DrivingSales Executive Summit Announces Breakout Session Speakers and Presentations for 2013

Topics selected by dealers include strategies for CRM, digital marketing, fixed ops, hiring, creating a culture of success, selling pre-owned vehicles, leveraging ‘big data’, video and more; joins agenda that includes keynotes from global search marketing authority Danny Sullivan, Yelp and The Walt Disney Company®.  Early Bird Registration available until August 14th



Salt Lake City, UT – July 30, 2013DrivingSales today announced speakers and presentations for the 2013 DrivingSales Executive Summit’s (DSES) breakout sessions, including strategies for CRM, digital marketing, fixed ops, hiring, creating a culture of success, selling pre-owned vehicles, leveraging ‘big data’, video and more.  Selected from a very competitive field of over 140 applicants by the DSES Dealer Advisory board, the breakout presentations from leading dealerships and industry innovators join an impressive agenda that includes keynotes from global search marketing authority Danny Sullivan, Yelp and The Walt Disney Company®.


The DSES, which had record attendance in 2012, and has sold out every year since inception, is unique in the industry because auto dealers determine the speakers and agenda. This year’s summit will be held Sunday, October 13th through Tuesday, October 15th, 2013 at the Bellagio Las VegasEarly-bird Registration closes August 14th.


“Once again our Dealer Advisory Board has made the difficult choice of selecting the ‘best of the best’ presentations from an outstanding field - the top 10% of all applications received,” said DrivingSales CEO and Founder, Jared Hamilton. “As new technology, economics, and changes in customer behavior demand that our industry evolve at lightning speed, it can be hard for dealers to get to the information they need the most. Our goal - and that of our advisory board – is to put the most relevant and actionable information for today’s – and tomorrow’s – business realities right at their fingertips.  This exceptional roster of speakers, from some of the leading dealerships and innovators in our industry, will put attendees well ahead of the curve with profit-building practices they can take home and put into action in their stores.”


Speakers and presentations selected to present at the 2013 DrivingSales Executive Summit include:


Todd Caputo (The Sun Auto Group) Used Vehicle Secrets from the “Used Car King!”

Grant Cardone (Cardone Training Technologies) Demand Greatness! How Leaders Cultivate Excellence

Jonathan Dawson (Sellchology) Out-experience Your Competition: How to Build a Culture That Creates Customers.

Kass Dawson (Facebook) Big Data, Better Data: How People-Driven Marketing Will Drive Sales

John Fuhrman (Autofair Dealer Group) Sales Hiring For Retention

Dennis Galbraith (DrivingSales) Back from 2018.  Prepare for the Next 5 Years of Automotive Retailing.

Grant Gooley (Boyer Auto Group) “The Shift”:  Creating a Digital Culture Within Your Dealership

Adam Grossman (Auction Direct USA) Putting Dealership Numbers to Work: Using Data to Drive Actionable Results

Michael Groves (Twin Cities Automotive) How We Increased Sales with Data, A/B Testing, and Process Optimization – A Case Study

Shane Hambly (e-Dealer)/ Nisha Abraham (Google) Extreme-targeting: How to Generate PERFECT Digital Traffic!

David Kain (KainAutomotive.com) Advanced Digital Strategies for Advanced Internet Dealers

Amit Maheshwari (Dealertrack Digital Retailing) Supercharging Digital Marketing Spend with a Digital Retailing Strategy

Dale Pollak (vAuto) "Big Data" Drills Deep In Used Vehicles, Dealers Win

Matthew Smith (Darling’s Auto Group) Change the Game: Rise Above the Competition with a New Approach to Marketing

Adam Thrasher (cDemo Mobile Solutions) 5 Easy Steps to Implementing an Advanced Video Marketing Gameplan

Craig Waikem (The Waikem Auto Group) Bring Control of Your Digital Marketing and Advertising In-House

Shaun Weissman (Rallye Auto Group) Revolutionizing your Fix Op Processes: From Customer Service to Service Drive Prospecting

Aaron Wirtz (Subaru of Wichita & Super Car Guys) Befriending the Lonely Community Manager

Held Sunday, October 13th through Tuesday, October 15th, 2013 at the Bellagio Las Vegas, the DrivingSales Executive Summit focuses on providing the most relevant profit-building information to help auto dealers formulate their business plans for the following year. This year’s Summit includes three days of collaboration and fresh, leading-edge information from special-topic breakouts, expert panels, dealer and vendor contests, and world-renowned speakers.


The DrivingSales Executive Summit is 100% dealer driven and designed specifically for the most advanced dealer principals and dealership executives in the industry. The summit has a vendor-neutral policy, meaning no vendor influence on presentation selection and adherence to a strict dealer-to-vendor ratio. 


For the full DrivingSales Executive Summit agenda and more information on speakers and presentations go to http://drivingsal.es/2013-breakout-speakers.

Each year the DrivingSales Executive Summit automotive conference sells out. Tickets are still available at http://drivingsalesexecutivesummit.com/registration/. For more information about the DrivingSales Executive Summit and to register, visit: DrivingSalesExecutiveSummit.com or contact dses@drivingsales.com. Stay tuned for DSES news as it develops on www.twitter.com/drivingsales and on facebook.com/drivingsales. Participate in the conversation with the #DSES hashtag as preparations continue throughout the year.

For more information check out today’s blog on DrivingSales at: http://www.drivingsales.com/blogs/DSNews/

About The DrivingSales Executive Summit (DSES)

The DrivingSales Executive Summit is where the most progressive dealers gather to collaborate and learn forward-thinking trends in automotive operations. DSES features world-renowned experts on marketing, technology and retail operations from inside and outside the industry, who provide the most valuable and actionable insights for today’s dealership professionals.  The DSES agenda is dealer-driven, ensuring the content is 100 percent focused on the needs of progressive dealers.  Only the top 10 percent of speaking applications selected by DrivingSales members make it on the agenda.

To protect the quality of the event, seating is limited and always held at a 5-diamond venue.  DSES has sold out every year.  For those interested in attending, securing seating as early as possible is recommended.  For more information, visit DSES.com

 About DrivingSales

DrivingSales is a professional network serving the auto industry with dealer-driven news and information, online training, and performance data, all to enable dealers to make critical business decisions at their dealerships.  DrivingSales’ mission is to connect progressive dealership professionals to the people and information they need to maximize their success.

Founded by a third-generation car dealer, and opened up to the industry in 2008, today DrivingSales has a registered user in over 50% of new car dealerships in the US and is active in several other countries around the globe.  To learn more about the DrivingSales community, training or performance analytics visit DrivingSales.com, DrivingSalesUniversity.com and DrivingSalesData.com

DrivingSales Executive Summit Media Relations:
Elizabeth Johnson (Elizabeth@mwebbcom.com), mWEBB Communications, 213.713.4865

Melanie Webber (melanie@mwebbcom.com), mWEBB Communications, 949.307.1723



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