Meet GM Financial's Josh Blevins, Senior Dealer Training Consultant
Published February 4, 2013
There's no one better to train a dealer's sales team than someone who has spent significant time on the showroom floor. That's one of the key reasons why Josh Blevins, GM Financial's Sr. Dealer Training Consultant, was asked to join the training team.
Blevins first ventured into the automotive world fresh out of college when he landed his first job in sales at a dealership. Eventually he was promoted to Finance Director then to Sales Manager. After four and a half years at the dealership level, he moved into a Credit Analyst role with an auto finance company. Knowing his way around a dealership certainly helped Blevins in his new role, and eventually he became an area sales manager visiting dealerships throughout his region in North Texas and Oklahoma. Then, Blevins expanded his auto finance knowledge even further by taking a position as an area sale manager with another major auto finance company.
After several years in a sales realm, Blevins was asked to join GM Financial in a training role. "Based on Josh's background and insight, plus his experience in the dealership and lending worlds, he had the perfect combination of experience," said Marilyn Taylor, AVP Dealer Training. "When this opportunity opened up, I immediately knew it was the perfect role for Josh and I wanted him on my team."
"This has been a great opportunity for me," noted Blevins. "I still get to experience the excitement of being in the dealership, but I get to use my history and knowledge gained in a dealership to help dealers grow their business."
Blevins has been busy since he got his start with GM Financial in early 2011. He helped launch the Dealer Training lease workshop in October 2011, and now he is instrumental in developing a curriculum for a subprime training program geared toward dealers. "With over 40 percent of Americans in the subprime bucket, it's simply too big of a market to ignore," said Blevins. "We want to help dealers re-engage in practices that have been successful in the past, like subprime and leasing. We're building credibility with the dealer and we work to provide a win-win situation for the dealer and the customer."
When Blevins isn't busy building new training programs, you can find him with his wife and eight-year-old daughter cheering on his favorite sports teams. As a Texas A&M graduate, he has immensely enjoyed A&M's inaugural season in the SEC.