The likely 2002 chairman of the National Automobile Dealers Association intends to put industry relations at the top of his agenda.
H. Carter Myers III, 58, of Charlottesville, Va., was elected 2001 vice chairman of NADA last week at the association's October board meeting. The vice chairman generally moves into the chairman's slot a year later.
Myers, a dealer since 1976 and NADA director for Virginia, said he believes the association has made progress with Ford Motor Co. and General Motors. But the factories' use of the Internet to merchandise cars and their introduction of tough operations standards continue to worry dealers, he said.
'We have to continue to work on making sure that they recognize the value of the franchised dealer,' said Myers, who owns three Virginia dealerships. 'We still have a long way to go.'
Myers has been on the NADA board of directors for five years and has been active on NADA's information technology committee. He heads the business his grandfather started 75 years ago.
The board also elected these officers for 2001:
Robert Maguire, the current NADA vice chairman and president of Bob Maguire Chevrolet Inc. in Bordentown, N.J., as chairman
Richard Morrison, president of Eero Volkswagen of Anchorage Inc. and Saturn of Anchorage Inc. in Anchorage, Alaska, as secretary
Pete Greiner, president of Greiner Ford Inc. in Casper, Wyo., as treasurer.