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November 2017 Sales Personnel Contest Winners Announced

Syracuse, NY (November 13th, 2017) – The Syracuse Auto Dealers Association is proud to announce this year’s sales awards winners. They are a diverse group of professionals who work across Central New York at various dealerships.

Chris Brown of Crest Acura has made his mark in 16 months at the dealership. He sold 151 high-end vehicles since joining the staff in July of 2016. His manager writes, “he is dedicated every day to achieving excellence, whether it be sales results, customer satisfaction or general assistance with just about anything”. Outside the business, he writes gospel songs,  has produced two albums and is a father of six.

John M. Cristantielli of Romano Chrysler Jeep is a thirty-year veteran of the dealership, having first started in the wash bay. For 27 years, he has sold vehicles and has been salesperson of the month well over 100 times. His manager states, “His customers are the most loyal that I have ever seen in my 40 years in the business”.

Lori Sears of Burdick Kia is a two-year veteran of the dealership and sold 143 vehicles during the past 12 months. A mentor for new product specialists, she guides new sales associates through company onboarding and orientation. Not only does she work at a high level in the dealership, she also takes care of both her elderly parents and serves as a home health aide once a week for a couple suffering from dementia.

Steve Shallcross of East Syracuse Chevrolet is a 5 ½ year veteran of the dealership having sold 220 new and used vehicles over the past 12 months. Since joining the dealership he has been salesperson of the month 33 times and has consistently sold 20 plus vehicles every month. Marketing himself at Cicero-North Syracuse sports events and various fundraisers, he gains a great percentage of business from referrals.

A 7-year veteran of the dealership, Patrick Sullivan of Burdick Toyota has sold 190 vehicles over the past 12 months.  According to his manager, “he leads by example on a daily basis. The key to his success is his personal work ethic. Plus he is eager to assist new sales personnel with learning the ropes.” One of his best write-ups came from a customer who said, “the honesty and kindness I was shown has kept me coming back to the dealership.”

Stephen Whitacre of Koerner Ford has only 5 months of experience in automotive sales. However, his extensive sales experience enabled him to jump into the business like someone with decades of experience.” In his first full month on the sales floor, he sold 20 cars and a total of 72 units in four months. He has been salesperson of the month 3 out of 4 months since June and began receiving referrals immediately.


Sean Abbott of Bill Rapp Superstore helped pay for his college education by purchasing cheap cars on Craigslist and fixing them up for resale. He started as a sales consultant just 11 months ago after leaving a position as a sales executive in New York City. From his first day on the job, he has exhibited an extraordinary level of professionalism often arriving at 7 AM to greet service customers and to organize his day. As a result, he is on pace to deliver 150 vehicles this year. Always more than willing to help his co-workers, he also contributes to the success and morale of others.

Steven Wright of Lamacchia Honda has a unique resume. He came to the dealership having worked at a hospital and as a pizza delivery person. His motivation was to change his life and as a father of 3, he wanted more for his family. His manager learned immediately that he was very successful in the pizza business because he was engaging with customers. He loved talking and listening to them and finding out their likes all within 2 minutes. He is currently the number 2 salesperson behind a veteran of 40 years.

Syracuse Auto Dealers congratulates all the winners. SADA represents dealers across the Central New York and has been producing the annual Syracuse Auto Expo since 1908.

Each rep took home a $1,000 check and a plaque to honor their achievements.

Fall Into The Car of Your Dreams

At The November 2017

Syracuse Auto Expo

Syracuse, NY (October 31st, 2017) –The leaves are falling and people are talking about football, SU Sports and the new cars for 2018. We’re celebrating Fall with The Syracuse Auto Expo Fall Show at the Oncenter, Thursday November 2nd through Sunday, November 5th.  The show is moving from its usual February dates to accommodate the USBC Open Championships happening at the Oncenter in 2018. The Championships will be responsible for $75 to $100 million dollars being spent in Syracuse and CNY.

The 110th Auto Expo sponsored by SADA features hundreds of vehicles spread out through two buildings and four BIG floors totaling 135,000 square feet, and you can experience it all and not have to worry about braving the cold temperatures. See the latest in automotive technology, efficiency, safety and comfort and style for work, play or leisure.

Returning for the third time, the Toyota Drive Center is ready to hand you the keys and let you experience their most popular vehicles. The Toyota Drive Center is bringing a new vehicle to test drive, the 2018 Toyota C-HR.  Licensed drivers can also test drive a variety of other popular Toyota vehicles the all-new Camry, the RAV4, the all-new Prius Prime - the hybrid you can charge. The 2018 C-HR is new to the lineup and is available to lease or purchase at local dealerships.

The Customer Appreciation Lounge has returned downstairs in the Ballroom for the entire show. Enjoy an expanded menu of light meals, check-in on social media (#syrautoshow) and fill up on snacks while you relax at bistro tables.

On Thursday military personnel, service veterans and first responders get free admission with proper ID.

On Friday we’re celebrating Customer Appreciation Day.

