There are some seats left for Employers Council’s Wage and Hour Law seminar on Thursday. And best pricing on the CADA Annual Convention ends tomorrow. Register now for both! Details below…

CADA Annual Convention

Advance registration ends tomorrow!
Register for Annual Convention

Register now for the special seminar on Thursday:

Wage and Hour Law:
Avoiding costly mistakes
If you’ve been planning to attend the special Employers Council seminar from 8-11:30 a.m. Thursday (breakfast at 7:30), register now
This seminar is a must-attend for HR managers, accounting, payroll and any dealership key leaders who need to be aware of the wage and hour laws.
It's very timely in that class action wage and hour lawsuits now outnumber discrimination lawsuits. Yet if you know the common pitfalls and mistakes that employers make in administering the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), you can avoid a costly lawsuit.

Susan uses current case law — including the recent decision on Encino Motorcars vs. Navarro, where service advisors are exempt from FLSA under the salesperson exemption.

The half-day seminar includes Department of Labor (DOL) Administrator interpretations and enforcement efforts, along with the DOL's salary basis and salary level requirement for white collar exemption.
Register today!

You'll learn

  • FLSA coverage
  • Federal and state laws governing hours worked
  • Who qualifies for and who is exempt from overtime
  • Compensation included in the regular rate for overtime calculations: Bonus payments, shift differentials and other payments
  • How to calculate overtime on commissions, piece rate, salaried non-exempts and other non-hourly rates of pay
  • Effective timekeeping strategies
  • Meals and rest breaks
  • On-call time
  • Pay for required and optional training sessions
  • The Colorado Wage Protection Act application and procedures
  • DOL investigations and enforcement posture
Wage and Hour Law is a must-attend seminar for HR managers, accounting, payroll and any dealership key leaders who need to be aware of the wage and hour laws.

About our presenter

Susan Fisher is an attorney in Employment Law Services at Employers Council. She joined Employers Council in 2016 after 14 years in private practice as a commercial litigator. As a trial attorney, Susan represented employers in disputes that involved alleging discrimination, wage and hour violations, interference with Family Medical Leave Act rights and misappropriation of intellectual property. Susan's work at Employers Council concentrates on helping employers and supervisors legally and fairly treat their employees.

Learn more!


The details


Thursday, August 22

7:30 a.m.  -  Breakfast
8:00 - 11:30 a.m.  -  Seminar



CADA Headquarters
290 E. Speer Blvd., Denver
Media Center


$159     First registration
$139     Additional registrations


Register now!

Planning on going to the CADA Annual Convention?

Better register now — or at least by tomorrow — before registration rates go up on Thursday.
Register now!

Want to stay the night?

Reserve your room by calling Paula Lane now: 303.358.5498.
Register now!
Peyton Manning, Closing Keynote Speaker!
Former Denver Broncos QB Peyton Manning will sit down with our Annual Convention Chair, Michael Dunlap (Schomp Automotive) to draw parallels between the auto industry and the industry that formed the backbone of his career: Football.

Manning likes fielding audience question when they’re submitted in advance. We’ve already collected questions for his Keynote session, and there’s room for more. This is a once-in-a-lifetime chance to ask that question you’ve always wanted an answer to. So click here to send your burning question(s) to Kim Jackson by 11:30 a.m., Thursday, August 29.

Short on time? Let CADA’s Concierge handle it for you

Consider using CADA’s Convention Concierge service. Simply contact CADA and we’ll register you for the Annual Convention. While you’ll need to make your hotel reservations (call 303.358.5498), registering for the Annual Convention is super easy AND convenient.

For CADA’s Concierge, call: 303.831.1722.
Register now!

Golf Event
Thursday, September 5

Your registration to the Annual Convention includes playing in the Golf Event on Thursday. Nearly every direction you turn while playing on The Broadmoor’s West Course offers spectacular views, and the course will challenge you, regardless of your skill level.

Golf-only registration

If you just want to play golf, it’s only $495 when you register by end of day tomorrow. Thursday, the rate goes up.
Register for golf only!
If golf isn’t your thing, The Broadmoor plays host to a variety of activities, ranging from strolling the hotel property on a self-guided art tour to a spa treatment, lounging by the pools, ziplining or hiking… and so much more.
Check out the activities!

Friday, September 6

Your registration to the Annual Convention includes one full day of Education on Friday. And we have some great speakers lined up for you.

Our Opening Keynote Kevin King, MBA, Ph.D. (ABD), has more than 30 years’ experience facilitating teams in defining solutions to business challenges. He specializes in managing complex strategic and transformational change initiatives and is the author of THINK! Change Your Story, Change Your Life. He'll kick off the education portion with the session: Building an Adaptive Enterprise. The session is designed to help you develop the right mindset and skillset to drive sustainable results in an ever-changing marketplace. You'll walk away from the session knowing how to drive focused alignment within your team to achieve operational excellence and ultimately create exceptional guest experiences — that consistently deliver on your brand promise in any market.

