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MEMBER
PROFILE
FAITHFULLY YOURS

JAMES O'DELL
MARKETING MANAGER
YEARS IN THE INDUSTRY: 16
PHONE: 734-223-7080
EMAIL: jodell@motownauto.com
FAVORITE APPS: DaTuner, Tag Master,
YouTube, Solitaire
WORDS TO LIVE BY:

There are too many
principles that guide my
life spiritually, professionally
and personally to narrow it
down to just one. One that I
have used professionally in
recent times is, "A person
who is faithful in little things
will be faithful with much."

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VOL. 106

SOME may call it destiny that James
O'Dell, marketing manager, Motown
Automotive, has spent virtually his entire
career in the auto care industry, from
kicking off as an intern to helping the
association's Auto Care Careers on
Campus program engage with students
and potential leaders across the country.
O'Dell graduated from Bob Jones
University with a bachelor in marketing
management and went on to meet
his wife at his first stint helping a
church that was temporarily shortstaffed. A good word from his father
to a friend got him an internship at
Motown Automotive in Farmington
Hills, Mich., and 16 years later, the rest
is history. Now, O'Dell oversees all
advertising, promotions and customer
events, and supports the company's
sales and purchasing departments.
"My appreciation and passion for the
industry continue to grow because of
the wonderful people who work in it, the
wealth of career opportunities it offers
and the stability it provides," said O'Dell.
"My participation with the association
has allowed me to see a much bigger
view of the industry than one gets

working in their corner of the world on a
daily basis. I truly enjoy the networking
and educational opportunities
that the association provides."
In addition to his passion and work
to expand the industry's outreach,
O'Dell is cautious about some of the
less popular challenges to face.
"Attracting employees, telematics or
parts proliferation. These are all wellknown concerns, but I feel the rapidlychanging market dynamics will be a
challenge for all industry members,"
said O'Dell. "Whether it's manufacturers
seeking to own distribution and
service bays, or the growth of online
purchasing or autonomous vehicles
and ride sharing, or a multitude of
other market pressures, everyone will
be forced to adapt or the market will
replace you with someone or something
else that provides more value."
On a personal note, O'Dell spends his
free time with his wife and two-and-ahalf-year-old daughter. His family is very
involved in their local church and he is
a member of the Barbershop Harmony
Society and an a cappella quartet.



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