On Saturday afternoon we are bringing New York State’s finest wines and craft beers back to The Lounge at the Expo. We are shining the spotlight on CNY’s growing wine businesses with a tasting room that can be found in the downstairs partitioned ballroom on Saturday from 4pm to 8pm.  Here is a list of the wineries and breweries that will be taste testing on Saturday from 4-8pm:  Beak & Skiff – 1911 • Colloca Estate Winery • Owera Vineyard • Genesee Brewery • Greenwood Winery • Thousand Islands Winery • Busted Grapes • Lakeland Winery • Montezuma Winery • Northern Flow Vineyards • Ravage Cabernet Sauvignon and Dreaming Tree Cabernet. Bottles will be available for purchase (off-premise consumption only) and tastings will be available to guests who are 21 years or older.

When you are ready to kick up your heels, The Noisy Boys will be performing from 4pm to 7pm!  Families will also have fun with Jackman’s twin magicians and “The Face Paint Lady” delighting the kids throughout the day.

For our more rugged fans, The Outdoors Lifestyle exhibit downstairs reminds everyone that outdoor weather is right around the corner. Imagine warm summer days as you ride motorcycles, ATV’s, personal watercraft, easily trailer-able boats, scooters, and towable campers.

Sunday is Family Fun Day with a special admission price of $20 for a family four-pack. For the kids, you’ll find balloons and face painting too!  Be awestruck by the Jackman’s twin magicians from 12 to 4.  Plus, kids can be transformed into their favorite character with “The Face Paint Lady” ( from 12:30 to 4:00.

This year’s show chair is Richard Burritt from R.M. Burritt Motors Inc. Rich brings enthusiasm and a lifelong love of the auto industry to this year's show.  A fourth-generation dealer, Burritt has worked in almost every facet of his family's dealership.

The festivities kick off on Wednesday night with the 20th Annual Charity Preview.  The preview party gives you a first look at the show while raising money for 13 Central New York not for profit organizations. Since its inception, the “best party in town” has raised just over $3 million dollars.

This year’s charities include:

CNY Kidney FoundationDavid's Refuge, Inc.
Hospice of Central New York
Huntington Family Centers, IncLearning Disabilities Association of CNY
The Loretto Foundation
Make A Wish of Central New York
Maureen's Hope Foundation, Inc.
Meals On Wheels of Syracuse, NY, Inc.
Responsive To Our Community (ROC)
The Centers @ St. Camillus
The Newland Center for Adult Learning & Literacy


Syracuse Oncenter - 800 South State St., Syracuse, NY 13202


Thursday through Sunday, November 2nd-5th

Hours: Thursday & Friday: 4PM–9PM | Saturday: Noon–9PM | Sunday: Noon–5PM

Admission: Adults: $9 | Seniors: $7 | Children (6-12 yrs): $3 | Age 5 and under: Free

Free parking provided with the purchase of admission ticket

Veterans, first responders, and military personnel are Free on Thursday ONLY.

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Find us on Instagram at “syracuseautoshow.”


Rich Burritt Chairs

Richard A. Burritt President, R.M. Burritt Motors Inc.

November 2017 Auto Show

The November 2017 Auto Expo has a new show chair, Rich Burritt from R.M. Burritt Motors Inc. Rich brings enthusiasm and a lifelong love of the auto industry to this year's show.

A fourth generation dealer, Burritt has worked in almost every facet of his family's dealership. With over 20 years experience in the Automotive Industry, he currently oversees the processes, overall operations, functional management, and strategic new and used car marketing.  He graduated with Great Distinction in Business Administration and was an Academic All American Lacrosse Player from Clarkson University in 2005. In 2007, he was a Top Scholar at the NADA Dealer Academy.

Rich also has a commitment to his community and currently serves on the board for SADA, NYSADA, and Oswego YMCA.

Rich is excited to put his unique spin on the first Fall Syracuse Auto Expo.



The final results of the Syracuse Auto Expo Charity Preview were be revealed on Thursday March 23rd at Strada Mia. Fourteen charities were presented with checks that they brought back to their communities.  This year ticket sales totaled well over $291,000 making the 2017 event a record breaker!  Chairpersons Gino Barbuto and Jim Barr were thrilled with the results.  “The generosity of this community and the auto dealer’s commitment to making Central New York a better place is what makes this event such a success. Thanks to the support of not only the attendees, but the underwriters who help pay for this event, these funds will go directly to the children and families across our area.” The 19th Annual Charity Preview kicked off the Auto Expo on Wednesday, February 15th.  Since its inception, the “best party in town” has raised just over $3 million dollars.

 Charity Totals:

Access CNY - $11,901.61
ARC of Onondaga - $8011.61
The Centers @ St. Camillus - $13,328.27
Crouse Health Foundation - $11,424.11
David's Refuge, Inc. -  $51,194.94
Hospice of Central New York - $25,748.76
Huntington Family Centers, Inc - $11,350.86
Learning Disabilities Association of CNY - $26,690.36

The Loretto Foundation - $13,365.78
Make A Wish of Central New York - $20,697.04
Maureen's Hope Foundation, Inc. - $47,985.61
Meals On Wheels of Syracuse, NY, Inc. - $23,732.44
National Kidney Foundation of CNY - $22,322.85
Syracuse Community Connections - $3215.76

Syracuse Auto Dealers represents dealers across the Central New York area.  The organization has been producing the annual Syracuse Auto Expo since 1908.

The Syracuse Auto Expo is one of the longest running auto showcases in the country. This year’s Charity Preview will return with a Fall show on November 1st. The Syracuse Auto Expo will be November 2nd through the 5th at the OnCenter. The show is moving to a fall date due to the American Bowling Congress Championships at the Oncenter in February of 2018.

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