"We are not sales people who know about cars. We are car people who know how to sell." ~Patrick L. Krook, President/CEO Show Your Auto LLC
Show Your Auto LLC
Patrick bootstrapped Show Your Auto LLC in 2003 after a career as an Executive Recruiter within the Information Technology sector during the "tech-boom" which began in the mid-1990's. As an I.T. Recruiter and Consultant to the e-Commerce, Electronic Trading, and Insurance industries, he pioneered internet sourcing, marketing, and selection practices to build high-performance teams in mission-critical business units within companies such as IBM, Walgreens, Discover Card, Chicago Mercantile Exchange, and Allstate Insurance.
He also grew up learning how to wrench, restore, tune, and drive American Muscle Cars, owning 13 cars within two years in high school and more since, everything from Mopars, to Mustangs, to Chevelles and GTO’s. Starting Show Your Auto was an opportunity for Patrick to marry his skills honed in the business world with his innate passion for automobiles. "I know that to pursue and purchase a rare collectible car is not just a buying decision, or even just an investment decision, this is about fulfilling your heart's desire, one that has been there since you were a boy, if you were like me."
Today, Show Your Auto uses the same commitment to best practices in marketing and selection to take the hassle out of selling and the risk out of buying collectible cars. SYA has worked hard to become a valued resource to private owners and pay back into the enthusiast community.
Marc brings 25 years of sales, marketing and management expertise to SYA, many of which have been spent in the automotive world. He lives in the Las Vegas area with his wife and twin daughters. His son is in graduate school in St Louis. Born and raised in the Chicagoland area, he entered the automobile business in 1995. His first job was selling Pontiacs and GMC Trucks for a franchise dealer. He quickly moved up the ranks, changing dealerships and becoming a Finance Manager for multi-line automotive dealerships. He spent time as a General Sales Manager and Director of Finance during his retail automotive days.
In order to spend more time with his family, he embarked on a new path selling and investing in real estate. He never could get the automobile bug out of his system. He always wanted to do something valuable in the automotive field, but did not want to go back into the retail automobile side of the business. When SYA called, he thought, this is perfect! Now here is a chance to help everyone, from those entering the hobby, to mid-level collectors all the way to those who are serious collectors, without all the car dealership games. Marc brings a dedication to getting the job done for his clients that has been the hallmark of his professional life.
Show Your Auto LLC welcomes Tom "Tommy Driver" Dankel, who joins our team as the West Coast Field Agent and resident Shelby Specialist.
As a young impressionable 5 year old, Toms father ordered new in the fall of 1966, a 1967 Mustang Fastback powered by the venerable K-code. The family participated in Rallyes, parades and shows in the late 60's and early 70's, so when Tom donates blood, you can see why it has a shade of Ford blue in it.
While Toms expertise is primarily in the Blue Oval, he considers himself a non-denominational petrol head having owned, Mopars, Pontiacs, And Chevy Muscle cars, as well as Porsches, BMW & Mercedes and many motorcycles.
Shelby's are his first love, and he has been a member of the Shelby American Automobile Club (SAAC) since 1981, a member (and past Editor, current Social Media Director & Board Member at Large) at NorCal SAAC since 1985, and State Director for the Pacific Region of Team Shelby.
"I've had decades of fun from the hard work of others, and now it's my turn to give back to the people, lifestyle to keep this hobby growing and fun" says Dankel
Tom brings with him many contacts from varied marques. Have a question, just ask, if he doesn't know the answer, he knows someone who does.
"Talking to Patrick a couple of years ago, I quickly found out we were, as they say, cut from the same cloth, and when presented this opportunity to work together and help people realize, what for many is a life long dream, was something I wanted to be a part of."
As Tom liked to sign off in his monthly column "From the Desk of the Editor", "Until next time, motor on".