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NEWS RELEASE: Bobit/International Automotive Remarketers Alliance Tuesday, Jan. 9, 2024

International Automotive Remarketers Alliance, Bobit Media Enter Long-Term Agreement for CAR Event

The leading consignors trade group and the producer of the annual Conference of Automotive Remarketing (CAR) align to bolster event offerings and better serve the remarketing industry.

The two business partners that have driven the Conference of Automotive Remarketing for almost two decades sealed a long-term deal in early January to extend their efforts on behalf of a transforming industry.

The agreement between the International Automotive Remarketers Alliance (IARA) and Bobit Media, which owns and runs CAR, deepens the connection between the two organizations and reaffirms their mutual commitment to the remarketing industry. It strengthens CAR by allowing them more time and flexibility to collaborate strategically on planning and growth.

“IARA’s goal is to help our members be more competitive with the necessary tools, training, and resources,” said IARA President Doug Turner. “Our partnership with Bobit delivers a key communication conduit to our members and prospective members on topics that will give them an edge to support their teams and customers.”

The agreement is the first one between the organizations that stretches beyond previous agreements. The IARA, founded in 2001, held its first conference in 2002 that evolved into their signature annual Summer Roundtables.

The IARA started partnering with Bobit on CAR in 2006. Since then, the IARA has hosted committee meetings, workshops, panels, and keynote addresses at CAR that complement the educational agendas developed by Bobit.

“IARA’s community of remarketers engages in an open exchange of ideas about challenges and opportunities in our industry,” said Mark Coleman, executive director of the IARA. “Our partnership with Bobit will provide additional venues and media outlets to carry on that exchange of ideas.”

This year’s CAR event, to be held March 26-28, 2024, in Phoenix, Arizona, has convened annually in Las Vegas since it launched in 1995. CAR only skipped 2020 when the COVID pandemic shut down conference gatherings.

“Bobit and the IARA are embarking on a new journey as the two organizations pivot to attract more remarketing professionals as industry members and participants,” said Martin Romjue, a managing editor in the Bobit fleet media group and chairman of CAR since 2022. “The IARA brings to the CAR table the qualities of industry clout, experience, and street cred. Combined with the digital media, event content, and marketing resources of Bobit, CAR will stand taller as the center of industry networking and business connections.”

While the IARA acts as the “Voice of Consignors,” and CAR as the legacy remarketing conference that connects fleet consignors with other remarketing segments, the two partners have widened their initial appeal to a broader mix of auctions, industry services, logistics companies, technology providers, financial transactors and institutions, and an array of specialists and vendors serving the used vehicle market.

In 2001, Torrance, Calif.-based Bobit, which has run its flagship Automotive Fleet magazine and digital brand since 1961, helped a core group of Southern California automotive remarketing executives form the International Automotive Remarketers Alliance. Bobit Dealer Group publisher and current division president David Gesualdo and the late publisher Chuck Parker briefly served as the first managers of the alliance.

More Information: www.carconference.com, www.bobit.com, www.iara.biz

Contacts: Martin Romjue, CAR chairman, 310-533-2489, martin.romjue@bobit.com; Mark Coleman, IARA executive director, mark@Iara.biz, 503-318-7853

 

 

 

2024 NAFA Institute & Expo to Host Ride-and-Drive, Powered by Bobit

NAFA is partnering with Bobit to host a ride-and-drive and vehicle showcase at the 2024 Institute & Expo in San Antonio, convening April 22-24. 

November 8, 2023, Torrance, CA  NAFA Fleet Management Association (NAFA), the vehicle fleet industry’s largest membership association, announces the addition of a ride-and-drive and vehicle showcase to the 2024 Institute & Expo (I&E).

The NAFA’s Institute & Expo Ride & Drive will be “Powered By Bobit,” the leading B2B voice of the fleet industry and publisher of Automotive Fleet, Government Fleet, Work Truck, and Heavy Duty Trucking, among other fleet and automotive brands.

