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AIADA installs 2012 officers at convention

March 2, 2012
The American International Automobile Dealers Association inaugurated Missouri auto dealer Ray Mungenast as its 2012 chairman. Mungenast took over the position during the AIADA’s 42nd annual Meeting and Luncheon, Feb. 6 in Las Vegas, Nev.
“At some level, we all want our businesses to be our legacies. We want people to remember us for the jobs we created, the customers who trusted us, and the communities we helped build. We want our names to last on the stores we opened and the charities we founded. We want to be remembered for what we stood for, and for what we stood against,” said Mungenast. “In 2012, we will all have the opportunity to stand together as leaders and add to that legacy.”
Mungenast is president of the St. Louis-based Mungenast Automotive Family, which he operates with his brothers. The dealership group includes Acura, Honda, Hyundai, Lexus, and Toyota franchises, as well as a motorsports store.
Other 2012 officers of the AIADA include Jim Smail, immediate past chairman (Greensburg, Penn.); Jenell Ross, chairman elect (Centerville, Ohio); and Greg Kaminsky, treasurer (El Cajon, Calif.).
Mungenast has been a member of the AIADA’s board of directors since 2008. He also has served in a variety of leadership roles in the automotive industry, including as chairman of the Automotive Free International Trade Political Action Committee from 2000 to 2002; and as a member of Acura’s Dealer Product Advisory Committee.
Also Feb. 6, the AIADA recognized Rick and Rita Case with its 2012 David F. Mungenast Lifetime Achievement Award. The award is named after the late AIADA chairman and father of this year’s chairman. The Cases own the Rick Case Automotive Group.