The National Automobile Dealers Association (NADA) elected Mike Alford as president for 2022. The decision was announced shortly after the group’s board of directors was adjourned on Tuesday.
Alford – who runs Marine Chevrolet Cadillac in Jacksonville, NC – is currently vice president of NADA and will replace Paul Walser next year. Geoffrey Pohanka has been chosen as vice president, making him a strong contender for the top spot in 2023.
“It is an honor and a privilege to be elected chair of the NADA board for 2022,” said Alford. “Since 1917, NADA has been a strong advocate for franchised new car dealerships. The opportunity to chair this dynamic group of automotive leaders is both exciting and humbling. We have an engaged Board of Directors and a talented team that is ready to advance the interests of our more than 16,000 franchised dealers. I appreciate the confidence of the Board of Directors as we tirelessly continue to work with all stakeholders on behalf of the dealership organization. “
Given the current state of the auto industry, we don’t envy Alford.
While we don’t like trade organizations too much, NADA reports are a good way to stay ahead of industry trends, compile regional sales data, and stay on top of the market. evolution of the regulatory / legislative landscape. The group also represents more than 16,000 US dealers who may find themselves in conflict with much more powerful manufacturer trade groups.
Of course, it also has a Political Action Committee (NADA PAC) designed to advance its own agenda. Formerly known as the Dealers Election Action Committee, the group funds political individuals who it says will be “dealership and business friendly congressional candidates” and does not discriminate between Democrats and Republicans.
Look ahead, Automotive News has previously claimed Geoffrey Pohanka as the likely successor to Alford’s one-year stretch. He’s a third-generation dealer with a father who previously ran NADA. He is also currently the head of the Pohanka Automotive Group, based in Maryland and consisting of 16 stores spread across the southern United States.
“I grew up in the automotive industry. It is an incredible, rewarding and exciting company, and we are all very fortunate to be a part of it, ”said Pohanka. “My family has been involved in NADA for generations. NADA has helped our business immensely, and we’ve been giving back ever since. NADA has an amazing board and staff. And if we can help create the right environment for industry, we can help create a vibrant economy and stronger communities. This is what I wanna do, and I promise to do my best 110 [percent]. “
Their new terms begin at the 2022 NADA Show in Las Vegas, which is slated for March 10 but has been canceled within the past two years.
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