The 2024 I&E will take place in San Antonio, Texas from April 22-24 at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center. The ride-and-drive and vehicle showcase will convene on Wednesday, April 24.

“We’re excited to once again offer a vehicle ride-and-drive at I&E, in which attendees can experience the latest models, electric and alternative fuel vehicles, and cutting-edge technologies behind the wheel,” said Bill Schankel, CEO of NAFA. “Bobit is the ideal partner to bring this to fruition.”

“We’re also looking forward to growing our relationship with Bobit for regional events that will offer certificate programs, education, and networking for NAFA members and potential new members,” Schankel continued.

NAFA and Bobit will also partner on regional events to promote industry knowledge, networking, and NAFA accreditation for fleet managers and fleet professionals.

In that regard, NAFA will co-locate its Southwest Chapter board meeting with Bobit’s Fleet Forward Tour stop in Long Beach, California Feb. 21-22, 2024. The event will include certificate programs, educational seminars, a ride-and-drive, and a networking dinner.

“This partnership not only fortifies the capabilities of both organizations but also enhances their capacity to cater to the needs of fleet managers and fleet professionals,” said Henry Dicker, president of events at Bobit.

“At Bobit and NAFA, our mutual goals have always been to create more efficient, safe, and sustainable fleets,” said Chris Brown, associate publisher at Bobit. “We now have complementary forums to provide the education and resources to accomplish these goals.”

About NAFA Fleet Management Association

NAFA Fleet Management Association is the membership organization for professionals who manage the mobility requirements of vehicle fleets that include commercial, public safety, trucks, and buses of all types and sizes, and a wide range of military and off-road equipment for corporations, governments, universities, utility fleets, and law enforcement in North America and across the globe. NAFA’s members are responsible for the specification, acquisition, maintenance, repair, fueling, risk management, and remarketing of more than 4.8 million vehicles that drive an estimated 84 billion miles each year. NAFA’s members control assets and services well above $122 billion each year. For more information, please visit www.nafa.org, and communicate with NAFA on LinkedIn, Facebook, and Twitter.

 About Bobit

Headquartered in Torrance, CA, with a coast-to-coast team spanning North America, Bobit elevates industry potential for professionals in multiple verticals including fleet, automotive dealer, public safety, and beauty, health & wellness with superior brands including Automotive Fleet, Heavy Duty Trucking, Auto Dealer Today, POLICE and Modern Salon. For more information, visit www.bobit.com

Two Global Fleet Events: Bobit & Nexus Communication Aim to Better Serve the Fleet & Mobility Sector

November 7, 2023 (Torrance, CA) – In a collaborative effort to better serve the Fleet & Mobility community, Nexus Communication and Bobit have agreed on a clarification regarding their respective “Global Fleet” events from 2024 onwards in Europe and the USA.

Now in its 10th year, the Global Fleet event has become a ‘must-attend’ event for fleet and mobility specialists around the world. The event was previously called “Global Fleet Conference” on both sides of the Atlantic. For clarity, Bobit and Nexus Communication have agreed to a change of name when this event is organized in Europe.

Consequently, under this agreement, Nexus will take the lead in organizing what will now be named the Global Fleet Summit. This summit will join the other summits organized by Nexus Communication: the Fleet Europe Summit, the Fleet Latam Summit and the Fleet Apac Summit. The Global Fleet Summit will take place on 13-15 May in Cascais (Portugal), where Nexus Communication has already held its Global Fleet event for the past two years.

On the other side of the Atlantic, Bobit will keep the Global Fleet Conference name for its annual event. The conference will be moving from Miami to San Diego, CA, and the 2024 event will be co-located with the Fleet Forward & Fleet Safety Conferences and held November 4-6, 2024.

The aim of both companies is, in a constructive mindset, to offer leaders and professionals in the fleet & mobility sector two events that enable them to come together, network, exchange ideas, meet the experts, and explore the cutting-edge innovations that are propelling the fleet and mobility sector into the future.

