Mike Linn, who had been CEO of the National Independent Automobile Dealers Association for 14 years, stepped aside July 1. Linn, 63, was named CEO emeritus and remains with NIADA in charge of growing its online TV and new-media properties.
Steve Jordan, the association's former COO, has been promoted to executive vice president and is responsible for the day-to-day operations of NIADA.
Jordan, 43, was hired two years ago as part of the association's succession plan, Linn said.
Having a carefully crafted succession plan made sense because it gave Jordan time to learn about the association, its programs and its people, Linn said. "It makes the transition seamless," he told Automotive News.
Jordan served as executive director of the Florida Independent Automobile Dealers Association before joining NIADA.
He is a former used-car dealer specializing in the buy-here, pay-here segment.
Jordan also serves as president of the NIADA Services board, which administers the association's special programs and services, and president of the NIADA Foundation's board of trustees. Jordan reports to the NIADA executive committee.
Of NIADA's 20,000 members, "just under 10 percent" are franchised new-car dealers who have joined under their franchised dealership name or under the names of their separate buy-here, pay-here operations, Linn said.
Linn joined NIADA in 1999 after serving as executive director of the Carolinas Independent Automobile Dealers Association which represents independent used-car dealers in North Carolina and South Carolina.
While at NIADA, he expanded its educational programs to include the Certified Master Dealer Program, designed to help dealers grow and manage their businesses, and the Certified F&I Professional Program.
In 2004, Linn created the NIADA Educational Television Network, also known as NIADA-TV, as an educational tool for dealers. In 2006, he developed Automotive Consumer Television to educate consumers about the used-vehicle industry. Consumers can find Automotive Consumer Television through searches related to buying used vehicles or by visiting niada.com.