Jim McDavid has 30 years of broad expertise and leadership in Sales, Service, F&I, and Dealer Operations. After serving in the Navy, Jim began his automotive career in 1979 in Birmingham, Alabama. In an eight year period he worked for two dealerships and was promoted within each organization to positions including; Lease Manager, Finance Manager, Sales Manager, and to General Sales Manager. In 1988, Jim joined JM Family Enterprises, at The JM&A Group. Jim held the positions District Manager, Regional Manager, and Divisional Manager. Jim was named Zone Vice President for the Southwest in 2001 and in just two years he rapidly developed new initiatives that increased sales and profitability, while steadily increasing JM&A’s success in Dealership Consulting in 10 states. In 2003, Jim was selected to assume nationwide responsibility with his promotion to Vice President, North America Sales.
After leaving JM&A in 2009 Jim began incubating several major projects. The result was the launch of MobiDrives and The McDavid Group Brazil in 2010 and an ownership interest in Rocky Top Dodge Chrysler Jeep in Sevierville, TN. In 2011 The McDavid Group was launched as the capstone to Jim’s organization.[/tab]
John began in the automotive industry while still in high school working as a lot porter. He has over 15 years experience in retail operations and as held positions of sales, internet sales, internet sales manager, finance manager, sales manager, finance director and GSM.
In 2004 John was recruited by The Providence Group a general agent for Easycare service contracts to be a F&I specialist working on a national Ford ESP project. During his tenure with The Providence Group John worked his way to Regional Manager. In 2007 John was recruited by The JM&A Group to work in the newly formed consulting team for dealership variable operations. During his time with JM&A John was a key member of a team that assisted Southeast Toyota in improving the VDQ portion of the CSI scores. SET was in 12th place and the team was able to assists the dealers in improving all the way to 1st place in the nation.
John joined Jim in 2009 to develop the strategic plan for the McDavid Group of companies. John has been instrumental in putting the strategic plan in place and building the team to implement it. John currently manages all operational aspects of the McDavid Group. [/tab]
As the Director of Training and Sales, John brings over 28 years of retail automotive experience to the team. Prior to joining The McDavid Group John was the President of FOCUS Growth and worked with over 75 dealerships on improving processes and profitability. John’s “20 Biggest Secrets of Auto Sales” and “10 Noids to Avoid” have been heralded by dealers and publications such as Auto Success Magazine.
John’s retail experience includes upper management positions with several of the largest and most profitable organizations in the country. Including: The Van Tuyl Group, The Penske Automotive Group, The Sam Swope Auto Group, and Serra Automotive.
John provides our team with a diverse skill-set that is frequently missed in today’s automotive training arena. It is the ability to not only “talk the talk”; but also to “walk the walk”…it is this ability to engage and demonstrate “live” with your prospects/customers that creates instant credibility with any sales team.