A.J. Wagner will forever link the NADA convention with love.
A.J., who is Ford Motor Credit's president of North America, is getting married Tuesday, Valentine's Day, at his home near Detroit. His bride is Becky Rundell, a Ford contract employee whom he met in 2004 at Ford's Salute to Dealers reception at the NADA convention in Las Vegas.
A.J. says the beauty of a Valentine's Day wedding is that he'll get to buy one combined anniversary and Valentine's Day gift for the rest of his life. "Hey, I'm a businessman," he jokes. Becky's laughing retort: "Actually, he's cheap."
It's a match made in heaven.
UnitedAuto Group CEO Roger Penske has enjoyed kudos for his masterful organization of the Super Bowl festivities in Detroit. He got another on Saturday, when BMW's Tom Purves threw him a verbal bouquet during Purves' convention keynote speech.
Said Tom: "If Roger Penske was British, he would have been knighted for what he did in Detroit last weekend."
Perhaps this is the convention's version of glasnost: We spotted a couple of Chinese dealers here under the wing of Shanghai consultant Michael Gu. They are still learning the basics of the business. Michael said he plans to take them to San Francisco to interview several ethnic Chinese dealers. Several other Chinese dealers wanted to make the trip to Orlando but were unable to get visas.
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