What Attendees Are Saying

Digital Dealer Conference & Expo brings Dealer Principals, GMs, GSMs, Marketing Directors, ISMs, BDC Managers and other top industry experts together to share best practices and discuss proven strategies to maximize results.

Owners & Dealer Principals

“The workshops were phenomenal, and perhaps my favorite part is that they are all recorded. I bought the flash drive so I can show the workshops to my team and review them again.” – Tim Berman, Owner, Big Red’s Equipment Sales

“This was an excellent conference to gauge where your dealership currently is and where it should be in today’s marketplace.” – Billie Nimnicht, President, Nimnicht Family of Dealerships, Jacksonville, FL

“The conference was terrific. We came here thinking we would get a few ideas. My mind is just reeling with good ideas. I like to think we do it well and now I realized we are just at the start.” – John Anderson, President, Anderson Honda, Palo Alto, CA

“Amazing experience full of knowledge and meeting new people. Looking forward to being back.” – Jeff Long, Owner, Noblesville Imports

“The conference provided excellent ideas, and clear action items for moving forward.” – Davis Baldwin, Owner, Gulf Coast Auto Park, Austin, TX

“Attending Digital Dealer was invaluable in bringing us up to date with e-commerce, CRM, many of our best practices, and meeting folks from across the country with the same issues and desire we have.” – Mike Eckler, President, Richmond Car & Truck Center, Richmond, KY

“The Digital Dealer Conference was great. The content was top notch, the speakers were relevant and trustworthy and the exhibit hall exceeded my expectations. Overall, great job!” – Michael Stewart, Owner, Shaver Preferred Motors, Merrillville, IN

“This is the best meeting that I have been to in 18 years-very educational. We have six stores and I have made big changes. Great event! Will not miss another!” – Steve Smith, President, CBS Mitsubishi, Durham, NC

General Managers & General Sales Managers

“The conference definitely exceeded my expectations, and I plan on bringing more associates from our dealership to the next one. There were just too many great seminars for only one person to attend.” – Andrew DiFeo, General Manager, Coastal Hyundai Mitsubishi Hyundai, St. Augustine St. Augustine, FL

“It was terrific! Eye opening! Informative!” –Timothy Curran, General Sales Manager, Hawkinson Nissan, Matteson, IL

“This conference is a great opportunity to connect with leaders in the industry, as well as peers dealing with the same day-to-day issues we are. Being able to learn new skills and plan ahead for future growth makes the time away from the dealership well worth it.” – Karrie Shepard, Digital Manager, Western Slope Auto

“High value. I have been attending automotive related events since 1980. This easily ranks among the highest.” – Sebastian Finocchiaro, General Manager, Korum Automotive Group, Puyallup, WA

“Attending Digital Dealer has really provided a platform to learn how the Internet continues to evolve the automotive business. It has been incredibly informative.” – Jeffrey Frankel, Sales Manager, Mercedes Benz, Rockville Centre, NY

“Best symposium of my professional career.” – W.C. Smith, Sales Manager, Monument Chevrolet, Pasadena, TX

“Opened my eyes up to the digital era. This conference helped me realize how the internet and procedures/practices regarding it could help us expand our business.” – Jeff Fowler, GM, Ken Fowler Auto Center, Ukiah, CA

“Having your managers attend the workshops that the Digital Dealer Conferences have to offer is essential if you want to stay in the game when it comes to best practices for using the Internet for selling cars.” – Michael Glynn, General Manager, Wallingford Buick GMC, Wallingford, CT

“Great conference! Really exceeded my expectations. I was able to get all of the information I needed to come back to the dealership and implement to create an effective internet department.” – David Nowling, General Sales Manager, Gerald Jones VW Audi, Martinez, GA

“We were able to learn about best practices and new opportunities from people who were actually utilizing them, not from a sales person promoting hypothetical applications.” – David Moser, General Manager, Cross Motors Corp, Louisville, KY

