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F&I and Showroom Now Accepting Nominations for F&I Dealer of the Year

<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. — At Industry Summit 2014, scheduled for Sept. 8-10 at the Paris Las Vegas Hotel, F&I and Showroom magazine will name its 14th F&I Dealer of the Year. Nominations for the award must be received no later than Friday, July 18, 2014.

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 gregory.arroyo@bobit.com.

“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 gregory.arroyo@bobit.com.

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 www.industrysummit.com. For information about sponsorship and exhibition opportunities, contact David Gesualdo via email or call (727) 947-4027.


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