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Joe Russo, Social Dealer Co-Founder and President Passes Away

I would like to express my deepest sympathies to Joe Russo's family, friends and colleagues... It seems like just last week when we were all together cruising Lake Las Vegas. This is a tragic and sad loss to all who knew and loved Joe.  In addition to his family and friends, Joe Russo will be missed by many people in the auto industry.  Good bye Joe, I wish you didn't leave this world so soon.

The following announcement is from the website:

Joe Russo 1964 – 2011

It is with great sadness that we are posting today that Joe Russo, SOCIALDEALER’s Co-founder and President, passed away on Monday, November 14, 2011 at the age of 47.   Joe lived in Oak Lawn, Illinois. Joe Russo and Joe Castle partnered together back in 2007 to begin the venture that would become SOCIALDEALER.


Joe was instrumental in not only getting SOCIALDEALER started, but in developing our ideas, strategies and partnerships. He made the employees feel welcome from day one, and inspired them to all work to make our company more successful.


Joe included inspirational quotes as taglines in his emails, the most recent in my inbox was a quote from Guy Kawasaki, “The best reason to start an organization is to make meaning – to create a product or service to make the world a better place.”  Joe loved what he did at SOCIALDEALER, and we know he truly enjoyed launching SOCIALDEALER with the goal of making the world a better place – both for the employees who work here and the customers we serve.  We will miss his talents and enthusiasm.


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Comment by ASHOK DILAWRI on November 15, 2011 at 9:57am

my symphaty to the family.

Comment by Aj Maida on November 15, 2011 at 3:11am

How sad. I liked Joe a lot and offer my sincerest condolences.

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