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  1. For Senior Dealership Managers -  Unlocking Your Full Potential in 2017

    For Senior Dealership Managers - Unlocking Your Full Potential in 2017

    $299.00

    Available in PDF and Hard Copy Format

    The 2017 Edition Yearbook for Senior Dealership Management Professionals.
    Essays from Workshops Presented Industry Experts Focusing on What is Working for Your Peers from All dealership management positions - Enterprise-Wide Senior Managers, Fixed Operations Managers and Variable Operations Managers.
    Benefits:

    1. Zero in on What Your Peers in other dealership management positions are employing for increased efficiencies and bottom line profit growth.
    2. Sharpen and Hone Your Basic, yet critical, Auto Dealership Enterprise Management Skills
    3. 300+ Pages of Essays Drawn from the Content of Recent DealersEdge Workshops as presented by Auto Industry Experts!

    Essays Included in this 300+ Page Collection:

    CHAPTER 1 - UNLOCKING DEALERSHIP ENTERPRISE POTENTIAL IN 2017

    How to Protect the Value of the Business/Enterprise
    Highlights from Kerrigan's Blue Sky Report
    Strap a Rocket to Your Used Car Department
    Government Agencies Targeting Auto Dealers
    How to Fire Someone Fearlessly… Humanely
    How and Why to Hire Millenials
    New Hiring Technologies & How to Use Them

    CHAPTER 2 - FINANCIAL MONITORING & MANAGEMENT BEST PRACTICES

    Getting More and More Actionable Data From Your DMS
    Turning Balance Sheet Assets Into Hard Cash
    A Fresh Look at Forecasting & Budgeting Basics
    Expense Control - Getting Back to Basics
    New Tax Rules… How & Why of Captive Insurance Company Creation
    Back Office Consolidation for Auto Groups

    CHAPTER 3- LATEST IN DEALERSHIP DATA MANAGEMENT

    How to Protect Against Sudden DMS Price Increases
    How to Choose a CRM - DMS or Other 3rd Party?
    New Technology Useful to Auto Dealerships
    How & Why of Dealership Cyber-Security

    CHAPTER 4- UNLOCKING FIXED OPS POTENTIAL IN 2017

    How to Strap a Rocket to Your Service Department
    Business & Financial for Service Managers
    The Service Pricing Challenge - Getting the Right Price
    Service Pricing vs. Value Debate
    7 Essential Service Management Key Indicators
    Re-Engineering the Parts Pricing Matrix
    How to Avoid Parts Physical Inventory Nightmares
    Advanced Body Shop Management

    CHAPTER 5- UNLOCKING VARIABLE OPERATIONS POTENTIAL IN 2017

    New Look at Prospecting - How to Bag 1/3 of Future Sales
    Employing Video Presentations in the Sale Process
    How to Use Tablets in Your Selling System
    The How To of Video Walk-Around Demos
    Pay-Per-Click - How to Manage a Successful PPC Campaign
    Magic of Geo-Fencing… Marketing to Customer Smart Phones
    Online Tactics to Maximize CPO Sales
    Recruiting and Keeping the Very Best BDC Reps Learn More
  2. Steve Nickelsen: Why So Many of the Dealer’s Truly Great Ideas Fail to Launch

    Steve Nickelsen: Why So Many of the Dealer’s Truly Great Ideas Fail to Launch

    $0.00

    SPECIAL FREE LIVE ONLINE WORKSHOP

    Workshop Info:
    Air Date: Live Thursday, April 27, 2017 at 1pm Eastern/ Noon Central/ 11am Mountain/ 10am Pacific
    Featuring: Steve Nickelsen
    Program Length: 30 Minutes

    If you are a Dealer or GM, there is no shortage of new concepts, ideas and strategies that could make your dealership organization better! Yet so many great ideas fail at the execution stage… WHY?

    I know this has happened to you! You return from a 20-Group Meeting or the NADA Convention… or maybe you read an article or book that inspires and enthuses you to bring a specific improvement to your auto group or store.

    But when you present this ‘great idea’ to your management team, they smile, nod, stifle a groan… then they hope if they just ignore you for a couple of weeks, it will all go away.

    Or maybe, they argue about the wisdom of trying something new. Any of this sound familiar…

    Lame Excuses: “Our customers are different and they will not like this.” “We tried that once and it didn’t work.” “We don’t have the time.” But if others have found this idea successful, is any of this valid? More than likely NOT.

