Leaders of the import-brand car dealers' group want to patch rifts created by the launch of their political fund-raising committee. It won't be easy.
Disputes erupted anew when the board of the American International Automobile Dealers Association convened behind closed doors before the organization's annual meeting last week in Orlando, Fla.
Bradley Hoffman, who was in line to chair the association in 2008, quit as both an officer and a member of AIADA. He is co-chairman of Hoffman Auto Group of East Hartford, Conn.
Hoffman, who opposed AIADA's political action committee, told Automotive News: "If I ran my company the way this organization is being run, I'd be out of business."
Last week, AIADA announced several new directors and executive committee members. Some are filling vacancies created when members resigned in protest or left after their terms expired. Four of the eight members of AIADA's executive committee have left their posts since the panel voted last November to create the political action committee.