Spike TV Presents “Car Lot Rescue”

December 18th, 2012 by leungm

SPIKE TV GETS IN THE DRIVER’S SEAT TO TAKE ON FLOUNDERING CAR DEALERSHIPS IN NEW ORIGINAL SERIES “CAR LOT RESCUE,” PREMIERING SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 10 AT 11PM ET/PT

Unscripted Series Follows Venerable Auto Industry Expert Tom Stuker as He Applies His Unique Expertise to Turn Around Failing Car Dealerships

New York, NY, December 11, 2012 – Dealerships are at the forefront of the multibillion dollar auto industry that employs over 20 million Americans.  During the recent recession, thousands of dealerships struggled to make a profit and were in danger of closing their doors.  Spike TV’s new unscripted original series, “Car Lot Rescue,” follows auto dealership ‘doctor’ Tom Stuker as he takes charge in bringing these once failing establishments to new heights of success.  Taking no prisoners, Stuker picks apart each dealership, implementing his specially-developed training technique made up of equal part sales, psychology and attitude.  Eight one-hour episodes of “Car Lot Rescue” premiere starting Sunday, February 10 at 11PM ET/PT on Spike TV.

Stuker’s innovative and brazen methods for selling cars have made him a legend in the auto industry.  He has traversed the globe, logging over 11 million air miles, visiting over 1,500 auto dealerships worldwide from Japan to Australia, all in desperate need of his guidance.  In each episode, Stuker, along with his car savvy team, travel to a different dealership in dire financial straits, where he is given five days to work with the dealership staff to prepare them for Saturday, the busiest sales day of the week.  With his signature black cowboy hat and boots, Stuker’s larger-than-life persona is instrumental in galvanizing the attention and respect of the dealership employees.  His blunt talk may rub some of the salespeople the wrong way, but his tough-love approach and keen sense of the business ultimately delivers unmatchable success.

In the premiere episode, Stuker attempts to salvage a Long Beach, California car dealership run by salesmen who are more interested in brawling with each other than with making a profit.  To save the dealership and ultimately achieve success, he must try to convince the hard-core sales crew to conduct themselves as professional businessmen and turn the focus back on the customer.

Viewers can join in the conversation about “Car Lot Rescue” by following @SPIKETV on Twitter and using #CarLotRescue.  Biographies, photo galleries, sneak peeks of upcoming episodes and more can be found on Spike.com’s dedicated “Car Lot Rescue” destination, carlotrescue.spike.com.  Content will be updated regularly throughout the season, including full episodes, video clips and blog posts.

“Car Lot Rescue” is created and developed by Vem Miller in association with Vem’s Sweatshop Media, Ben Silverman and Jimmy Fox of Electus and Craig Armstrong and Rick Ringbakk of 5×5 Media.  The series is produced by Ben Silverman’s multimedia studio Electus, an operating business of IAC [NASDAQ: IACI], and 5×5 Media, a full service production company in an overall production and distribution agreement within the Electus studio system. Ben Silverman, Vem Miller, Rick Ringbakk and Craig Armstrong serve as Executive Producers.   Sharon Levy is Spike TV’s Executive Vice President of Original Programming.  Alex Eastburg, Vice President of Original Series, serves as the network’s Executive in Charge of Production.  Electus International will distribute the series globally.

Paradigm Agency represents Tom Stuker and Vem Miller and is responsible for packaging “Car Lot Rescue.”

Spike TV is available in 98.7 million homes and is a division of Viacom Media Networks.  A unit of Viacom (NASDAQ: VIA, VIAB), Viacom Media Networks is one of the world’s leading creators of programming and content across all media platforms.  Spike TV’s Internet address is www.spike.com and for up-to-the-minute and archival press information and photographs, visit Spike TV’s press site at http://www.spike.com/press.  Follow us on Twitter @spiketvpr for the latest in breaking news updates, behind-the-scenes information and photos.

