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  1. Aboyoun, Joseph

    joseph-aboyounJoseph Aboyoun

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    Having began his 30+-year legal career as a tax lawyer, Joseph Aboyoun has developed tremendous experience – and extensive relationships – working with automobile dealers and those with whom they do business. Joe now spends much of his time representing his clients in negotiating the purchase and sale of dealerships. This includes the issues that typically arise in sales and acquisitions, as well as circumstances like franchise protests, terminations and other franchise-related disputes. In addition, Joe has extensive experience in resolving many franchise disputes through the use of applicable mediation processes. Joe also works with dealers and others on estate planning and succession planning issues.

    He has been actively involved in the National Association of Dealer Counsel (NADC), a nationwide organization of attorneys who represent automobile and other vehicle dealers, as well as the American Bar Association Forum Committee on Franchising; he has written and spoken on a wide variety of topics for both organizations. In addition, Joe has taught classes in buying and selling automotive dealerships, and has spoken on estate planning topics as well.

  2. Ahmad, Farid

    Farid Ahmad - President, Dealer Solutions Canada

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    Farid Ahmad is the C.E.O. & founder of Dealer Solutions Group. A company that owns and operates three companies which all provide different services to the automotive industry. These companies include; Dealer Solutions Canada, Auto Careers Group and Right Fit Plus. After working in the automotive industry for the last 30 years in the U.K., the United States and Canada, Farid is considered an industry expert in recruitment and hiring and has been a guest speaker for Chrysler Canada, Porsche Canada as well as other automotive industry groups. Farid and his team at Auto Careers Group have interviewed and placed over 1,000 candidates in the retail automotive industry over the last seven years.

    Over the years, Farid has developed many strong relationships with dealer principals and manufacturers so when he decided that he wanted to become involved with the Mergers & Acquisitions business for dealerships, he was able to combine his knowledge and experience of the industry and his contact base to grow Dealer Solutions Canada into the largest Mergers & Acquisitions Company in Canada in just a few years. After having been involved in over 40 dealership transactions, Farid has his finger on the pulse of the automotive marketplace in Canada.

  3. Aiken, James

    James AikenJames Aiken

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  4. Allison, Tony J.

    Tony J. AllisonTony J. Allison

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  5. Bagus, Barry

    Barry Bagus

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  6. Barnette, Linda

    Linda BarnetteLinda Barnette

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  7. Bass, Robert

    Robert Bass

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  8. Beck, Willie

    Willie Beck, Capital AutomotiveWillie Beck

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  9. Bellavia, Leonard

    Len BellaviaLeonard Bellavia

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    Founding Partner, Bellavia Blatt Andron & Crossett, PC

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  10. Bethel, Stephen

    image-coming-soonStephen Bethel

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  11. Blakely, Jaimsyne

    Jaimsyne BlakelyJaimsyne Blakely

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  12. Borden, Jason

    Jason BordenJason Borden

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  13. Brueggman, Brian

    Brian P. BrueggmanBrian P. Brueggman

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  14. Buelow, John

    John BuelowJohn Buelow

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  15. Carter, Brad

    Brad Carter, Greystone Valuation SvcsBrad Carter

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  16. Ciagne, Marc

    Marc CiagneMarc Ciagne

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  17. Coleman, Ron

    Ron ColemanRon Coleman

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  18. Counts, Mark

    Mark CountsMark Counts

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  19. Daniels, Robert D.

  20. Davis, Jay

    Jay DavisJay Davis

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  21. Davis, John

    John DavisJohn Davis

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  22. Dietrich, Stephen

    Stephen DietrichStephen Dietrich

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  23. DeTrempe, Peter

    Peter DeTrempePeter DeTrempe

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  24. Douglas, J. Duncan

    Douglas DuncanDouglas J. Duncan

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  25. England, Thomas

  26. Fisher, Lewis

    Lewis FisherLewis Fisher

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  27. Galbraith, Louie

    Louie GalbrathLouie Galbraith

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  28. Gibson, Steven P.

    Steven Gibson, Dealer Risk ServicesSteven P. Gibson

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    In 1985, Steven Gibson joined his father’s firm to serve as Vice President and Director of Marketing. He provided the company with a new sense of direction and growth. The firm became Gibson Insurance Group. With increased staff and resources, the younger Gibson moved to a specialized focus with a strong emphasis on complex accounts. Gibson Insurance Group gained a reputation as a major writer of Trucking risks, targeted Professional Coverage for Architects, Engineers and entered the Garage Liability market for the Automotive Industry.

