Lynn Stinson and Dean Parpia of Modesto Toyota World in Modesto, Calif., received a 40-year award for Toyota from Toyota Motor Sales U.S.A. Inc.
The American International Automobile Dealers Association announced the election of board members. The members and the franchises they represent are: John Hawkins of Great Metro Autogroup in Montclair, Calif., representing Acura; Bob Rohrman of Infiniti of Fort Wayne in Fort Wayne, Ind., Infiniti; Ron Miller of Nucar in New Castle, Del., Mazda; Joe O'Brien of O'Brien Automotive Team in Peoria, Ill., Mitsubishi; Don Besecker of Pennmark Auto Group in West Chester, Pa., Porsche; Peter Blackstock of Victory Toyota in Seaside, Calif., Toyota; Al Gossett of Gossett Motor Cars in Memphis, Tenn., Volkswagen; and Ron Tonkin of Ron Tonkin Dealerships in Portland, Ore., representing franchises with fewer than 100 dealer members. Elected as at-large members were Peggy Weisman-Proko of Peter's Auto Sales in Nashua, N.H.; and Lee Payne of Planet Honda and Planet Hyundai in Golden, Colo. AIADA, of Alexandria, Va., represents 11,000 dealerships.
35 with Volkswagen
Rod East, right, of Rod East Volkswagen in San Antonio receives a 35-year award for Volkswagen from John Cook, Volkswagen's Rocky Mountain regional director.
Pittsburgh dealer group elects officers
The members of the Greater Pittsburgh Automobile Dealers Association elected officers. Pictured, from left, are: David Wagner, executive vice president; Gregg Semel of Billco Motors in Wexford, Pa., immediate past president; James Smail of Smail Automotive in Greensburg, president;
Michael Wolcott of Mick's North Hills Chrysler-Jeep in Pittsburgh, secretary; and Fred Furia of Laurel Valley Motors in Latrobe, treasurer. Not pictured is Michael McWilliams of West Hills Nissan in Moon Township, vice president.
50 with Chevrolet
Brian Bast, left, of Bast Chevrolet in Seaford, N.Y., receives a 50-year award for Chevrolet from Bob Bothfeld, Chevrolet's field zone manager.