Ed Pontis

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Ed Pontis is the Director of Product Planning at Reynolds & Reynolds, for CRM and variable operations solutions including FOCUS, the docuPAD® system, Desking, and more. Ed was a director in a large international consulting firm, bringing in leading practices from these segments to Reynolds.
CRM

5 Reasons You Need to Redefine CRM

The customer relationship management (CRM) tool started out as a simple electronic rolodex and calendar. It’s now a complicated tool that is underused or disregarded by sales teams. You’re left incentivizing salespeople to use it, or more commonly punishing them…
Mitsubishi

Mitsubishi connected car tech exemplifies a tool for customer retention

On Wednesday, Mitsubishi Motors announced that Eclipse Cross drivers will be equipped with connected car tools to accentuate the ownership experience through the My MITSUBISHI CONNECT app. In a press release, Mitsubishi Motors North America said that they’ve partnered with…
Nikola

SEC probing Nikola, shares fall again

Phoenix-based Nikola Corp. is the latest company to be in the SEC’s hot seat after short-seller Hindenburg Research accused it of being engaged in “intricate fraud” by over-exaggerating the capabilities of the electric trucks the company is building. The DOJ…
Rock Andersonvideo

How AutoNation is promoting diverse and inclusive hiring practices – Rock Anderson

Here at CBT News, we’ve had several discussions with prominent figures on diversity in the retail automotive industry. AutoNation, the largest retailer in the country, has had tremendous success in hiring and retaining African-Americans and other minorities. Today, we’re joined…
Cox Automotivevideo

Cox Automotive chief economist Jonathan Smoke breaks down current auto industry data

Data and trends in retail automotive can often fluctuate depending on who you ask so to help us sort through the latest information is Jonathan Smoke, Chief Economist for Cox Automotive. We’ll be discussing the latest data and what dealers…

Ford set to begin production of the all-electric F-150

The concept of an all-electric Ford F-150 has been anticipated for a while, and the automaker is taking the first steps to move from a concept to production. In a press release, Ford confirmed plans to begin construction of the…

Auto ventures capitalize on stock market strength to push through acquisitions...

Welcome to another edition of The Friday 5 with Steve Greenfield, Founder and CEO of Automotive Ventures, an auto technology advisory firm that helps entrepreneurs raise money and maximize the value of their companies. In this episode, Greenfield takes a…

The role diversity plays in your dealership’s customer communications

Welcome back to Diversity in Automotive brought to you by TrueCar and CarNow. As you look across your customer base, there are several moving parts of communications that everyone has to get right. Externally, dealers have to represent the franchise…

Conducting customer interviews online to discuss F&I options

It’s time to face a new reality. Offsite deliveries aren’t going anywhere anytime soon. COVID-19 has forever changed the way car dealers do business, quite possibly forever if not for the foreseeable future. In growing numbers, more dealers performing offsite…

Auto investors make bold moves with this week’s tech company deals

Welcome to the first edition of The Friday 5 with Steve Greenfield, Founder and CEO of Automotive Ventures, an automotive technology advisory firm that helps entrepreneurs raise money and maximize the value of their companies. This weekly CBT News series…