DrivingSales Executive Summit Announces Social Media, Internet and Analytics Expert Keynotes; Extends Call for Presentations

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Chris Brogan of New Marketing Labs, Aaron Strout of Powered, and Will Travis of Dentsu, Headline Interactive Summit; Call for Topic/Presentations from Community Extended to September 10th

In keeping with the DrivingSales brand of social technologies, vendor neutrality and user-generated content, proposals can be submitted by anyone in the community, are NOT tied to sponsorship, and will ultimately be selected by the summit invitees.

The DrivingSales Executive Summit (DSES), presented by Vogelheim Ventures, today announced a slate of expert keynoters from the social media, interactive marketing and automotive worlds to headline its inaugural summit to be held in Las Vegas on October 13th and 14th. The summit also announced that, due to overwhelming response from the DrivingSales community, it has extended the deadline for topic/presentation submission to September 10th.

An invitation-only event that brings together the nation's top automotive retail innovators to collaborate on progressive marketing models, interactive technologies and operational solutions, the DrivingSales Executive Summit focuses on the rapidly changing automotive landscape and the critical strategies the current - and future - automotive environment demands.

"The DrivingSales Executive Summit's impressive slate of keynoters is a 'Who's Who' of experts on the cutting edge of social media practices and technologies destined to help define our industry's success in the months and years ahead," said Charlie Vogelheim of Vogelheim Ventures. "And the DSES's uniquely interactive platform will help drive these ideas into real world, actionable practices for our attendees."

The current lineup of DSES keynoters includes social media thought leader Chris Brogan, president of New Marketing Labs and best selling author of Trust Agents; social media and integrated online marketing expert Aaron Strout, CMO of Powered; and the architect of the groundbreaking ad campaign for Scion, Will Travis, SVP at Dentsu. Also in the line-up are several of the auto industry's best known and most renowned Internet experts and analysts, including Dennis Galbraith of Revenue Guru, Kevin Root of Driverside, and Skip Streets of Compete, as well as popular keynoter Jared Hamilton, founder of DrivingSales.com, the auto industry's largest social media network.

Call for Presentations Deadline Extended to September 10th
Following the keynote sessions, the summit will progress to break-out sessions covering strategic dealership topics, and on to even more tactical discussions in interactive roundtables, enabling attendees to further explore content relevant to the specific needs of their stores. In addition, six companies will be selected to present new products during a general session titled "Innovation in Action."

"In a first for an industry conference, we are asking the community to submit topics, new products and presentations that will then be voted on by conference invitees - and the response has been fantastic, so we are pleased to extend the submission deadline!" said DrivingSales.com Founder and CEO Jared Hamilton. "In keeping with the DrivingSales brand of social technologies, vendor neutrality and user-generated content, proposals can be submitted by anyone in the community, are NOT tied to sponsorship, and will ultimately be selected by the summit invitees."

The extended deadline for presentation submission is September 10th. Presentations, products and topics selected and voted on by the summit invitees will be announced on September 15th. For more information about submitting a presentation, product or topic, go to http://www.drivingsales.com/blogs/charlie/2009/09/03/dses-call-for-presentations-extended/

DSES Information
The DrivingSales Executive Summit is an Invitation-only event and will be held at the Hard Rock Hotel in Las Vegas on October 13th and October 14th 2009. Please visit http://www.drivingsales.com/home/events for more information about the summit, agenda, invitations, keynotes and submitting a proposal or topic. Follow conference news as it develops at http://twitter.com/drivingsales.

About DrivingSales
DrivingSales.com (http://www.drivingsales.com/) is the largest and premiere online community for the auto industry, where its thousands of members, including dealers, dealership managers, manufacturers, industry experts and vendors, collaborate and share best practices in a 20-group style setting. At DrivingSales, members create profiles and communicate with each other; build their networks and knowledgebase; share and rate proven strategies, and have access to relevant content contributed by fellow industry experts, including blogs, videos, interviews, and more. Dealer members rate and review vendor products - sharing their experiences with the DrivingSales community - while vendors have the opportunity to provide feedback on reviews and showcase their products and services. Created and built from the ground up by third-generation dealer Jared Hamilton, DrivingSales is the auto industry's leading social media custom platform. Follow Jared Hamilton and DrivingSales at http://twitter.com/drivingsales .

About Vogelheim Ventures
Vogelheim Ventures is an automotive industry consulting firm that facilitates educational programs, collaborative development and innovative symposiums. Principal Charlie Vogelheim has been involved in the Automotive Industry for nearly twenty five years. His insight and counsel have been utilized by a variety of automotive related companies including, Kelley Blue Book, J.D. Power and Associates, The National Auto Auction Association, Car and Driver, Wards Automotive, Bobit Publishing, Meguiar's and several emergent companies. During his 20 year tenure at Kelley Blue Book, Charlie was instrumental in developing the website kbb.com. Serving as chairman of the Automotive Internet Standards Committee, he was an original contributor to the development and implementation of the automotive sites at Microsoft, Yahoo!, AOL, Vehix, eBay and several others. Vogelheim created the J.D. Power and Associates Internet Roundtable, and built it into the premiere forum for automotive industry leaders and executives to share and discuss the development of the Internet and its influence on the automotive industry.

Follow Charlie Vogelheim's blogs about the DSES at http://twitter.com/vogelheim.

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Angela Jacobson (Angela at mwebbcom dot com), mWEBB Communications


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