The National Association of Minority Automobile Dealers is looking for a new leader.
Hugene Fields, who was introduced as president during NAMAD's October convention in Miami, left the organization March 31 after only five months.
Damon Lester, NAMAD's vice chairman, has returned to his previous role as president on an interim basis until a permanent replacement is found.
NAMAD's board of directors announced Fields' departure in an April 13 letter, without giving a reason, and said it expected to announce a new leader "in the upcoming weeks."
Lester declined to comment on why Fields left. He said the organization is revisiting its list of finalists who were in the running for the position before Fields was hired.
Fields came to NAMAD as an outsider to automotive retailing but with 15 years of experience in nonprofit organizations. During eight years as an auditor, he traveled to 35 countries to perform various procedures with nonprofits. Afterward, he helped nonprofit groups develop their strategic plans.