #Times Up movement within your organization? Join us as we discuss ways for women to grow their roles in automotive, including leadership roles,… Read more »

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Journey Through Her Eyes

It has been an honor and pleasure to speak and conduct breakout sessions back to back the most recent Women’s in Automotive (WIA) Conference. Every time I attend a networking event, sit in the general session, participate in other breakouts, and of course inspiring change through the sessions I conduct, I get filled up with excitement, passion, and pure gratefulness that a movement like this exists. I was asked to write a summary article of my session from the most… Read more »

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