IRVINE, CAKelley Blue Book ( has created an all-new Dealer Advisory Panel. As Kelley Blue Book prepares to launch several new dealer products and services, the company has assembled a panel of the nation’s top dealer executives to foster greater communication and build closer relationships and tools that better serve the needs of the industry. Twenty top dealers from across the United States were hand-selected to participate in Kelley Blue Book's Dealer Advisory Panel, with Thomas Vann, owner of Team Hillsdale Chrysler Dodge Jeep in Hillsdale, Mich., serving as the group’s president. In his role, he will facilitate frequent interaction among dealers and Kelley Blue Book executives to bring dealership issues and requirements to the forefront. Additional dealer-panel members include Senior Vice President of Marketing for AutoNation Gary Marcotte and Bill Krouse of Polar Chevrolet. The panel will meet with Kelley Blue Book's dealer products and services group twice annually to address the changes and growth the Internet has brought to the car-buying experience and how Kelley Blue Book can better assist dealers in achieving their sales goals. In addition, panel-member dealers will have the opportunity to take advantage of new Kelley Blue Book dealer products and services before they enter the marketplace. The first meeting of the Kelley Blue Book Dealer Advisory Panel, “The Trusted Resource Dealer Summit,” will be a three-day event, taking place Sept. 24-27 at the St. Regis Resort in Monarch Beach, Calif.

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