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Mr. Schindler’s Background and Experience

Thomas H. 
Schindler, President, Automotive 
Advisors of America, Inc.

EDUCATION: Mr. Schindler received his Bachelor of Arts (cum laude) (Political Science/Public Service) from the University of California, Davis, and his Masters in Business Administration (MBA) from the University of Phoenix. Mr. Schindler is also a licensed Real Estate Broker in the state of California.

He also received roughly 500 hours in seminar training in a myriad of subjects (from Financial Statement Accounting to Root Cause Analysis training) while working for the old Chrysler Corporation and the new DaimlerChrysler.

PERSONAL ACTIVITIES: Mr. Schindler, who was a college All-American, Student Athlete of the year and captain of his college’s Water Polo Team, has coached “Masters Swimming” for the past twenty years. In his four years at the University of California, Davis, his team was undefeated in the Far Western Conference.

In 1979, Mr. Schindler was inducted into the Sacramento Hall of Fame for Water Polo.

In 2017, Mr. Schindler played Masters Water Polo for Santa Barbara. His 55+ and 60+ team finished 1st at Masters Nationals held in Southern California and 2nd in the world at the Master's World Games held in Budapest, Hungary.

from San Francisco.

In 2009, Mr. Schindler competed in the “Swim with the Centurions” and out of the 275 swimmers that attempted the feat in the wetsuit division, he finished 8th overall.

Mr. Schindler is actively involved with the organizations "Students Rising Above," where he and his wife act as mentors to under privileged High School students who aspire to go to College. He and his wife also are "Homestay" parents to students studying from abroad and attend the Quarry Lane High School. Mr. Schindler also has spent years as an Usher in his church.

SPEAKING ACTIVITIES: Mr. Schindler has been a guest speaker at the Berkeley School of Business and was the commencement speaker for his graduating class at the University of Phoenix and has spoken at a myriad of Chrysler/DaimlerChrysler meetings as the Truck, Marketing and Business Manager in Northern California.

RESIDENCE: Mr. Schindler resides in the San Francisco Bay Area.

AUTOMOTIVE BACKGROUND: Mr. Schindler began his automotive career with Chrysler Corporation. Between 1983 and 2003 Mr. Schindler served as District Manager, Truck Marketing Manager, Distribution Manager, Business Management Manager and Dealer Development Manager.

While working for the factory, Mr. Schindler held eight different job positions all of which entailed heavy interaction with the dealer body. In his various positions: he acted as a factory/dealer liason where his mission was to increase dealer sales and profits; he created and managed marketing events such as Auto Shows, Rodeos, Dealer sales events, and Salesman/Salemanager sales programs; he held training seminars on products; he held profit development conference's with dealers to improve the dealer's bottom line; he monitored and allocated the Distribution of cars and trucks to 127 Dodge, Chrysler and Jeep dealers, and for the last 10 years of his tenure he oversaw all the Franchise Placement activity of Chrysler, Dodge, and Jeep stores in Northern, California.

Gate Bridge & City, looking south from 
Marin County

Mr. Schindler also prepared financial forecasts, costs analysis on building projects, and made recommendations to National based upon profitability. He prospected for dealer candidates and new store locations. He reviewed and analyzed marketing and financial data to determine the acceptability of a buy/sell, where to open or close stores, ensuring that management, capital, and facilities met factory standards.

Mr. Schindler was responsible for completing dozens of Project 2000 combinations and wrote the initial Project Alpha plan for Northern California. During his tenure in this position he monitored the creation of (27) new facilities from start to completion, ensuring that buildings met DCX requirements and had a high potential for profitability.

In addition to the above, Mr. Schindler processed New Dealer Agreement Packages, handled incentive and invoicing problems, Financial Statement issues, satellite, DIAL, holdback, sales clubs and Dealer Identity questions.

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