SDADA Blog

  • 18 Nov 2019 7:12 AM | Doug Knust
    Over the past four months, I have been calling dealer/member on the phone to talk about our association. I have been reaching out to simply ask three questions:

    1. What does the SDADA do well?

    2. What could the SDADA do better?

    3. What products or services should the SDADA offer its members that it doesn’t now?

    I spoke only to new car dealers and NextGen dealers/managers. I apologize for not speaking to independent, RV, power sports or truck dealers. I wanted to start with new car stores. We really need the feedback from these other dealers as well. 

    You can see that when I did get in touch with dealers, they were very generous with their time. Calls averaged 27 minutes which far surpassed the 8-10 minutes I expected  

    I attempted to reach dealers through their company switchboards  I didn’t leave a call back number because I had a specified period of time in which I would call and did not want to start telephone tag  I would just attempt to call back later  

    I compiled the feedback I got into word clouds. The clouds give greater prominence to words that appear more frequently in the responses that I got. 

    I presented this info to the board at our meeting in Pierre. They are using it to give some direction going forward. 

    You can see the results below. I invite your feedback on this info. 





  • 27 Oct 2019 8:52 PM | Doug Knust

    As you probably know, the SDADA board of directors will be meeting at 10:00 AM on Wednesday, November 13 at the Clubhouse Hotel & Suite in Pierre. I have included the agenda for our meeting below.

    Please look the agenda over. Contact me or any of the board members with your thoughts, questions or concerns. Or better yet, join us for the meeting. ALL board members are invited.

    We will be looking to get additional members involved so if you see a topic that is of particular interest, let me know. We would love to have your help!

    Please feel free email me at dougk@harryk.com.


    1. Call to Order

    • Welcome to all
    • Review the fact that we operate under federal anti-trust guidelines
    • Roll call & introduce Lyle Magorien, from Chase Auto and RV in Ft. Pierre (newly appointed member filling the second non-franchised dealer position and the franchised RV Director’s position)
    • Have Doug sign lobbying forms
    • Have Executive Committee for SDADA and Services Board Directors sign

    Resolutions

    • Presentations during this meeting (Dealer 1-2-1, Derc Teschler and Federated Insurance, Ben Cox)

    2. Everyone should have received the following by email - as requested, we have duplicate packets for everyone

    • Winter Board Meeting minutes - discussion and motion for approval
    • 1st quarter financial statement - discussion and motion for approval
    • South Dakota Auto Dealers Association Fund balance
    • Important Upcoming Dates

    3. Chairman’s discussion items

    • Dealer feedback from phone survey
    • Convention
    • Newsletter feedback
    • Strategic planning
    • Legislative visits
    • Dealer District representatives responsibilities
    • Arizona Titling service
    • Bank contracts RE: production of negotiable title

    4. Membership Reports (SDADA & NADA)

    • NADA PAC 54.28% of our 2019 goal with 10 contributors so far
    • SDADA PAC current balance is $12,393.74

    5. Member Services Report

    • ACV Auctions
    • Ally
    • 9clouds
    • Dealer 1-2-1
    • Vitu Company

    6. Tool Grant Program (Handouts and discussion)

    7. Non-refundable Deposit Receipt/Agreement

    8. Upcoming legislative session

    • County Treasurer fee bill
    • Display of 25 plus model years old vehicles for sale in another county
    • Rates for warranty parts and labor on refrigeration units and auxiliary power units
    • Collection of tax and etc. at dealership

    9. NADA & SDADA PAC Director’s Report

    10. NADA Director’s Report

    11. Old business

    12. New business

    13. Adjourn




  • 29 Sep 2019 9:10 PM | Doug Knust

    Welcome to the new SDADA Update!

    Every trade association I know of struggles with communication. That means both sending information to and receiving information from their members.

    Our SDADA Bulletin, in its current printed form, is not an efficient mode of communication with our dealer members. Certainly a quarterly publication no longer qualifies as “news”.

    So we are taking a page from the playbook of many other associations, inside and outside the auto industry, and going to an electronic newsletter. We don’t want to jam up your email box up so we will start with a semi-monthly (1st & 15th of each month) publication and adjust from there.



    We want this email newsletter to be relevant to ALL dealerships employees. The more our employees know about our industry, the better decisions they can make for you. You can sign your employees up with the link at the bottom of the email. Send us all your employee emails so we can add them!

    To make this publication interesting to all, we need your help. We need you to send us news that your fellow dealers and dealership employees will find to be of interest. Each of you consumes news from many different sources. When you see something of interest, SEND IT TO US!

    This includes industry, statewide, community and human interest news. Share stories about things that happen in the car dealership.

    Send us a link to the article or the relevant information so we can share it. We want to know if something good happens to you, your store or your employees. We’ll include it in our next edition.

    For example, if your service manager won the state bowling tournament, send us a link or the pertinent information so we can share it. If you or your store is recognized in your community, let us know. If you see some news that will directly (or indirectly) affect the retail auto industry in our state, send us a link!

    I believe this newsletter can be a great tool for our association but it requires input from all of you. Send us your ideas, suggestions and news. Help us make your association stronger!

    “The art of communication is the language of leadership.”  -James Humes

  • 20 Sep 2019 11:39 AM | Myron Rau

    Welcome to the official blog of the South Dakota Automobile Dealers Association. We are a non-profit trade association that represents the interests of dealers across the state.

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