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New AIADA chairwoman says her focus is estate tax repeal and international trade

March 1, 2013
Second-generation Mercedes-Benz dealer Jenell Ross, 43, on Feb. 8 became the 2013 chairwoman of the American International Automobile Dealers Association.
Ross said the focus during her tenure will be on two of the AIADA’s signature issues: international trade and the estate tax.
The new chairwoman, principal of the Bob Ross Auto Group in suburban Dayton, Ohio, knows well the latter of those topics from personal experience. She became her dealership group’s vice president and dealer principal in 1997, at age 27, upon the death of her father, for whom the company is named. She ran the Buick-GMC and Mercedes dealerships with her mother, Norma, until Norma Ross died in 2010. The following year, the group added a Fiat franchise.
Ross said she plans to use her tenure as AIADA chairwoman to advocate on behalf of estate tax repeal by “continuing to meet with members of Congress, as well as senators — anyone I can come into contact with who has a voice in Washington — and just explain the truly human standpoint of what the death tax can do to a business, a family.”