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Ten AutoCon Full Ride Scholarships Available Via TrueCar Sponsorship


rs.png?width=300AutoCon 2013 Announces a Special Program Sponsored by

TrueCar to Award Ten "Full Ride Scholarships" for Dealership Managers to

Attend AutoCon 2013*


Automotive Media Partners, LLC is

proud to announce the creation of a "Full Ride Scholarship*" program

sponsored by TrueCar of Santa Monica, California. TrueCars pioneering

sponsorship of this program provides the funds to cover the costs of

transportation to and from Las Vegas, lodging at the Aria Resort and full

AutoCon conference registration.


One of the most surprising aspects of TrueCars sponsorship is that the

company has funded ten (10) AutoCon "Full Ride Scholarships*". Ten

automotive professionals will receive the educational, networking,

inspiration and innovation benefits from attending the 2013 AutoConnections

Conference and Exposition at no out of pocket expense for travel, meals

during the event or conference fees to themselves or their dealerships.




TrueCar AutoCon Scholarship Program is further evidence of the remarkable

transformation that has taken place at TrueCar since the beginning of 2012.

After receiving a remarkable level of criticism within the auto industry

during the second half of 2011, TrueCar has evolved and revised their

automotive purchasing programs for consumers and affiliated corporations to

be far more dealer friendly. TrueCars objectives supported by these

changes have included raising dealer profit margins to levels that provide

more room for dealers to cover facility costs and the staffing levels needed

to properly service new vehicle buyers sent to them by TrueCar.


TrueCar understands and recognizes the need for ongoing training and thought

leadership within the ranks of the retail automotive industry. Their

management team has decided that one of the best ways to demonstrate this

commitment to betterment of the industry is to commit the funds necessary to

support independent dealer focused educational events such as AutoCon 2013.


TrueCar executives Bernie Brenner and Mike Timmons approached the founders

of the Automotive Digital Marketing and dealerElite professional

communities, Ralph Paglia, Chris Saraceno and Mike Myers because these

online networks have served as Ground Zero for some of the industrys

harshest criticism of TrueCar in the recent past. Surprising for a company

as large as TrueCar is, their management team has reviewed the criticism

published by members of the ADM and DealerELITE networks and taken

corrective actions, changed their business models and worked with State

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cle purchase programs that make sense for participating dealers.


How will the TrueCar AutoCon Scholarships be Awarded?


TrueCar has asked that the AutoConnections Conference Management Team take

full control and responsibility for ensuring that the 10 Full Ride

Scholarships be awarded based on merit and need. Criteria will include a

wide geographic representation by selecting automotive professionals from

every region in North America. Another consideration will be to award

scholarships to professionals who represent a diverse range of vehicle

brands and positions within the dealerships they serve.


Written TrueCar Scholarship Application


The application process will be a simple online application that includes

all the expected contact information, a description of the applicants role

in the dealership where they work and space for them to describe in their

own words why they should be awarded a TrueCar AutoCon Scholarship to attend

the AutoConnections Conference and Exposition in Las Vegas from September

4th to the 6th.


Video TrueCar Scholarship Application


If you are better at explaining your reasons why you should be selected for

a scholarship in a verbal manner, the AutoCon 2013 TrueCar scholarship

committee will also be pleased to accept your proposal in a video format.

Simply explain why you should be selected in a YouTube video that is either

uploaded or embedded to either or . Please be sure to include the link to that video in your

scholarship application where you write out your explanation of why YOU

should be selected to receive a "Full Ride Scholarship".


The AutoCon Scholarship Selection Committee is comprised of Ralph Paglia,

Chris Saraceno, Mike Myers, Carrie Hemphill and Brian Pasch. As applicants

are being considered they will be contacted by a committee member and

interviewed via phone and email. Final selections will be made by committee

vote and the awardees notified by email and phone.


AutoCon 2013 Scholarship Selection Committe


§ Ralph Paglia


§ Chris Saraceno


§ Mike Myers


§ Carrie Hemphill


§ Brian Pasch


Applications for TrueCar AutoCon Scholarships will be accepted starting

Monday July 1, 2013 and award selections will begin Monday August 5, 2013.*m0VLP8yjlc...


0.gif?width=160With 10 TrueCar AutoCon Scholarships being awarded, the odds

of being selected are probably better than any other similar program in the

auto industry

So, do not hesitate to apply and encourage other automotive

professionals to do so! All of us who are stakeholders in the AutoCon event

are thrilled with the investment being made by TrueCar to support what we

believe is the best event in the auto industry. The TrueCar sponsorship of

AutoCon 2013 and the Full Ride Scholarship Program is appreciated and



In the past, TrueCar was a company that received an enormous amount of

criticism, much of which has been emotionally charged and at times, crossed

the boundaries of decency and professional behavior. Many other companies

faced with similar criticism and public ridicule would have released a

barrage of legal actions to defend themselves. TrueCar has consistently

taken the high road and responded to their critics with program changes and

by sending their senior executives to major auto industry events and



The TrueCar sponsorship of AutoCon is further proof that this company is led

by professionals who want to be valuable contributors to the overall success

of the auto industry.


On behalf of the AutoCon team and the 10 auto industry professionals who

will receive the benefit of these scholarship awards, a sincere thank you to

TrueCar is extended.


Apply for a TrueCar AutoCon Scholarship online at:


*PLEASE NOTE: "Full Ride Scholarship" is the brand name for this category of

award and is owned by Automotive Media Partners, LLC. All "Full Ride

Scholarships" associated with an AMP promoted event with include a travel

stipend that reimburses the scholarship recipient for airfare expense

submitted up to a maximum dollar amount. Recipients will also receive

lodging for the nights of the conference itself. Any room charges authorized

by the scholarship recipient, or incidental expenses are the responsibility

of the scholarship recipient. Also included are the conference fees for

registering and attending the event, which will usually include scheduled

breakfasts and lunches that all event participants receive. It is important

for scholarship recipients to understand that ANY expenses outside of

airfare to and from the event, hotel lodging and conference registration

fees are NOT INCLUDED in our version of a "Full Ride Scholarship".

Furthermore, we strongly advise all scholarship recipients to travel with a

valid major credit card and two forms of government issued ID. Adequate cash

should be brought by scholarship recipients to cover meals outside of those

scheduled on the conference agenda, local transportation and miscellaneous

expenses... After all, you will be in Las Vegas and "Cash-In-Fist" is

strongly advised!


§ Join ADM Professional Community:


§ Join the DealerELITE network:


A Screen Capture of the


TrueCar AutoCon 2013 "Full Ride Scholarship"


Application is shown below... Click on the image to open up the actual form

in a new browser window:




Ralph Paglia | President

Automotive Media Partners, LLC

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