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Orange County’s Dianne Whitmire Lands Back at Carson Toyota

 

We have written about superstar car saleswoman Dianne Whitmire before.

She embodies everything you could hope for in a sales and marketing leader.

She’s a doer.  She’s a closer.  She’s passionate about her work.  She has a geeky kind of reverence for it.  Just check out what they say about her over at Prius Chat.

Any small business must have someone who will go to any length to satisfy a customer and service the heck out of them.  The marketing soon starts to take care of itself as word of mouth spreads, especially if you are leveraging it online.

Dianne was one of the first Prius salespeople on Prius Chat and it has paid off.  If you do a search for her name you will find countless stories of people sharing their buying experience with Dianne.  Mostly you will read about how honest and knowledgeable she was and how far she was willing to go to meet the buyer’s demands.

After making the change from Northern California Toyota stores, she began her Southern California Toyota career in 1998 at Carson Toyota and now she is back as Fleet Sales Director.  That means all you So Cal folks who are in the market for a Toyota and want to buy it from someone you trust can just head up or down the 405 a little ways instead – right off the freeway!

When you find people who just get it, you stick with them and you let other people know…hey here’s an exception to the rule.  And don’t take it just from us.  There are a lot of Dianne fans out there.  And for good reason.  If you want to reach Dianne you can send her an email at dianne@carsontoyota.com

Cal Net Technology Group Windows 7 Luncheon in Anaheim

This is happening today.  If you are interested in knowing where and when the next one is, let us know.

 

OC Mazda Video: Grandma Gets a CX-7

Sometimes social media just works.

Like when a happy customer uploads a video to Facebook surprising his mother-in-law with a new car.

That is what Orange County resident Bill Rams did after he purchased a CX-7 from OC Mazda.

From Bill’s Facebook page:

“On Saturday, we surprised my mother-in-law with a new CX-7. A few years ago, she put her career as a golf pro on hold to be the primary caregiver for her mother, father and husband – all of whom passed away between July 2009 and March 15, 2010. Today, she’s still taking care of her family, spending afternoons with our six-month-old, Charli… Thank you OC Mazda for helping us honor her with a new car. She loves it!”

Cal Net Technology Group Expands in Orange County

A lot of things are coming together for Cal Net Technology Group, who recently expanded their footprint in Orange County.

They were selected this year as a Microsoft Certified Gold Partner, tripled (tripled!) their office space in Orange County, increased their OC headcount and the Windows 7 migration translates into an even more compelling need for a reliable IT service provider.

The Gold Partner selection comes fresh on the heels of a report by Forrester Research that predicts a mass exodus from Microsoft XP to Microsoft 7 over the next twelve months.  IT firms holding the Microsoft competency in systems management will be poised to capitalize on the migration opportunity.

According to the report: “As firms naturally refresh their PCs, IT managers are already deploying Windows 7 on 31% of new PCs today, and within a year the number will increase to 83%.”

I spoke with Cal Net founder and CEO Zack Schuler about it yesterday.

“Windows 7 is going to be a huge hit this year. And as the economy turns around, there is going to be a big push to switch over.  Only four companies are Microsoft Gold Certified in this area and we are one of them.”

He felt my pain when I told him I was still using Vista and went on to explain how easily and quickly they are able to handle the move to Windows 7 for 300-400 user networks.

“It’s not like in your case, where you can just take a CD and be done with it.  We have an automated Windows 7 deployment that can upgrade hundreds of machines at a time.”

I asked him why SMBs should make the switch and he said it comes down to speed, security, ease of use and productivity gains.  “The new Windows 7 search function alone can turn a doc search from minutes into seconds.”

We talked briefly about his take on marketing and he basically said for him it all comes down to “getting your name out there”.

He uses talkTECH Communications for PR, leverages his own network built up over 15 years, puts on events, speaks and is active on Twitter and LinkedIn.

Most importantly he goes above and beyond when it comes to customer service and makes it a priority that everyone on his team understands.

The bottom line is that Cal Net Technology Group is best-in-class, easy to work with and can help your Orange County small business with all its IT needs.

To that end, OCBizBlog is co-sponsoring Cal Net’s Competitive Advantage luncheon event in Anaheim on Thursday, March 24th from 12pm-2pm. The theme of course is “Windows 7 Implementations”  and the invite list is limited to the first 20.  If you are interested in attending email me at steve@ocbizblog.com.  For the invite,  see below:

About Cal Net Technology Group

Founded in 1995, Cal Net Technology Group provides small-to-midsize organizations in Southern California with technology consulting and IT services. When clients choose Cal Net Technology Group, they don’t simply hire a single IT professional; they gain an insourced IT department. Better than a stand-alone in-house IT department, Cal Net Technology Group deploys ongoing IT services and technology projects to help companies communicate effectively and protect their critical data while saving time and money. Its signature services, TECManage and CoManage, give clients cost-effective options to manage all or part of their IT functions, with specialized resources at their disposal, getting IT projects done quickly and efficiently.

$200 Of Free Gas From The OC Auto Team

Some companies take advantage of people when things get rough and others help out.

John Patterson and The OC Auto Team (OC Mazda and Tustin Hyundai) are giving away a free gas card this month worth $200.

And they are having fun with it too.

Just go to their Facebook Page and tell them why you should win.

Whatever comment gets the most LIKES gets $200 of gas!

 

 

Cal Net Technology Group Selected as Microsoft Gold Certified Partner

Southern California IT consulting and computer services firm will serve businesses in need of Windows 7 migration utilizing Microsoft’s System Center Software
Leading Southern California-based IT consulting and computer services company Cal Net Technology Group is pleased to announce its selection as a Microsoft Gold Certified Partner with a competency in systems management.
The company will join a prestigious group of IT consulting firms that hold the “Gold Certified Partner” title.
The selection comes fresh on the heels of a report by Forrester Research that predicts a mass exodus from Microsoft XP to Microsoft 7 over the next twelve months.  IT firms holding the Microsoft competency in systems management will be poised to capitalize on the migration opportunity.
According to the report: “As firms naturally refresh their PCs, IT managers are already deploying Windows 7 on 31% of new PCs today, and within a year the number will increase to 83%.”
“In the past, the requirements for gold certification were not specific to skill,” remarked Luca Jacobellis, chief operating officer of Cal Net Technology Group. “For example, when a customer was searching for help with an Exchange Server, we ended up getting mixed in with other partners that were not relevant, such as software developers.  The Gold Certified Partner status allows us to target and align with small to medium size businesses who are looking for firms capable of the Windows 7 migration utilizing Microsoft’s System Center Software.”
Added Zack Schuler, founder and CEO of Cal Net Technology Group: “The requirements to earn this particular competency were challenging.  We are extremely excited to have reached this goal as a company and believe that through this program we have the opportunity to serve our current clients and future prospects with a much needed competency.”
More About Cal Net Technology Group
Founded in 1995, Cal Net Technology Group provides small-to-midsize organizations in Southern California with technology consulting and IT services. When clients choose Cal Net Technology Group, they don’t simply hire a single IT professional; they gain an insourced IT department. Better than a stand-alone in-house IT department, Cal Net Technology Group deploys ongoing IT services and technology projects to help companies communicate effectively and protect their critical data while saving time and money. Its signature services, TECManage and CoManage, give clients cost-effective options to manage all or part of their IT functions, with specialized resources at their disposal, getting IT projects done quickly and efficiently.
We have written about these guys before and it is with pleasure that we are posting this press release for them.  This is an outfit you can trust to address your small business technology needs.