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David Sloan named new president of CATA

November 16, 2010

David Sloan, who since 1993 has served as executive vice president of the Chicago Automobile Trade Association, ascends Jan. 1 to association president and general manager of the Chicago Auto Show.

Sloan succeeds Jerry Cizek III, who is retiring after 36 years at the CATA, 21 years at the helm. Cizek will serve as co-general manager of the 2010 Chicago Auto Show and remain as a consultant for the CATA until July 1.

"We are extremely fortunate to have Dave to follow in what clearly are big footprints," CATA Chairman Kevin Mize said. "Previous boards of directors planned well for our future by grooming Dave for this position for the past 16 years. I can’t imagine that we could have had a more positive and productive scenario for a change of command."

Sloan takes the reins amid tumult in the industry and with Illinois’s coffers $12 billion in the red.

"We have to continue to deliver the most value to our members as possible, those who are successful and those whose very livelihoods are threatened," he said. "We have fewer resources to work with for the time being, so we’ll have to work hard to get the job done."

The CATA is preparing to host seminars in January that examine the unfunded pension liabilities of unionized GM and Chrysler dealerships rejected this year by the manufacturers, and other matters facing dealers like changes to the LIFO accounting method.

"Dave’s experience and creative energy," Mize said, "will help make our association even sronger."

Sloan, 45, joined the CATA in 1993 after working for Golin Harris Communications as an account supervisor of the Chrysler account. Previous to that, he was on the public relations staff of General Motors, handling media relations surrounding product recalls, and public relations and publicity for the advanced engineering staff and the GM Research Labs.

His initial assignment with GM was in the Chicago regional PR office, where he first became involved with the Chicago Auto Show.