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Press Contacts:

SPIKE TV

Melissa Sugiura

melissa.sugiura@spike.com

310-407-4729

 

Shana Tepper

Shana.tepper@spike.com

310-407-4728

 

Electus

Jessica Berger / Whitney Kuhn

212.691.2800

berger@sunshinesachs.com / Kuhn@sunshinesachs.com

Car Lot Rescue Photos

December 17th, 2012 by leungm

 

Car Lot Rescue – Bios

December 12th, 2012 by leungm

TOM STUKER

Biography

 For over 30 years, Tom Stuker has been a recognized leader in the world of automotive sales and management consultation.  Stuker has been featured on many news programs, including Fox News, ABC’s 20/20 and Nightline, and has been a frequent guest speaker at NADA conventions.  His numerous live appearances and presentations for local, state and national organizations have made him a respected legend in the industry. Stuker has been rated number one speaker and number one workshop at several NADA, Canadian and Australian conventions.

Stuker’s creative vision has helped more than 15,000 dealers worldwide increase profitability.  The company’s online training and team of certified trainers put Stuker International on the map with dealerships in the USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and Japan having utilized the company’s unique expertise.

Countless automotive manufacturers, including Audi, BMW, Buick, Cadillac, Chevrolet, Chrysler, Ford, Honda, Infinity, Pontiac, Subaru and Toyota have contracted Stuker for their specific training needs.

In the late 1980s, Stuker started the BDC Concept utilizing in-house telephone specialists and at the same time started the first Phone Sales Boot camp, “Take No Prisoners,” now widely used by many training companies.  More sales professionals use Stuker training techniques than any other method.  They realize how effective these techniques are when followed daily and have experienced dramatic improvements in both their productivity and personal income.

Through in-house training, local workshops and webinars, Stuker has utilized the “soft sell/smartsell” approach, including proven techniques for prospecting, handling customers, overcoming objections and using the telephone effectively to maximize the sales opportunity.

In addition to Stuker International’s acclaimed workshops, management schools and customized in-dealership training programs, the company provides an extensive selection of training and support products covering all areas of the dealership.

In 2011, Stuker became United Airlines’ most frequent flyer, logging over 10 million air miles to visit dealerships in desperate need of his guidance.  When he’s not up in the air, he splits his time between his home bases of Chicago and New Jersey.

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Roe Hubbard

Biography

Roe Hubbard is the CEO of Members Only Automotive, the #1 endorsed sales event company in the world.

His innovation and game-changing systems have revolutionized the automotive staffed event, direct mail process and training industry.

Hubbard started in the automotive business in 1995 and has moved up the ranks, holding several prestigious positions, including top salesperson, BDC manager, Used Car manager, F&I director, GSM, dealer and National Team leader and Trainer, before becoming the owner of one of the most successful sales event models in the industry.  He attributes his success to helping dealers solve their problems in terms of market share, margin, CSI, community embracement and a well-trained staff.  These are the core values of a dealership and he implements serious marketing strategies, management and training practices, accountability measures and a fail proof plan of attack for his dealership’s sales departments to hit their sales goals.

Hubbard, 37, was born in Odessa, TX.   He and his wife Angelica now reside in Midland, TX and are proud parents of three beautiful children, Mason (14), Landon (9) and Julia (6).

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Roxy Stuker

Biography

 Born and raised in the suburbs of Chicago, Roxy Stuker has established herself as a successful business woman.  She created, operated and sold MetroStaff, Inc., a multi-million dollar employment agency, where she managed more than 3,200 employees.

As a young single mother, she was quick to learn the importance of hard work.  After nine years of working in the field of accounting, she moved into service and sales to better suit her talents and personality, where she soon excelled.  Since the sale of her company, Stuker enjoys traveling with her brother, Tom, owner of Stuker & Associates, an Automotive Sales Training company.  She is involved in many aspects of his business, including writing new training materials.

Roxy serves on the Auxiliary Board at Good Samaritan Hospital in Downers Grove, IL, as 1st Vice-President and volunteers in the Emergency Department. She has also been involved with the Special Leisure Service Foundation for 19 years.

Stuker currently resides in Chicago, IL. She has recently welcomed a son-in-law, Sean, into the family and considers her greatest accomplishment to be her beautiful daughter, Jessica.

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