Frank Carrasquillo, General Sales Manager of Mercedes-Benz of Naples, Named
the Autobytel January 2014 Dealer of the Month
Autobytel launches its 2014 Dealer Awards Program honoring exceptional dealers
for outstanding Internet lead management and customer service standards.
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IRVINE, Calif., March 14, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Autobytel Inc.
(Nasdaq:ABTL), pioneer of the automotive Internet and the company dedicated to
connecting automotive consumers with dealers, has named Frank Carrasquillo,
General Sales Manager at Mercedes-Benz of Naples, Florida, the Autobytel
Dealer of the Month for January 2014.
The company's Dealer Awards Program honors exceptional #ABTLDealerStars who
employ the highest standards in customer service and Internet automotive
retail sales and lead management processes. The Autobytel 2014 Dealer of the
Year Award is slated to be announced in January 2015 at the NADA Convention &
Expo in San Francisco – when Autobytel officially celebrates its 20^th
Anniversary – with the crowning dealer chosen from this year's pool of monthly
Rese Ballou of Hendrick Toyota Scion in North Charleston, South Carolina, took
home Dealer of the Year honors for 2013, announced this past January at NADA
in New Orleans.
"This year's competition starts off as an outstanding one with the selection
of Frank and the Mercedes-Benz of Naples team," said Jeff Coats, President and
CEO of Autobytel Inc. "They understand how to develop long term relationships
with their clients, which is why they've won the Mercedes-Benz 'BEST OF THE
BEST' award three out of the last four years – something only five percent of
the top Mercedes-Benz dealers win. We congratulate Frank and his staff for a
job well done."
Each month, Autobytel's sales and dealer operations teams evaluate prospective
candidates from a competitive field of thousands of automotive retailers in
the Autobytel network, with a monthly winner selected based on key online
automotive best practices.The company launched its Dealer Awards Program at
the beginning of 2013, honoring monthly winners throughout the year and in
markets throughout the U.S.
Criteria evaluated for the Autobytel Dealer Awards Program include conversion
rates, lead management processes, customer service principles, customer and
brand retention analytics and Internet department practices, among others.
"No matter how you slice it, this a people-oriented business and if you
understand what the person on the other side of the lead is asking for, you
will be the one to win them as client," said Carrasquillo. "We've been
successful by being fair and upfront in our pricing structure.We know
Autobytel has many choices of dealers in its program, and to have chosen us
speaks volumes with all of the stores in its portfolio.We are greatly
Mercedes-Benz of Naples, Florida services a broad territory of the southwest
Florida market, from Sarasota to Marco, and offers a full range of new and
pre-owned Mercedes. For three out of the past four years, the dealership was
named a BEST OF THE BEST dealer by Mercedes-Benz and its customers – an award
that goes to top performing dealerships for demonstrating superior
performance in various areas of their business, including customer
satisfaction, new vehicle sales, certified pre-owned sales, leadership and
management, parts operations and market penetration.
Named Top Rated New Car Leads in 2013 by DrivingSales; a finalist of the 2013
DrivingSales Most Valuable Insight Award; both a Power 250 Company and a Major
Player in the Used Car Industry by Auto Remarketing Magazine; and # 1 Dealers'
Choice Awards in 2012 by Auto Dealer Monthly, Autobytel consistently ranks as
a top quality Internet lead provider, with the company's internally-generated
leads converting at approximately three times the rate of the estimated
For more information about the Autobytel Dealer Awards program, visit the
"Dealer Corner" at http://dealer.autobytel.com.To learn more about the
January 2014 Autobytel Dealer of the Month, Frank Carrasquillo, visit
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About Autobytel Inc.
Autobytel Inc. provides high quality consumer leads and associated marketing
services to automotive dealers and manufacturers throughout the United States
and offers consumers robust and original online automotive content to help
them make informed car-buying decisions. The company pioneered the automotive
internet in 1995 with its flagship website www.autobytel.com and has since
helped tens of millions of automotive consumers research vehicles; connected
thousands of dealers nationwide with motivated car buyers; and helped every
major automaker market its brand online.
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