In the run-up to the one-year mark this fall of the merger between buying groups MEGA Group and Nationwide Marketing Group, former MEGA president Rick Bellows, as part of the executive leadership team responsible for the melding of both groups into one within the Nationwide family, told Dealerscope at Nationwide’s PrimeTime event in early August that he is heartened by how smoothly the process has gone. He credits lots of hard work among personnel in both organizations, and also the similarities in the groups’ cultures – factors which have sped up the amalgamation.
“When you move two large corporations like that together it’s figuring out the people, systems, and processes, and where our strengths and their strengths were. Fortunately, I’d known a lot of the management there, including from my old retail days, when was a member, so that made it easier. Then it was just a matter of rolling up your sleeves and asking, how do we make this the premiere organization in the country? And talented people pulled it off.”