Category: Press

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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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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Diehl family oversees growing auto dealership group

The Diehl Auto Group acquired a Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram dealership in Salem, Ohio in June of this year. It is the group’s fifth Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram store, though not all are operated under the Diehl name. Corina Diehl Corina Diehl, president of the dealership group, shared one of her buy sell strategies with Automotive Buy Sell Report. “If I buy a store, (acquiring) the real estate is mandatory with the purchase because the real estate you sit on,… Read more »

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Wake-Up Call: These Women Want Cars – and Have Money!

Selling to older women. Is there a different dynamic? What are they buying? How do they shop? According to ImmersionActive.com the peak age of vehicle buyers shifted upward from 35-to-44 to 55-to-64 in 2011, and, as of this year, 50 percent of the U.S. population is now over the age of 50. There are 74.9 million Boomers – ages 51 to 69 – in the U.S. The National Association of Baby Boomer Women says there are currently more than 39… Read more »

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Jody Devere, Mary Beth Vander Schaff, Kynzie Sims, Julie Rodgers, and Candice Crane to Keynote Women in Automotive Conference With Expert Panel Discussing Automotive News Project XX

“How We Fit In and Where We Go from Here” panel to discuss how the industry can better support and nurture female empowerment and leadership Compli, the automotive leader in HR and compliance automation solutions, is honored to announce Kynzie Sims, Compli’s Content Product Manager, will join fellow powerhouse females: Mary Beth Vander Schaff, Managing Editor of Automotive News, Jody DeVere, CEO AskPatty.com and Founding Board Member of the Women in Automotive Conference, Julie Rodgers, Chief Operating Officer of Hireology,… Read more »

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Greater Los Angeles Dealer Association Luncheon

Video from the Greater Los Angeles Dealer Association Luncheon in June focused on careers for women at the dealership that features several women dealership principles or key employees and myself Jody DeVere CEO AskPatty.com, Cheri Fleming Dealer Principle, Valencia Acura, Sally Smeed, General Manager, Rusnak Volvo and Sara Elise-Volbert, Owner, Northstar M2

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Top Ford Executive Tapped for Key Speaking Role at Women in Automotive Conference

ORLANDO, Fla., May 31, 2018 /PRNewswire/ –– The fifth-annual Women in Automotive Convention will once again draw upon top female success stories as it assists the automotive community in recruiting, retaining and developing female employees and leaders. The conference is set for the Omni Orlando Resort at Champions Gate in Orlando, Florida on June 24-26, 2018. The multi-day conference includes networking, speakers, breakout sessions, workshops and booth displays – all centered on the goal of educating and inspiring women in… Read more »

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Do You Know What Women Want?

By Jennifer Libin, Sales Director, Automotive Profit Builders Our economy is driven, influenced and essentially run by women. It’s a fact. We live in a “Sheconomy” Women plan and coordinate the finances in the majority of American households. Women are the decision-makers. They manage household budgets and control the “checkbook.” Let’s look at some facts. In 2016, women purchased: 93 % of a family’s food and pharmaceuticals 92% of all vacations 91% of all new homes 85% of all consumer… Read more »

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