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  1. PRE-ORDER SPECIAL! Automotive Controller’s Playbook 2018

    PRE-ORDER SPECIAL! Automotive Controller’s Playbook 2018

    Regular Price: $349.00

    Special Discount Price: $299.00

    PRE-ORDER SPECIAL- Release Date August 20, 2018
    Delivered in PDF and Hard Copy Format
    SKU BMTG

    The 2018 Edition for Dealership Controllers & CFOs.

    Essays from Workshops Presented by Retail Automotive Financial and Management Experts. Focusing on Vital Concepts Every Dealership Controller and CFO Need to Master.

    Essays Included in this 215+ page collection:

    Chapter 1 Controllers Making a Big Difference
    Fighting Lower Gross Margins & Rising Expenses
    Accounting Office Consolidation for Multi-Location Auto Groups
    Controller WOW Factor – 5 Quick Changes for Storewide Improvements
    How, Why & When of Captive Insurance Companies for Auto Dealers
    Ideal Pay Plans for General Managers
    How to Apply for Retail on Factory Warranty Claims
    Re-Thinking the Parts Pricing Matrix

    Chapter 2 Controllers Planning for the Future
    Mega-Trends in Auto Retailing Today
    Rewarding Key Managers – Compensation/Profit Participation/Equity
    Due Diligence Essentials for Buyers and Sellers
    Successful Succession Planning for Today’s Auto Dealers
    Succession Part 2: Maintaining Income & Control in Generational Transitions

    Chapter 3 Controllers and U.S. Gov’t Regulation and Taxation
    How to Reduce Exposure to Gov’t Agencies and Enforcers
    Everything Auto Dealers Need to Know About IRS Form 1099
    Everything Auto Dealers Need to Know About IRS Form 8300
    U.S. Tax Reform 2018 – What’s In There for Auto Dealers

    Chapter 4 Controllers Employing Financial Reporting & Planning Tools
    Automotive Financial Statement Analysis for Managers
    Forecasting – Why Fresh Ideas and New Perspectives are Required
    How to Forecast & Budget for an Uncertain Car Market
    How to Manage Your Balance Sheet & Turn Paper Profits into Cash
    How to Get Better Information from Your DMS
    Dealership Staffing Metrics Learn More
  2. Charles Feuss: Fearless Firing…Effective, Confident, Humane

    Charles Feuss: Fearless Firing…Effective, Confident, Humane

    $0.00

    Free Online Workshop

    Air Date: Thursday October 4 2018 at 1pm Eastern and 10am Pacific
    Featuring: Charles Feuss J.D. Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP
    Program Length: 60 Minutes
    SKU EMJ1

    Hiring and firing are normal and unavoidable aspects of business… Every manager needs to be educated about how to terminate an employee while minimizing risk!

    Firing someone has always had it legal dangers. Savvy, educated managers have known from the start that not "following the rules" could end up being very expensive… in both time and money.

    The Internet and speed and ubiquity of information… including personal information… makes this an even more dangerous minefield. Visit with Employment Attorney Charles Feuss as he discusses these issues with auto dealerships directly in focus.

    Key Presentation Takeaways:

    Discover the Myth and the Reality of "Employment at Will"
    Review the most common legal challenges to termination
    Beware of the dangers of Social Media… Facebook, Twitter, InstaGram, etc.
    Receive a 10 Step Action Plan to Terminate an Unwanted Employee Learn More
  3. Brian Bruggeman Accounting Best Practices: Mastering the One-Day End-of-Month Closing

    Brian Bruggeman Accounting Best Practices: Mastering the One-Day End-of-Month Closing

    $59.00

    MEMBERS ONLY LIVE WORKSHOP

    Featuring: Brian Bruggeman, CPA at Crowe Horwath
    Air Date: Thursday October 18 2018
    1pm Eastern/ 12pm Central / 11am Mountain / 10am Pacific
    Program Length: 60 minutes
    SKU DMJ3

    It’s No Secret or Surprise! Fast, Accurate Monthly Financial Statements have multiple benefits…

    Is it really possible to complete your dealership’s month-end close in one day – without burning out your accounting staff and driving everyone crazy? Yes, you can do it and gain a lot in the process.

    A fast and accurate monthly close can help you manage your business better and focus quickly on troublesome issues. Streamlining the process will give you more informed decision-making, and the ability to make decisions or turn on a dime.

    What’s on Tap in this Online Workshop:
    Technology tools that can help you streamline the EOM Closing Process
    How to engage all departments to help you achieve the goal
    How to get vendors on board and cooperative toward a quick close
    A clear, step-by-step Process for the One Day Closing Learn More
  4. Erik Nachbahr Keeping Pace with New Technologies for the Auto Dealership

    Erik Nachbahr Keeping Pace with New Technologies for the Auto Dealership

    $59.00

    Become a VIP Member and Receive Access to This Recording - Reserved for Members Only

    Workshop Info:

    Presenter: Erik Nachbahr at Helion Automotive Technologies
    Air Date: Thursday September 13 2018 at 1pm Eastern/ Noon Central/ 11am Mountain/ 10am Pacific
    Program Length: 60 minutes
    SKU: DMI2

    Technology advances and changes faster and faster… Auto Tech Expert sorts is out for you… Find out what you really NEED to know…

    For most retail automotive professionals, and unless technology is one of your outside interests, it is very hard to keep up with all the changes that come your way.

    The newest and greatest new gadget may, or may not, be worth your attention or concern. Worse yet it may, or may not, be worth your investment.

