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Reach out!

November 22, 2010
By Ray Scarpelli, Metro Chicago NADA Director

Invite your state and federal legislators to a casual visit at your dealership or to a game of golf. Be sure your legislators hear the Voice of the Dealer before the fall elections.


"Reaching out" is a theme this year, and dealers are encouraged to use this summer to reach out to young people. The NADA just formed a partnership with Junior Achievement Worldwide to teach students in seventh through ninth grades about personal finance. Over the coming months, you’ll hear more about how you can get involved.


Speaking of involvement, the NADA’s 2005 Convention and Exposition registration is open; register at to get favorable rates and preferred hotels.


The Industry Event of the Year, in New Orleans Jan. 29-Feb. 1, features:


  • Speeches from NADA Chairman Charley Smith, reviewing his year in office, and the 2005 chairman, Jack Kain, outlining his goals for the year
  • Industry keynoter Carlos Ghosn, CEO of Nissan, renowned for bringing the ailing automaker back to profitability in record time
  • Exciting, dealer-focused products from hundreds of exhibitors in the huge exposition 
  • Presentation of the Time Magazine Quality Dealer Award
  • Nearly 50 education workshops for you and your employees
  • A new women dealers’ networking forum 
  • Opportunities to share experiences with fellow dealers from all over the world


Before you head out for vacation, visit to:


  • Be sure we have your correct information, including your Web site and e-mail addresses, for your free listing and links on NADA’s consumer pages. Click on "Find a Dealer" to check your listing.
  • Take advantage of NADA Express for free. Click on NADA Express on the home page.
  • Get discount shipping with DHL. Click on "Member Services" and choose DHL Express Discounts.
  • Get special NADA-only deals on hardware through NADA’s PC Purchasing program. Click "Technology," then "PC Purchasing."
  • Enroll key employees as NADA Associates to keep them up-to-date. Click "NADA Associates" on the home page.


And remember to sign up your employees for the fall seminars that best meets their needs. Review them at


As always, make sure your NADA dues are up-to-date, and tell me your ideas and concerns so that I can meet your needs as your NADA director.