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Dealer Voices: “It’s an Entryway into the Future of Retail Automotive”


In this special Dealer Voices podcast, host Randy Kobat joins David J. Long, a leader at Hansel Auto Group, Santa Rosa, CA, to discuss how David is helping his team and customers stay fit, healthy and safe in the current COVID-19 crisis. From hosting the daily “3 o’clock eddy” meeting on Zoom to a flexible needs-based work schedule, David shares how Hansel dealerships continue to retail and service vehicles while their showrooms are closed. David also details how he’s taking an agile, entrepreneur’s view of dealership operations to be prepared to take advantage of the retail automotive return.



About the Author

Randy Kobat is vice president of operations and inventory management solutions for vAuto, Rebates & Incentives, KBB ICO and related products. In this role, Randy oversees all aspects of operations and performance for these companies and segments of Cox Automotive, helping them meet their respective goals for growth, product development and integration, and customer and employee satisfaction. Randy brings a unique blend of executive leadership expertise to vAuto that includes long-term planning, marketing, mergers and acquisitions, operations, sales management, and strategy development. Prior to joining Cox Automotive, Randy successfully held a variety of top-level leadership positions for automotive-related companies including Service Repair Solutions Inc., Trilogy Enterprises and CDK. Randy has also served as a business leadership lecturer for the Smeal College of Business at Pennsylvania State University, the Wisconsin School of Business at the University of Wisconsin–Madison, and other business schools. Randy earned a Bachelor of Science in chemistry from Northern Illinois University and an MBA from The University of Chicago Booth School of Business.

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