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Automotive Innovations Joins CDK Global Partnership Program

Automotive Innovations Joins CDK Global Partnership Program

Kansas City, MO – September 27, 2021

Automotive Innovations (Ai), an all-in-one solution that allows auto dealers to replace multiple tools, increase profits, and gain real-time visibility into their business, today announced it has become a participant in the CDK Global Partner Program, the largest third-party marketplace of automotive applications and integrations. CDK Global, Inc. (Nasdaq: CDK) is the largest provider of integrated information technology and digital marketing solutions to the automotive retail industry.

As a member of the CDK Partner Program, Automotive Innovations will provide dealers and OEMs applications that help them drive their business forward. With access to the extensive CDK customer base, partners have the opportunity to build solutions impacting nearly every area of business within the modern dealership, ranging from sales to service to data intelligence.

“We’re excited about partnering with CDK and leveraging their integration platform to power the real-time data exchange that drives Ai’s innovative and intuitive solution,” said Hoss Devine, Ai CEO & Founder. “At the heart of Ai is our consolidated approach to dealership operational software solutions. For too long, dealers have had to rely on stand-alone solutions or omni-solutions formed through acquisitions that typically don’t work smoothly together. Ai was built from the ground-up to deliver six core dealer products in one 360-degree operating solution with one login and one low price to positively impact business in real-time when it matters most.”

Ai was created for car guys by car guys and that is reflected in its ease-of-use and solutions that deliver data dealers need to make immediate decisions. OpsVision™, Ai’s business intelligence tool provides meaningful insights into the dealer’s primary profit centers, helping dealers to identify profit opportunities in real-time so they can act immediately to positively impact their bottom-line. Ai’s suite of solutions also includes SmartChoice™, an intelligent F&I Menu product, SmartDesk™, an interactive digital menu presentation and e-contracting system, ReconCentral™, a used vehicle reconditioning tool that connects processes to people, DayTracker™, an intelligent scheduling solution that improves the customer experience and brings organization to the customer delivery experience, and Ai University™, an LMS training, certification, and onboarding system that’s customizable to the dealer’s training philosophy and curriculum.

“We are pleased to introduce Ai as the newest member of the CDK Global Partner Program,” said Sandy Orlando, Senior Vice President, CDK Data Services and Fortellis. “Ai is a welcome addition to our vibrant program which provides dealers with a range of partner choices and the assurance that their programs can be seamlessly integrated with our applications.”

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Tony Gomez Hired as Chief Operating Officer

Tony Gomez Hired as Chief Operating Officer

Kansas City, MO – August 30, 2021

Gomez brings over thirty years of experience in automotive retailing and technology solutions, serving most recently as Chief Executive Officer (CEO) & Partner of ZipDeal, a customer-driven, digital vehicle delivery system that unifies and monetizes the key touchpoints between the end of vehicle negotiations and entering the F&I office.

Gomez also served as COO of CallRevu, one of the industry’s premier call management solutions serving thousands of auto dealers across the country.  During his tenure, his team grew the company over 200 percent before being acquired by Serent Capital, a private equity firm home-based in San Francisco, CA. Previously, he served as Platform President of a large Midwest dealer group with 10 rooftops and 15 franchises supporting over 350 team members. Prior to that, he was the Managing Partner & General Manager of Capital Honda in Okemos, MI, from 2004 to 2011. 

“Tony has unparalleled experience in all aspects of automotive retailing and is known for developing high performance teams and creating, implementing, and scaling business models to drive bottom-line results,” said Hoss Devine, CEO and Founder of Ai. “He’s also a car guy who’s been in the trenches and knows the ins and outs of managing a dealership. This understanding is invaluable as we bring our solution to market to help dealers gain immediate visibility into their businesses with actionable data that enables real-time, impactful decisions.”

Ai consolidates six core dealer products into one 360-degree operating solution for the most comprehensive and accurate suite of analytics and operational tools on the market. The solution was founded on simplicity, one login, and one low price, to positively impact business in the moment – not in retrospect. The spectrum of Ai’s automotive solutions are designed to increase sales and gross profits in the showroom, F&I office, and on the service drive, at a fraction of the price of acquiring these solutions independently.

