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NADA convention adds Gen. Tommy Franks

November 23, 2010
Gen. Tommy R. Franks, recently retired commander-in-chief of the U.S. Central Command, will address the National Automobile Dealers Association's annual convention and exposition in Las Vegas on Feb. 2. The four-star general will offer his views on world events at the convention's General Session. The convention lasts Jan. 31-Feb. 3. "Gen. Franks has devoted his life to defending our freedom and way of life, and we're honored that he will join us at our most important event of the year to share his unique insights into global issues," said Alan Starling, NADA chairman. As commander of coalition forces in the war with Iraq, Gen. Franks developed and executed a highly effective military operation to oust Saddam Hussein from power. In addition, he has coordinated operations in 20 other nations during his career, including the war on terrorism in Afghanistan. Among his military commendations are four Legion of Merit medals, three Bronze Stars and three Purple Hearts. Dieter Zetsche, CEO and president of DaimlerChrysler, also is confirmed to speak during the convention. Advance registration continues through Dec. 19. Additional convention information is available at convention/ or at 703-827-7407.