“As always, it’s enlightening and humbling to learn how much you don’t know! Every year, I have at least 20 actionable items and every year they work!” – Chuck Olsen, Corporate Sales Manager, Boucher Automotive, Greenfield, WI

Marketing & Advertising

“It’s always nice to be able to catch up on the latest and greatest products and concepts.”– Stephanie Platt, Digital Marketing, Thomson Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram Fiat, Thomson, GA

“I really enjoyed the pitch-free environment. I also enjoyed that it was not designed to be for beginners – the information was deeper than surface level and gave us all something chew on and think about. The whole conference was very forward-thinking as well.” – Rebecca Kish, Digital Marketing Strategist, Continental Automotive Group, Austin, TX

“I received a great amount of useful information that I can take back to the dealership and use immediately.” – Keith Cattie, Marketing Director/ Hiring Manager, Lustine Toyota, Woodbridge, VA

“It was great to meet with current and new vendors. I liked being able to view and demo products, get contacts, and learn about new technology. Seminars were GREAT. I received lots of new information, and got some things that we are currently doing confirmed.” – Christine Duncan, Marketing Manager, Badger Truck Center, Milwaukee, WI

“So much good comes out of attending Digital Dealer. Industry leaders attend, and are simply there to help people learn.” – Arden Hamrick, Marketing & BDC Director, Joe Holland Chevrolet & Imports, South Charleston, WV

“The overall experience was great. I have gained great knowledge from the session and made lifelong friends and contacts.” – Amy Boehm, Marketing Manager, KAR Auto Group, Decorah, IA

“Digital Dealer is an extremely information rich and valuable educational opportunity that everyone that cares about the future of the auto industry NEEDS to attend” – Ian Bowers, Digital Content Marketing Manager, Sport Mazda, Orlando, FL

“It was one of the best conferences! I’m new to the auto industry and I couldn’t have asked for a better experience to get me up and running. Great Job!!!!” – Kendra Saldana, Director of Marketing, Craig Smith Auto Group, Galion, OH

“I was not sure what to expect, but overall I definitely felt like I received a great amount of useful information, which I can take back to the dealership and use immediately.” –Keith Cattie, Marketing Director/ Hiring Manager, Lustine Toyota

“Was a great Conference – One of the best Ive been to and walked away with many initiatives and ideas to implement at our family of dealerships.” – Mike Eigbrett, GM/Marketing Director, Westfall O’Dell Volvo/Mack, Fruita, CO

“The sessions were excellent. My favorites were the detailed oriented ones that gave me a very specific task to take back and implement at my dealership. There were many I wish I could’ve seen. I can’t wait for the next one I get to attend!” – Amy Boehm, Marketing Manager, Kar Auto Group

“This years DD exceeded my expectations. I learned so much. I am excited to bring back new ideas and will be back next year!” –Sarah Seely, Digital Marketing Specialist, Kuni Automotive, Vancouver, WA

“Extremely valuable to see everything that’s ‘out there’ and to learn from the best in our field.” – Josh Damm, Marketing Director, Lichtsinn Motors, Forest City,

“These exact words were the first thing I said at the Sales/Managers meeting after returning from the conference: “It was the best learning experience I’ve had since college” That is 100% how I felt and still do about attending DD.” – Laci Shaw, Digital Marketing Manager, Lunde’s Peoria Volkswagen and Lunde Mitsubishi

“Gave me a total 360 view of all things digital as it pertains to the Automotive Industry. After attending I feel as if I am equipped with even greater knowledge & tools in order to be even more successful in my role of Branding for my Automotive Group.” – Tara McFarlin, Marketing Director, Elm Creek Autogroup

“Dealerships who embrace this conference now and in the future are the best of the best within the automotive Industry. I look forward to the next event.” –Pete Nelson, Marketing Director, Wilson Motors Toyota, Mercedes-Benz, Scion, and Sprinter Vans, Bellingham, WA

