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Cody Lusk named new AIADA president

November 18, 2010

Cody Lusk, a senior Capitol Hill aide and former Bush Administration official, was named this month as the new president of the American International Automobile Dealers Association. Lusk was the AIADA’s legislative affairs director from 1995 to 2001.


"It is a tremendous opportunity for me to join the AIADA at this time of unprecedented growth in the international nameplate auto industry. The association’s members are dedicated business leaders and a valuable part of our nation’s economic infrastructure. I look forward to working to build a stronger voice for the AIADA in Washington and in the industry," said Lusk.


"Cody," said AIADA Chairman Don Beyer, "is a very capable leader and friend of our industry, with an extensive background in free trade and other international auto-related issues. He brings to the table a unique skill set and knowledge base encompassing this industry, the Administration and Capitol Hill.  I am delighted he is returning to the AIADA team."


John Hawkins, AIADA chairman-elect, said, "I am confident Cody’s experience and strong interpersonal skills will help guide the AIADA and assist its members in nurturing their far-reaching grassroots network."


Lusk most recently served as chief of staff to U.S. Rep. Sam Johnson (R-Texas). Earlier, Lusk was an appointee of the Bush Administration, serving under Commerce Secretary Don Evans. In that role, he served as liaison between Capitol Hill and the Evans on all international trade-related issues.


In his previous AIADA post, Lusk reached out to Congress and other federal agencies on behalf of international nameplate auto dealers. He also served earlier at the Republican National Committee and the National Republican Congressional Committee.