SEPTEMBER 24, 2008


IN THIS ISSUE

DEALER NEWS & INFORMATION

Automotive News at a Glance

AYES Now Available in the Front Range Area

 

LEGISLATIVE UPDATE

Employers Beware! Four Anti-Business Initiatives are on the Colorado Ballot

 

REGULATORY & LEGAL UPDATES

Auto Industry Division Wheels Newsletter: September Issue Available

Unclaimed Property Reporting Reminder: Due November 1st

 

UPCOMING SEMINARS

Chip Thomas Sail to Success Seminar

Lifeline to Profits Seminar

Designated Risk Management Seminar


CALENDAR OF EVENTS
Upcoming Events
Fall 2008 Regional Member Briefings

Automotive Youth Educational Systems Informational Meeting

National Association of Dealer Counsel - Fall Workshop

Dealer Day at SEMA


DEALER MILESTONES,
HIGHLIGHTS & TRANSITIONS

2008 CADA Annual Gold Tournament Winners

Mountain States Toyota Moves Their Brand New Facility

Share Your Accomplishments


ARCHIVES

CLICK HERE for Open Road
e-newsletter archives.

CLICK HERE for an Index of Regulatory
& Legal Articles
from the Open
Road e-newsletter.

CLICK HERE for Bulletin archives.

CLICK HERE for Colorado Auto
Outlook
archives.

CLICK HERE for Denver Auto
Outlook
archives.


ONLINE REGISTRATION

CLICK HERE to register online
for various CADA seminars & events.


MEMBERSHIP RESOURCES

CLICK HERE for details on the
Speaker and Educational
Resources
.

CLICK HERE for a list of current
Endorsed Vendors/Programs
.

CLICK HERE for a list of current
Allied Members
.

CLICK HERE for an order form for
CADA forms
.

CLICK HERE for information on all member services.



www.nada.org

CLICK HERE for NADA
Regulatory Affairs information
.


STATE GOVERNMENT RESOURCES

CLICK HERE for the Auto Industry
Division
of the Colorado Dept.
of Revenue.

CLICK HERE for the Title and
Registration section
of the
Colorado Dept. of Revenue,
Motor Vehicles Division.

CLICK HERE for the Colorado
Department of Labor &
Employment
website.




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Please join us at any of the eleven meetings scheduled across Colorado.

Join colleagues and peers and hear about issues important to you,
your dealership, and your operations.
Learn what is happening in Colorado’s legislative and regulatory arena and
what CADA is doing to proactively address problems that affect
dealer survivability and profitability.

Please see the schedule below to determine the best meeting time, date, and location for you and your key staff.


CLICK HERE to register!
To register by phone, please call Lauren Stadler at 303.457.5123.
Questions? Call or email Tim Jackson at 303.282.1448 or tim.jackson@coloradodealers.org.

AUTOMOTIVE NEWS AT A GLANCE

Listed here are several articles pertaining to the
auto industry in general that appeared recently in newspapers and other media outlets across the nation.

  • Big bucks piling up in battle over energy tax
    Vail Daily, September 20
    Supporters and foes of ending a tax credit for the oil and gas industry have raised more than $12 million, making it the costliest issue campaign in Colorado history - and the election is still six weeks out.
  • Ritter leads battle for gas and oil
    The Durango Herald, September 20
    Gov. Bill Ritter is the lead proponent of a plan to eliminate an industry tax deduction - a plan that would raise $321 million in its first year for college scholarships, wildlife, renewable energy, roads and water projects.
  • Chrysler to tell dealers electric vehicle plans
    The Detroit News, September 20
    Chrysler LLC said Friday it is preparing to reveal some of its future plans to its dealers next week, and one dealer said they'll get a look at the next-generation electric vehicles the automaker is developing.
  • Pending loans boost stocks
    The Detroit News, September 20
    As optimism grew on Wall Street that $25 billion in low-cost loans for the auto industry would be funded following the federal government's decision to bail out the banking industry, parts suppliers hit Capitol Hill hard pushing legislators in that direction.
  • Key Ford exec quits company
    The Detroit News, September 19
    One of the key executives responsible for overseeing Ford Motor Co.'s global cost-cutting efforts has quit to become chief financial officer of an Ohio paper company.

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AYES NOW AVAILABLE IN THE FRONT RANGE AREA

Launched in 1995, AYES is a true business and education partnership, bringing together the resources of the participating automotive manufacturers, the local dealerships and selected high school and tech-prep schools offering high quality programs in automotive service technology.

Now for the first time, AYES is available in the Front Range Area.  Dealers, Fixed Operations Directors and Service Managers are invited to attend an important informational meeting about AYES, so that you can see for yourself the benefits it holds for you.