“It was great to meet with current and new vendors. I liked being able to view and demo products, get contacts, and learn about new technology. Seminars were GREAT; I learned lots of new information and got some things that we are currently doing confirmed.” – Chrisitne Duncan, Marketing Manager, Badger Truck Center

“I was able to see what people were getting out of new products and I liked that I could pick their brain in a fun and exciting environment. GREAT JOB!” – Brittany Zayas, Digital Marketing Manager, Serra Toyota Scion, Farmington Hills, MI

Internet Sales & eCommerce

“It was very informative, many new ideas and products that will help as the industry changes.” – Valerie Watson, Internet Sales Manager, Brad Deery Motors, Maquoketa, IA

“It was great to see all of the marketing tools that you could use to get new customers. We have already started to put in place what I have learned.” – Angel Holland, Internet Manager, Hubert Vester Honda, Wilson, NC

“Each session provided great take away information that could be applied at our dealership immediately to help sell more cars!” – Teena Bosquez, Internet Director, Les Stumpf Ford, Appleton, WI

“In my 11+ years in the car business, DD has proven to be the best and most informative conference I have been to.” – Cody McCormick, Internet Sales Director, Lost Pines Toyota, Bastrop, TX

“Our dealership group thrives on innovation. That is why I attend every Digital Dealer Conference and Exposition. I get new ideas and learn the latest digital marketing strategies and industry best practices that helps improve our dealerships.” – Michael Groves, e-Commerce Director, Apple Auto Group, Apple Valley, MN

“Can’t put a price on it! The conference gets better every time!” – Heath Emerson, E-Commerce Director, Good Chevrolet, Renton, WA

“The DD conference is invaluable. We bring employees from different levels of the dealership since the agenda addresses so much.” – Chris Fousek, eCommerce Director, Village Automotive Group, Norwood, MA

“After attending 12 Digital Dealers it is hard to believe that the last one was the best one yet. Having dealership personnel presenting in every time slot was wonderful.” – A.J. Maida, Director Digital and Marketing, Papa’s Chrysler Dodge Jeep RAM, New Britain, CT

“Attending the Digital Dealer Conference & Exposition teaches me more ideas, skills and strategies to improve my business than anywhere else. I go twice a year to understand changes in the marketplace and how to keep my operation on the cutting edge.” – Joe Healy, Internet Director, Lone Star Chevrolet, Houston, TX

“First you have to crawl, then you can walk, before you can run with a full scale Internet department. The whole Internet thing can be so overwhelming and the Digital Dealer Conference helped us focus on what we need to do to get started!” – Holly Brown, Internet Coordinator, Brown Motors, Petoskey, MI

“Digital Dealer is a great way to stay on top of industry trends. It also allows me to visit with vendors without the normal interruptions you encounter at the dealership.” – Mike Lee, Melloy Nissan, Internet Director

“This was my first Digital Dealer Conference and I learned a lot. I got a lot of insight into our current digital marketing picture. I enjoyed most of the sessions and exhibits and the great location! I will definitely try to attend again.” – Dave Tingle Sr., E Commerce Director, Craig Toyota

“Digital Dealer is an amazing opportunity to stay ahead of competition.” – Andy Thornton, Internet Director, Pruitt Ford, Burkburnett, TX

“We have had a lot of success with our Internet sales and digital marketing programs. Attending the Digital Dealer helps keep me up to speed on the latest strategies for Social Media, SEO, SEM, video marketing and more. Plus I can meet directly with our current and prospective vendors to learn how their technology can benefit our dealership.” – Liz Kelly, e-Commerce Director, Suntrup Automotive Group, St. Louis, MO

“I am in the process of redefining and redeveloping our internet process. The state-of-the-art products that I researched and relationships that I built at the conference are the cornerstone of our new business plan.” – Kathleen Ryan, Internet Director, Tilton Automotive/Schumacher Chevrolet, Little Falls, NJ

