SmartGroups Partners With 6 State Independent Dealers Associations

SmartGroups Partners With 6 State Independent Dealers Associations

Six state independent dealers associations representing seven states have joined with SmartGroups™

Partnership Introduces Innovative Program to Make 20 Groups Accessible to Smaller Dealerships – And Pays Group Members’ Association Dues

Six state independent dealers associations representing seven states have joined with SmartGroups™ in a partnership that includes picking up the tab for dealers’ state IADA dues – and introduces a groundbreaking new way to put the advantages of 20 Group membership within reach of virtually every dealer.

As part of the partnership, SmartGroups: 20 Groups Reimagined will pay the annual state association dues for any dealer from a participating state who joins a SmartGroups 20 Group, whether the dealer is a current member of the association or not. That applies to any dealers from the participating states who are already members of a SmartGroup.

The joint venture with Alabama IADA, Carolinas IADA, Colorado IADA, Michigan IADA, Missouri IADA and Ohio IADA includes education and training opportunities for the associations’ member dealers.

OIADA executive director Wendy Rinehart, who was named Association Executive of the Year for 2022 by the National Independent Automobile Dealers Association, called the partnership “a very exciting opportunity for OIADA.”

“We’re always looking for ways to increase membership and bring additional value to our association’s dealer members,” said Rinehart, a past chair of NIADA’s Association Executives Council, “and this partnership is a way for us to accomplish both of those goals.”

The partnership creates an innovative new concept in 20 Groups, designed to be cost-effective and far more accessible to smaller operations than traditional 20 Groups.

SmartGroups Lite are state-specific 20 Groups featuring meetings held in the dealers’ home state with an accelerated two-day schedule, minimizing the time spent away from the dealership and the costs of travel and accommodations.

Members of SmartGroups Lite will still have the benefit of the industry’s best moderators/consultants and best meeting content, topics and speakers, but in less time and at lower cost.

“We’re excited to launch a very first in 20 Groups,” SmartGroups founder and CEO Justin Osburn said. “Low prorates, no air travel necessary, all dealers from within the state. Thanks to these state associations, this is literally the most affordable 20 Group program ever offered to independent retail dealers.”

Lite 20 Groups will be available in every state in which the IADA is partnered with SmartGroups, and SmartGroups will pay the state IADA dues for all members of the Lite Groups in participating states.

For more information or to join a group, visit, click on the SmartGroups Lite tab and select your state from the dropdown menu.

If your state IADA isn’t partnered with SmartGroups and you’re interested in joining a SmartGroups Lite, contact your state association’s executive director or email SmartGroups director Howard Bullock at [email protected].

You May Also Like

DAS Technology Unveils New CDXP Features at NADA 2023

The platform offers new Google communication integration capabilities and expanded inventory merchandising capabilities.

Leading Customer Data and Experience Platform (CDXP) company unveils new technology features leveraging data and integrations to enhance customer experience and boost CSI and sales

DAS Technology, a leading customer data and experience platform company leveraged by over 7,800 retailers, unveiled new technology showcasing the company’s expanded Customer Data and Experience Platform (CDXP) solutions. The new solutions were shown at DAS Technology’s booth at the National Automobile Dealers Association (NADA) Show Jan. 26-29 in Dallas, Texas.

Cox Automotive Teams with Roku to Measure how TV Streaming Impacts the Consumer Automotive Journey 

New partnership seeks to make leading automotive dataset available for marketers to connect ad exposure to every stage of the shopping journey for the first time

automotiveMastermind Joins the Reynolds Certified Interface Program

automotiveMastermind (aM) has signed a contract to join the Reynolds Certified Interface Program.

Cox Automotive’s Upside Expands, Delivers Over Four Million Dollars in Profit Share Back to Clients

Cox Automotive remains confident in how this new way to wholesale can deliver profitability to sellers in any market—and the data has proven that.

Reynolds Acquires American Guardian Warranty Services

The Reynolds and Reynolds Company expands its portfolio by adding F&I products and services for automotive, RV, powersports, marine, and commercial trucking markets

Other Posts

Outgoing 2022 NADA Chairman Mike Alford Underscores Dealer Commitment to Evolving Business Model

In his final remarks as NADA Chairman, Mike Alford highlighted the evolving auto retail business model and how dealers and auto manufacturers “are connected by the desire to provide an unrivaled customer experience.”

NAAA Foundation Donates $75,000 to NADA Workforce Initiative

The NAAA Foundation donated $75,000 to the National Automobile Dealers Association (NADA) Foundation’s Workforce Initiative, which promotes the value of dealerships roles and access to educational resources.

NADA and Tekion Announce First-Ever Tied Winners in 6th Annual Women Driving Auto Retail Video Contest

The National Automobile Dealers Association (NADA) and sponsor Tekion named Leslie Jefferson and Alicia Rivera as the winners of the 6th Annual Women Driving Auto Retail Contest at NADA Show 2023.

New Jersey Dealer Mike DeSilva to Serve as AIADA’s 2023 Chairman

DeSilva, who is the co-owner of Liberty Auto Group in northern New Jersey, accepted the chairman’s gavel during an AIADA event in Dallas, Texas on Friday night.