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8 candidates on ballot for 6 CATA board seats

November 22, 2010

Eight candidates, including six 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 this month. 

Election ballots were sent May 26 to all CATA dealer members whose association dues are up-to-date. Completed ballots must be received by 12 p.m. June 9 by the CATA’s auditing firm, Crowe Chizek & Co., which will tally the submissions. Results will be announced at the CATA’s June 13 golf outing at Cog Hill Golf & Country Club in Lemont.


Five incumbents on the ballot—Terry D’Arcy (D’Arcy Buick-GMC, D’Arcy Hyundai-Volkswagen, Joliet), Lee Drabek (Gateway Chevrolet, Chicago; Gateway Imports, Des Plaines), John Guido (Arlington Heights Ford), Bill Jacobs (BMW, Cadillac, Chevrolet, Kia, Land Rover, Mazda, Mini, Mitsubishi, Subaru, and Volkswagen franchises), and Arthur Kelly (Kelly Nissan, Oak Lawn)—are seeking their third and final terms on the board.  

A sixth incumbent, Steve Foley Jr. (Steve Foley Cadillac-Chevrolet-Bentley-Rolls-Royce, Northbrook), is pursuing his second term.


Additional nominees include Monty Scher (Rogers Buick-Chevrolet-Pontiac-GMC-Hyundai, Chicago) and Kurt Schiele, president of the Elmhurst Auto Group (BMW, Jaguar, Scion and Toyota). 

A committee comprised of former CATA board chairmen met in April 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.