Northwood's Auto Show Panel to Focus on Ethics in Business, Emerging Industry Trends

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Tori Morandi

Tori Morandi

Earl Stewart

Earl Stewart

February 19, 2013

Thanks to longtime South Floridian auto dealer, author and consumer advocate Earl Stewart and Tori Morandi, Manager of the industry publication Auto Trader, Northwood University Florida's Auto Show of the Palm Beaches expert panel will highlight ethics in business and emerging automotive trends.

The panel will be held Friday, March 1st from 2:00pm – 3:00pm at Northwood's Turner Education Center Auditorium prior to its ribbon cutting beginning at 5:30pm.

"In an increasingly complex and critical business environment it is important for my students, who will one day embark on a career in the automotive industry, to understand the importance of ethical behavior and sound business practices. For franchised automobile dealers Mr. Stewart has simplified the equation of successful business to one essential ingredient – do the right thing for others and they will do the right thing toward you. Many dealers over the years have deviated from a good, core business philosophy only to end up with a very bad reputation, which has carried over to other dealers irrespective of whether they are ethical or not. Swiftly and surely this must change, and I want it to start with my students," said Timothy Gilbert Department Chair, Automotive Marketing and Management.

With more than 10 years of experience as a public speaker and expert trainer, Tori Morandi brings a unique and energetic style that engages audiences and promotes learning. Her presentations for AutoTrader.com cover what's happening in the industry, today's automotive consumer, emerging trends, and what's new with advertising and marketing on the Internet.

Northwood University Florida Auto Show Hours:
• Saturday, March 2nd: 10am - 6pm
• Sunday, March 3rd 11am - 5pm
For further information please call (561) 681-7972

About Earl Stewart - Automotive Dealer, Motivational Speaker and Author
Born in Ft. Lauderdale and raised in West Palm Beach, Florida, Earl Stewart graduated from Palm Beach High in 1958. He went on to the University of Florida and received a BS in Physics in 1963. He earned a Master of Science degree in Industrial Administration from Purdue University in 1964 and worked for four years at Westinghouse Corporation as an Electronics Engineer.

Stewart comes from a family that has been in the automotive business in West Palm Beach since 1937. He joined his father and older brother in business with Stewart Automotive Group in 1968. He established the first Mazda dealership in the Eastern United States in August of 1970. In 1975 the company secured a Toyota franchise, now known as Earl Stewart Toyota of North Palm Beach. It is now one of the most successful Toyota dealerships in the U.S., selling more Prius hyrbid cars and total hybrids than any other dealership in the nation, except in California, where stricter emission standards drive up hybrid sales. Earl's dealership is the largest volume dealership for any make in Palm Beach County. He is a member of Toyota's President's Cabinet, placing him in the top 12 among 1,277 Toyota dealerships in the U.S., based on sales and customer satisfaction. His dealership has the highest customer satisfaction rating of any large Toyota dealership in Amerida.

Stewart has been featured in newscoverage by CNN, Fox News, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times,U.S. News and World Report, Business Week and locally in The Palm Beach Post, The Sun Sentinel and the South Florida Business Journal for his innovative and often unorthodox approach to operating an automotivedealership. He currently is featured as a weekly contributor to The Hometown News, writing weekly columns on a variety of automotive and consumer-related topics. He has a blog site offering advice to consumers on buying and servicing cars, www.EarlStewartOnCars.com as well as a live weekly radio talk show airing Saturday mornings from 9 – 10 a.m. on Seaview AM 960 and can be streamed online at www.SeaviewAM960.com. He recently published a book "Confessions of a Recovering Car Dealer," where he reveals all of the dirty secrets of the car sales and servicing industry and teaches consumers how to buy. Lease or service a car without getting ripped off.
Stewart resides in Jupiter Inlet Colony, Florida with his wife, Nancy. He has three sons, two of whom, Jason and Stu, are now co-General Managers of Earl Stewart Toyota of North Palm Beach. His youngest son, Josh, is the dealership's Internet Sales Director. His wife, Nancy, Vice President of Special Projects, assists in a variety of activities such as teaming with Earl on his weekly radio talk show and organizing bimonthly dinners for new customers. Jason Stewart is a graduate (1994) of Northwood University's Business Management Automotive Marketing Program.

About Tori Morandi - Manager of the industry publication Auto Trader
Morandi previously worked with BMW of North America as well as Toyota and Lexus of North America as a training and instructional design consultant. Her dealershipexperience also includes BDC implementation and development for the Porsche, Audi, Subaru, and Lincoln/Mercury brands. She has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Public Relations from Pepperdine University.

The Auto Show of the Palm Beaches provides the opportunity for car enthusiasts everywhere to enjoy browsing without sales pressure, and will feature a variety of exotic, domestic and international cars, and classic models. The Auto Show Student Executive Board works with more than 150 students to create a show which attracts more than more 20,000 visitors.