2013 DrivingSales Executive Summit Speakers, Dealer Best Idea Contest, and Innovation Cup Applications Open

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Speakers/presentations reviewed and selected by auto dealers; Speakers deadline June 14th; DrivingSales Innovation Cup deadline June 28th; DrivingSales Best Idea Contest deadline July 12th

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We invite the innovators and inspirators, who are working hard for the betterment of our industry, to apply to be part of the agenda for the DrivingSales Executive Summit.

The fifth annual DrivingSales Executive Summit (DSES) is now accepting applications for speakers and presentations, as well as for its coveted Dealer Best Idea Contest and Innovation Cup. The summit, which had record attendance in 2012, and has sold out every year since inception, is unique in the industry because auto dealers determine the speakers and agenda, as well as the finalists and winners of the annual Innovation Cup and Dealer Best Idea Contest.

Held Sunday October 13th through Tuesday, October 15th, 2013 at the Bellagio Las Vegas, the DrivingSales Executive Summit focuses on providing the most relevant profit-building information to help auto dealers formulate their business plans for the following year. This year’s summit includes three days of collaboration and fresh, leading-edge information from special-topic breakouts, expert panels, dealer and vendor contests, and world-renowned speakers.

“We invite the innovators and inspirators, who are working hard for the betterment of our industry, to apply to be part of the agenda for the DrivingSales Executive Summit,” said DrivingSales CEO Jared Hamilton. “We always look forward to this time of year because we have the opportunity to get an inside look at some of the most interesting, exciting and innovative ideas and products (not to mention the hottest topics) that our industry has to offer. With all the amazing applications, the dealers deciding this years agenda will have a tough, but inspiring, job ahead of them!”

All applications are currently open and available at DrivingSalesExecutiveSummit.com.

DrivingSales Executive Summit Speaker Applications
Applications to be a speaker at the 2013 Executive Summit will be accepted through Friday, June 14th. Experienced and creative speakers and dealer professionals are invited to submit presentation proposals on innovative topics and best practices/tactics at http://drivingsal.es/speaker-application-2013. The DrivingSales Dealer Advisory Board reviews all applications and selects the speakers and the topics that will provide the most relevant, useful, and inspiring information and strategies for DSES attendees. Selected speakers will be announced July 17.

DrivingSales Innovation Cup
Applications for the DrivingSales Innovation Cup, which recognizes the most innovative dealership solutions of 2013, will be accepted through Friday, June 28th. Any dealership solution provider can apply, but only five finalists will be chosen to present their solutions to DrivingSales Executive Summit (DSES) attendees, and a panel of dealer judges, who then determine the winner for “Most Innovative Solution of the Year.” Finalists will be announced on July 31st. For more information go to http://drivingsalesexecutivesummit.com/contests/. To apply go to: http://drivingsal.es/2013-cup-application.

DrivingSales Best Idea Contest
Applications for the 2013 DrivingSales Best Idea Contest, which recognizes the most innovative auto dealership strategies of 2013, will be accepted through Friday, July 12th, 2013. Five auto dealer finalists will have a chance to win over $10,000 in cash and prizes, and the opportunity to present their ‘best idea’ at the DrivingSales Executive Summit. All U.S. dealerships are invited to apply. Applications are reviewed by a panel of dealer judges, who then select five finalists. The finalists present their ideas onstage to summit attendees, as well as to the panel of dealer judges, who then determine the winner. Finalists will be announced August 14th. There is no charge to apply. For more information about the DrivingSales Best Idea Contest for dealers, go to http://drivingsalesexecutivesummit.com/contests/. To apply, go to http://drivingsal.es/2013-best-idea-application.

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DrivingSales Executive Summit
The DrivingSales Executive Summit is 100% dealer driven and designed specifically for the most advanced dealer principals and dealership executives in the industry. The summit has a vendor-neutral policy, meaning no vendor influence on presentation selection and adherence to a strict dealer-to-vendor ratio. The DrivingSales Executive Summit is the only automotive conference where dealers decide the agenda, not the vendor sponsors. This translates into the highest level of learning for the dealer attendees, versus other events where workshops are little more than glorified sales pitches. Pre-sale discount tickets are currently available through August 15th, 2013 at http://drivingsalesexecutivesummit.com/registration/.

For more information about the DrivingSales Executive Summit and to register, visit: DrivingSalesExecutiveSummit.com or contact dses(at)drivingsales(dot)com. Stay tuned for DSES news as it develops on http://www.twitter.com/drivingsales and on facebook.com/drivingsales. Participate in the conversation with the #DSES hashtag as preparations continue throughout the year.

About DrivingSales
Founded in 2008 and dedicated to the dealer community, DrivingSales is a business intelligence and performance improvement company that delivers unbiased*, profit-building information to make automobile dealers more successful through three distinct channels: DrivingSales Data, DrivingSales University and DrivingSales Media. DrivingSales Data houses the largest database of cross-vendor, dealership performance data in the North American auto industry and provides dealerships with the most statistically accurate performance benchmarks and metrics for their marketing and technology investments. DrivingSales University is a fully interactive online university that offers advanced profit-building strategies to automotive professionals through hundreds of classes taught by world-leading experts. DrivingSales Media connects dealers to peers and information through its global media assets, including DrivingSales.com, the world’s largest automotive social network; The Dealership Innovation Guide, an industry leading quarterly publication; DrivingSales Executive Summit, the top automotive conference for progressive dealers, and DrivingSalesTV, Web TV covering everything car-dealer related. Approximately one in every three dealerships in the United States has a registered member in the DrivingSales community.

*Vendor Neutral Policy: Dedicated solely to making dealerships more profitable, while also providing benefit to automakers and the industry as a whole, DrivingSales adheres to a strict vendor neutral policy through each of its channels. This means the company only provides unbiased information, not ‘pay-to-play’ follow up services -- and never accepts payment in exchange for media coverage or lets potential advertisers dictate messaging or create bias in any of its channels.

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