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Nomination Deadline for F&I Dealer of the Year Extended

<p>Nate Gault, F&I director of Serpentini Chrevrolet of Strongsville, accepts the The Warranty Group-sponsored F&I Dealer of the Year award on behalf of the dealership.</p>

TORRANCE, Calif. — F&I and Showroom magazine has extended the deadline to nominate dealers for its F&I and Dealer of the Year award to Friday, July 25. The winner will be announced at Industry Summit 2014, scheduled for Sept. 8-10 at the Paris Las Vegas

This year, F&I and Showroom has created a new online nomination form dealership employees, general agents, F&I product providers and technology vendors can complete to nominate their dealerships and dealer clients. Supporting materials for a nominee, such as newspaper clippings or awards announcements, can be emailed to

“The new form should make it easy to nominate your dealership or dealer clients,” said Gregory Arroyo, editorial director for F&I and Showroom magazine. “And as we have for the last 13 years, we’re looking for a highly profitable F&I department that demonstrates a commitment to regulatory compliance, ethics and a customer-centric F&I process. If that describes your dealership, then nominate it today.”

Serving as the sponsor of the award for the fourth straight year is The Warranty Group, previously known as Pat Ryan & Associates, which is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year. “For the fourth consecutive year, The Warranty Group and Resource Dealer Group are again proud to sponsor F&I and Showroom’s F&I Pacesetter and F&I Dealer of the Year awards — recognizing those dealerships with outstanding F&I performance that consistently deliver customer satisfaction and a commitment to regulatory compliance. Keep up the good work and best of luck to all this year!” said Charlie Robinson, president and COO of Resource Automotive, a subsidiary of The Warranty Group Inc.

Arroyo added: “I’d just like to thank Charlie and his team for once again sponsoring this award. It means a lot to us at the magazine. Their support once again illustrates the company’s commitment to the F&I industry.”

The magazine will first select five F&I Pacesetters of the Year, which will serve as finalists for the coveted F&I Dealer of the Year award. A representative from each of the finalists will then be invited to Industry Summit 2014, where they’ll be honored during a special ceremony to open the magazine’s conference. They’ll also receive a two-night stay at the Paris Las Vegas Hotel, the site of this year’s conference, and a complimentary full-conference pass.

Those selected as F&I Pacesetters will also be profiled in the magazine’s special conference issue and September edition.

At the conclusion of the special ceremony, one finalist will be named the 2014 F&I Dealer of the Year. That dealership will appear on the cover of the magazine’s November issue, which will include a four-page profile on the dealership’s sales and F&I operations. Past winners of the F&I Dealer of the Year award include Serpentini Chevrolet of Strongsville, Lithia Motors Inc., Riverside Auto Group, The Suburban Collection, and Tuttle-Click Automotive Group.

To nominate your dealership or dealer client today, click here. If you should have any problems completing the online nomination form, please e-mail

Industry Summit includes educational tracks for F&I, Special Finance, Used Vehicle Retailing, Dealership Sales & Technology and P&A Leadership. For more information or to register, visit For information about sponsorship and exhibition opportunities, contact David Gesualdo via email or call (727) 947-4027.


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