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Foley joins 5 incumbents elected as CATA directors

November 24, 2010
Record crowd at annual meeting

Inclemency failed to dampen the spirits of those attending the 98th annual golf outing and annual meeting of the Chicago Automobile Trade Association, June 10 at Cog Hill Country Club in Lemont.

Despite two severe storms, one mid-afternoon and another just before dinner, a record 560 CATA members and guests participated in the day's events. At the annual dinner meeting, results of this month's voting for the CATA board of directors showed one new candidate joining five incumbents in election to three-year terms.

Terry D'Arcy, Lee Drabek, John Guido, Bill Jacobs and Art Kelly each were elected to a second term on the board. Directors may serve up to three terms. Embarking on CATA service is Steve Foley Jr. (Steve Foley Cadillac, Northbrook). In addition to the six directors elected to office this month, the CATA board consists of Bill Hartigan, Bill Hawkinson, Bob Loquercio, Dan Martino, Mike McGrath, Kevin Mize, John Phelan, Mark Scarpelli, Jeff Sullivan, Dave Taylor, Casey Wickstrom and Dan Wolf.

Bob Van Iten, whose yearlong term as CATA chairman concluded at the annual meeting, reflected about some of the association's visible endeavors, including the Chicago Auto Show; the CATA-owned Web portal, Drive-; the CATA radio program on WLS-AM, "Drive Chicago;" and CATA Learning University, with instruction for many dealership departments.

The CATA board voted in April to hire an Automotive Youth Educational Systems manager and to install the AYES apprentice technician program at more Chicago area high schools. Four schools participate now. "The mission is to create a pipeline of future technicians. There isn't a dealer in the room who doesn't need good, quality technicians," Van Iten said.