Commenting on his new role at Ai, Gomez stated, “I’m excited to work with Hoss and our whole team of industry veterans to bring our solution to dealers across the country. Ai was developed for car guys by car guys and that’s reflected in how easy it is to use and how it delivers real-time data so dealers can make decisions when it still counts, not after the fact. Today, too many dealers have to stitch together data from multiple technology providers to create their own spreadsheets to manage their businesses. That’s a poor use of management’s time and more often than not, it’s managing by results, which is an ineffective business model. With Ai, they get immediate data, for immediate decisions, while opportunities are still viable.”

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Automotive Innovations Launch Release

Automotive Innovations Launch Release

Kansas City, MO – August 16, 2021

The most comprehensive and accurate suite of analytics tools to date was founded on simplicity, one login, and one low price, to positively impact business in the moment.

Automotive Innovations(Ai), an all-in-one solution that allows dealers to replace multiple tools, increase profits, and get real-time visibility into their business, launched today. The 360-degree operating solution offers one platform with an entire spectrum of automotive services to increase sales and gross profits in the showroom, F&I office, and service drive, all at a fraction of the price of acquiring these solutions independently.

Industry veteran Hoss Devine began creating Ai in 2016 after identifying the need to consolidate all of a dealer’s supporting technology under one platform. After a successful pilot, Ai is now in broad release for all dealers to deliver meaningful real-time, actionable data to executive-level and front-line management. It offers a format dealers can digest and act on to positively impact business in the moment – not in retrospect. The platform is unique because it provides six products in one.

“Dealerships have a lot of technology solutions but for us car guys it goes back to wanting easy-to-use products that offer immediate visibility into our business so we’re not managing by looking in the rearview mirror,” said Devine. “Ai pulls information from the dealer’s core systems and feeds that data into performance to easily identify and act on the critical KPIs that are most important and impactful to their bottom-line.” Devine went on to say, “There’s no reason dealers should have to download data from multiple technology providers and consolidate it into spreadsheets they have to build just to be able to look at data in a way that’s meaningful to them. Our solution removes that time-consuming task and frees dealers and their teams to manage their business with the real-time intelligence they need.”

Ai’s easy-to-use and intuitive software allows dealership management to know in the moment exactly what’s happening with fixed and variable operations, used car reconditioning, F&I, sales, and scheduling. Managers can stop managing by results and instead use real-time data and manage desired outcomes in the moment while opportunities are still viable.

Ai solutions apply to real-world dealership scenarios, are native to one platform, and require only one login. Consolidation also provides a less expensive solution for better ROI. The platform currently includes six products with more under development:

  • OpsVision – The flagship business analytics software combines data from a dealer’s current systems with artificial intelligence to populate interactive and drillable dashboards for variable and fixed ops to deliver actionable data and pinpoint possible trouble spots – complete with mobile alerts.

  • Recon Central – Recon software organizes, consolidates, and connects the process to management to provide a real-time snapshot of vehicles, estimated KPIs, and inefficiencies in the process, all accessible by desktop, tablet, and mobile device.

  • SmartChoice – The interactive, intelligent, and innovative digital F&I menu is driven solely by a customer’s personal ownership and driving habits, with dealer pricing control, live menu reconfiguration, and e-contracting.

  • DayTracker – Brings organization to chaos with a shared scheduling solution that allows salespeople, service advisors, and management to create appointments without conflict and feature them on display monitors in the showroom and service drive.

  • SmartDesk – The only seamless custom desktop integration that is compatible with virtually all DMS providers, affordable, and requires no monthly maintenance fee.

  • Ai University – The learning management system for onboarding staff, custom trainings, meetings in a box, and the ability to track staff course completion and score to stay on top of additional training needs.

“We know car guys because we are car guys,” said Devine. “Ai is the direct product of what we wanted to manage a dealership. It makes data analysis a snap, delivers quality reporting, is easy-to-use, and costs as much as 50 percent less than the solutions it replaces. It takes car guys to deliver what car guys need.”