“It was an infusion of state-of-the-art best practices and the latest and greatest products in the industry. It reinvigorated this 14 year veteran of the internet industry to try new things.” – Keith Theisen, Director of Internet Sales, Ernie Haire Ford, Wesley Chapel, FL

“For me, the Digital Dealer conference is another step in the ladder to success in this industry.” – Robert Moore, Internet Director, Paso Robles Ford, Paso Robles, CA

“Digital Dealer is a great opportunity to gather information all in one place that is related to our industry. Keeping up to date with technology and the growing trends are extremely important to me.” – John Sheakley, IT and Digital Director, Community Chevrolet, Burbank, CA

“This was my 9th straight Digital Dealer. It’s always a great time to network and strengthen the relationship with current vendors and meet potential new vendors. It means a lot to be able to sit down with current vendors and discuss things more in depth.” – John Woodman, Internet Sales Manager, Cutter Automotive Galleries

“I loved the fact that the classes/presenters were not trying to sell their company/products/services. This makes it more of a comfortable learning experience with our guards down.” – Jeff De Lios, Internet Director, Metro Auto Group

“Digital Dealer is THE conference to attend for any digital or management position in the dealership. There is a wealth of knowledge available and you are guaranteed to find someone in the same position as you that you can learn from and exchange ideas” – Anthony Bartoli, eCommerce Director, Bommarito Nissan Honda VW Ford Superstores, Hazelwood, MO

“This is a must-go for any dealer group or dealership that wants to stay ahead of the curve in the automotive marketplace. This is a great place for ideas and to meet peers that can take you to the next level.” –Jeremy Beaver, eCommerce Director, Del Grande Dealer Group, San Jose, CA

“The Digital Dealer conferences gave our dealership the opportunity to learn from the best of the best in the business. Regular attendance keeps us on the cutting edge of the Internet automotive business.” – Russell Blackstone, Internet Manager, Hewlett VW, Austin, TX

“Digital Dealer was definitely worth the time missed at work. The juice is worth the squeeze!” –Tyler Sapp, Digital Director, I-95 Toyota, Brunswick, GA

“Excellent conference, one of the best I have attended in a long time. Well worth the journey from the UK!!” – Jason Dawn, Group Internet Manager, Sandicliffe, Loughborough, UK

“A great conference. I learned more than I anticipated. It was definitely worth the investment.” – Neil Reising, Internet Manager, Northwest Hills Dealerships, Torrington, CT

“The Peer Strategy Roundtables were a great way to connect with individuals in similar roles and gain insight before choosing sessions and vendors!” – Marissa Maynor, Internet Manager, Milton Martin Toyota

“Digital Dealer is a must for any dealership to stay on top of the ever growing technologies that are changing the industry. If you’re not staying on top of the latest digital trends, you’re missing out on where every buyer is and where they are going!” – Daniel Goodwin, Digital Media Director, Lakeland Automall Ford & Hyundai, Lakeland, FL

Business Development Center

“I was very pleased with the amount of information presented. It was nice to connect with others in the same position.” – Aaron Lange, Business Development Manager, Bird Chevrolet, Dubuque, IA

“This year’s conference was great. I thought the speakers and vendors were well prepared for an interactive and thought-provoking conference.”– Joe Akers Director of Operations, Cowles Ford, Inc., Woodbridge, VA

“Recently promoted to my current position and the sessions really helped to improve the foundation needed to be a success.” – Kelly Buckley, BDC Manager, McGrath Honda, Elgin, IL

“I learned a lot and got a lot of insight into our current digital marketing picture. I will definitely attend again.”– Dave Tingle Sr., E Commerce Director, Craig Toyota, Madison, IN

“I really enjoyed the opportunities I had at Digital Dealer to learn from other people in the industry. The sessions were informational and entertaining. However, my favorite part was connecting with people similar to me and learning how to better myself in my position.” – Keriann Beadnell, Business Development Coordinator, Sharp Automotive