    In 1994, Steven Gibson left the family business to pursue a career with Universal Underwriters specializing in coverage for the Automotive Industry. After a successful tenure with Universal, Gibson returned to Florida to work for John Deere Insurance Group. Again, the focus was on the Dealership arena. Gibson remained a Top Producer for Deere as they transitioned to Sentry Insurance Group.

    In 2001, Gibson returned to the family business, changing the name to Dealer Risk Services, and moved its operation to Florida’s east coast. DRS became a dedicated provider of Risk Management Services and insurance placements for the Automotive, Truck, Equipment, and Marine Industries.

  29. Gornbein, Herschel

    Herschel GornbeinHerschel Gornbein

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  30. Graham, Toby

    Toby GrahamToby Graham

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  31. Haigwood, Burl

    Burl HaigwoodBurl Haigwood

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  32. Harris, Terri

    Terri HarrisTerri Harris

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  33. Henderson, Adam

    image-coming-soonAdam Henderson

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  34. Henderson, Ross

    Ross HendersonRoss Henderson

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  35. Hendricks, James

    James HendricksJames Hendricks

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  36. Hendricks, Mercedes

    Mercedes HendricksMercedes Hendricks

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  37. Jenkins, AJ

    AJ Jenkins, City LiftAJ Jenkins

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  38. Jensky, Wallace

    image-coming-soonWallace Jensky

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  39. Jerome, Sandi

    sandi-jeromeSandi Jerome

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  40. Johnson, Mark

    Mark Johnson, MD Johnson, Inc.Mark Johnson

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    Mark Johnson is the President of MD Johnson Inc., a mergers, acquisitions and financial advisory firm specializing in providing exit, succession and acquisition financial advisory services to automobile and motor sports dealers, dealership groups and public companies on the valuation, disposition and acquisition of dealerships and dealership related assets and organizations.

    Johnson, previously an automobile dealer, has earned the designation of CBI Certified Business Intermediary and M&AMI Mergers and Acquisitions Master Intermediary. Currently, he is the only individual in the U.S. specializing in dealership mergers and acquisitions advisory services who has earned the M&AMI conferred by the IBBA/M&A Source. Johnson is also recognized as an expert witness in valuations and factory related issues.

  41. Koenig, Christopher

    Christopher Koenig, Bellavia Blatt & Crossett, PCChristopher Koenig

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  42. Kotzen, Richard

    Richard KotzenRichard Kotzen - CPA - Crowe Horwath LLP

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  43. Laabs, Bryan

    Bryan LaabsBryan Laabs

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  44. Lance, Vic

    Vic Lance, Lance Surety Bonds Assoc., Inc.Vic Lance

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  45. Linzer, Stephen P.

    Stephen P. Linzer 2Stephen P. Linzer - Attorney, Tiffany & Bosco

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  46. Lopez, Sally

    Sally LopezSally Lopez

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  47. Magyar, Joseph

    Joe Magyar, Crowe HorwathJoseph Magyar

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  48. McCallum, Stuart

  49. McGovern, Paul

    Paul McGovernPaul McGovern - CPA, Downey & Company

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  50. O’Halloran, Fred

    Fred O'HalloranFred O’Halloran

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  51. O'Sullivan, James P.

    James P. O'SullivanJames P. O'Sullivan - Attorney, Tiffany & Bosco

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  52. Paras, Gus N.

  53. Payne, Mark

    Mark Payne, Total Dealer SolutionsMark Payne

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  54. Porter, C. Greg

    C. Greg PorterC. Greg Porter - CPA, Porter & Company

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  55. Rawls, Champ

    Champ RawlsChamp Rawls

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  56. Rawls, Kendall

    Kendall RawlsKendall Rawls

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  57. Rawls, Loyd

    Loyd RawlsLoyd Rawls

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  58. Ray, Don E.

    Don E. RayDon E. Ray - Portfolio Reinsurance

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  59. Redman, Ben

    Ben RedmanBen Redman

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  60. Rosenfield, Kenneth R.

    Kenneth RosenfieldKenneth R. Rosenfield

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  61. Roy, Kevin

    Kevin RoyKevin Roy

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  62. Sanders, Adam

    Adam SandersAdam Sanders

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  63. Scali, Christian J.

  64. Schindler, Tom

    Tom SchindlerTom Schindler - Automotive Advisors of America, Inc.