Wednesday, October 8, 2008
10:00 am – 2:00 pm
Front Range Community College
3645 W. 112th Avenue
Westminster, CO  80031

Please contact Robert Sidebottom for further information at 303.708.4796 or bobsidebottom@msn.com


EMPLOYERS BEWARE! FOUR ANTI-BUSINESS INITIATIVES ARE ON THE COLORADO BALLOT. YOUR BUSINESS IS THREATENED!! WHAT CAN YOU DO?

Attend a free briefing session to learn what you can do about the ballot initiatives that threaten Colorado's economy.
 
We hope we have your attention!! This year's election is critical to Colorado employers. Our state faces four anti-business, union-sponsored ballot initiatives that will create unprecedented negative changes in the laws governing the Colorado workplace:

  • Just cause for suspension or discharge of employees 
  • Additional employee lawsuits for workplace injuries
  • Mandatory healthcare coverage paid for by employers
  • Criminal liability for executive officials

Employers must take immediate action because absentee ballots go out in early October and votes will be cast soon. The Council is offering a free briefing session to support employers who oppose these initiatives. This session will:

  • Educate employers on the content of the initiatives and applicable election law. 
  • Help employers effectively communicate the reality of these initiatives with their employees.

Where and When: MSEC’s Colorado Springs office on Tuesday, September 23rd and in Greeley on Tuesday, September 30th. The sessions will run from 9:00 am to 12:00 noon. Seating for these seminars will be limited so register today to reserve your place. 

Who Should Attend: Company executives and managers, business owners, HR professionals and others interested in opposing these initiatives. 

How to Register:
Call:
  303.894.6732 or  800.884.1328

E-mail:
registration@msec.org

CLICK HERE to read more about these initiatives at MSEC’s web site.

Additional web sites with more information on these anti-business initiatives:

http://www.nopoisonpills.com

http://www.defendoureconomy.org



AUTO INDUSTRY DIVISION WHEELS NEWSLETTER:  SEPTEMBER ISSUE AVAILABLE

The Auto Industry Division of the Department of Revenue has published their third quarter issue of the Wheels newsletter. The September 2008 issue is now available.

As a reminder, the archives of Wheels are available on the Auto Industry Division’s web site.  CADA has set up an easy-to-remember link to AID’s home page:

www.coloradodealers.org/AID

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UNCLAIMED PROPERTY REPORTING REMINDER: DUE NOVEMBER 1st

A reminder that annual unclaimed property reports are due to the state of Colorado November 1st each year.  Visit the November 7, 2007 issue of Open Road, under Regulatory & Legal Updates, Unclaimed Property Reporting Reminder, for more information. 

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If you have questions on any legal or regulatory topic, please contact:
Tammi McCoy, Vice President, tammi.mccoy@coloradodealers.org, 303.282.1449
Tim Jackson, President, tim.jackson@coloradodealers.org, 303.282.1448

DISCLAIMER: CADA is not authorized to dispense legal advice.
The information contained in this weekly email is intended to provide important updates and reminders regarding statutes, litigation, and regulations. CADA always advises that dealers should consult legal counsel on the specifics of any laws or regulations to ensure proper compliance.



CHIP THOMAS SAIL TO SUCCESS SEMINAR
By: Chip Thomas
Highly acclaimed CADA Summit speaker returns to Denver
Two one-day sessions so you can send personnel on either day!

Without a doubt, I can honestly say that your “Sail to Success” seminar has reached each member of our sales force, unlike the many sales seminars we have had our sales force attend. Chip Thomas has inspired each team member to…create a customer base. Already I am seeing results.
– Douglas Donnellan, VP/GM–SF Toyota, 4/8/08

Oct. 14-15, 2008
Course offered twice; one-day each

Highlights of topics include:

• Prescription for improvement
• Time management for business results
• Organization and planning
• Customer development
• Effective communication
• Relational marketing
• Customer retention
• Negotiating, overcoming objections   and closing
• Professional and positive habits   creation
• "Role Play" for customer interaction

First Session: Tues., Oct 14
7:45 a.m - 4:30 p.m.
REGISTER ONLINE!

Second Session: Wed., Oct 15
7:45 a.m - 4:30 p.m.
REGISTER ONLINE!

Chip Thomas has received rave reviews providing salesperson training for other auto dealer associations across the U.S. Mark your calendar for this training event that will be offered twice in October.

CLICK HERE for more information
on this
training session.
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LIFELINE TO PROFITS SEMINARa

Thurs., Oct. 16 to Fri., Oct. 17
from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

In this intensive, two-day workshop, you will go through every aspect of your operation, taking a candid look at your dealership to develop a detailed action plan to implement within your store to achieve your dealership’s full profit potential. You'll leave this hands-on training with answers to the following questions:

  • Can I enhance and improve the performance of my dealership?
  • How do I effectively analyze my current dealership operations?
  • What's the best way to identify opportunities for change?
  • What steps do I take to fully capitalize on these new opportunities?
  • How do I tailor a plan specifically for my dealership?
  • What's the most efficient way to put my plan into action?

