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A few months ago, John Fitzpatrick was named the Marketing Manager of the 5th Generation Camaro. :)

So the purpose of this thread is to familiarize you all with him, as it will be a name that will be commonplace in the Camaro Community. :)

I had the pleasure to meet John at the Camaro Focus Group this May and keep in contact with him.
Believe me, this guy knows his stuff, and is very thorough and great at his job!

A note about John in an email from Scott Settlemire...

Scott Settlemire said:
Good afternoon, Camaro Comrades and Firebird Friends,

While some of you may have already met him; most of you have not -- and thus it's my honor and pleasure to introduce you to the Marketing Manager of the new Camaro. (consider him ' Fbodfather 2.0 ' )

I've known John for many years as we worked together in the North East United States at Chevrolet in both our New York and Foxborough, MA Offices. John brings a host of Organization skills to his new job -- and that's crucial on any product launch -- but even MORE important when launching a 'hallowed' nameplate such as Camaro. I consider John a great friend and hope that you, the Camaro/Firebird Community will embrace him as warmly as you have me over the years.

As to me? I'm not going anywhere -- you're stuck with me! I'll continue to oversee Chevrolet Shows and Exhibits -- and I'll continue to work on the Camaro in an advisory position.

As I said a while back -- "......keep the faith ....the future, indeed, looks bright........" and as the days and weeks go by, it just keeps getting brighter and more exciting!
And a background and biography from John:

Date of Birth: 12/10/1964
City of Birth: Detroit, MI

Current Position: Marketing Manager - Impala/Camaro

Education: B.A., Philosophy - Sacred Heart Seminary College, Detroit, MI

My career started in 1987 at Chevrolet Customer Assistance as a Customer Service Specialist employed by EDS. After a year of answering customers' concerns, I was moved to a speciality group called Hobby Shop. My responsibilities were to research sales questions from other specialists, such as how to order the 1LE package on 4th gen Camaro.

In 1990, I was hired by Chevrolet and assigned to the Tampa, Florida Zone Office. I worked in various positions within the Zone Office learning about various aspects of our field operations. After 2 and 1/2 years, the office was closed, and I was moved to the newly formed Northeast Region, in Foxborough, MA.

My first position in the Northeast Region was Assistant Distribution Manager, where I worked with various District Managers (including DM Scott Settlemire). Within a year I was promoted to the position of District Manager for Southern New Hampshire. Although I was only in New Hampshire for two years, I fell in love with the area and a young lady who would eventually agree to marry me, my wife Marge.

After two years in New Hampshire, I was given the challenge of improving Chevrolet's results in Rhode Island as District Managers. In two years, sales and market share increased, and I was ready for a new challenge working back in Detroit.

In 1998, I was promoted to the position of Administrative Manager in Chevrolet's Training Group. After a year in that position, and a major organizational reorganization, I found my way to our Distribution Department which paved my way back to the Northeast Region.

In January 2000, just four months after the birth of my first daughter Brigid, I was promoted to the position of Northeast Regional Distribution Manager.

I would spend the next five years in the Northeast. After my two plus years stint as Distribution Manager, I was named Assistant Regional Marketing Manager for Chevrolet Cars. In this position, I worked with various dealer groups on promotions and sales events. My second daughter, Clare, came along during this time,

After two years as the Assistant Marketing Manager, I was named Zone Manager for our Small Dealer Group. In this position, I worked with over 200 dealers and developed 12 new hire District Managers. After a year, I had the opportunity to move to Rochester, NY as Zone Manager for Pontiac-Buick-GMC in Upstate New York.

I lasted exactly one year when I was asked to move back to Detroit and work for Chevrolet Marketing. Initially, I was named Marketing Manager for HHR, but after a few short months, and the announcement of Camaro's production, I was given the dream job of launching the Camaro.

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Well, I hope he does a much better job than the guy in charge of the G8. They are supposed to start production next month and you can't even get dealer info yet.

I hope to see plenty of traveling Camaro product knowledge shows to educate dealers and let potential buyers to get some seat time.
 

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J.K. sounds promising, I hope he keeps in touch with the community as good as S.S. did. I also hope to see the screen name "fbodfather 2.0", with J.K. on the other side on this and other forums.
 

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When you guys get to meet or communicate again ask him. Is there a color selector page available yet? If so, where and if not why?

It would be a useful tool in selecting the color availability when the time comes by monitoring what people select or save as their favorite.
 

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Yeah well, John, if I'm going to like you, you need to tell me the concept is going to come to Arizona. Dammit I want to see this thing IN PERSON!
 

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Colors I think will be available when the rest of the product information (engines, etc) is announced.

Concept has been to Arizona once already... and that's not John's department anyway, that's Scott's.
 

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When you guys get to meet or communicate again ask him. Is there a color selector page available yet? If so, where and if not why?

It would be a useful tool in selecting the color availability when the time comes by monitoring what people select or save as their favorite.
Dodge did something like that with the Avenger..a fictional "Build My Own" was set up with TONS of options..even a turbodiesel engine with a manual trans was one of the options. That way they could find out what people wanted.
Apparently they didn't listen..cause it doesn't have a turbo diesel and it doesn't have a manual transmission ;).



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I am just talking about colors. Maybe GM will listen better than Chrysler. Take 6 out of 9. Make 6 the base color and add 2-3 SS only colors.

I believe we will get a 6 speed manual and I don't hear a large outcry for a turbo diesel option, yet I believe they could sell them.
 

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Really good to know that you are actively in touch with all the big dogs Octane! That's why I knew this was my site to stay on. Keep us posted on the engine options, PLEASE!! That is my main concern, cause I already love the rest of the car. But the motor is what will seal the deal, sell my soul, etc. For this car.
 

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Really good to know that you are actively in touch with all the big dogs Octane! That's why I knew this was my site to stay on. Keep us posted on the engine options, PLEASE!! That is my main concern, cause I already love the rest of the car. But the motor is what will seal the deal, sell my soul, etc. For this car.
Ditto!

And tell Scott to tell John to join the site! We won't bash here, and there's a lot of good people who really care about the Camaro. He could actually learn something useful here, I think.
 

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it would be nice if John would join up. he is hella cool too... but they are so crazy busy right now and i want them to be busy where it counts. Octane definitely passes info up the chain tho. :D
 
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