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  65. Schmitz, Eric

    Eric SchmitzEric Schmitz - V.P. Product & Business Development, KPA

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  66. Schneider, Dan

    Dan Schneider, The Rawls GroupDan Schneider

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  67. Schumacher, Steven A.

  68. Seabaugh, Blake

    Blake Seabaugh, Perkins & Co.Blake Seabaugh

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  69. Silver, Ira

    Ira Silver headshotIra Silver
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    Ira Silver, CPA, CGMA, is a principal in the Tax and Accounting Department at MBAF.  He is the principal-in-charge of the firm’s Orlando office.

    Ira specializes in the acquisition and sale of automotive dealerships. He has extensive experience with valuation of automotive dealerships, compliance review relating to income tax provisions, financial statement reporting (audit, review and compilation), estate and succession planning, LIFO inventory reserves, negotiating capital, real estate and floor plan loans with financial institutions, negotiate purchase and sale of dealerships, negotiate reductions in federal, state, sales and/or use tax assessments, profitability studies, analysis and consulting for various profit centers within a dealership.

  70. Smith, Branson

    Branson Smith, AudientisBranson Smith

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  71. Sompels, Ron

    Ron SompelsRon Sompels

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  72. Stillwell, Amy

    Amy StillwellAmy Stillwell

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  73. Strasberg, Julie

    Julie Strasberg, Person to PersonJulie Strasberg

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  74. Syed, Faris

    image-coming-soonFaris Syed

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  75. Tasini, Oren

    Oren TasiniOren Tasini - Attorney, Haile, Shaw & Pfaffenberger

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  76. Taylor, George M.

    George Taylor, Burr and FormanGeorge M. Taylor

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  77. Taylor, James

    James Taylor, PresidioJames Taylor

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  78. Tenner, Erin

    Erin TennerErin Tenner, Attorney

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  79. Thomas, Dave

    Dave Thomas, MD Johnson, Inc.Dave Thomas

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  80. Thrasher, Ken

    Ken ThrasherKen Thrasher - Chairman, Compli

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  81. Tobaben, Jeff

    Jeff TobabenJeff Tobaben

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  82. Tobiason, Sid

    Sid TobiasonSid Tobiason

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  83. Venneri, Alexi

    Alexi VenneriAlexi Venneri

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  84. Walker, Chip

    Chip WalkerChip Walker

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  85. Weaver, David

    David WeaverDavid Weaver

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    David Weaver, CSP, CEC, provides business succession leadership and planning as a partner with The Rawls Group. A boutique firm, The Rawls Group specializes in the automotive industry, working with the owners, families, and senior management of dealerships in the planning and execution of business succession strategies.

    Working in concert with a client's advisors, David orchestrates the development of an integrated plan addressing the business, tax, financial, family and emotional issues that must be overcome to ensure the preservation of businesses, estates, and families for generations to come.

    His background includes 30 years as a successful business executive ranging from startups to developing new divisions for publicly held companies. David developed his own consulting practice in 2008  and was subsequently brought into The Rawls Group specializing in the areas of strategic planning, executive mentoring, and business performance.

    David earned his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (BSBA) in accounting from East Carolina University. He is a Certified Succession Planner and a Certified Executive Coach.

  86. Wiggins, Dave

    Dave WigginsDave Wiggins

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  87. Wilke, Jonathan

    Jonathan WilkeJonathan Wilke - Dixon Hughs Goodman LLP

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    Jonathan is a partner in the Fort Worth office of Dixon Hughes Goodman. Primarily focused on the firm’s dealership clients, he has over 14 years of public accounting experience performing audit and consulting services. Jonathan’s consulting experience is concentrated in dealership F&I compliance, operational analysis, forensic investigation, risk assessments, due diligence, Sarbanes-Oxley compliance, and a wide range of internal audit services.

    On numerous occasions Jonathan has presented on internal controls and fraud risks impacting dealerships to a variety of professional and business associations.

    Additionally, Jonathan is active in recruiting and staff development for the Fort Worth Office.

  88. Woodward, Carl

    Carl Woodward, Woodward & AssociatesCarl Woodward - CPA, Woodward & Associates

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  89. Yelos San Martin, Miguel

    Miguael Yelos San Marin, YSMMiguel Yelos San Martin

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  90. York, Tim

    Tim YorkTim York

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  91. Young, Steve

    Steve YoungSteve Young

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  92. Zanan, Max

    Max Zanan, Total Dealer ComplianceMax Zanan

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  93. Zurinskas, Rob

    Ron Zurinskas, DHG DealershipsRob Zurinskas

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