Dealer News Today Podcasts

Dealer News Today Podcasts

A collaboration between the Dave Cantin Group and Cox Automotive, Dealer News Today creates content and information for dealers in the automotive industry. The information they need today and insights for tomorrow. Our content is exclusive and our podcasts feature automotive industry powerhouses from around the globe giving master-class advice to dealerships.

Episodes

September 27, 2022 28 min

A trusted voice in automotive analysis and one of the original team members at Bloomberg Intelligence, Kevin Tynan has over 20 years of experience in his field. He is a lifelong gearhead who installed a lift in his garage to work on cars, a multi-time award winner for predictive accuracy from organizations such as Forbes and the Financial Times, and incidentally a member of the St. Anselm College Athletic Hall of Fame.

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It’s no exaggeration to say Charlie Chesbrough is one of the top minds in automotive economic analysis. Michigan born and bred, Charlie intimately knows the US auto industry as well as the international outlook from companies abroad, with 20 years of experience in his field. He has been recognized many times for his predictive accuracy and is active in industry organizations such as the Detroit Association for Business Economics.

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Itay Michaeli is a real citizen of the world, having been born in Israel and moving with his family to the US when he was 6, and now focusing his expertise on automotive companies around the globe. Itay, an NYU alum, has been in the field of investment analysis right since he graduated from college, and has earned many accolades over the past two decades of his career, including previous #1 rankings in the Starmine awards and the T...

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To say that Cynthia Caine has a keen mind for finance is an understatement. She has spent her whole career in this field, serving both the automotive industry and a diverse range of other clients. She joined Wells Fargo in 2016, where she led efforts to retain and grow manufacturer programs in the Distribution Finance division, eventually taking over as the head of a 200-person Commercial Auto team. Her division now manages over 75...

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Diversification is the name of Brad Cobb’s game - in addition to being president of the entirety of Bowers Automotive Group, he is also a dealer principal or partner in Bowers dealerships selling 7+ different brands of cars across multiple states. Brad initially wanted to go to law school when he graduated college, but when the legal profession didn’t appeal to him, he went full-speed into the job he had taken to pay for law sc...

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It’s no surprise that Randy Dye was selected as the chairman of Stellantis’s National Dealer Council for 2022. He’s a proven automotive industry veteran - he operates Daytona Dodge Chrysler Jeep RAM & FIAT, as well as Maserati and Alfa Romeo dealerships in the massive Daytona Auto Mall. Randy has worked at dealerships of all sizes en route to owning Daytona DCJR, and maintains community involvement with events that he has start...

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Benny Robles Jr. is an automotive industry “lifer” - he grew up around the business and took to it like a natural. Benny’s father, Benjamin Robles Sr., audited Bartow Ford when working at Ford Credit, befriended the then-owners, went to work for Bartow as a finance manager, and eventually purchased the dealership. Benny, a NADA Academy graduate, has worked many positions on the retail and service sides en route to becoming the majo...

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Although she’s the vice president of Ancira Auto Group, which has 12 dealership franchises across Texas, the automotive business is just the foremost among April Ancira’s many interests. Aside from her leadership role at Ancira Auto, April also serves on the boards of over a dozen charitable and civic organizations, competes in the Ironman triathlon, and performs as a stand-up comedian.

On this episode, April Ancira sits down with D...

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Renowned pediatric oncologist Dr. Michael Weiner joins us for a special episode of Automotive Authorities to highlight the work done so far by DCG Giving. Dr. Weiner is the vice-chair of the Department of Pediatrics at Columbia University Irving Medical Center in New York Presbyterian Hospital. He’s not only a leading medical specialist, he’s also a published author, and he has decades of experience in nonprofit leadership.

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Brian Kelly’s career in the automotive industry spans an incredible 56 years and counting. He got his start working at his father Roland’s used car lot as a young teenager - which would eventually become the first dealership of Kelly Automotive Group. There are now eight Kelly dealership locations with a total of ten franchises throughout them.

