“The whole notion of having to come to a dealership for service is outdated,” says Brian Benstock, general manager and VP at Paragon Honda, the largest certified pre-owned Honda dealership in the world. “If a customer doesn’t want to set foot in the dealership, they shouldn’t have to.”

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I spoke with Automotive News to discuss how Honda creates an advantage in a challenging market.

“Honda’s product lineup has what it takes to get the automaker through potentially ‘bumpy’ times ahead.”

“…the company is well-positioned to stem the tide even as the brand fights through a down period to start the year.”

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Change is coming within the automotive industry. I was honored with the opportunity to speak with Automotive News about the new processes and techniques Paragon has begun implementing to adapt to these changes. So far, Paragon Direct has proven a huge success with our customers, with some comparing their shopping experience on Paragon Direct to Amazon. I hope you find this article informative and helpful in your quest to adapt and improve your dealerships.

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I had a great discussion with Dealer Magazine magazine about Paragon Direct and the future of the automotive industry. There are significant challenges facing our industry and I hope this article provides some clarity what we’re doing at Paragon to face these obstacles.

 

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Last week I had the privilege of speaking with Bloomberg Technology about our new online buying initiative, Paragon Direct. We chatted about our showroom kiosk that allows our clients to purchase a vehicle in 45 minutes, down from the typical industry transaction time of 3 hours or more.

We recognize that our clients need and want an easier, quicker transaction process and we are proud to be able to provide this option for them.

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It was a fun Sunday afternoon at the Greenwich Cars and Coffee event last week in Connecticut. Our team brought a silver 2017 Acura NSX and the new Civic Type R, and we had a great time mingling with the crowd, admiring other supercars, and talking all things cars. Thanks for the hospitality, Greenwich Cars and Coffee!

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The Classic Car Club of Manhattan (CCC) receives delivery of the 2017 Acura NSX via Paragon Direct and Paragon Acura. You can see a vintage Acura NSX in the back left corner of the photo. Congratulations to CCC and its members!

Paragon Honda has had the privilege of hosting dealers from Illinois, New Jersey, New York, Japan, Australia and many more places over the past several years. I always value these visits, as these visits are always a learning experience for both me and my team.

This time, instead of hosting visiting dealers, I traveled to them.

On Monday evening, I boarded a plane and traveled to Copenhagen to speak at the Confederation of Danish Dealers annual conference in Copenhagen, Denmark. Due to the time difference, I landed midday on Tuesday and started a whirlwind schedule.

My two and a half days in Copenhagen were filled with presentation prep, an interview with Mikkel Thomsager, Editor-In-Chief of the Danish business paper Chefredaktør, and a great dinner with the Board of Directors of the conference.

Despite the different country, culture and business model, I found that my presentation message resonated with the over 250 Danish dealers, vendors and business partners in attendance. Both of our auto industries are facing the same challenges, both now and in the immediate future. The time to confront these challenges is now, before it is too late and the next wave of progress is upon us and we are left behind.

It was truly an enjoyable trip, and I’m looking forward to a continuing relationship with the Denmark auto industry.

 

Featured Photo: A copy of the presentation booklet in Danish featuring my image and a quick overview of Paragon Honda.

Photos Below: Left: Just before dinner with the Confederation of Danish Dealers Board of Directors in the wonderful amusement park Trivoli. Middle: A few slides into my presentation in front of 250+ Danish auto personnel. Bottom: Myself standing alongside several Board of Directors with a copy of my gift to them as a token of my gratitude, “Acres of Diamonds.”

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Success is built after the lights off and everyone else has gone home. It’s built in the early morning hours when the rest of the world is asleep. When I want to go home, or when I’m tired and don’t want to get up early, I remember that success is simply outworking everyone else. Promise yourself you will not be outworked.

 

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As many of you know, I am an avid marathon runner. I run several marathons a year, including the London Marathon. This year, I traveled to London with my family several days in advance to get settled and start my pre-marathon routine to ensure I was in top shape.

This year held special significance to me, as this year marked ten years since I ran my first marathon. I ran my first marathon in 2006 and posted an embarrassingly long time: over four hours. Ten years later – and ten years older – and I have shaved more than an hour off my time, and run countless other marathons across the country. Every time I start training for a marathon, I am reminded through all the pain, soreness and stiff muscles and joints how to work hard at something you love.

 

Photos: A mix of pre- and post-race alongside my running partners, as well as a shot during the 26-mile trek.