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Looking toward 2007

November 18, 2010
By Ray Scarpelli Sr., Metro Chicago NADA Director

The NADA board of directors has elected a new chairman and vice chairwoman for the coming year. Dale Willey, of Dale Willey Automotive, Lawrence, Kan.,was elected 2007 chairman. Willey is the NADA’s 2006 vice chairman.


Annette Sykora of Smith Ford/Mercury in Slaton, Texas, and Smith South Plains Ford/Lincoln Mercury/Dodge/Chrysler/Jeep in Levelland, Texas, is the 2007 vice-chairman. Stephen Wade of Utah was elected secretary, and William Underriner of Montana was re-elected treasurer.


Larry Brown of Ottawa (Ill.) Ford/Lincoln Mercury was elected to a two-year term as vice chairman, Region III. The new officers will be installed at the NADA convention in Las Vegas, Feb. 3-6, 2007.


In other NADA news:


Did you host an Automotive Career Month event in October? Be sure your dealership gets credit for your efforts—let the NADA know about it. Also, submit your best event photos or video footage; they may be posted on the NADA Web site or used in NADA’s "AutoExec" magazine or in next year’s event planning kit. E-mail photos to or call 800/248-6232, ext. 7147 for more information.


  • The latest NADA car shoppers guide, "Car Shopping: Today’s New Cars and Trucks are Safer, Greener and More Fuel Efficient," appeared in the Nov. 6 issue of "Time" magazine. You can view and download the feature at The guide offers a host of car-buying tips for consumers, plus information on the services and products offered by dealerships. This year’s issue includes tips for consumers from racing greats Mario Andretti, Rusty Wallace and Bobby Rahal. It also highlights the many ways that dealers help their communities. This is the fourth consecutive year that NADA has published a car shoppers guide in "Time," reaching millions of readers. Special NADA advertising features focused on dealer financing and community service also have appeared in the magazine.
  • 2007 NADA convention speakers have been announced. American Honda Executive Vice President Richard E. Colliver will speak at the NADA Convention and Exhibition in Las Vegas on Saturday, Feb. 3. Also speaking at the opening session is former professional boxing champion Sugar Ray Leonard, a popular speaker and host of the reality TV show "The Contender."  Jack Welch, former chairman and CEO of General Electric Co., will address the convention on Monday, Feb. 5. New York City Fire Chief Richard Picciotto, the last fireman to escape the World Trade Center’s North Tower on Sept. 11, 2001, will lead the inspirational session on Sunday, Feb. 4. 
  • Advance registration for the convention continues through Dec. 22. To register online or download a registration form, visit or call the convention department at 703/821-7188.
  • Preview the 2007 exposition show floor online at Search for a specific exhibiting company by keyword, product category or country, or view the full exhibitors list. Also available: searchable lists of franchise meetings, workshops, and other convention activities. 

In legislative news:


The House total-loss disclosure bill may move in the lame-duck session of Congress, so a major push is on to secure cosponsors for the legislation, known as the Damaged Vehicle Information Act (H.R. 6093). To support that effort, NADA has a Web page about the bill to provide background information and action items for dealers. The information can be found on the lefthand side of the NADA home page,, under the heading Total-Loss Disclosure. It includes talking points on H.R. 6093 and the Senate bill, S. 3707, the Passenger Vehicle Loss Disclosure Act.  

The sponsor of H.R. 6093, Rep. Cliff Stearns (R-Fla.), has indicated that the bill could move to the floor if it gains enough support from cosponsors. Cosponsors will be added when Congress returns on Nov. 9.


The site includes sample letters for dealers and local and state association leaders to send to their legislators, urging them to cosponsor H.R. 6093 and S. 3707. Dealers are encouraged to visit the site to familiarize themselves with the bills and to download the sample letters to send to their representatives and senators.