Every industry has that special leader, someone who has that special talent, expertise and vision to consistently transform struggling organizations or companies into industry-leading beacons of success. For the automotive dealership industry, that special professional is Rod Ricciardi, a true industry visionary who has consistently demonstrated a knack for taking fledgling dealerships and turning them into profitable, prosperous and enduring business ventures.
During the course of his twenty year career, Rod Ricciardi has demonstrated a commitment to excellence that he has transformed into tangible results. He has repeatedly shown his leadership abilities, which couple with his deep and rich knowledge of the automotive industry, has increased unit sales, front and back end gross profits, and all measureable variables.
Rod Ricciardi first entered the automotive sales profession over 20 years ago, and has since become one of the most trusted names in dealership management in the country. From very early on, Rod Ricciardi proved himself as a harbinger of industry success, almost immediately providing dramatic improvement in his store’s sales and profit margins and turning one financially-struggling business enterprise after another into a viable regional companywide competitor. Getting his start in both automotive sales and management with the Pete Ellis Auto Group, Rod Ricciardi quickly transformed several California dealerships into profitable and company leading ventures. His success and talent were quickly noticed throughout the industry, earning him a General Sales Manager position with Pistilli Ford, Inc. in 1996.
Since joining Pistilli Ford in 1996, Rod Ricciardi has lent his influence, expertise and unmatched management acumen and style to automotive retailers across the country. He has enjoyed multiple successes with numerous stores, including Rockville Mitsubishi, Greater Birmingham Chrysler, Dodge Jeep Corp., Bessemer Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep RAM Corp., Addy’s Harbor Dodge Corp.
Rod Ricciardi’s skills have earned him numerous awards and accolades over the years, including with Chrysler, Mitsubishi, Ford, and Nissan. Though it may be a stretch to refer to Rod Ricciardi as a miracle worker, he has indeed proven himself to be an invaluable asset to auto retailers throughout the country, as well as one of the most sought after automotive management professionals in the industry.