Need more proof that this is a family business at all levels? On Sunday I had a cup of coffee with Roger Groux, chairman of the New Hampshire Automobile Dealers Association, and his wife Peggy Proko, who also is an import dealer in the Granite State.
Proko — currently a director of AIADA as well as of the state association — is in line to succeed her husband as chairman of NHADA next year. What I didn't know is that Groux is something of an expert on Roman ruins, having toured them in several countries.
Speaking of travel, Sid DeBoer of Lithia Motors and his wife Karen DeBoer told me they're thankful that they visited Egypt last October, given everything that's going on there now. We agreed that tourism there will never be the same.
I had a wonderful visit with Finbarr O'Neill of J.D. Power and Associates and his wife Carol O'Neill over dinner Saturday. Before we sat down, O'Neill congratulated John Krafcik and Dave Zuchowski of Hyundai Motor America on getting approval to build a new six-story headquarters building on the company's property in Fountain Valley, Calif. A decade ago, O'Neill was that company's honcho.
By the way, the light in the restaurant wasn't good enough to tell whether Ford's Alan Mulally blushed when I mentioned that AutoNation's Mike Jackson proposes erecting a statue of Mulally for changing the industry. Even so, I could see his grin.
But remember, it's just between us.