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Dealer Conversations: Let’s talk about what’s important to you

Aug 10, 2020
By: Steve Hewitt

Welcome to Dealer Conversations! We’re excited to bring you a brand-new blog — a communication channel focused on what’s happening in the dealer industry, from dealership news to insights to trends.

As the firm’s dealership industry practice leader, I’m having conversations with dealers daily. And having worked exclusively with this industry for decades, I’m familiar with industry trends and what’s on your minds. And needless to say, in today’s environment, it’s a lot.

In a recent conversation with my team, I mentioned that a dealer client called me at 7 a.m. with worries on his mind that had kept him awake most of the night. It caused me to reflect on how much I love my career. It’s really gratifying to develop great relationships with Wipfli clients and become their trusted advisor. It’s not just about offering a pat solution — it’s about truly listening, understanding and providing the knowledge that helps the client weigh the best solutions to determine the best path forward.

Alleviating stress and creating job satisfaction

The dealership industry team has regular conversations about what’s happening in the industry, and we discuss what’s on our clients’ minds. This blog will be a forum for those topics. My voice won’t be the only one you’ll hear on this platform — my colleagues on the team will be contributors, too.

Here are just a few topic ideas that we’re kicking around:

  • What we learned at the National Alliance of Auto Dealer Advisors (NAADA) Conference
  • PPP Loans and specialized tools for reporting
  • Sourcing used inventory
  • Customers are paying cash — what that means for dealers
  • COVID-19’s impact on M&A activity
  • Transforming the customer experience in the age of Carvana
  • Current trends in combating cybersecurity threats

Getting the conversation started

In addition to us generating topics through daily conversations with clients, we invite you to share your thoughts and comments. Please use the comments section below or reach out to me directly at shewitt@wipfli.com.

Welcome aboard! I hope you enjoy the next few blogs as your test drive.

See other dealership content:

PPP Loan Forgiveness: Strategies for dealerships to consider as the clock winds down

How do I optimally allocate PPP loan funds for my dealership?


Steve Hewitt, CPA
Dealerships Practice Leader
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