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Ballots sent to elect Scarpelli or Paddor next NADA director

November 11, 2010

Election ballots mailed June 25 to dealers in Cook, Lake and DuPage Counties, for the dealers to elect a director to represent them to the National Automobile Dealers Association.

Rob Paddor, principal of Evanston Subaru in Skokie, and Mark Scarpelli, who owns Raymond Chevrolet-Kia in Antioch, are vying to become the next Metro Chicago NADA director.

Completed ballots must be postmarked by July 16. The winner will succeed Ray Scarpelli Sr., who has held the post since 2003.

Dealers in other Illinois counties also are poised to elect a new NADA director. The spot has been vacant since March, when Rick Gregg closed his dealership in Joliet. There are two potential candidates: Desmond Roberts of Advantage Chevrolet in Bolingbrook, and Jamie Auffenberg, president of the Auffenberg Dealer Group of Illinois, near St. Louis.

Scarpelli is a 26-year dealer who just completed a nine-year tenure on the CATA board of directors. As a CATA director, Scarpelli lobbied in Springfield on legislation affecting dealers and other small businesses.

He was a chairman of the CATA and the Chicago Auto Show and he has been a director for the Better Business Bureau since 2001.

"While my time at the CATA is over," Scarpelli said, "I still want to give back to my fellow dealers, to help mold our mutual fate. The times we face call for strong leadership on many levels, which is why I ask for your vote."

Paddor, who has been in dealerships since 1977, is a member of the Chicago Metro Subaru Dealer Advisory Board. He previously held positions with the Nissan Chicago Advertising Committee and Hyundai’s Chicago Advertising Committee.

"I have probably been to Washington, D.C., 20 times or more to do the lobbying required to protect our automotive interests," Paddor said. If elected an NADA director, he said, "I’d do what I do best: communicate.

"I’d ask dealers for input on all topics of concern—sales, service, parts, marketing, distribution, incentives, technology, accounting and more."