TESTIMONIALS

Thank you again for your help with the transaction. Brian Brown and Woody Woodward were knowledgeable, helpful and informative throughout the process. More importantly, they were true professionals who handled every decision with integrity. The level of dedication they demonstrated is immensely appreciated. Five weeks for the approval and less than sixty days from deal submission to closing is amazing!  

Testimonial for: Brian Brown
Patrick Kelley |
President, Kelley Sales & Service CDJR Fiat

The dealership brokerage world is filled with fast-talkers who make big promises to secure a listing, but don’t always come through with their guarantees.  But this is not the case with Dave Cantin and DCG Acquisitions.  From the initial analysis and evaluation of our deal all the way up through closing, Dave and his team told us what to expect.  Nearly everything they predicted about price, terms, timing and due diligence came true.  It was an extraordinary comfort to be with someone who really understood the buyers and could so accurately advise us on how to plan for the inevitable wrinkles the can happen in deals.

Testimonial for: Dave Cantin
Eric Savage |
President, Freedom Auto Group

I've been involved in over 150 transactions involving dealerships and real estate in my career, and I can tell you that Dave Cantin Group is the most professional, hands-on team I have ever worked with. The level of service I have experienced is second to none. Most brokers match up the buyer and the seller and then just sit back and wait for the closing. DCG Acquisitions actually does everything in between to ensure the deal gets to the closing table successfully. They expertly manage the due diligence process, expedite interactions with the lawyers, manage effective communication between the buyer and the seller and coordinate any other professionals involved in the deal. DCG consistently goes above and beyond because they build and maintain a relationship with their clients from day one.

Testimonial for: Dave Cantin
Tom Maoli |
Dealer Principal, Celebrity Motor Car Company

Having been in the automotive industry for over 40 years, I can say with confidence that the level of expertise I have experienced with Dave Cantin Group has been unrivaled. Dave has amassed a team of professionals that get the job done, which is a critical facet of handling any transaction in mergers and acquisitions. The associated individuals stand organized to assist in all facets to complete the transaction, whether it’s manufacturer approval or arranging the numerous legal hurdles. DCG is, in essence, your one-stop authority to any transaction.

Testimonial for: Dave Cantin
Joe Laham |
President, Premier Companies

There are many pieces to the acquisitions puzzle which require having an experienced and knowledgeable professional to guide the process from start to finish. Brian Brown and Drew Picon were with us through the many hurdles, from the manufacturer approval process to helping us open the doors during the uncertain time of COVID-19. Their diligence and attention to detail make working with this team an absolute pleasure.

Testimonial for: Drew Picon
Bobby Ring |
Kia of Sussex

Coming from a family-owned dealership, we wanted to keep the legacy alive with our close-knit traditions and focus on our community. Drew was with us every step of the way. He was able to source a buyer locally, quickly, and happily. Drew took the time to understand who we are as a company and took that vision to the next level. He exceeded our expectations right through to the close. We wholeheartedly recommend Drew and the DCG Acquisitions team to those who are looking for a long-lasting business partnership.

Testimonial for: Drew Picon
Mike Callaremi |
Callaremi Buick GMC Cadillac

I've had the opportunity to work with Poncho over the last 6 years.  He truly had an open door policy and was always willing to pass on his many years of experience to me and the managers in my department.  He has a solid grasp on the financial end of automobile dealerships and was capable of quickly analyzing any of our multiple franchises financial statements to discover both excess expense and growth opportunities.  He's found a way to be committed to both his business responsibilities and his family.  I look forward to working with Poncho as we continue our quest to grow and expand. 

Testimonial for: Poncho Redfern
Tyler Black |
VP of Fixed Operations Director, Superior Automotive Group

I feel 110% confident by partnering with Dave Cantin. He was candid, provided great feedback, helped explain clearly all details and managed everything brilliantly. In addition, he was extremely responsive to every one of my questions, no matter how small, no matter the time of the day. Dave's integrity, knowledge, and availability puts him above the rest.  Dave has always been and always will be the right partner to help navigate the acquisition process. 

Testimonial for: Dave Cantin
Barry Stoler |
President, Len Stoler Automotive Group

Working with Brian Brown and Woody Woodward has been nothing but an absolute pleasure. Both team members were readily available for any and all concerns, no matter the time of day. Their dedication to what they do is unparalleled. When compared against the landscape of other agents, I regularly tell others they would be doing themselves a disservice to speak with anyone else. If you’re looking for a smart and extraordinarily knowledgeable team who can guide you through the acquisition process, Woody and Brian are your best bets. You cannot beat the kind of experience and connections that come with this duo, and the lasting relationships that go beyond the closing table are unequivocally priceless. 

