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As senior vice president of Dealer Services at EFG Companies, John Stephens directs the company’s direct sales and service channel, providing EFG’s solutions and engagement to auto dealers. John serves as a strategic copilot in guiding his clients’ businesses to greater profitability, and they will tell you that they rely upon his recommendations and leadership as a trusted partner. He is responsible for leading the Dealer Services team in optimizing the profitability of EFG’s direct dealer partners and supporting the use of EFG products and services. In his 25 years in the automotive industry, John has held many positions, from F&I contractor and director to a general sales manager. When working for Mac Haik, his store ranked number seven in the nation for unit sales.
future dealership

The Dealership of the Future

The dealership of the future? Hint: It’s all online In these days of rapid change, I am frequently asked by dealer principals: “How do I...
car sales

Are Today’s Vehicles and Buyers Mismatched?

Edmunds.com recently released auto sales details through September 15. Whether or not this was directly attributed to Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, there was a...
regulation and compliance

Mired in Regulation. Vital Information about Compliance

When it comes to compliance, significant attention has been paid to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB). And while this is all well and...
GAP loss

What’s behind GAP loss ratios?

For those dealers who participate in reinsurance and follow loss ratios, you’ve probably seen a spike of increasing Guaranteed Asset Protection contracts within the...

As the Market Turns

What You Need to Know in the Upcoming Months By John Stephens Since 2011, the automotive industry has undergone rapid growth and rapid change, with an average...

How to Use F&I to Grow Income Potential

A Team Approach to F&I In The Service Drive By John Stephens Coming out of the 2016 NADA Convention, one of the most discussed topics...
succession

The Dealer’s Essential Guide to Succession Planning

In a way, the need for succession planning mirrors gravity. Because, as certain as a ball thrown in the air is to fall, it...
phone calls

Phone Calls: The Good, the Bad, and the Exceptional

Competition is heating up.  Shoppers are more informed than ever.  Margins are shrinking. Amid the challenges and chaos of a modern dealership, one thing remains...
selling

About Selling, Closing And Negotiation…

Because most of us got zip for a real education in selling, closing, negotiating and the other critical skills – we defaulted to developing...
EV owners

EV Owners Face Rising Taxes and Fees in Over 25 States

Many consumers who have made the switch to an electric vehicle (EV) will tell you they have enjoyed the benefits they have received from...
hiring process

Why Your Dealership Needs to Review Its Hiring Process

When numbers start dropping, dealerships might assume that the cause is vehicle trends, fickle customers, or a general economic slump. They may not realize...

The 10 C’s of Leadership and Trust

In leadership, people don't always have to like you, but they do have to respect and trust you. On this week's episode of On...

The Benefits of Having a Unique Domain Name

On this week's episode of Kain & Co., David Kain spoke with Mike Ambrose, CEO and Co-Founder of .cars. David and Mike discussed the...

Inspecting Your Paid Search Campaigns

On this week's episode of Auto Marketing Now, Brian Pasch talks about how you can inspect your paid search campaigns to make sure you're...

Subaru Dealer Adam Arens on How Digital Retailing Can Help the...

On this week's episode of F&I Today, Becky Chernek once again sits down with Adam Arens, Owner and President of Patriot Subaru. The two...