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Area has 2 new NADA directors

March 4, 2011
Two suburban Chicago dealers last month began three-year terms as directors of the National Automobile Dealers Association.
Mark Scarpelli, president of Raymond Chevrolet-Kia in Antioch, took the reins as NADA director of metropolitan Chicago. His predecessor in the position, since 2003, is his father, Ray Scarpelli Sr.
Also, Desmond Roberts, president of Advantage Chevrolet in Bolingbrook and Hodgkins, became an at-large director of the NADA board.
Roberts also sits on the CATA board of directors, and Scarpelli last year ended nine years’ service on the CATA board. During his tenure, Scarpelli ascended to CATA chairman and Chicago Auto Show chairman.
Roberts has been a franchised new-vehicle dealer since 1988. He started his career in auto retailing in 1986 as a member of General Motors’ dealer training program in Columbus, Ohio. Roberts currently serves on NADA’s Government Relations and Convention committees. 
From 2007 to 2010, Roberts served as chairman of the National Association of Minority Automobile Dealers, and he was president of the General Motors Minority Dealers Association from 2005 to 2007. In 2005 and 2006, Roberts was named a GM "Dealer of the Year" and honored with a Jack Smith Leadership Award. 
Scarpelli became a franchised new-car dealer in 1999. He currently serves on the NADA’s Dealership Operations, Industry Relations and Public Affairs committees. Scarpelli is a member of the Antioch Rotary Club. He received the Make A Difference Award from Antioch Community High School in 2008, and in 2006 was honored with a recognition award from the Boys and Girls Club of Chicago.
A third Illinois dealer also sits on the NADA board. James Auffenberg Jr., president of St. Clair Auto Mall in O’Fallon, represents dealers in 99 of the state’s 102 counties.
The 63-member NADA board includes 53 state directors, six metropolitan directors, and four at-large directors—two from each side of the Mississippi River.
Scarpelli can be contacted at (847) 395-3600 and; Roberts at (708) 352-2400 and