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National Automobile Dealers Association elects its 2018 officers

October 6, 2017
Michigan dealer Wes Lutz was elected on Oct. 3 to lead the National Automobile Dealers Association in 2018. Charlie Gilchrist, from Texas, was named the next vice chairman.
"I am honored to serve as NADA chairman as we begin the next century following the association’s 100 years of existence," said Lutz. Balloting was done by the 63-member board of directors of the NADA.
Lutz, president of Extreme Dodge-Chrysler-Jeep-Ram in Jackson, Michigan, said he will continue to advocate new-car dealer concerns in the industry, legislative and regulatory affairs arenas as well as encourage dealers to adapt to the retailing challenges ahead.
"From start to finish, the nation’s franchised new-car dealership network has to benefit consumers in newer ways than ever before," said Lutz, who has been a dealer since 1976. He currently is NADA vice chairman, and previously served on the NADA’s board from 2001 to 2004.
Gilchrist, who represents Northern Texas’ new-car dealers on the NADA board, is president of Southwest Ford in Weatherford, Texas, as well as Buick-GMC, Nissan and Mitsubishi franchises.
Delaware dealer Bill Willis was re-elected as secretary, and the new treasurer is Bob Shuman, another Michigan dealer.
The new officers assume their posts next March at the NADA Show Expo.