“We are delighted to be working together on a solution for the organization of our global fleet events. We believe the name ‘summit’ reflects better how our event has evolved over the years and will bring clarity to the fleet and mobility community. This marks a significant step towards fostering a global community that thrives on collaboration, innovation, and shared knowledge,” say Vincent Degives, Thierry Degives, and Caroline Thonnon, respectively Managing Director and CEO’s of Nexus Communication. “We are confident that this resolution will unlock new possibilities and elevate the standard of excellence within the fleet and mobility industry.”

“Now in its 10th year, The Global Fleet Conference offers multinational commercial fleet leaders an annual opportunity to network with representatives from major global fleet suppliers and OEMs to build alliances, establish new networks, and gather perspectives on global fleet issues,” says Paras Maniar, CEO of Bobit. “We are thrilled to have reached a resolution to continue to deliver the top event in the U.S. for global fleets and be the launchpad for innovations and to connect the worldwide community.”

You can learn more about Bobit’s Global Fleet Conference at https://www.globalfleetconference.com/ and Nexus Communication’s Global Fleet Summit at https://summit.globalfleet.com/.

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NEXUS COMMUNICATION is the BtoB communication company specializing in the Fleet and mobility sector. Nexus Communication addresses all decision-makers (HR – Mobility – Fleet – Travel – Facility – Finance) concerning fleet management and mobility at a global level, in Europe, Latam and APAC. Our media cover all aspects of fleet management and mobility: Sustainability, cost reduction, employee satisfaction, Financial models – Shared cars – New energies – Connected – Last mile – Mobility as a service – Safety – Autonomy – Remarketing. For more information, visit www.globalfleet.com.

 BOBIT  delivers critical business intelligence for its partners and customers through essential content, events, educational experiences, and data & insight solutions. Bobit offers unmatched web and publication content, best-in-class events for industry leaders, research, custom media, and data products for insightful market information that Bobit calls “Business Intelligently.” Headquartered in Torrance, CA, with a coast-to-coast team spanning North America, Bobit elevates industry potential for professionals in multiple verticals including fleet, automotive dealer, public safety and beauty, health & wellness with superior brands including Auto Dealer Today, Automotive Fleet, Data-Driven Salon Summit, Global Fleet Conference, Government Fleet Expo, Heavy Duty Trucking, MODERN SALON, and POLICE. For more information, visit www.bobit.com.

New Year, New Headquarters

TORRANCE, CA December 16, 2022 – Bobit recently moved its headquarters to a prime location at 21250 Hawthorne Blvd, Suite 360, Torrance, CA 90503.  The office is equipped with a concierge, controlled access, and conferencing facilities.  Employees and visitors enjoy ready-to-use individual workspaces, lightning-speed internet, modern video conferencing technology, and in-person conference and lounge spaces for team meetings and discussions.

The new Bobit office is adjacent to Del Amo Fashion Center and within walking distance of a variety of restaurants, retailers & hotels.

This move signifies another investment in Bobit’s shift from “just media” to a focus on the future that not only includes this updated office environment, but investments in B2B, content innovation, business intelligence solutions, product development, and talent.

About Bobit
Bobit provides critical business intelligence for its partners and customers through essential content, networking and educational experiences, and data & insight solutions. Unmatched web and publication content, best-in-class events for industry leaders, and research, custom media and data products for insightful market information that Bobit calls Business Intelligently. Headquartered in Torrance, CA, with a coast-to-coast team spanning North America, Bobit elevates industry potential for professionals in multiple verticals including fleet, automotive dealer, public safety, and beauty, health & wellness with superior brands including Automotive Fleet, Heavy Duty Trucking, Auto Dealer Today, POLICE and Modern Salon. For more information, visit www.bobit.com

A New Skin for Bobit

 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Rebranded Bobit.com solidifies Bobit’s commitment to the future of B2B.

The updated bobit.com website features innovative, business-intelligent marketing solutions for the Fleet, Auto Dealer, Public Safety, and Beauty Health and Wellness industries including details about our industry-leading events.  

