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AutoLoop Seeks 2 Engineers, Clearwater

A provider of all-inclusive communication technology to auto dealerships is looking for more engineers to accommodate its recent growth spurt.

If you've ever had a car dealer alert you that it's time for an oil change with an automatic call or text, it may very well have been the work of AutoLoop. This Clearwater-based company is a one-stop shop for customer communication across all media: voice, text, email and direct mail. But it focuses exclusively on dealerships.

Eric Beard, chief technology officer, says that while candidates for the engineering positions need to be familiar with Microsoft, what they're really after is raw talent.

"Our primary technology uses Microsoft," says Beard. "We do have some things on the Linux side. But generally I'm looking for [knowledge of] .net, C sharp. SQL HTML and Java Script. Someone who can do a little bit of everything. Someone who can generally build a site from scratch. That being said, I would consider hiring someone who shows aptitude -- more so than education or certifications. I'm just looking for talent."

Beard says the company's ability to stay ahead of its competition is why it has enjoyed steady growth since opening in 2005. 

"We filled a niche that wasn't really being filled," explains Beard. "We captured a lot of the market early on because we had a lot of new stuff. Our competitors are now using us as a model. We have a good team and a lot of room to grow. There's about 15,000 to 18,000 dealerships in the U.S. One thousand of them are now customers. We're projecting to be at 2,000 by the end of this year."

Writer: Missy Kavanaugh
Source: Eric Beard, AutoLoop
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