Dealer associations for Colorado and the Denver area are merging formally today after 75 years of sharing the same staff members and offices.
The Colorado Auto Dealers Association and Metro Denver Auto Dealers Association will operate as the CADA, said board chairwoman Nancy Arino.
The groups now split the operating costs of the two-story offices they built together 11 years ago. They jointly fund payroll for their shared staff, headed by Tim Jackson.
The merged CADA will own the building and control reserve funds and other assets of both groups, Jackson says. The MDADA, which was formed in 1904 to run the annual Denver auto show, still will organize the show, but as a CADA committee.
The move follows similar mergers of state and big-city dealer associations, Jackson says, citing Oregon and Portland; Ohio and Columbus; Arizona and Phoenix; and Connecticut and Hartford.
It boils down to economies of scale and convenience, says Arino, who is a multibrand dealer in Durango and Cortez.
“Many of the same people are board members of both groups,” she says. “I guess you could call it ‘some savings, lots fewer meetings.’”