WASHINGTON -- There's no shame in the fact that people join groups such as the American International Automobile Dealers Association to promote and protect their own interests, primarily their ability to make money.
But AIADA leaders have decided to demonstrate to the public that dealers can help others, too.
The organization plans a coordinated national week of good works sometime this year. AIADA is still deciding which charity will be the beneficiary of the effort, AIADA Chairman Jim Evans said last week.
Evans, market president of AutoNation Inc., the largest dealership group, said the movement was driven by members who don't get excited about AIADA's traditional emphasis on government and politics.
"We're asking, 'What is it you want from us?'" he said. "And one of the things we're hearing is to raise the profile of an auto dealer and their contributions to the community."