Testimonial for: Woody Woodward
Peter Maher |
Owner Mid-Hudson Subaru

I can’t say enough about the professionalism of DCG Acquisitions, and specifically Drew Picon and Brian Brown. Our transaction was somewhat complicated yet Drew and Brian exhibited admirable persistence in overcoming any issues that may have arisen. It was a pleasure working with these gentlemen and I highly recommend their services. We look forward to working with DCG to help our company grow.

Testimonial for: Brian Brown
Alan Spitzer |
Chairman & CEO Spitzer Management

When I talked with you, I found someone who was ready to move forward and make a deal happen. You followed up at each and every turn by the buyers. You folks followed up right through negotiations with General Motors and with Subaru. I know of no broker who would go as far as you went. Drew, you also became a friend! I knew that I could count on you, and I still feel that way today.

Testimonial for: Drew Picon
Robert G. Johnson |
Owner Johnson Motors & Johnson Subaru

Working with Brian Brown and Woody Woodward has been nothing but an absolute pleasure. Both team members were readily available for any and all concerns, no matter the time of day. Their dedication to what they do is unparalleled. When compared against the landscape of other agents, I regularly tell others they would be doing themselves a disservice to speak with anyone else. If you’re looking for a smart and extraordinarily knowledgeable team who can guide you through the acquisition process, Woody and Brian are your best bets. You cannot beat the kind of experience and connections that come with this duo, and the lasting relationships that go beyond the closing table are unequivocally priceless. 

Testimonial for: Brian Brown
Peter Maher |
Owner Mid-Hudson Subaru

I can’t say enough about the professionalism of DCG Acquisitions, and specifically Drew Picon and Brian Brown. Our transaction was somewhat complicated yet Drew and Brian exhibited admirable persistence in overcoming any issues that may have arisen. It was a pleasure working with these gentlemen and I highly recommend their services. We look forward to working with DCG to help our company grow.

Testimonial for: Drew Picon
Alan Spitzer |
Chairman & CEO Spitzer Management
I have had the opportunity to maintain a continuous 20 year business relationship with the Superior Auto Group-Conway. For the past six years, my dealings have been almost exclusively with Poncho Redfern. Our professional relationship has required us to work closely on issues of compliance, customer service and revenue generation. At all times, Poncho has acted with a high level of integrity and a keen attention to details. His interaction with me, and his employees, exhibits a high level of trust and respect in his leadership skills and ability to work well with other people.
Testimonial for: Poncho Redfern
Jeff Hart |
President Automotive Specialties, Inc

I’ve had the opportunity to work with Joe Beaver over the last 9 years. When I first started working with Joe PQL had 29 employees and a single office in Simi Valley California. Over the years since that initial contact, I’ve seen Joe’s efforts result in a Company that grew to 145 employees. I’ve enjoyed a front row seat watching Mr. Beaver build PQL into a national company with 7 offices including two large distribution centers. During this time, Joe managed the purchase of two companies for PQL, and successfully merged over 67 employees into a single entity. Joe has always worked hard to maintain the highest level of integrity in his dealings with my company, while successfully navigating the path of a rapidly growing organization without jeopardizing the care of its employees. For those who have an opportunity to work with Joe, at any level, you can take comfort in knowing he will work tirelessly to produce mutually beneficial results.

Testimonial for: Joe Beaver
John Wilson |
Business Performance Advisor, Insperity

For years, I’ve worked with George and it has been an excellent relationship. He’s delivered on every promise, met deadlines on-time and on-budget, helped exceed quotas and simply helped our business exceed expectations. George has an exceptional ability to develop relationships that transpire into long lasting sales opportunities. His ability to form these relationships within the industry allow him to penetrate the market with high levels of conversions and success. I wouldn’t hesitate utilizing George for critical roles in any business.

Testimonial for: George Pero
Keith Goldberg |
GM Rusnak | Porsche Westlake

I’ve worked closely with Alex on over a dozen transactions. Alex had a knack for discovering real value-add deals while working to adhere to our strict portfolio parameters. Alex always made it a priority to ensure a seamless deal process; he routinely found solutions to hiccups along the way, continuously bringing deals across the finish line.

Testimonial for: Alex Covino
Brad Pickett |
President, Phoenix National Buyers

Tony’s breadth and diversity of experience in the automotive industry is extraordinary; and that experience combined with Tony’s knowledge, experience and rational approach makes Tony a valuable resource for dealers, whether buying or selling.

