Foster James “Jim” Flint, III is an American marketing professional, business founder and lecturer on the subject of digital marketing in the automotive industry.
Flint studied Psychology at Texas Christian University (Texas Christian University) and obtained his Master of Business Administration in marketing and management in 1997.
Flint started his career in sports marketing with Nike and then transitioned to the automotive industry where he spent over a decade at the Original Equipment Manufacturer level with Nissan, Mazda and Toyota. In 2009, Flint moved to the retail side of the business as the corporate director of interactive sales and marketing at the John Eagle Dealerships in Dallas. After becoming skilled at paid search advertising, Flint founded his own digital marketing agency, Local Search Group, in 2010.
Through Local Search Group, Flint continued working with the John Eagle Dealerships and helped guide them to get more than 10,000 internet sales in 2011.
From 2011-2014, Flint drove his company’s revenue up 4,213 percent—a rate which pushed Local Search Group to rank as the 65th fastest growing privately held company in the United States on the 2015 Incorporated. (magazine) 5000 list.
As a public speaker and lecturer in the automotive industry, Flint is known for using sports references and analogies to guide dealerships in resource allocation in advertising, sales and inventory. Some of his more recognized presentations include the Automotive Bermuda Triangle, based on the Bermuda Triangle mysteries, and Moneyball for Dealerships, inspired by Michael Lewis’s 2003 book, Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game.