Allison Felix, Ph.D., will give us an overview and outlook for the national and regional economy, with specific indicators for Colorado. The VP and Denver Branch Executive of the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City serves as the Bank’s regional economist and regularly briefs the Kansas City Fed’s president — who sits on the Federal Open Market Committee — on economic and business activity in Colorado, Wyoming and northern New Mexico.

Glenn Mercer is known for his two decades as Partner with McKinsey & Co.’s automotive practice, and a decade of independent work as an advisor to venture capital, private equity and public equity investors. Now, after finishing a research project for NADA, he’ll talk with us about the future of automotive retail in ‘The Dealership of Tomorrow 2025: 2019 update.’

Ross Shafer, CPAE, has the most peculiar background of any speaker on Change. He’s authored nine business books, yet won international stand up comedy competitions. He’s earned six TV Emmys as a network talk and game show host, yet credits his success to reselling bicycles at age 13.

Shafer has been obsessed with understanding who succeeds, who fails — and why — since childhood. Once he discovered there were specific blueprints for success in every job and in every industry, that understanding led him to noteworthy achievements in business, TV broadcasting, book writing, professional speaking and even stand up comedy.

Today, Shafer coaches leaders and teams on how to cross pollinate innovative ideas about emerging trends, shifting buying habits and the motivation of workforces during mergers and acquisitions. Be ready to take insightful notes — and laugh your butt off at the same time.
Register today!
As our Closing Keynote, former Denver Broncos Quarterback and two-time Superbowl-winning Quarterback Peyton Manning will talk about what’s common about his industry (the NFL) and ours. He’ll have plenty of anecdotes about leadership (and how it’s earned, not guaranteed), and life in general.

This unique conversation will be based on questions you have for him.
If you could ask Peyton Manning any question, what would it be? Click here to ask your question!

Later that evening, Judson Laipply will join us as our Gala Entertainer. He was the world’s — yes, the world’s — first YouTube celebrity, where his ‘Evolution of Dance’ video was the first to reach more than 100 million views. (How’d he do that? Find out Friday evening.)

The Ironman Triathlete and reformed Kool-Aid eater has been speaking to and entertaining audiences for 19 years, combining comedy and content with energy and education.

Smoothly taking us from one topic to the next is our Emcee Glenn Thayer. No stranger to our industry, Glenn has been emceeing The Denver Auto Show’s Preview Gala (and before that, the Charity Preview Party) for many years.

Glenn is a professional conference moderator and master of ceremonies, and skillfully enhances the audience experience through the use of technology, compelling content, and interactive dialogue and interviews.
Register now!


Thursday, September 19

Retaining & Engaging Employees:

What employees really care about

How do you build on the initial excitement of a new employer? What level of engagement do your employees have at different levels in your organizations?

This seminar focuses on the knowledge and tools to build effective programs and create an environment that values what's important to your employees.

Participants identify critical factors that affect their ability to retain and engage employees now, before they decide to leave. The seminar explores the many aspects involved in an employee's decision to stay or leave.

What's more, participants will share ideas with others, and leave with steps for developing effective engagement practices across the organizations.

Designed for HR managers and any manager or supervisor who affects employee engagement, this special day-long seminar is led by Employers Council's HR Consultant, Amber Cruz.
Register today!

You'll learn

  • The difference between retaining and engaging employees
  • Key engagement issues
  • Organizational culture
  • Hiring practices
  • Turnover analysis
  • A strategic, planned approach to creating an effective plan
  • How an organization's 
    • Culture
    • Management practices
    • Total rewards system
    • Commitment to employee development
can have a major impact on an employee's decision to stay or leave.


About our presenter

Amber Cruz, PHR, SHRM-CP, CEBS, has been a Consultant in the Human Resource Services Department at Employers Council since 2007. She works and consults with member organizations in many facets of HR, including benefits administration, compensation administration, staffing, retaining and engaging employees, performance management and workplace violence.

Learn more!

The details


Thursday, September 19

8 a.m.  -  Breakfast
8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.  -  Workshop

Lunch is provided


CADA Headquarters
290 E. Speer Blvd., Denver
Media Center


$199    First registration
$179    Additional registrations

Register now!


Thank you for your donations!

