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Kukui Corporation Appoints New Vice President of Client Services, Adds Key Marketing Positions

Promoted staffers will focus on client retention; improve Kukui’s marketing materials and expand the company’s digital presence Kukui Corporation, a developer of marketing software solutions for the automotive repair industry, has appointed Caitlyn Williams Vice President of Client Services. The company has also promoted Kiley Fasano to Director of Marketing and Production and Omar Avalos to Graphic Design and Marketing Coordinator. As Vice President of Client Services, Williams manages client satisfaction and retention and oversees all client-facing staff to ensure accountability and high quality customer service. Well-versed at client relations, Williams served as the former associate director of client services for nearly two years before her promotion. She started her marketing career at a technical recruiting company, which gave her the foundation to work directly with clients, develop networking and event planning skills, and implement internal mark ... read more

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Honest-1 Auto Care Names Kukui Corporation Endorsed Vendor

Automotive repair chain will promote Kukui’s marketing software to new franchisees Kukui Corporation has joined the approved list of vendors that automotive repair shop giant Honest-1 recommends to its new franchisees. As an “endorsed” vendor, Kukui will be included in the marketing resource material franchisees receive from Honest-1 along with information about how Kukui fits into a franchisee’s marketing budget. Honest-1 named Kukui an approved vendor based on the effectiveness of the company’s marketing platform, which helps shop owners evaluate their marketing campaigns. In addition to offering analytics, the company’s product suite also includes smart web pages that are optimized to boost a shop’s leads and conversion rates; a simple-to-use Content Management System that is integrated with a shop’s Point-of-Sale system and customer retention tools such as email service reminders. “It’s really the best ... read more

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Kukui Corporation Named to the 2015 Inc. 500 List of America’s Fastest Growing Companies

Company ranked 76th with three-year sales growth of nearly 4,000% Inc. Magazine has ranked Kukui Corporation 76th on its annual Inc. 500 list of the nation’s fastest growing private companies. Kukui, which makes marketing software for automotive repair shop owners, landed its ranking with a growth rate of 3,493% over the last three years. Founded in 1996, Kukui has 86 employees and reported revenue of $4.2 million last year. This is the first time the company has earned a spot on the list, which represents the most comprehensive look at the most important segment of the economy—America’s independent entrepreneurs. "I am honored that Kukui has been recognized by Inc. Magazine as one of America’s fastest growing companies,” said Kukui Founder and Product Architect Ryan Wilmot. “It is really a testament to the small business owners that we work with, and to the amazing “Kukuians” who have worked day and night to create ... read more

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Kukui's Todd Westerlund and Mike Giblin Serving as Speakers at NACE/CARS 2015

- Automotive expert will offer insight into marketing and customer service - San Jose, CA – Kukui Corporation CEO Todd Westerlund and President of U.S. Operations Mike Giblin will share their marketing and sales knowledge with attendees of this year’s NACE/CARS Expo and Conference. Held in Detroit from July 21-25, 2015, the International Autobody Congress & Exposition (NACE) and the Congress of Automotive Repair and Service (CARS) are the premier events dedicated to the automotive service and repair industries. Westerlund will speak at 10 a.m. on July 22nd as part of the panel, Alternative Revenue Streams, which will explore new revenue opportunities that make use of a shop’s existing staff and resources. At 1 p.m. on the 22nd, Giblin will present the seminar, “Generation Why,” offering strategies to help shop owners better market to the Millennial generation. Westerlund and Giblin both have experience working inside sh ... read more

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Kukui Corporation Forms Alliance with the Institute for Automotive Business Excellence

