Cincinnati, OH – Dealer Specialties, a division of Dominion Enterprises and the nation’s leading provider of data and photo collection, inventory management and data distribution services, today announced that Al Hess has joined the company as the new general manager of sales and operations.  Hess will directly manage the company-owned sales and service operations, and oversee franchise development. 

“Al has over two decades of auto industry sales and marketing experience and is an extremely knowledgeable executive and manager.  We look forward to him playing a strategic leadership role in Dealer Specialties’ continued growth and expansion,” said George Nenni, vice president and general manager of Dominion Dealer Solutions.             

Hess is the former vice-president of circulation for Auto Trader Publishing and vice-president group manager for Trader Publications.  He joined Auto Trader Publishing in 1986 as the company’s circulation manager for the Philadelphia market.  Hess was later promoted to general manager for the Philadelphia area,

a position he held for 10 years. He then moved on to district, regional and group level management responsibilities within Trader Publications.

“I am very excited to join the Dealer Specialties organization. We are the dominant provider of on-the-lot vehicle data collection and Internet marketing services for automotive dealers in a growing technology space,” said Hess.  “As part of the Dominion Automotive Group, and in collaboration with its partners, the future for both Dealer Specialties & its customers is one of great optimism and growth,” said Hess. 

Hess graduated Rutgers University in 1981 with a degree in Business Administration.

About Dealer Specialties
Dealer Specialties, a division of Dominion Enterprises, is the nation’s leading provider of vehicle data collection, image generation, window labeling services and inventory management and marketing. Providing both on-the-lot services and in-house solutions, Dealer Specialties’ has the industry’s largest Internet distribution channel with more than 1,600 partners including GetAuto.com, Cars.com, eBay Motors, Overstock.com, Google Base, AutoTrader.com, The Cobalt Group, Manheim and more. 

Nearly 10,000 dealerships rely on Dealer Specialties to help manage and market their vehicle inventory. Dealer Specialties is a designated supplier of certified window stickers for General Motors, Acura, Honda, Toyota and Lexus; is a Value Added Reseller for the National Automotive Dealers Association; and has built a network of more than 800 of the most knowledgeable and responsive service representatives in the USA. Dealer Specialties partners with sister companies Applied Virtual Vision (AVV), Autobase, @utoRevenue, DataCube, DataOne Software, Dealerskins, Interactive Financial Marketing Group, SelectQu and XIGroup to provide dealerships with a more comprehensive and complete solution.

GetAuto.com is the most frequently updated free leads online consumer resource in the industry with access to high quality photos, videos and accurate vehicle information provided by one resource. 

About Dominion Enterprises
Dominion Enterprises, a division of Landmark Communications, is a leading marketing services company serving the automotive, real estate, apartment, recruitment, and marine markets. The company operates a variety of businesses that offer Internet marketing, Web site design and hosting, lead generation, CRM, and data capture and distribution services. The company has more than 40 market-leading Web sites reaching more than 12.5 million unique monthly visitors, and more than 500 magazines with a weekly circulation of over 5 million. Headquartered in Norfolk, Va., the company has nearly 6,000 employees nationwide and annualized revenue of more than $946 million.