 Torrance, CA. February 15, 2023, Bobit is thrilled to announce the launch of its updated, rebranded website, www.bobit.com. This rebrand takes place as the organization continues to make investments towards more than media to a Business Intelligently, an innovative approach to empowering business leaders to make smart decisions.  The rebranded website reflects this new approach, Bobit’s award-winning industry events, and highlights the company’s exciting data-driven marketing solutions.

Sporting the new look and feel of the Bobit brand, the refreshed site features a leading-edge Marketing Solution Discovery tool that allows users to identify their industry and marketing objectives to show the solutions that best fit their business growth needs.  Visitors will find innovative solutions meeting every key objective including, demand and lead generation, business intelligence (data), brand and product awareness, thought leadership, and industry events and experiences.

The new website makes visitors aware of the Bobit story and the industries we serve while providing easy access to connect with a representative and clearly understand the marketing solutions available to them.

“The launch of the rebranded Bobit.com site signifies another step in our evolution of “Business Intelligently “.  said Paras Maniar, Bobit CEO,  “The website is clean, innovative and an amazing resource for all of our current and potential clients.  We are excited about what the launch signifies.”

 Bobit invites visitors to explore the new website including the events and experience pages and our industry brand pages highlighting all of the Bobit brands and audiences.

About Bobit

Bobit provides critical business intelligence for its partners and customers through essential, unmatched content, best-in-class networking, and educational experiences, and data-driven solutions for insightful market information.  This is what we call: Business Intelligently.   

Headquartered in Torrance, CA, with a coast-to-coast team spanning North America, Bobit elevates industry potential for professionals in multiple verticals including fleet, automotive dealer, public safety, and beauty, health & wellness with superior brands including Automotive Fleet, Heavy Duty Trucking, Auto Dealer Today, POLICE and Modern Salon. For more information, visit www.bobit.com

Bobit Rebrand Signals Company’s Focus on the Future of B2

TORRANCE, Calif., Aug. 16, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Today, the company officially announced a rebrand as Bobit. More than just a media company, Bobit is publicly launching its commitment to Business Intelligently – a new approach to spotlight its belief that business leaders want to make smarter decisions, and that making business intelligence actionable is where it begins. When decisions focused on what products to sell today or what solutions to build tomorrow are needed, Bobit streamlines access to timely data and shortens the path to the right choice. The company’s focus is on significantly investing in customer service, innovating new product offerings and solutions, and focusing on the expansion of its talent and expertise.

“Bobit is moving into a new era of growth by making bold and ambitious business decisions that continue to prove our leadership position in the industries we serve,” says CEO Paras Maniar. “Bobit enables doing business more intelligently. Our deep expertise in content, events and data services allows industry professionals to make better decisions – whether that is deciding where to invest for the future or where to target marketing and sales efforts in the near-term. Business Intelligently is the lens through which Bobit measures every decision on products, people and processes.”

Elevated client service

Bobit has been successfully weathering the challenge presented by the pandemic and is poised to move into a new era of customer value and reporting. The company has always been on the leading edge in its industry – events, media and digital innovation – and will build on its strong foundation to move from being solely focused as a media company to a leading tech- and data-enabled business solutions company – always with deep client relationships at the heart of what it does.

Superior content

Bobit is at the genesis of new products and solutions creation with business intelligence at the core. Content, and its trusted portfolio of brands, remain at the heart of the business, as it ventures into new-to-Bobit formats (including 11 new video and content series – with soon-to-be spin-off podcasts).

Innovative connections

In the event space, Bobit launched an all-new self-contained virtual platform and has already hosted 15 successful events; with the most recent event providing both a simulcast and live in-person option. Always innovating, the company has expanded beyond standard events to be more event solutions oriented with runway-based options, hybrid modeling with simulcasting, and non-Bobit strategic co-locations.