San Jose, CA – Kukui Corporation has formed an alliance with the Institute for Automotive Business Excellence, a provider of business education for the automotive repair industry. Kukui, which makes marketing software for repair shop owners, will work with the Institute’s clients to help them gain better insight into the effectiveness of their marketing efforts. Under the alliance, Kukui will offer the Institute’s clients one-month free access to its revolutionary software platform, which provides detailed data on how well a shop’s marketing channels are performing. The company’s product suite also includes smart web pages that are optimized to boost leads and conversion rates; a simple-to-use Content Management System that is integrated with a shop’s Point-of-Sale system and customer retention tools such as email service reminders. “Kukui has been providing outstanding services to our clients nationwide and in Canada for over three year ... read more

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Kukui Corporation Appoints Mike Giblin to President of U.S. Operations

San Jose, CA – Kukui Corporation, a developer of marketing software solutions for the automotive repair industry, has appointed Mike Giblin President of the company’s U.S. Operations. An automotive industry veteran, Giblin joined Kukui as a vice president of business development and previously served as vice president of U.S. Operations. In his new role, Giblin will work with shop owners to ensure that the Kukui platform meets their marketing needs and will continue to build alliances with management coaches and industry associations. The appointment also improves Kukui’s management structure, allowing CEO Todd Westerlund to focus on setting the company’s strategy and vision. “Mike is the perfect person to lead our efforts to build relationships in the automotive repair industry,” said Westerlund. “As a former shop owner, Mike brings unparalleled insight to Kukui and is keenly aware of what our clients need to achieve their goals ... read more

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Generating New Customers With Google Business View

Generating New Customers With Google Business View

- This simple Google tool can help show off your shop and attract new customers - "Clean, comfortable shops are a stark contrast to the grimy floors, cramped waiting areas and loud surroundings that come with the traditional perception of the auto service industry. For those looking to proudly show off their plush environs and professional repair facilities, a new feature from Google provides shops a low-cost way to give prospective customers a free tour—while also improving search engine rankings." Read more at: http://www.ratchetandwrench.com

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Automotive Industry Veteran Greg Buckley to Serve as Keynote Speaker for Think Kukui Trade Show

- Event will also feature industry awards in more than a dozen categories - San Jose, CA – Greg Buckley, a more than 40-year veteran of the automotive repair industry, will keynote the 2015 Think Kukui Trade Show, presented by Kukui Corp. Buckley is owner of Buckley’s Auto Care in Wilmington, Delaware and also helped develop the Virtual Service Advisor program, which helps automate the service writing process. An advocate of using technology to grow business, Buckley will discuss technology trends that will impact repair shops in the future. “Greg is a pioneer who is always on the hunt for new tools to improve operations and increase sales. He has tremendous foresight and is well acquainted with the challenges shop owners face daily,” said Todd Westerlund, President and CEO of Kukui Corp. The Think Kukui Trade Show will be held January 16-17, 2015 at the San Jose Airport Doubletree by Hilton Hotel San Jose and will feature a wide spectrum ... read more

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Integrated Sales and marketing dashboard helps owners keep their eye on customers service

Integrated Sales and marketing dashboard helps owners keep their eye on customers service

"Integration of marketing and management programs is key to Kukui’s simple all-in-one success platform. “Everything is measured,” Kukui Vice President of U.S. Operations Mike Giblin said. “From the time they hit enter to find a shop online until you drop the keys in their hand, everything is measured.”" Read more at: http://www.partsandpeople.com/

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Kukui Corporation Announces New Headquarters

- New location offers more space for growth, easy access to hotels, airport - San Jose, CA – Kukui Corporation, a developer of marketing software solutions for the automotive repair industry, has moved into new offices to accommodate employee growth. The new headquarters are located in the heart of Silicon Valley at 2077 Gateway Place, San Jose, CA, near the Norman Y. Mineta San Jose International Airport and area hotels. At xxx square feet, the new location is nearly double Kukui’s previous headquarters and offers capacity for as many as 100 employees. The office’s easy access to the airport and hotels will also make it easier for the company to host its annual trade show, which attracts automobile repair shop owners from around the country. “This new office really represents the next step in Kukui’s evolution as a company. The location makes it possible for us to hire the staff we need to serve our growing client base and prov ... read more

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