    Visit with Steve for just 30 minutes and he will show you:

    Why so many improvement plans fail to execute in your dealership or group
    Why having great ideas and opportunities is not enough to move from theory to practice
    Why dealerships are a particularly difficult environment to bring about improvement and change
    Why you so often hear the same lame and uninspired excuses
    How an Executive Virtual Coach can provide the implementation muscle that takes your great ideas and opportunities and turns them into increased efficiencies and profits. Learn More
  3. Updated 2017-  Job Descriptions for Dealership Staff

    Updated 2017- Job Descriptions for Dealership Staff

    $298.00

    Product Description:

    A powerful dealership management tool to help you:

    Align management and employee priorities
    Align management and employee expectations
    Boost employee satisfaction and reduce turnover
    Eliminate hours wasted on low-value tasks
    Head off costly legal issues
    Hire winners and get them up to speed quickly
    Avoid overstaffing and task duplications

    This comprehensive dealership management resource contains actual job descriptions (More than 100) from dealerships throughout North America. You’ll find valuable job description samples to help you get the most benefit from 30+ critical positions in your dealership organization. Learn More
  4. Brooke Samples: Forecasting – Why Fresh Ideas and New Perspectives are Needed for Success in 2018

    Brooke Samples: Forecasting – Why Fresh Ideas and New Perspectives are Needed for Success in 2018

    $0.00

    Free Entry Level Membership Included! Gain access to all LIVE DealersEdge Presentations as well as other discounts and specials! By Registering For This Workshop You Are Automatically Enrolled In Our FREE Entry Level Membership Program!

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    Workshop Info:
    Air Date: Thursday October 26 at 1pm Eastern/ Noon Central/ 11am Mountain/ 10am Pacific
    Featuring: Brooke Samples of Profit Blueprints
    Program Length: 60 Minutes
    SKU: DLJ4

    If you want growth in 2018 you need to seek and embrace change. Brooke Samples’ advice: “Fire yourself and then re-hire the you you always wanted to be!”

    Brooke analyzes a lot of dealership financial statements. She tells us that those that take giant leaps forward (even saddled with a poor market) seek, embrace and then force change. If your growth is stalled, it’s way past time for you to forecast 2018 with fresh ideas and new perspectives.

    This workshop is for all department managers. It is designed to be a thought-starter and to answer the questions of…how and why dealers and managers should pay closer attention to their forecasting process. How and why many are missing great opportunities!

    For Profit Center Managers

    You Will Learn:

    Why CHANGE is the only way to think…Fresh Ideas & New Perspectives
    How to Calculate each Department's Full Potential using Benchmarks
    When to include rank and file employees in the forecasting process
    How to create the action plans that will result in goals actually achieved
    How to stay "on track" through the forecast period Learn More
  5. Joe Magyar and Tim Daum: How to Attract & Reward Key Employees Via Compensation, Profit Participation and/or Ownership

    Joe Magyar and Tim Daum: How to Attract & Reward Key Employees Via Compensation, Profit Participation and/or Ownership

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    Free Entry Level Membership Included! Gain access to all LIVE DealersEdge Presentations as well as other discounts and specials! By Registering For This Workshop You Are Automatically Enrolled In Our FREE Entry Level Membership Program!

    Visit VIP.DealersEdge.com/ for more information.

    Workshop Info:
    Air Date: Thursday November 2 at 1pm Eastern/ Noon Central/ 11am Mountain/ 10am Pacific
    Featuring: Joe Magyar and Tim Daum from Crowe Horwath
    Program Length: 60 Minutes
    SKU: DLK1

    This presentation will not only discuss how to compensate and attract top talent for acquisitions, but will also explore creative ways to reward and incentivize important key managers.

    As auto group consolidation continues to be a major trend in auto retail, finding and keeping high-value senior managers becomes more of a challenge. Pay plans are part of the answer. But many ambitious and talented employees are looking for more creative incentives.

    Experts from Crowe Horwath will Explore:

    Compensation/Equity issues related to acquisitions
    Considerations in offering real equity?
    Drawbacks in offering real equity?
    Deferred compensation packages?
    Phantom stock?
    Stock appreciation rights? Learn More
  6. Jodi Kippe & Steve Wojcicki, CPAs: Fighting Lower Gross Margins & Rising Costs: Solutions for Dealership Expense Management

    Jodi Kippe & Steve Wojcicki, CPAs: Fighting Lower Gross Margins & Rising Costs: Solutions for Dealership Expense Management

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    Free Entry Level Membership Included! Gain access to all LIVE DealersEdge Presentations as well as other discounts and specials! By Registering For This Workshop You Are Automatically Enrolled In Our FREE Entry Level Membership Program!

    Visit VIP.DealersEdge.com/ for more information.

    Workshop Info:
    Air Date: Thursday November 16 at 1pm Eastern/ Noon Central/ 11am Mountain/ 10am Pacific
    Featuring: Jodi Kippe & Steve Wojcicki, CPAs
    Program Length: 60 Minutes
    SKU: DLK3

    Gross margins have been shrinking in 2017 for auto dealers. At the same time your cost of doing business is on the rise. It is time to re-focus on ways to at least slow down those two alarming trends.

