In 1995, I went to work as the Marketing Director for a 14 franchise auto group in The Dalles, OR. We ended up on the cover of Automotive News, Dealer Magazine and were even featured in the Wall Street Journal. We held the exclusive on Autobytel for all of our franchises for all of Oregon and Washington, so selling cars "on the Internet" was more of an order taking exercise, but we were definitely successful by anyone's measuring stick.
Since those days, my career has enabled me to benefit from the finest sources of information and training available. I've been fortunate enough to have been in the right place many times and to have formed relationships with some of the country's best and longest tenured Automotive Consultants, Marketing Experts, OEM Personnel, and Retail Operators. I laughingly call myself a “dinosaur” because I’ve been roaming around the car business since the infancy of “Internet Sales” and have a tremendous depth of knowledge ranging from writing radio copy, getting a 435 Beacon bought, knowing who StoneAge.com was and pulling a report from UCS and printing it on green bar.
The one thing that has held true for me during my evolutions through the Automotive realm has been that in order to not just survive, but to thrive, I have had to be willing to hang out at the end of the branch every once in a while. That's where I'm at. Looking for and aligning with cutting edge technologies and philosophies that provide real solutions for dealers.
In July of 2010, I met Jim Crouse, the founder and former CEO of BarNone. Jim sold Bar None is 2005, and I found myself having my first conversation with him as his non-compete expired. Just like in the movies… “He’s Baaaaack”. And this time, with an unbelievably powerful suite of products under the Cloud One "umbrella": CloudBDC, TradeInLeads.com and CreditYes.com
I look forward to connecting with you and learning more about how we can help each other to grow our businesses.
Do more than is required. What is the distance
between someone who achieves their goals consistently and those who
spend their lives and careers merely following? The extra mile.
Gary Ryan Blair
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