NADA wants new president before '13 convention
Leaders of the National Automobile Dealers Association want a new president in place before its annual convention next February.
The association has named a search committee to find a replacement for Phil Brady, who is leaving NADA today after 11 years as the trade association's president. Committee members aim to get a new president in place within four to six months, current NADA Chairman Bill Underriner told Automotive News.
"This is a top priority," Underriner said.
The next step: Hire a search firm to help NADA look for its new chief. Search committee members also are meeting to determine the type of experience and leadership style they will look for in candidates. Underriner said the committee intends to reach out to its board of directors and other "stakeholders" within the organization for input on what the next president should bring to the table.
The search committee includes current and former NADA chairpersons and up-and-coming leaders of the association. John McEleney, an Iowa dealer and NADA's 2009 chairman, will lead the search committee. The other members are:
Underriner, a Montana dealer and 2012 NADA chairman;
Stephen Wade, a Utah dealer and 2011 chairman;
Ed Tonkin, an Oregon dealer and 2010 chairman;
Annette Sykora, a Texas dealer and 2008 chairwoman;
Don Chalmers, a New Mexico dealer and member of NADA's board of directors;
Loy Todd, 2012 chairman of the Automotive Trade Association Executives and president of the Nebraska New Car and Truck Dealers Association;
Kyle Treadway, a Utah-based heavy-duty truck dealer and chairman of the American Truck Dealers, a division of NADA;
David Westcott, a North Carolina dealer and 2012 NADA vice chairman who has been nominated to become NADA chairman in 2013; and
Forrest McConnell, an Alabama dealer nominated to become NADA's vice chairman in 2013. The NADA vice chairman typically becomes the chairman the following year.
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