In improved technology, clients will soon experience Bobit Connect, providing a unique login experience to unify and empower the connected user’s experience with initial offerings that provide immediate value. Bobit Connect gives users easy subscription control, streamlined access to premier content, device-to-device memory to pick up where they left off, and bookmarking across their full industry portfolio with Bobit. Users can look forward to their Bobit Connect account providing access to exclusive content, features and savings opportunities.

leading business

The company continues to lead in fleet and transportation – moving to a fully digital-only fleet vehicle platform. As Bobit is newly in the CAP/Small Fleet market, dealer groups get access to data and content/tools for better leads that drive sales.

Other new solutions include the Buyer Intent Program, where clients get exclusive access to engagement with Bobit content showing strong intent to buy; the Data Subscription Service, a fleet and transportation data service intended to help accelerate sales through data, data cleansing, intent, market insight; and E-learnings that leverage Bobit’s knowledge of beauty and health.

Deep talent and expertise

Most critical to the successful execution of this evolved strategy is having the right leadership and deep expertise in place – getting there with both new and familiar faces. Most recently, Bobit completed the formation of their executive team. Chief Executive Officer Paras Maniar joined the company in March of 2020 from Gannett. Since joining the company, Maniar has restructured the organization to be better poised for future growth and adjusted business operations to weather the pandemic, such as enhancing Bobit’s events portfolio with virtual experiences. Chief Revenue Officer Eric Bearly, a long-standing Bobit executive with over 20 years with the company previously served as the company’s Head of Digital and launched Bobit’s fastest growing solution ReadyQuote. The newest member of the team is Chief Finance Officer Kash Sellahewa who has 13+ years of high-level corporate finance at companies including ReachLocal, Westfield and 20th Century Fox.

Paul Hausback, a tenured executive in finance and operations, including multiple companies within The Walt Disney Company, has supported the company in a number of interim executive-level roles.

“We are responding proactively and investing in key areas of the business to ensure long-term value for our customers,” said Bearly, “The trust we’ve earned from our clients through the years allows us to grow the business in a way that is reflective of our storied past yet evolves our business model for success for years to come.”

Bobit’s original content, events and critical data services have always kept industry partners one step ahead. The company’s focus on accelerated investment in technologies, processes and people underscores that commitment and focus to Business Intelligently.

Bobit Announces Paras Maniar as CEO

Torrance, CA, August 11, 2020 – Bobit Business Media announced today that Paras Maniar has been appointed Chief Executive Officer.  Maniar’s tenure at Bobit began with a rapid onboarding in March of 2020 as it aligned with the unprecedented event and publishing changes due to COVID-19. Within weeks of taking the leadership helm, Maniar introduced necessary organizational changes and workflows recalibrating the company’s business model to prepare for more seismic shifts related to the pandemic.

“I am honored and energized by the opportunity to continue the leadership of this organization, and I look forward to being part of our new collective energy and see that the passion and creativity of this team comes to fruition,” says Maniar, “Big changes and innovation are coming.”

Key initiatives Maniar rolled out since March include a pivot in Bobit’s events portfolio adding virtual experiences to complement in-person options and an overall increase in interactive digital media offerings. Both efforts aim to make content, education, and connections more readily available to Bobit’s audiences.

Maniar joined Bobit from Gannett, where he served as President, Local of the media company.  Maniar brings with him an extensive background in sales, operations, strategic planning, product development, finance, and marketing along with an appreciation for Bobit’s family history, and unique market position in the global fleet, transportation, public safety, and beauty sectors.

Prior to being President, Local at Gannett, Maniar held the position of Chief Strategy Officer at ReachLocal with direct responsibility over Corporate Development, Business Development and Marketing as well as all North American sales. Maniar completed his B.A. in both Economics and Political Economies of Industrial Societies from the University of California, Berkeley. He received a J.D. from Northwestern School of Law and an M.B.A. from the Kellogg School of Management. Maniar will be based in the company’s Torrance, CA, headquarters.

About Bobit Business Media
Deeply committed to providing important content to each of its verticals, Bobit has successfully grown and innovated over 55+ years. The Company employs more than 150 talented associates in areas such as editorial, audience marketing, ad sales, production, digital media, events, research, and accounting. The Company is headquartered in Torrance, CA.  For more information, visit www.bobit.com.

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