Official "Friends" of theCarGuy; awesome each and every one!
No player can reach the top of the game without a coach! There are many great coaches but the car business only has ONE, and her name is Renee Stuart! Renee has been a true top performer at every level and position of car dealership life and there simply is no one better qualified to coach auto industry pro's to their own peak performance! From her website: "Coaching has become one of the most effective tools successful people are using to create and lead an extraordinary life. Many professionals have partnered with a Business Coach to provide the support, strategy and accountability they need to achieve their desired results. Whether you need assistance with creating clear goals, discovering your life purpose or feeling more fulfilled, a coach will help you gain clarity about what you truly want in life and help you overcome the obstacles keeping you from it." Like Renee says; It Pays to Be Recognizably Unique! Click the pic for her website and follow her oh Twitter HERE!
I hate to admit it this but, even though I work on the Internet all day long I am really no where near what you might call an 'expert' in online stuff like Social Media or Web Reputation etc, etc, etc... LUCKILY, a friend of mine is! Not only is Kathi Kruse amazing in all things online, she also has over 20 years experience with car dealerships! She bridges the canyon that runs between car dogs like me and computer geeks like I try to be! Her knowledge of things digital and her experience in things auto make Kruse Kontrol a daily must read for me and also make her the best ally for you and your business in todays fight to stay ahead online! Click the pic and then follow her on Twitter HERE!
Christopher Trimble - Graphic Artist
Online image is everything, you only get one shot at that first impression and its imperative to grab peoples attention quickly with great images and graphics. I first worked with graphic artist Christopher Trimble a couple years ago, having similar tastes and styles helped make a professional partnership into a great friendship and today there isnt anyone I would trust more with my online brand image than Chris! Great guy, amazing artist and always the most professional work!
Auto Dealer Compliance & Reputation Management
Jim Radogna's more than 20 years of broad-based management, training and consulting experience in the automotive industry make him the GO-TO guy for compliance issues of all kinds! Jims sense of humor and way of breaking down technical stuff in a way that even a dude like me can digest make his blog a weekly REQUIREMENT! Click the pic to go read it NOW! :) Follow Jim on Twitter HERE:
Mark Tewart - Sales Trainer
Back when I first got into sales everyone pretty much had the same process... sit and watch Joe V. videos for a week and then hit the lot running! I will always appreciate the great stuff I picked up from Joe but my sales job became a CAREER when I found Mark Tewart! More than just a few one liners to overcome some vague objections, Mark’s Contrarian Sales Techniques helped me evolve from a sales guy on the lot to a Professional Automotive Salesperson and Sales Manager. If you are serious about sales remember this; Grant grabs headlines but Mark builds careers! :) Click the pic for his website and follow him on Twitter HERE!
Used Car Ricky
Why even try to tell you about my man Ricky, I will let him do it! From his awesome website: "If you’ve had the pleasure of meeting Rick Walter, it is highly likely that he’s made you laugh. With a quick wit and great sense of humor, Rick delivers on his promise to make car buying fun. Ricks ambition is his driver. With his eye on the goal, he becomes laser focused on accomplishing all tasks that allow him to achieve success. Instinctively he innovates and invents all while being original and resourceful. With these great talents, Rick’s ability to exude passion and enthusiasm inspires the people around him with fervor. His gift in life is to bring people together." Simply put, UsedCarRicky Kick Ass. nuff said... :)
Jeremy Brown Sr.
Been a fan of Jeremy's for some time now, great guy and an awesome friend! I always point car people to his sight as a reference, great stuff and always with a super positive message! From www.JeremyBrownCarGuy.com: Im a Car Guy. The question is, am I yours? I'm A follower of Christ, the proud father of 3 beautiful kids and the devoted husband of a very understanding wife. I love what I've been doing for many years and that is selling cars. Im more than just your average sales person. I am a problem solver, a solutions provider. I am the carguy you have been waiting for. I will always do what is right no matter the cost. I understand that without you, there is no need for me. This kind of thinking has kept me at the top for many years. I look forward to meeting you soon. Please feel free to look me up on twitter, facebook, youtube. I encourage you to Google me too!
I have been a huge fan of Mr Whitfields work for a long time and two of his prints myself and I cannot begin to count the number of compliments I get when people see them! From his website.... "Danny Whitfield was born and raised in Detroit, Michigan, “Auto Capital of the World, He brought his vision of art and cars to the fore front and has been the key artist in making automotive art a respected form in the industry. Whitfield has a magical ability to bring out the beauty of an automobile and expression vividly onto canvas. He has the ability to paint and draw and does many forms of art from scenic, architectural, to portrait images. However his affinity and love for automobile is his first love. Ever since he was five years old he’s been drawing cars. This is his passion!" See some of his automotive artistry on his website HERE:
K & N Filters
You know em... you love em... you NEED one! Yes I know, shameless but whatev its MY site! I have worked with the awesome folks at K&N for years and have a FIP kit on every car I have had for the last 6-7 years or so. Not all performance upgrades are just to go faster either, a nice by product of efficiency is increased fuel mileage and believe me the 72 miles i was driving each way made me remember how much difference even just a filter kit can make!
I have been working with Steve and the crew at Sounds Plus for 20 or so years now, in fact way back in the beginning, Steve used to borrow a tool here and there from me when I was a mechanic and he was an installer! When I need anything audio there is no place and I mean NO PLACE I trust other than Sounds Plus! I know, sounds like a commercial right? Not as much a commercial as just sharing the truth ma friends, sharing the truth....
My favorite site for all things automotive...... They have a finger on the black magic pulse of everything car related I swear!!! Ok, I'll admit, I'm an addict..... I must check this site 50 quazillion (yes, its a number!!!) times a day!!!! Its great, ya just gotta look.... at least once.....
The site is actually NOT backed by GM but it IS really great source for great auto biz info, rumor and upcoming product reporting. Worth a look here.
the Honda Hangout
This is the webs one stop for all things Honda! Find out whats new and whats news in the wide world of Honda, that and the fact that I am the editor make it a must click!
Left Lane News
Solid, reliable auto news reporting, couple times a week for sure!
Winding Road is the Motor Trend of online auto magazines, classy and very well written. Its the one I look forward to each month, just cant figure out how to get the computer into the restroom so I can read it like I do my other magazines... Read it here.
Non Car Stuff
These are some sites I frequent when I'm not serfin for Nissan News! ;)
Martial Arts Supplies For Less
As my son has refused to STOP growing at an economically alarming rate I have had to find a source for his endless replacement Tae Kwon Do uniforms that he grows out of weekly! This site is run by a good friend of mine and in the one stop shop for the best equipment and clothing at the best prices on the 'net!
I grew up going surfin nearly every morning as the beach was only about 1/3 of a mile from my house. Many a morning my hair was wet as i walked into class.... then life happens and now the closest I get to feeling the salt water is this site! I could spend days looking at the pics, and dont get me started on the vids!
Be careful with this site, not only is it addictive its incredibly time consuming! A brief visit can easily turn into hours!
NASA pic of the day
Have always loved images of space, stars, galaxies etc... This is a cool site from NASA that posts a new pic daily, some are just breath taking...