The NADA 20 Group program is providing industry-leading trainers to conduct the workshop. Each of the trainers has retail experience and will offer critical insight to help your dealership. You will take home a practical action plan specifically designed for YOUR dealership.

CLICK HERE for more information
on this
training session.

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DESIGNATED RISK MANAGEMENT SEMINAR

November 10-12, 2008

Colorado Automobile Dealers Association Members Profit Through Risk Management

The Designated Risk Manager Training Program was developed to target specific risk management concerns for the auto dealer industry. Companies that are the most successful controlling losses have designated a key person as their risk manager. This person is supported by top management and is both responsible and accountable for identifying loss exposures and implementing risk management solutions.

Through CADA’s partnership with Federated Insurance, there is no charge to attend this training and you do not have to be a current Federated client. Attendees, however, are responsible for air and ground transportation to and from Owatonna, Minnesota, and lodging in Owatonna.

A CLICK HERE for more information
on this
training session.
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TO REGISTER ONLINE FOR ANY CADA
SEMINAR OR EVENT, PLEASE VISIT:

www.coloradodealers.org/registration
Event Description
Date/Time
Location

Chip Thomas Sail to Success Seminar

Denver

First Session: Tues., Oct 14
7:45 a.m - 4:30 p.m.

Second Session:
Wed., Oct 15
7:45 a.m - 4:30 p.m.

Doubletree Hotel Denver Tech Center
7801 East Orchard Road,
Greenwood Village, CO 80111
303.779.6161

Flyer/Registration Form

REGISTER ONLINE for Tuesday!

REGISTER ONLINE for Wednesday!

Lifeline to Profits Seminar

Denver

Thurs., Oct. 16 to Fri., Oct. 17

8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Meals provided for each day

William D. Barrow Building, CADA Offices
290 East Speer Blvd., Denver, 80203
- Flyer/Registration Form
- REGISTER ONLINE

 

Designated Risk Management Seminar

Owatonna, MN

Presented by Federated Insurance

Monday, Nov 10th-Wednesday, Nov 12th

Through CADA’s partnership with Federated Insurance there is no charge to attend this seminar.  Attendees are responsible for their Air, Lodging and ground transportation.

For more information Click Here


Event Description
Date/Time
Location

CADA Regional Member Briefings

- FULL LIST of location dates and times

Eleven meetings for dealers across Colorado

For more information www.coloradodealers.org/regionals
Attendees can register through CADA via Phone: 303.831.1722, FAX: 303.831.9100, or E-mail: rsvp@coloradodealers.org
* Please note different RSVP
for Colorado Springs and
Pueblo meetings. 

Automotive Youth Educational Systems (AYES) Informational Meeting

 Wednesday, October 8, 2008

10:00 am – 2:00 pm

 Front Range Community College
3645 W. 112th Avenue
Westminster, CO  80031

CLICK HERE for more information

National Association of Dealer Counsel  (NADC) -- Fall Workshop

Tuesday, October 14

Westin Chicago River North Hotel

CLICK HERE for more information

Discount hotel block expires Friday, September 19th

Dealer Day at Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) Show 2008

Wednesday, Nov. 5

Las Vegas Convention Center

Press Release Link

Registration Link


2008 CADA ANNUAL GOLF TOURNAMENT WINNERS

Tim Jackson and the staff at CADA would like to congratulate our first place winners of the 2008 CADA Annual Golf Tournament.  From left to right Doug Moreland (Grand Auto), Mike Downey, Steve Bear and Carl Ventsam (Colorado Springs Dodge).

Held at the Columbine Country Club ranked in the top ten among all private courses,  CADA dealer members from all over the state helped to make this years tournament one of the largest ever.  We look forward to seeing all of you next year on August 24, 2009 at the Glenmoor Country Club.  

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MOUNTAIN STATES TOYOTA MOVES THEIR BRAND NEW FACILITY

Excitement was in the air at Mountain States Toyota as they moved into their brand new state of the art facility on Monday, September 22nd, 2008.  General Manager Tim Van Binsbergen invites you to stop by any time and take a personalized tour of the new facility.  The new facility is located at 201 West 70th Avenue, Denver.  A formal grand opening ceremony is in the works and will be announced soon.

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LET US KNOW ABOUT YOUR ACCOMPLISHMENTS!

Have you or anyone else at your dealership won an award recently? Have you or your dealership provided any outstanding community service? We want to recognize such accomplishments. Please send us a brief write-up of the award or event along with any other information to milestones@coloradodealers.org. Also include your contact information for further follow-up.


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290 East Speer Boulevard Denver, CO 80203
Telephone: 303.831.1722 | Facsimile: 303.831.4205
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