Happily ever after AIADA
Walter Huizenga didn't marry the boss's daughter, but he came close. On May 1 Huizenga, president of the American International Automobile Dealers Association, became the husband of Mary Gezon, daughter of AIADA's founding chairman. The couple got acquainted after she began attending AIADA meetings to present the annual David H. Gezon Lifetime Achievement Award. The award, which is named for her father, is the association's highest honor. The elder Gezon, who helped launch AIADA in 1970, still is active in Gezon Motors of Grand Rapids, Mich. His daughter is a former CEO of the business, founded by her grandfather in 1913, and is a former AIADA director.
UGLY MEMORIAL - When lean-manufacturing guru James Womack visited the Detroit area last week, he drove to the Ford Model T plant, the birthplace of the moving assembly line. He was appalled. The old Ford Motor Co. plant administration building in Highland Park was boarded up; the grounds were strewn with litter and broken bottles and overgrown with weeds. 'How many billions did they make? And Ford can't afford to mow the lawn at Highland Park?' needled Womack, at a University of Michigan conference. There's a small problem: The automaker no longer owns the building. A spokesman said Ford doesn't have the resources to buy and preserve historical buildings.
GOING FOR THE GOLD - Look for General Motors to announce Tuesday, May 11, the 10 'Gold Medal' vehicle brands that will get the most ad dollars during U.S. Olympic broadcasts in 2000. GM will unveil plans in Detroit for its estimated $300 million Olympic sponsorship through the 2008 games. GM's corporate Olympic-related commercials arrive this summer from Berlin, Cameron & Partners in New York, according to a source close to the matter. Andy Berlin, agency chairman, declined comment. His shop is a GM newcomer, having done the 'Bad to the Bone' Super Bowl commercial that launched the Cadillac Escalade.