“AMAZING! I enjoyed meeting other dealers from across the country sharing best practices.” – Larry Barditch, BDC/Internet Manager, Kendall Chevy, Miami, FL

“Extremely valuable. The best three days any dealership can invest for a successful year.” – Greg Coleman, Director Business Development, Oxmoor Toyota Scion, Louisville, KY

“As always, I attend with the intention to learn and to gather as many ideas to improve not only my personal performance but that of the different departments within the store. Add having the opportunity to talk about day-to-day challenges and finding solutions from my peers that work, this conference is SO valuable…wouldn’t miss it!” – Diane A, BDC Manager, O’Brien Automotive Family, Indianapolis, IN

“This is a great opportunity to hear from other dealerships and professionals on how the industry is changing.” – David Pemberton, Corporate Business Development Manager, Kendall Toyota

“I’ve been to other automotive events, you’re going to get more out of Digital Dealer Conference than you’ll get anywhere else.” – Mark Olsen, Director of E-Comm/ Business Development, Findlay Kia

“Very informative. If you want to grow your business, I feel this is a must. Not only to attend the classes to make sure you keeping up with business practices today, but also to meet with new vendors and see live what is available to you.” – Crystal, BDC manager, Taylor Automotive Group

“This conference was extremely valuable in that I was able to closely network with the best of the best, ask questions, get answers, and learn some new tricks of the trade as to what works for most dealerships and not for others.” – Dean V. Swindler, Business Development Manager, Rowe Auburn, Auburn, ME

“I was so impressed. I left EVERY session with ideas and something I needed to change or implement as soon as I got back to the dealership. THIS CONFERENCE IS A MUST ATTEND for dealership growth and profit!” – Lisa Miller, Internet BDC Manager, Joyce Buick GMC, Mansfield, OH

“This was a wonderful experience for me. I was able to come back to work and share with my GM the awesome ideas I received from being at the exposition.” – Kellie Wille, BDC Director, Auffenberg Dealer Group, O’Fallon, IL

Fixed Operations

“This year’s conference is great. Every year is a little different but I thought the speakers and vendors were well prepared for an interactive and thought-provoking conference.” – Joe Akers Director of Operations, Cowles Ford, Inc.

“The Digital Dealer Conference opened my eyes to a whole new way of thinking about social media.” – Bob Pagani, Service Manager, John Hinderer Honda, Heath, OH

“With the way technology is changing, either adapt or quit the business; you can’t afford to be left behind. The competition for your customers’ dollar is increasing and we want it!” – Edward Halecki, Parts Manager, Infiniti of South Atlanta, Union City, GA

“The conference showed the importance of incorporating social media in all aspects of the dealership.” – Jeff Craig, Service Manager, Walkers Renton Mazda, Renton, WA

“This is a great opportunity to hear from other dealerships and professionals on how the industry is changing.” – David Pemberton, Corporate Business Development Manager, Kendall Toyota

“I’ve been to other automotive events, you’re going to get more out of Digital Dealer Conference than you’ll get anywhere else.” – Mark Olsen, Director of E-Comm/ Business Development, Findlay Kia

“It was a great learning experience that reinforced the fact that the car business is just another business and the old ways are holding the industry back.” – Ben Warriner, Business Operations, Wade Ford, Smyrna, GA

“The connections you make while here are invaluable; interacting with everyone, sharing best practices, finding out what other people are doing across the country to help sell more cars.” – Brian Bode, Fixed Ops Manager, Nissan North America

“The conference was very informative, and the speakers were very knowledgeable and enthusiastic. Great for anyone just trying to figure out how to use the digital platforms or even the more advanced that are just looking for new ideas in how to be better.” – David Jones Service Director Sierra Toyota

“I really got a lot of good ideas from the exhibitors. There was a wide variety of products being offered.” – Ron Katz, Fixed Operations Director, Cabrera Auto, Arecibo, Puerto Rico