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Dealer chief, Ford sales exec join congress

Randy Ortiz, general manager for Ford, Lincoln and Mercury sales; and Dale Willey, 2007 chairman of the National Automobile Dealers Association, have joined the faculty of the 2008 Automotive News World Congress.

Ortiz and Willey will speak Tuesday afternoon, Jan. 22.

Willey: 2007 NADA chairman
In his current position, Willey heads the NADA Executive Committee and represents franchised new-car dealers from his home state of Kansas on the NADA board of directors. Willey also has served as NADA secretary, chairman of the Dealership Operations Committee and Public Affairs Committee and as a member of the Finance Committee. He owns Dale Willey Automotive (Buick-Cadillac-GMC-Pontiac) in Lawrence, Kan.

Willey has been president of the Kansas Auto Dealers Association, chairman of the Kansas Auto Dealers Worker's Compensation Trust and vice chairman of the Kansas Dealer Review Board.

Ortiz: U.S. sales responsibility
As general manager of Ford, Lincoln and Mercury sales, Ortiz is responsible for all U.S. sales of the brands.

Before being promoted to that post in January, Ortiz was general sales manager for the Ford Customer Service Division for most of 2006.

Ortiz had served as general manager of Ford's Worldwide Direct Market Operations in 2002. He joined Ford in 1982. Before that, he directed much of Ford's dealer e-business activity. 

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