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vAuto Founder Dale Pollak Named as Poling Chair at Indiana University
|By Business Wire
|September 4, 2014 11:23 AM EDT
Dale Pollak, founder of vAuto,
Inc. and an alumnus of Indiana University's Kelley School of Business,
has been named a leader-in-residence at the school, its Poling Chair of
Business and Government, for the upcoming year.
Dale Pollak, vAuto Founder (Photo: Business Wire)
“I am honored and privileged to be part of this prestigious program at
the Kelley School of Business,” says Pollak, who will continue as
executive vice president for Cox Automotive while serving as the Poling
Chair. “I’m looking forward to engaging Kelley students and learning as
much from them as they might from me.”
The Poling Chair was established in 1993 by the late Harold "Red"
Poling, a Kelley School alumnus and Ford Motor Co. chairman and chief
executive officer from 1985 to 1994.
Recipients of the Poling Chair are given the charge to stimulate
discussion in the areas of leadership, the critical interactions between
private business and government in matters of public policy, enterprise
competitiveness and economic growth. Pollak will interact with students
and faculty at the Kelley School in Bloomington and Indianapolis through
Idalene “Idie” Kesner, dean of the Kelley School and the Frank P. Popoff
Chair of Strategic Management, says she knows students will be inspired
by Pollak, who is visually impaired.
“Dale often talks about the hurdles you have to jump through to become a
successful entrepreneur. He has met those challenges in his career and
his personal life. He believes you shouldn’t let anything hold you back,
and he is a wonderful example of that.”
As vAuto founder, Pollak led the creation of inventory management
solutions and best practice performance management to help retail
automotive dealerships appraise, manage and price their new and used
vehicles based on real-time market data. His current roles with vAuto
and Cox Automotive include strategic planning and product development.
Pollak also is author of three books, "Velocity Overdrive: The Road to
Reinvention," "Velocity 2.0: Paint, Pixels and Profitability,” and
“Velocity: From The Front Line To The Bottom Line” (all New Year
Prior to vAuto, Pollak served as vice president of sales and business
strategy at Digital Motorworks, the market leader in data integration
and application development for original equipment manufacturers, mega
dealers and third party providers. He helped build the company from
inception to its successful acquisition by ADP in 2002.
Pollak earned a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration
from IU and is a graduate of the General Motors Institute of Automotive
Development. He also earned a law degree from DePaul University and was
a four-time winner of the American Jurisprudence Award for top
performance in his class.
Previous Poling Chairs have come from both the public and private
sectors. They include Elizabeth Acton, retired chief financial officer
of Comerica and a former vice president and treasurer of Ford Motor Co.;
Bob Eckert, chief executive officer of Mattel Inc.; Ronald Dollens,
former president and CEO of Guidant Corp.; Samuel K. Skinner, former
U.S. secretary of transportation and chief of staff to former President
George H.W. Bush; Sen. Evan Bayh, who taught prior to his election to
the U.S. Senate; Randall L. Tobias, chairman emeritus of Eli Lilly and
Co. and former vice chairman of AT&T Corp.; Gen. Peter Pace, former
chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff; Frank Popoff, former CEO and
chairman of Dow Chemical Co.; and Cie Nicholson, chief marketing officer
of Equinox Fitness Clubs.
vAuto® provides industry-leading new and used vehicle inventory
management solutions for thousands of dealerships across the United
States and Canada, helping them compete more effectively and increase
sales volumes and profits. Founded in 2005, vAuto revolutionized
dealers’ used vehicle operations with its Provision® system, which gives
dealers real-time, local market supply-and-demand data and intelligence
to make better acquisition, appraisal, pricing and merchandising
decisions. The Provision system embodies the Velocity Method of
Management™ principles pioneered by vAuto founder, Dale Pollak. In 2013,
vAuto created the Conquest™ system, which combines live market data,
incentive management and the Velocity method to help dealers stock,
price and sell new vehicles more effectively. The vAuto Genius Labs
division provides smart, simple and stand-alone solutions that include
AuctionGenius and AutoVisor. Headquartered near Chicago, IL, vAuto is
wholly owned by Cox Automotive, which also includes AutoTrader.com®,
Kelley Blue Book®, VinSolutions®, HomeNet Automotive® and Haystak™
Digital Marketing. Cox Automotive is a subsidiary of Cox Enterprises.
For more information, visit www.vauto.com.
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