SAM Scores Big With These Awards

Strong Automotive Merchandising recently received two significant awards. Both represent hard work by management and employees to create a positive working environment.

SAM Named Among the Best and Brightest Companies

In early 2020, SAM submitted an entry for the Best and Brightest contest. Employees took a satisfaction survey, similar to those we have done in the past for Birmingham’s Best Places to Work. When all was said and done, SAM was named one of the Best and Brightest Companies to Work For at the national level.

The 2020 national winning companies were assessed by an independent research firm which reviewed a number of key measures relative to other nationally recognized winners.

The spring Best and Brightest national winners honored 183 winning organizations from across the country out of 1,700 nominations.

The Best and Brightest Companies to Work For competition identifies and honors organizations that display a commitment to excellence in operations and employee enrichment that led to increased productivity and financial performance. This competition scores potential winners based on regional data of company performance and a set standard across the nation. This national program celebrates those companies that are making better business, creating richer lives, and building a stronger community as a whole.


SAM Recognized in the Birmingham Business Journal’s Building Contest

The S4 Office Expansion has been named an honoree in the Birmingham Business Journal’s second annual Building Birmingham Awards, which recognize excellence in the Magic City’s construction, architecture and engineering industries.

These awards will recognize the team that made the project possible. It will be featured in the August 28 edition of the BBJ, both in print and online.

Congratulations to the team that helped design S4 and gave us an incredible space to work in!

Around the Agency: News Roundup

Team SAM has some exciting updates to share this August. Check out the news from around the departments in the article below! If you have updates you’d like included, make sure to submit them to your department’s manager or story collector.


Direct Mail is Picking Back Up

  • We shipped over 310k pieces of mail in July
  • Currently have over 307k pieces in the works for August (and that’s only as of the 11th).
  • Tier 2 Hyundai email broadcasts are starting back up here in August promoting the Epic Summer Sales Event. One of the markets broadcasting this month is the SoCal HDAA which is the largest Hyundai market in the country!
  • Thanks to Jason Clauer, we’ve also been endorsed by Kia at the Tier 2 level and have over 20 Kia dealers who’ve agreed to broadcast campaigns here in August. DC expects even more to come on board here in the next couple of weeks.


Production Sees the “Return of the Drone”

  • From Dennis: I don’t know how long it’s been since the last big shoot, but quite a while.  Production has begun providing shots of footage showing customers with and without masks. WCH is a third-generation dealership and is putting together a long-format video of history hosted by an 80-year-old father.
  • Animation From the Harte: The Harte dealerships are in a pandemic hotspot and have opted for creative with masked, animated look-alikes. They’ve seen success running TV during a tough time for the Northeast.


Moving On Up

  • Congratulations to Yenae and Zack for the recent, well-deserved promotions! Yenae is moving into the role of Accounting Manager, overseeing people and workflow, as Sheena shifts to focus on more big-picture accounting projects. Zack will also begin tackling bigger projects as our newest Sr. SEO Coordinator.