Jared Franklin

OEM National Vice President

Just out of college, Jared spent his first 3 years as a Business Development Manager for a Technology company and a financial advisor for Merrill Lynch.   However, not being fulfilled in these professions Jared was convinced to enter the automobile industry.

Jared spent the next 8 years working his way up the ladder in the retail automobile industry, groups such as Buz Post Auto Group, Moritz Auto Group, DriversSelect, Teape Auto Group and finally at the Manual Automotive Group.  He held every position in the variable operations from salesperson, to F&I producer, Special Finance Director, F&I Director, Salesmanager, and General Sales Manager.

Fortunately for First Innovations, Jared's wife's career required her to move to Austin, Texas, which prompted his search for an automotive position in Austin.  First Innovations at that time was also acquiring the exclusive rights for Mazda and Volvo's OEM vehicle service contract marketing and administration.  Jared joined the First Group Family of Companies as our National OEM Manager, and was promoted to National Vice President OEM Operations in 2015.  Jared is responsible for the development of our OEM affiliated dealerships and programs, as well as contributing to the overall performance of First Innovations and First Guard accounts.

Jared has a Bachelor Degree from Texas Christian University (TCU) and a MBA degree in Finance from Devry University's Keller School of Business.  Jared is also AFIP Certified.