We had 17 donations last week and are on pace for a fantastic month! We are at 41 donations with 2 full weeks to go. Let’s keep up the great work!
AutoNation Chevrolet North  1
Hellman Motor Company  1
Mile High Honda  2
Mountain States Toyota  4
Pedersen Toyota Volvo  1
Phil Long Audi  1
Pueblo Dodge Chrysler Jeep Ram  3
Stevinson Toyota West  3
Tynans Kia   1
The best way to donate a vehicle is through the Clear the Air Foundation website. Click here to donate.
Yes! I want to donate!
I encourage you to follow the Foundation on Facebook to see what we are up to. You will find links to relevant articles, along with news about donations and scholarship awards.

Please consider extending your philanthropic arm by donating any vehicle with an actual cash value of $300 or less to the Clear the Air Foundation. To make it even easier, you can donate online.

Meanwhile, to donate a vehicle, gather the information below, send it to Mark Zeigler and he’ll have someone pick it up:
Sign over and mail the title to:
Mark Zeigler, Director
Clear the Air Foundation
290 E. Speer Blvd.
Denver, CO  80203
Please donate a vehicle. You’ll change a life.

Upcoming Events
Wage and Hour Law: Avoiding costly mistakes

Thursday, August 22 • 7:30 a.m. • Breakfast
8:30 - 11:30 a.m. • Presentation
CADA Headquarters • 290 E. Speer Blvd. • Denver
Register online
CADA Annual Convention

September 4 - 6
The Broadmoor • 1 Lake Ave. • Colorado Springs
Register online
Golf only at Annual Convention

September 5
The Broadmoor • 1 Lake Ave. • Colorado Springs
Register online
Retaining & Engaging Employees: What employees really care about

September 19
CADA Headquarters • 290 E. Speer Blvd. • Denver
Register online

News Update

Around Colorado - ZEV
The Colorado Sun
Colorado commission votes 8-1 to adopt zero-emission vehicle mandate after three-day hearing
The Denver Business Journal
Colorado commission approves mandates on state sales of electric vehicles
CPR News
Colorado is now on board with California’s zero-emission vehicle approach
The Denver Post
Colorado adopts zero-emission vehicle standard in push to increase adoption of electric cars
The Colorado Sun
As Colorado considers an electric vehicle mandate, here’s what to expect
The Colorado Sun
Listen to recordings of the ZEV hearing
Across the Nation
Letter highlights harm to service members by DoD’s Mlitary Lending Act Regulation (Q&A 2)
Manufacturer News
Toyota Camry nails all the important stuff, headlining company’s sedan commitment
Automotive News
Ford recalls more than 108K midsize cars over seat belt defect
The Detroit Free Press
iPhone is all you need to start, and drive, the 2020 Lincoln Aviator
Detroit Free Press
Cadillac launches high-voltage TV campaign to promote newest SUV
Electric Vehicles
Ride Sharing
Subscribe to the Open Road weekly e-newsletter
Bonds & Forms
CADA has a fillable bond request form for new sales people! This new, fillable PDF form makes it easier, faster and more accurate for us to turn around your salesperson bond request. Because there’s no handwriting to decipher with this form, bond turnaround can be faster than ever. Just download the form, electronically fill it out and return to Khorrie Luther. Questions? Call Khorrie: 303.457.5122.
Download the form
Contact Khorrie

For information about any of the Endorsed Provider’s products or services, contact
Polly Penna
303.457.5119 office  |  303.945.6426  mobile

Younger Generations Could Provide Answer to Dealership Turnover Issue
“Dealers can’t afford to take their eyes off their employees’ needs,” said Bob Kostkan, senior director with Cox Automotive University. “With record high dealership turnover and a low unemployment rate of 3.7% as of June 2019, it’s critical that dealership leaders improve productivity while also enhancing employee engagement and retention. These are controllable issues that must be addressed to maximize customer experience and profitability.”
Dealerships need to act now to create a culture that makes employees feel valued and shows them they have future growth opportunities. While participating in the Cox Automotive SHIFT/Reinvent Program in 2015, John Cragg, executive vice president for the Penske Automotive Group’s East Region and responsible for dozens of rooftops and thousands of employees, became aware of a blind spot — he was “delegating” when he should have been “empowering.” As a result of this new awareness, he worked strategically with his HR and marketing teams to shift the focus to be more about empowering people and giving them opportunities to contribute in more significant ways. Cragg has since seen consistent year-over-year improvement in employee turnover and satisfaction. His region now has the highest employee satisfaction scores in the company and the lowest turnover — outpacing industry averages, even for the highest performers.
In addition to empowering and engaging staff, dealerships should also invest in modern, user-friendly technology to help drive greater productivity and efficiency for employees. Having access to the latest technology is not only expected by these younger generations but required to succeed as a business in today’s digital age. To get the most out of technology, dealerships must also implement ongoing training opportunities. Equipping employees with the necessary tools to help them grow their skillsets and better take advantage of new technology will create happier workers and a more optimized workflow.
Download highlights from the Cox Automotive’s 2019 Dealership Staffing Study. Find out more about Cox Automotive University.
Download the study!
Incident Investigation & Situational Awareness (New! In Greeley!)
August 27 (8:00 am to 12:00 pm)

