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7 candidates named for 6 CATA director posts

November 24, 2010

Seven candidates, including five incumbents, have been nominated to fill six openings on the board of directors of the Chicago Automobile Trade Association. Each term lasts three years beginning next month. A summary of the candidates' qualifications was mailed May 15 to dealer members, and election ballots were sent May 23. Completed ballots must be received by 12 p.m. June 6 by the CATA's auditing firm, Crowe, Chizek & Co., which will tabulate the submissions.

Results will be announced at the June 10 annual meeting at Cog Hill Golf Club in Lemont. All five incumbent directors are completing their first terms on the board. Those candidates are Terry D'Arcy, Lee Drabek, John Guido, Bill Jacobs and Art Kelly. Other nominees include Steve Foley Jr., proprietor of namesake Cadillac and Mitsubishi dealerships in Northbrook, and Rich Ruscetti, who operates South Chicago Dodge and South Chicago Nissan.

A committee comprised of former CATA board chairmen met this month to identify candidates for nomination. The CATA board totals 18 directors. One-third of the terms expire each year. A director may serve a maximum of three three-year terms. One director-current board Chairman Bob Van Iten-completes nine years of board service in June.