Testimonial for: Tony Karabon
Brian H. Nolen |
Partner, Gach & Nolan, PLLC

Dave Cantin was truly the only reason that I was able to complete the transaction on our new dealership. He was able to help both the seller and I find common ground on some contentious issues. When it seemed that the deal wouldn’t actually happen, he kept us moving forward. I would not think of doing another buy/sell without calling Dave first.”

Testimonial for: Dave Cantin
Roy Greenblatt |
Matt Blatt Dealerships

I’ve known Bill Woodward “Woody” for 35 years. As the owner of Inskip Autocenter and Autocenter Enterprises with 21 franchises and many locations, many were sold to the Penske Organization. Woody was by my side through many business purchases, operating and growing them for over 25 of years. He is one of the most knowledgeable and dependable people I’ve ever had the pleasure of working with. Honesty and integrity are his hallmark qualities. He’s also has extensive experience in all lines including most of the luxury franchises. If I were to open another dealership he would be one of the first people I’d call.

Testimonial for: Woody Woodward
Rick Gudoian |
Dealer Principal, Inskip Autocenter Autocenter Enterprises

I can’t thank Dave enough for finding us the new dealership in Freehold that we closed on in August of 2017. He has an amazing work ethic and followed up on all the details, dates and important contractual issues. Dealing with Dave was a pleasure and I am sure that this isn’t the last deal that we will do. Dave went out of his way to help with issues that arose after closing – something that I truly appreciate!

Testimonial for: Dave Cantin
Randy Lebowitz |
Automobile Dealer NJ & PA

Mark came to me through a recommendation from my contacts at the Hendrick Automotive Group. His diligence and attention to details are exemplary. He has an incredible network of automotive professionals in his arsenal and brings a fresh sense of creativity the transaction.

Testimonial for: Mark Dwyer
Mark Wright |
Carlson Toyota

I have work with William “Woody” Woodward for over 4 years, it is and has been an absolute pleasure. He is a consummate automotive professional, with experience in turnarounds, dealership operations and an in depth knowledge of dealership financial statements. Most importantly, the bedrock of our relationship is his ability to distill complex issues to the simplest of explanations. His candor, and the ability to always speak honestly make him a valued colleague and a trusted friend.

Testimonial for: Woody Woodward
Mark W. Juron |
Juron Automotive Consultants

I have had the pleasure of working with Tony for over 25 years. His attention to detail and ability to break down even the most complex transactions into manageable projects has resulted in stunning successes. He has a unique ability to understand the needs of sellers and buyers and leverages that skill to create the positive forces necessary to bring even the most difficult deals to closure.

Testimonial for: Tony Karabon
Kevin J. Kinney |
Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C, Co-chair - OD M&A Practice Group

I have worked with Mark for the past 11 years on many projects. Mark’s experience as both a factory executive and dealer operator brought a unique level of confidence and expertise to our transactions. He understood my goals and exceeded my expectations; I trust him implicitly and am proud to call him my friend.

Testimonial for: Mark Dwyer
John Widiger |
Youngblood Auto Group

I was recently represented by Dave Cantin in selling two franchised dealerships. From engagement to closing, my transactions were handled with the utmost confidentiality and professionalism. Dave’s business acumen combined with his vast experience as a former operator were invaluable. Dave Cantin was instrumental in structuring and negotiating every facet of the transactions, resulting in obtaining more net proceeds for me than anyone else possibly could have, and frankly, more than I expected. I do not hesitate to recommend Dave Cantin to any dealer principal interested in being represented by “the best in the business” and achieving top dollar!

Testimonial for: Dave Cantin
Jay Brichke |
Owner, JAB Automotive LLC

I have known Dave Cantin for many years, both as a business associate and then as a dear friend. We met when he was the general manager and part owner of Brad Benson Hyundai and I was the principal of Kera & Co., LLC. Dave has a deep-rooted knowledge of both the front and back-end of the car business, which allowed him to make a natural progression to become a successful broker. He is able to skillfully construct transactions that are beneficial to both the buyer and seller in a way that is seamless. He is always responsive and accessible and has been a tremendous resource to me for many years.

Testimonial for: Dave Cantin
Ellen Kera |
Partner, Citrin Cooperman

I contacted Dave Cantin after I tried 2 other brokers to sell my dealership with no success. Dave assured me that he has the network to get my dealership sold. Within 30 days Dave had me in contract with the right buyer. From beginning to end, hands down, Dave is one of the best brokers you can work with. I would not hesitate in recommending Dave Cantin to any dealer that wants to sell or buy a dealership. He works extremely hard in getting you top dollar if your selling. BEST IN THE BUSINESS!

