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Seven Leaders in Automotive Industry Receive First Ever Passion Awards


Eatontown, NJ – PCG Digital Marketing announced the first ever Passion Award recipients at this year’s Automotive Marketing Boot Camp that took place in Orlando April 16-18. This is the first year that the awards have been given out to automotive industry leaders.

The Passion Awards recognized seven outstanding professionals within the automotive community that have made a commitment to excellence and dedicate themselves for the betterment of the automotive community as a whole.

The seven recipients of the 2011 Passion Awards were:

• Ralph Paglia (Founder of the Automotive Digital Marketing community)
• Jeff Kershner (Founder of DealerRefresh)
• Matt Haiken (Prestige Volvo, NJ)
• AJ Maida (Papa’s Dodge, CT)
• Tracy Myers (Frank Myers Auto Maxx, NC)
• Rob Fontano (Marazzi Motors, FL)
• Joe Pistell (Sun Auto Warehouse, NY)

Ralph Paglia and Jeff Kershner, both founders of online automotive communities, were recognized for their efforts in sharing best practices and thought provoking content online to help dealer professionals learn and grow.

The remaining five recipients are dealer professionals that have dedicated themselves to the success of their dealership and the automotive industry in general.

The Passion Awards were created by PCG Digital Marketing and will be handed out annually at the Automotive Marketing Boot Camp conference (

About PCG Digital Marketing
PCG Digital Marketing ( is a full service digital marketing agency that serves the Automotive Industry. PCG is nationally recognized as a leader in Automotive Search Engine Optimization (SEO) and automotive digital marketing.

Brian Pasch, CEO and founder of PCG Digital Marketing is an active blogger, writer and speaker at automotive conferences, 20 Groups and digital marketing forums. PCG Digital Marketing is also the creator of the Automotive Website Awards, which recognizes the best automotive websites platforms based on their search marketing effectiveness, the Digital Marketing Strategies Conference and Automotive Marketing Boot Camp.


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