How do you replace Frank McCarthy? The simple answer: You don't. McCarthy, who died Feb. 25, served 33 years as the chief executive of the National Automobile Dealers Association. His experience and leadership gave NADA clout in Washington. But McCarthy also was a man of peace and a statesman.
Though NADA had been searching for McCarthy's successor when he died (see story on Page 3), the search now becomes more urgent. Like McCarthy, the next NADA president must be a person of integrity and high standards - someone who understands the business from the retail side as well as the U.S. industry's role in the world. McCarthy left big shoes to fill.