Testimonial for: Dave Cantin
Chris Erato |
Bay Ridge Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram

Dave Cantin and Brian Brown were consummate professionals throughout the entire process. This was our first buy/sell and initially we were looking to add a small store. When it was all said and done, not only did DCG successfully help us execute that goal, but we ended up selling our big store. The team came to the table with an offer we just couldn't refuse. There were a lot of moving parts in both transactions and at some points the deals seemed like they were going to fall apart. I can say with the upmost confidence that without DCG at the helm, neither deal would have been executed. We are now a couple of months post closing and they are still there to help with a few issues that have arisen. These were the largest transactions our family ever took part in and we couldn't be happier that we chose DCG as partners in the transactions.

Testimonial for: Brian Brown
Vincent P. Odoardi |
Managing Partner - Bedford Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram

Over the years we have worked with Tony on a number of buy/sell transactions. His 25 years of experience as general counsel for two large actively-growing multi-franchise dealer groups gives him unique insight into a wide variety of deal scenarios. His dual perspective on the business exigencies and legal hurdles associated with buy/sell transactions, and day-to-day dealership operations, are invaluable in navigating a deal from negotiation through closing.

Testimonial for: Tony Karabon
Eric A. Baker |
Partner, Boardman & Clark LLP

Mark’s relationship with our stores spans over 25 years. His work ethic coupled with integrity drives his passion for the business. Mark is highly professional with strong automotive business instincts. His background in interpreting financial data and factory relationships has helped our company immensely in some complicated manufacturer issues.

Testimonial for: Mark Dwyer
Mike Woodrum |
General Manager/Partner, Woodrum Ford Toyota

I have known and worked with ‘Woody” Woodward since 1983. He is a unique “car guy” that understands the retail auto business across every franchise as well as used and fixed operations. His depth of understanding and experience running many dealerships will enhance any transaction whether on the sell or buy side. You can expect transparency, straight talk and a relentless partner when you engage “Woody”.

Testimonial for: Woody Woodward
Greg Hoffman |
CEO Resources Management Group

Dave Cantin is one of the most organized, aggressive, and transparent brokers I have ever worked with in our industry. He takes the time to get to know what your goals are first, and then he puts together a plan to get you there. He is always easy to reach and never too busy to talk to. I honestly feel that he wants to help me achieve my goals rather than use me to achieve his. When its time to grow, he’s my first phone call.

Testimonial for: Dave Cantin
Carl Taska, Jr. |
Tasca Automotive Group

I want to express my deepest thanks to Dave Cantin for selling my Chevrolet dealership. The process was quick and painless, and I got exceptional value for it. Everything was very confidential between the buyer and the seller. I have worked with other brokers in the past and Dave, by far, was the most professional.

Testimonial for: Dave Cantin
Alan Hornbeck |
Alan Hornbeck Chevrolet

To say that George is an asset to a team is a complete understatement. His drive, passion and sheer determination makes him an unstoppable force in the community and business. His actions and leadership lifts others, he breeds success to all those around him. For numerous years, I’ve witnessed George accept a challenge and achieve almost every goal he’s set as his mark. His ability to develop markets, operate on budgets, build company from start-up to profitability, establish a healthy culture of a company and communicate effectively are some of the best of anyone I know. I would jump at an opportunity to work with George because I know, without a doubt, he will create the success for the challenge in front of him.

Testimonial for: George Pero
Michael Yanke |
President, Global Evolution Management

As the founder and former CEO of American Auction Group (now known as XLerate Group) I have known George Pero for over seven years. In 2012 my company had the pleasure of acquiring all of George’s auctions (Auctions in Motion). The addition of George’s auctions certainly increased my company’s national footprint but equally as important this acquisition enabled us to bring one of our industry’s most creative and successful serial entrepreneurs on to our senior management team.George Pero’s business successes were, and continue to be, a direct result of his visionary approach and passionate dedication to developing and executing new methodologies in an industry that hasn’t always embraced change. That combined with his fine tuned leadership, problem solving and decision making skills positioned George to excel in the area of mergers and acquisitions on our behalf. I miss working with George Pero for he has always brought an air of inspiring excitement and energy to everything he does.

Testimonial for: George Pero
Steve Simon |
Founder and Former CEO of American Auction Group