Former Toyota Motor Sales U.S.A. honcho Yale Gieszl might be paying closer attention than usual to the goings-on this week.
Yale will be majority owner but won't operate the store. Maybe that's because of his lofty personal goals.
This year Yale intends to ski a total of 1 million vertical feet. As of Sunday, his total was 391,000 after just 13 days on the slopes. Yale's wife, Elvie, also skis, but says she won't make a million.
One of our tipsters reports that Mark LaNeve's dogs were barking Sunday as he hiked from meeting to meeting with a pronounced limp.
"This is my first NADA as (Volvo Cars of North America) president and CEO. Man, I didn't realize I would have to go to so many meetings. And in this town, when the taxi drops you off at the hotel, you have to walk two miles to get where you're going."
Incoming NADA Chairman Bob Maguire and his wife, Marcy, told us they were moved by the presentation of sportswriter and author Mitch Albom at Sunday's inspirational service. Bob and Marcy were accompanied by her charming parents.
We were pleased to hear that our old pal Maryann Keller, who had a short stint at Priceline.com after being a Wall Street analyst and deal maker, is in town as a consultant to Asbury Automotive Group and its CEO Brian Kendrick. Hmmm. Wonder if it means Brian might go public?
Remember, it's just between us.
Edward Lapham is editor of Automotive News