COLLEYVILLE, TEXAS – Michael A. Tuno, founder and president of World Class Dealer Services (WCDS), joined the ranks of a handful of professionals who have advanced to the second round of the Association of Finance & Insurance Professional’s (AFIP’s) master certification program. Tuno first attained master status two years ago when AFIP introduced the top-level curriculum in 2012.
“Compliance has always been at the core of WCDS products and services,” said Tuno. “Master certification helps me provide our dealer clients not only with a better understanding of the rules, but also best practices in the evolving regulatory environment.”
Tuno founded WCDS, based in Quakertown, Pennsylvania, in 2003. The full-service agency provides finance and insurance products and resources to automotive, recreational vehicle, powersport and heavy truck dealers in the mid-Atlantic region.
Before WCDS, Tuno gained 18 years of experience in F&I. He logged six years in retail sales, F&I and sales management; three years in automotive banking; nine years in sales and management with Universal Underwriters Group; and one year as Vice President Franchise Sales with the Guardian Warranty Corporation before launching his own company.
Tuno has contributed to numerous trade publication articles and has been a speaker and panelist at NADA and RVDA national conventions. He was an instructor for F&I with the NADA Automobile Dealer Candidate Academy and currently serves as an instructor for F&I with the NADA American Truck Dealer Candidate Academy.
Tuno holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Dickinson College, an MBA in Marketing in the Automotive Industry from Temple University, and completed the Executive Management Program at the J.L. Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University. He earned his initial AFIP certification in 1996 and his senior certification in 2009.
“Michael Tuno is a leader in the field of F&I,” said David Robertson, AFIP executive director. “It’s fitting that he’s in the first wave of second-tier masters – they are the vanguard of their profession. Their commitment to excellence and ethical conduct embody what it means to be a true professional.”