On this episode, Brian Kelly sits down with Derek D to discuss how his career selling car...

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Dan Fields is something of a Renaissance man - he studied in multiple countries during college, is bilingual, and has a professional interest in aquaculture in addition to the automotive business. He’s also lived, worked, and studied in several very different states, and fittingly, Fields Auto Group has 34 locations in some diverse areas -  Florida, Illinois, Wisconsin, and North Carolina. At Fields Auto Group, Dan is business part...

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Fourth-generation car dealer George Grubbs III grew up wanting to be a doctor - until he got his first taste of the sales side of the automotive industry. Now, he’s president and CEO of his family’s dealership group, boasting six stores and on their way to further expansion.

George joins Derek D for an insightful conversation spanning his lifelong love of automobiles from multiple standpoints, what it’s like having a family history ...

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A lifelong gearhead, a graduate of the NADA Dealer Candidate Academy, and a longtime employee of his family’s dealership, Brandon Tomes was destined to get into automotive sales. With Brandon’s initiative and his father’s blessing, he expanded the Tomes family’s automotive dealership holdings to include Brandon Tomes Subaru and Brandon Tomes Volkswagen.

Brandon sits down with Derek D to talk about learning the car business from the ...

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Starting when he was 18, Joe Cardinale was hooked on the business of selling cars. He opened a dealership of his own for the first time in 1980, and now Cardinale Auto Group has 22 locations throughout California, Nevada, and Arizona, and the family-owned and operated business is planning to open several more soon.

On this episode, Joe Cardinale chats with Derek D about his near-lifetime of experience in the automotive industry and ...

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Dorian Jimenez has been in the automotive business for 26 years in all sorts of roles - despite having a pre-med degree. He’s been general sales manager for the largest Acura dealership in the US, sales director for a large luxury car dealership, and joined Classic Chevrolet of Grapevine, TX a few years ago. Besides being the general sales manager, Dorian is the face of Classic Chevrolet’s advertising and is in charge of the compan...

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“There are a lot of bad habits being formed that are going to have to be addressed, once the situation becomes back to a normal cycle.”

— Steve Barna


Born and raised in Hawthorne, NJ, Steve Barna also owns Hawthorne Chevrolet, which has been a family-owned and operated dealership for over 90 years. Steve got his start in automotive sales when his stepfather asked him to fill in for sales staff who were unable to make it - the rest is...

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She’s back! One of the hardest-working women in the automotive industry, Rita Case, returns to Dealer News Today for another enlightening and entertaining chat with Derek D. Cars have always been a family affair for Rita, with her children also working at Rick Case Auto Group, and she continues to look ahead on behalf of future generations in the auto business.

Listen in as Rita Case talks what it’s like being immediately recognizab...

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Matt Gunderson came from a large family in western Wisconsin, never intending to sell cars. But after getting into business with his brother in an open Infiniti dealership point in California, he found himself two decades later, running that successful dealership, plus two others he had started from the ground up.

On this episode, Matt Gunderson talks with Derek D. about his unlikely path to both California and the automotive indust...

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Liza Borches is a fourth-generation automotive dealer, but once upon a time, she never imagined she’d want to sell cars. Over the last 15 years, Carter Myers Automotive has experienced explosive growth, from three rooftops to 20 - and Liza, Cox Automotive’s 2020 Woman of the Year, says they’re ready to go even further.

Listen in while Liza Borches, President and CEO of Carter Myers Automotive, shares her passion for helping people t...

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Rita Case has literally spent a lifetime in the auto industry. She was born into one car-selling family, married into another, and now is the president, CEO, and owner of the country’s largest retail auto group that is owned and operated by a woman.

Listen as Rita Case, the CEO and owner of the largest woman-owned retail auto group in America, tells the tale of her lifelong journey in what she calls the “funnest business ever” and h...

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