NADA Show 2019 closed out four days of education, networking and one-of-a-kind event programming with a morning inspirational session with fighter pilot, PGA professional, philanthropist and author, Major Dan Rooney (USAF) and an afternoon closing session featuring bestselling author, TV personality & successful entrepreneur Bill Rancic.
The national award, sponsored by ATD, Heavy Duty Trucking magazine and Procede Software, recognizes commercial-truck dealers who demonstrate a track record of success in dealership management, service to the industry and community impact.
In his first address as 2019 NADA Chairman, Charlie Gilchrist urged every franchised dealer to get involved in NADA, saying that the auto retail sector needs engaged and active association members “now more than ever.”
Regional finalists were John Kendall Garff, Ken Garff Honda Downtown in Salt Lake City; Frank Hug Jr., Hug Chevrolet Buick GMC in Charleston, Ark.; Ryan LaFontaine, LaFontaine Cadillac Buick GMC in Highland, Mich.; and Eric Nielsen, Nielsen Dodge Chrysler Jeep Ram in East Hanover, N.J.
In his outgoing remarks as 2018 NADA Chairman, Wes Lutz encouraged America’s franchised auto dealers to continue embracing change, listening to their customers and writing the narrative about the future of the auto retail industry.
“Repealing this 102-year-old tax remains our No. 1 priority. This tax discourages the deployment of today’s cleaner, safer and more fuel-efficient heavy-duty trucks,” said ATD Chairwoman Jodie Teuton. “And this year, we won’t be alone in the fight. We now have some strong industry allies.”
“The current posture of the U.S. economy is strong,” Manzi said at a press briefing during the NADA Show in San Francisco.
More than 22,000 people from all aspects of the automotive retail sector descended on San Francisco on Thursday as NADA Show 2019 and the concurrent American Truck Dealers (ATD) Show kicked off.