Category Archives: Jim’s Thoughts

Please help my friend

218026_1999461427895_7745008_nDear Friend in Automotive:

I am writing this letter to appeal to my friends in automotive to HELP my friend Ariel Velazquez.

Ariel is an extremely competent Car Guy with skills in every aspect of our business. Ariel lives in Puerto Rico and his life has been devastated by Hurricane Irma. He is fluent in conversational English and very well educated. PLEASE read his resume and see if there’s a place in your organization to employ him.

He is a family man with high integrity. His sister in law reached out to me and here is her information, she can contact Ariel…..

Here is the message she sent to me…

I am trying to help my brother in law Ariel Velazquez find a job at a car dealership as that is his preference and experience. As you know, Puerto Rico was hit with a hurricane that devastated the island. His family is looking to move to the states due to not knowing when the island will be back to normal. If you know of any possible opportunities please call me at (317) 212-5464 or at (787) 464-6561. His phone number is (787) 632-5171 but the phone service is still down.

Respectfully,

Ana P Mitzelfelt, MBA
Supervisory Accountant/DoS Liaison
Security Cooperation Accounting/
Foreign Military Sales
Defense Finance & Acctg Service
8899 E. 56th Street
Indianapolis, IN 46249
Commercial: (317)212-5464
DSN: 699-5464
Fax: (317)212-1444

Thanks for anything you can offer, Ariel is free to relocate anywhere in the States. YOU are appreciated, Jim Ziegler #AlphaDawg

HERE IS HIS RESUME’

909 Barrio Javillo
Isabela PR, 00662
Phone: (787) 632-5171
E-mail: http:pr.linkedin.com/in/Velazquezariel
www.arielvelazquez.com
ariel@midealervirtual.com
Ariel Velázquez
Objective
Born in an automotive business family that goes for more than forty five years, I have work in every area of the business and have been trained why it the best of the industry, traveling to the NADA from 1997 to today almost every year.
Experience
Industry Relations, Mi Dealer Virtual, Mayaguez PR – 2012-Present
Getting new clients, data analysis for the clients, training and necessity management. Starting with one client, we became the biggest inventory manager for the market and the premier website provider consultant for more than one hundred dealers and trainer for social media sales as industry consultant for sales data and analysis.
Operations Director, Velazquez Auto Group – Isabela PR – 1995-2012
In charge of service and sales departments for the Suzuki, Mitsubishi, Hyundai and Used Car Stores. The family business was sold in a multimillion dollar transaction to another group.
Education
Universidad Adventista de las Antillas- BS Computer Science, 2001

Google Analytics certified, Google Awards, F&I Manager and Sales Manager Certified with James Ziegler and Ziegler Supersystems, Puerto Rico Insurance Agent Certified, Steven Nicolson Service and Parts Manager Certified, Suzuki Junior Technician, Mitsubishi Senior Technician, Hyundai Senior Technician, Skills USA PR, Excel power user, Facebook Business, basic knowledge of all mayor DMS (ADP, ERA, Automate, ADAMS) basic knowledge of all mayor CRM systems (ADP, DealerSocket, Elead One) Fully bilingual (Spanish and English) SDAMCC, Red Cross Volunteer.

James Ziegler –President at Internet Battle Plan – (770) 851-2803

Jow Perez – CEO at Mi Dealer Virtual – (787) 370-6121

Manuel Laureano – Finance Director at Prestige Imports Audi/Lamborghini –
(787) 492-4000, (305) 206-8843

Ziegler Joins Compliance Summit Roster as Keynote Speaker

DALLAS — Organizers of the upcoming Compliance Summit announced that Jim Ziegler, president of Ziegler SuperSystems, will deliver the event’s keynote address. Compliance Summit will be held Sept. 11–12, 2017, at Dallas’ Gaylord Texan Resort & Convention Center, as part of Industry Summit.

In his first-ever Compliance Summit appearance, Ziegler will present “The Shape of Things to Come” at 9:05 a.m. on Monday, Sept. 11.

Read the whole announcement here on AutoDealerMonthly.

Sharpen Your Survival Skills

It was only a few months ago that every expert, analyst, automobile industry pundit and alleged researcher was predicting numbers as high as 20 million new-vehicle sales in 2018. What were these fools smoking? They can’t all live in Denver, can they?

The Trump election should have taught the world that you can’t trust polls and researchers to tell the truth — especially when they have a vested interest in the outcome and they trade in deliberately false pseudo-information.

“There simply aren’t enough customers in the pipeline. We buried them in 72- and 84-month loans with no down payments. They have no hope of getting out in this trade cycle or the next. We refinanced negative equity on three generations of trade-ins. Cheap used cars are going to totally kill new-car sales and the auctions.”

Well, enough of that. It’s here. The retail car business is crashing in spite of the soaring stock market. Sorry, Bill Clinton, but it’s not the economy, stupid. It’s saturation.

Read the whole article here on F&I and Showroom.

All Things Must Pass

M-OTP-July-2I once again find myself in a reflective mood. Been doing that a lot lately. People keep telling me the industry is changing, and the disruptors keep taking shots at the dealers and traditional processes.

At heart, I am a car guy. But if the truth be known, I still reminisce about the magical days when I was a celebrity rock jock in the ’60s and ’70s. I wouldn’t have missed those times for anything in the world. In those days, being a disc jockey at a major rock station was the coolest job in the world.