    It’s time to get serious:

    Analysis of Key Dealership Operating Expenses and which are ripe for improvement
    Presentation of Innovative Solutions and Techniques for Dealership Expense Management
    How to achieve Profit Improvement Goals in spite of these trends
    Learn More
  7. Jeff Sacks' Dealership Pay Plans That Work

    Jeff Sacks' Dealership Pay Plans That Work

    Regular Price: $495.00

    Special Discount Price: $395.00

    PAY PLANS THAT INFLUENCE BEHAVIOR AND GUIDE RESULTS

    Put the right pay formula or plan in place to improve your business model and results.
    Consider employing pay plans that :
    -- Reduce inter-department conflict
    -- Elevate personnel productivity
    -- Improve customer retention

    Consider changing vertically designed pay plans into more functional horizontal pay plans!

    This 100+ Page Guide contains hundreds of Sample Pay Plans, indexed by dealership department and profit center.

    Pay Plan Samples and Jeff Sacks' commentary Indexed for:

    -- Variable/Sales Department Managers
    -- Fixed Operations Department Managers
    -- Sales Consultants
    -- Service Advisors and Technicians
    -- Non-Management Parts Personnel
    -- Accounting Staff
    -- … and more!

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    About Jeff Sacks:
    Jeff Sacks is considered one of the premier experts in dealership operations with a 30+ year career that warrants the high regard he’s held in.

    Jeff immigrated to the United States in 1977 and immersed himself in the world of car dealership operations. He gained a degree in accounting and one in business finance, and together with his ‘in the seat’ practical experience, he carved out an enviably unique insight into dealership operations that has helped many clients across the global automotive industry.

    After gaining first-hand experience in a variety of dealerships, Jeff established Jeff Sacks & Associates, a consulting company dealing with the specific needs of his automotive clients. Years later, he created and facilitated the General Manager’s Bootcamp. In 2009, Jeff returned to his roots as operating President with Jeff Sacks & Associates (Jeff Sacks Auto) in order to provide customized programs to his clients, including the highly respected General Manager Workshop.

    Jeff’s passion and vision in the industry has made him a sought-after speaker, helping to improve dealership functionality relating to process improvement strategies, asset and expense controls, computer utilization, management information systems and more. Learn More
  8. BKTJ Dealership Money-Manager's Playbook - World Class Best Practices

    BKTJ Dealership Money-Manager's Playbook - World Class Best Practices

    $298.00

    Published on Oct 1, 2016

    Learn what the best Dealership Financial Managers are doing to....

    -Nurture and Protect the Dealership's Assets
    -Maximize Profit and ROI
    -Take Advantage of New Savings and Money-Making Opportunities
    -Protect the Value of the Automotive Enterprise

    This Guide contains Executive Summaries of 24 Senior Dealership Management Topics... all drawn from DealersEdge Workshops featuring a team of Industry Experts... each a specialist in their field.

    Here's What's Included:

    Financial Controls & Analysis

    -Accounting Office Consolidation for Multi-Location Dealer Groups
    -How to Manage the Balance Sheet & Turn Paper Profits Into Hard Cash
    -How to Maintain Your Focus on Expense Controls... Even in the Good Times
    -How, Why & When to Create Your Own Captive Insurance Company
    -Which Government Agencies are Targeting Auto Dealers...How to Reduce Exposure

    Financial Controls & Analysis- Focus on Fixed Ops

    -The Service Pricing Challenge: How to Leverage your Competitiveness
    -5 Keys to Avoiding the Perils of Factory or Extended Warranty Audits
    -Re-thinking the Parts Pricing Matrix to Maximize Profits
    -Aging Parts... Valued Assets or Worthless Artifacts?
    -How to Avoid Physical Parts Inventory Nightmares... Getting Acct'g & Parts on Same Page

    Managing Dealership Information Systems & Costs

    -Dealership Technology Requirements for Increased Productivity in 2016-17
    -CyberSecurity... Evaluating Your Risks & Protecting the Dealership
    -Independent CRMs vs the DMS CRMs? How to Make an Informed Choice...
    -Gillrie Reports: How to Guard Against Sudden DMS Price Increases & Policy Changes

    Building & Protecting the Value of the Business

    -How Your Dealership Business Plan May be Eroding Future Enterprise Value
    -Dealership Valuation... "Blue Sky" is NOT What it Used to Be
    -Big Themes from the Kerrigan "Blue Sky Report"