    Visit with automotive technology expert Erik Nachbahr as he cuts through the fog and lets you know what you should consider and what you should ignore at least for now.
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  5. Joe Magyar How F&I Reinsurance Provides Value after Tax Reform

    Joe Magyar How F&I Reinsurance Provides Value after Tax Reform

    $59.00

    MEMBERS ONLY LIVE WORKSHOP AND RECORDING ACCESS

    Featuring: Joe Magyar, Tax Partner at Crowe LLP
    Air Date: Thursday September 27 2018
    1pm Eastern/ 12pm Central / 11am Mountain / 10am Pacific
    Program Length: 60 minutes
    SKU DMI4

    What are the impacts of recent changes in the law?...&… Is a Captive Insurance Company right for you?

    Captive Insurance Companies have been a tax and cash flow strategy for many dealer groups in the past. But major changes in the law as a result of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 may be changing the game for the dealership group community.

    What you need to know about F&I Captive Insurance Companies from Joe Magyar, CPA and Tax Partner at Crowe LLP.

    Workshop Take-Aways:

    Discover the value of F&I profit participation programs
    Understand the structures available to maximize F&I profitability
    Demystify "Tax Reform" and learn how it affects F&I programs
    Be aware of the risks inherent in different F&I reinsurance
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  6. Christine Andrews & Rob Campbell: 6 Internal Theft Scams that were Surprisingly Successful - Learn from the Mistakes of Others

    Christine Andrews & Rob Campbell: 6 Internal Theft Scams that were Surprisingly Successful - Learn from the Mistakes of Others

    $59.00

    Featuring: Christine Andrews & Rob Campbell from WithumSmith+Brown
    Air Date: Thursday August 9 at 1pm Eastern/ Noon Central/ 11am Mountain/ 10am Pacific
    Program Length: 60 minutes
    SKU DMH2

    Employees steal for a variety of personal motivations.., but the primary reason they steal is OPPORTUNITY!

    Earning a solid and ample profit from your dealership operations is a very good thing. But often the volume of money that flows through the organization is providing too many opportunities for employees and associates to dip into the till

    Attendees of this workshop will examine real-world employee theft cases to bring to light the most common errors that caused the dealership to be vulnerable. Using various financial and departmental reports, we will examine how to find answers to problems quickly and thoroughly.

    1. Learn the critical signs that something is wrong.
    2. See the most common thefts in action through real-world examples.
    3. Identify the weaknesses in your internal controls to better protect the dealership.
    4. How to evaluate and investigate patterns of unusual activity to determine if it is (a) fraud, (b) waste or (c) really okay.
    5. Building the right framework on internal controls unique to your dealership. Learn More
  7. Alan Haig and Kevin J. Nill:  Mega-Trends Impacting Auto Retail In 2018… Highlights from the Haig Report

    Alan Haig and Kevin J. Nill: Mega-Trends Impacting Auto Retail In 2018… Highlights from the Haig Report

    $59.00

    Become a VIP Member and Receive Access to This Recording - Reserved for Members Only

    Presenters: Alan Haig and Kevin J. Nill
    Air Date: Thursday July 26 at 1pm Eastern/ Noon Central/ 11am Mountain/ 10am Pacific
    Program Length: 60 minutes
    SKU DMG4

    The Issues and Realities of Retail Automotive in 2018 and How That Impacts Dealer’s Ability to Compete, Profit, and Grow the Enterprise

    Auto retailing continues to enjoy strong results despite increasing headwinds from slowing sales and heightened competition.

    Dealers are facing continued pressure to manage in more efficient and cost-effective ways to maintain profitability and consolidation appears positioned to accelerate in the coming months. And future industry disruption appears poised to accelerate.


    Highlights:

    Macroeconomic Indicators- both the good and the not so good
    Light vehicle sales, inventories, incentives, lease penetrations, etc.
    The erosion of vehicle gross profits and dependence on F&I and Service to replace flagging bottom lines
    Dealership expense and net profit trends
    How recent tax changes can benefit both buyers and sellers… yes benefit!
    How dealers can grow in tougher times… the party is not over yet!
    Future disruptors and the impact on dealership consolidation and valuations
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  8. CLOSEOUT SALE!! For Senior Dealership Managers -  Unlocking Your Full Potential in 2017

    CLOSEOUT SALE!! For Senior Dealership Managers - Unlocking Your Full Potential in 2017

    Regular Price: $299.00

    Special Discount Price: $149.00

    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
  9. 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
  10. Joni Stuker Why Many Dealership BDCs Fall Short & How to Fix It

    Joni Stuker Why Many Dealership BDCs Fall Short & How to Fix It

    $0.00

    FREE RECORDED WORKSHOP

    Workshop Info:
    Air Date: Thursday April 19 at 1pm Eastern/ Noon Central/ 11am Mountain/ 10am Pacific
    Featuring: Joni Stuker
    Program Length: 60 Minutes
    SKU: DMD3

    The time and money you spend on installing, training and hiring is often wasted, if you have neglected the absolute need to get all stake holders on board.

    The secret of getting your BDC initiatives to work effectively is getting all the working pieces organized toward the common goal… all joined together to provide the customer with the best, more efficient and productive process possible.

    This cannot happen when individual stakeholders (individuals or even departments) do not respect the role others contribute to the teams success.

    Join Joni as she explores solutions to:

    Breaking down the wall between BDC & Sales
    Blending all departments & owning the customer’s household auto needs
    Compensating so everyone “wins”
    Fostering Teamwork so Everyone thinks Business Development Learn More

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