Incident Investigation (2 hours)
Safety professionals are frequently called upon to conduct incident investigations when there is a loss in an organization. This session will introduce attendees to best practices in conducting an investigation that will identify causes of incidents in order to develop measures to prevent similar incidents from occurring again. Attendees will learn to:
  • Understand the sources of error, with an emphasis on examining the system and not just the worker
  • Protect the investigation process to ensure that the information gathered will not be used by its adversaries.
  • Take steps to mitigate risks posed by the investigation to limit exposure to OSHA and potential third-party civil lawsuits.
  • Learn how information should be collected and shared, and guidelines for protecting the investigation through an “attorney work product privilege” arrangement.
Situational Awareness (2 Hours)
Employees are exposed to a variety of hazards in the workplaces they access on a daily basis. In many cases, employees are visiting a workplace as a third party consultant, vendor, or subcontractor. Because they are a third party, the workplace they visit may be unfamiliar to them, and depending on the phase of construction the hazards will be different every time they visit a project. For these reasons, it is important that these professionals have good situational awareness and understand the hazards that they may be exposed to. Attendees will learn how to:
  • Plan ahead to have the appropriate PPE prior to beginning work in a new area
  • Recognize slip and fall hazards
  • Understanding facility specific hazards – such as biological, noise, heat, electrical, moving equipment and fall hazards
  • Develop a plan to recognize and eliminate or mitigate hazards in the workplace
Member: $105     Alliance Member: $105     Non-member: $135
This session is approved for the Pinnacol Safety Group
Register now!
Motion is Money (New! Free for CSA Members!)
August 28 (8:00 am to 10:00 am)

Trainer: Tom Henderson CSP, ARM, CRIS, UL-RRE

Having an effective Emergency Action Plan in place helps to ensure that employees are prepared when an emergency or crisis arises. Emergencies to be prepared for include fire, medical emergencies, etc.. The manufacturing and construction workforce is aging at an alarming rate with fewer skilled tradesmen entering the profession. Within lean thinking-- Employee health and safety are the overriding objectives, but it centers on the company’s productivity/ efficiency improvements in their business operations. Motion is indeed money in the manufacturing/construction business, which rely on employees’ physical ability to accomplish job tasks. Recognizing opportunities to minimize manufacturing/construction workers movement is the start toward a more healthful and efficient operation. Walking, bending, carrying, pushing, pulling and working overhead are classic examples of movement in the workplace.

A shift is required to focus on differentiating between value and waste – e.g. to do more with less. Learn the methods (with examples) used to achieve quantifiable results that enhance production, increase efficiency, improve quality and reduce employee risk factors that positively impact your bottom-line profitability.

Member: Free     Alliance Member: Free     Non-member: $175
This session is approved for the Pinnacol Safety Group
Register now!

FEPN Complimentary Webinar Invitation - Available on Demand!

In this webinar, we will address employee interactions that provide opportunities to reduce the risk of claims and accidents.  We will offer examples and provide practical pointers that any employer can use right away.

Robin Taylor Symons, Esq.
Co-managing Partner
Gordon & Rees

Co-managing partner of the Miami Gordon & Rees, LLP office and a member of the Labor and Employment, Insurance, and Commercial Litigation Practice Groups. Ms. Symons’ litigation and counseling practice focuses on employment practices liability, directors and officers liability, and complex insurance coverage litigation across all lines of insurance. Ms. Symons provides legal counsel and advice to small and mid-size employers, and has served as counsel to the local state court. She has tried numerous employment and insurance coverage cases, and serves as monitoring counsel/coverage counsel for insurers nationwide.

Ms. Symons’ labor and employment law expertise is also provided to businesses and specialty business groups across the U.S. through Enquiron® (

Ms. Symons also has considerable experience handling commercial litigation and professional liability claims, and has defended numerous complex cases in these areas including class actions, binding arbitrations, and RICO lawsuits.

Register Now!
Mark your calendar for the 2019 Rocky Mountain Safety Conference at the Hyatt Regency Aurora/Denver Convention Center
Registration is now open and more details about speakers and exhibitors will be updated on the Conference Program & Registration page in the coming months.
Register now!
Copyright © 2019 CADA, All rights reserved.

Want to change how you receive these emails?
You can update your preferences or unsubscribe from this list