    Nurturing Your Most Important Asset - Your Team

    -Guiding Your Team to Success... The Management Magic of One-on-One Coaching
    -Tips on How and Why to Hire Millennials (GenY) for Your Dealership
    -Predicting Success With a Better Hiring Process
    -Employment Law for Car Dealers... 4 Things you Need to Know
    -Fearless Firing... Effective, Confident & Humane...and Staying Out of Trouble

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    Our Team of Experts

    All the Essays in this Guide are Executive Summaries reporting on the expert content provided by these well-known auto industry experts:

    -Jodi Kippe, CPA and Kara Perkins CPA from Crowe Horwath
    -Brooke Samples from Profit Blueprints
    -Kevin Gilbreath, CPA and Senior Tax Manager at Crowe Horwath
    -Jim Radogna, Founder of Dealer Compliance Consultants
    -Les Silver, of the KEEPS Corporation
    -Erik Nachbahr, of Helion Technologies
    -Joe Riccie, CPA and Seth Danberry of WithumSmith & Brown
    -Paul Gillrie, of The Gillrie Institute
    -Rob Campbell, of WithumSmith & Brown
    -Ryan Kerrigan, of Kerrigan Advisors
    -Stuart McCallum CPA and Steve Schumacher CPA from Crowe Horwath
    -Stefan Drechsel, of The Gillrie Institute
    -Chuck Hartle', of PartsEdge
    -Steve Nickelsen, of Nickelsen/DealersEdge and Nickelsen Partners
    -Kevin Baumgart, of Hireology
    -Charles Feuss, J.D., of Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP
    -Mike Nicholes, of Nicholes Capital Management

    All represented in this Guide!

    SUBSCRIPTION OPTION:
    You can upgrade your purchase to a 1-year subscription, allowing you full NO-ADDED CHARGE access to all future Live Webinars (45+ per yr) and our online library of over 160 Recordings of past programs. For just $299 more than the price of this program, you get it all for a period of one year! That is a total of just $597 for your single-person subscription (Season Ticket) including this program. You are free to cancel at any time during the first six months and receive a refund of the additional $299 paid for this upgrade - for any reason! Learn More
  9. Don Hannahs: Successful Succession Planning for Today’s Auto Dealers

    Don Hannahs: Successful Succession Planning for Today’s Auto Dealers

    $198.00

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    Hard Copy - CD Soundtrack
    Hard Copy - Executive Summary Written Report

    Available Immediately In Your Online Library:
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    Mp4 Video File
    Mp3 Audio File
    Podcast
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    Workshop Info:
    Air Date: Thursday October 5 at 1pm Eastern/ Noon Central/ 11am Mountain/ 10am Pacific
    Featuring: Don Hannahs of Planning Solutions Group
    Program Length: 60 Minutes
    SKU: DLJ1

    As more and more “boomer” auto dealers start looking to the next chapter in their lives, the need for a well thought out succession plan becomes an immediate emergency. This session will examine your challenges and opportunities.

    According to Strategic Advisors, Inc., “Baby Boomers” have a disproportionate amount of their wealth tied up in business. Also…

    65% do not know what their business is worth
    85% have NO exit strategy
    Yet… 27% Hope to exit in the next five years

    Don will focus on:

    The unique challenges facing succession in a “family business”
    The boundaries & expectations that need to be established
    Why so many auto dealers fail in this endeavor
    What to include in your “9-1-1” emergency plan
    Your Exit/Succession Options
    How to succeed at succession planning Learn More
  10. Charles Feuss, J.D: Basics Of Employee Handbooks in Auto Dealerships Today

    Charles Feuss, J.D: Basics Of Employee Handbooks in Auto Dealerships Today

    $198.00

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    Hard Copy - CD Soundtrack
    Hard Copy - Executive Summary Written Report

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    Mp4 Video File
    Mp3 Audio File
    Podcast
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    Visit https://VIP.DealersEdge.com/ for more information.

    Workshop Info:
    Air Date: Thursday September 14 at 1pm Eastern/ Noon Central/ 11am Mountain/ 10am Pacific
    Featuring: Charles Feuss, J.D
    Program Length: 60 Minutes
    SKU: DLI2

    If it has been years since updating your Employee Handbook, you could be seeking rather than avoiding problems… Big and Small.

    Employees and managers have many expectations of each other. Unfortunately, often both employees and management seem to be working from a different set of guidelines.

    Given the accelerating rate change, a regular review of your dealership’s Employee Handbook is required. How long has it been since you have read or reviewed yours.

    Join us a Charlie Feuss, J.D. covers the basics of Employee Handbooks for today’s auto dealership environment.

    You will explore:

    Why you should or should not have an up to date employee handbook (EHB)
    What Basic Policies should be included in every EHB
    Optional Policies that you should at least consider
    Special Policies that address your locale, business style, weather, events, etc.
    Communicating your dealership business philosophy, goals and expectations. Learn More

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