I think this mood crept over me last week when Gregg Allman died. What affected me most was that he was my age, and I knew him and his brother Duane before they were famous. I met the Allmans in 1969. I was a DJ and they were playing at Jacksonville nightclubs, calling themselves “The Second Coming.” As a rock jock, I had the opportunity to meet a lot of the legendary groups of the day. My biggest regret is that I never got to meet the Beatles or even see them perform. I was fortunate enough to have had several lengthy conversations with Elvis.

Read the whole article here on AutoDealerMonthly.

Sales Rock Stars Still Exist

In an era where manufacturers and hostile vendors are telling dealers to reduce salesperson pay plans, I can name 30 to 40 people off the top of my head who are making more than $40,000 a month selling cars. And they’re doing it in all kinds of markets.These individuals come from all backgrounds, are of different ages, have different makeups, and sell both imports and domestics. But they have two things common: They all became a brand within a brand, a dealership within a dealership. See, these individuals reach out to their communities and generate their own business and manage relationships and referrals.

These individuals come from all backgrounds, are of different ages, have different makeups, and sell both imports and domestics. But they have two things common: They all became a brand within a brand, a dealership within a dealership. See, these individuals reach out to their communities and generate their own business and manage relationships and referrals.

Read the whole article here on F&I and Showroom.

Grow or Die – “Teach At the Beach Part 2”

Internet Battle Plan 22

 

Join the Battle of Jericho

M-Jericho-1Little Jimmy Ziegler was only 7 years old, but I still remember it vividly, as if it were only yesterday. It was Grace Lutheran Church in Jacksonville, Fla. We were performing a reenactment of the biblical story of Joshua at the Battle of Jericho for the entire adult congregation. We were dressed in robes and head dressings made of towels. Our parents thought we were cute and there were a lot of flashbulbs going off in their Kodak Brownie cameras. I was too young to be embarrassed. I remember thinking, “This is so cool!”

Our performance went off without a hitch. We marched around the “city” made out of a packing crate seven times, singing and blowing our plastic horns. “Joshua fought the battle of Jericho … Jericho … Jericho! Joshua fought the battle of Jericho, and the walls came tumblin’ down!” After seven times around, we stopped walking, stopped singing, and started yelling. Someone offstage pulled a string and the cardboard walls of Jericho came tumblin’ down.

Smiling as I write these words, I checked YouTube and found a video of a bunch of modern-day children marching around a cardboard city of Jericho. Sixty-three years later, they are still singing that same old song and blowing their plastic horns.

Read the whole article here on AutoDealerMonthly.

The New Stooges

If you don’t know who Larry, Curly and Moe were, you might be a millennial. Early in the morning or late at night when I’m scanning through the upper tier of cable channels, I still sometimes come across an old “Three Stooges” short. And I can’t turn away. These guys were masters of slapstick, an art form left over from the vaudeville era.

Hard to say which one was the biggest idiot, but I think most fans will agree it was Curly, whose famous “n’yuk n’yuk n’yuk” laugh became a Stooges trademark. This comic trio was so absurd that you felt ashamed to admit you watched them. Of course you did, though. You couldn’t help yourself.

The Three Stooges are long gone, but their legacy lives on in the so-called “disrupters” who are trying to wring the profitability out of your operation.

The latest acceleration of stupidity into reality is the race to completely automate the sales and F&I process and transact and contract the sale online. Now that these modern-day Stooges have the technology figured out, they are in a race to see who can come to market first.

Read the whole article here on F&I and Showroom.

Don’t Run, We Are Your Friends!

M-Mars-Attacks2-1Fasten your chin straps and check your seat belts, car people. The ride is about to begin, and there’s no turning back. Every party has to end sooner or later, and we’re overdue. All the signs have been flashing for months, but too many of us ignored them, and now the reckoning has arrived.

It’s sort of like watching the flaming cattle run past in “Mars Attacks!” or hearing the oboe music from “Jaws.” You can tell some scary crap is about to go down.

You can’t say I didn’t warn you. And after 41 years in the retail car business, it seems the industry has finally caught up with me. All the so-called experts, analysts, and other assorted clowns who were wearing party hats and predicting perpetual record sales a year ago have done an abrupt about-face. Now they are marching in the other direction and sounding the alarm.

Have you recently invested in a multigazillion-dollar, state-of-the-ridiculous modern facility? Did you just hear oboe music? News flash: The factory is not going to eat your loss when the shark shows up. You guys and gals have been bullied into investing by your manufacturers, some of whom skipped in and out of bankruptcy with a government handout.

Read the whole article here on AutoDealerMonthly.

The Future Ain’t What It’s Cracked Up to Be

M-BTF3-1Excuse the bad English, but sometimes it’s just fun to say the word “ain’t.” It takes me back to my redneck roots, before I became the sophisticated, genteel socialite you know and love today.

In researching this article, I read dozens of blogs and news items talking about the future of our industry. The overwhelming assorted collection of speakers, writers, reporters, and industry hacks are solemnly predicting cataclysmic changes that will soon shake the foundations of our industry as we know it. Your paradigms will come crashing down around your ears, driven by the Millennial Rebellion, and armed with handheld devices.

Well, when it comes to future-casting in the car business, I think you’ll find I have the most impressive track record for accuracy — calling it exactly as it turned out in reality — more than just about any of the other forecasters, futurists, or industry publication editors. In other words, my stuff really happened.

Read the whole article here on AutoDealerMonthly.