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October 16, 2013

Why the Dealer Franchise Network is Essential: The State of Auto Retailing
Remarks by DAVID WESTCOTT
2013 NADA Chairman
Automotive Press Association, Detroit, Michigan


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The CFPB is pursuing a policy that could weaken competition in auto lending and result in higher credit costs for millions of consumers."
July 18, 2013 Salute To Our ATAE’s
Remarks for FORREST MCCONNELL
NADA Vice Chairman
ATAE Annual Convention, Newport Rhode Island
ATAE’s are clearly the backbone of NADA’s effective grassroots network. They’re the backbone to successful campaigns in the Nation’s Capital and in every state legislature coast to coast."
July 10, 2013 Celebrating Diversity
Remarks for DAVID WESTCOTT
2013 NADA Chairman
National Association of Minority Automobile Dealers, Miami Beach, Florida
…We worked together to let Washington know when our industry was in trouble and needed help. We’ve worked together to defend our franchise system and—with NAMAD’s invaluable help—check the CFPB overreach that could threaten dealer-assisted financing.
And, today, we’re working together again—to promote something that’s vital not only for our businesses but for our moral compass.
America is built on diversity and those in this room believe the auto industry should be too.”
July 10, 2013 Championing Diversity
Remarks for DESMOND ROBERTS
NADA Conventions Chairman
National Association of Minority Automobile Dealers, Miami Beach, Florida
I’m happy to be here today and show my support for minority dealers everywhere. In this era of globalization and economic growth, I’d like to think diversity is a strength; never a weakness. Whether it’s through educational programs or legislation on the Hill, NADA strives for an equal opportunity environment in the car industry where race, sex, age, and religion is welcomed; not unwanted.”
July 8, 2013 Our Industry’s Comeback
Remarks for DAVID WESTCOTT
2013 NADA Chairman
Montana Automobile Dealers Association, Whitefish, Montana
I’m excited to tell you that last month, we hit the highest sales rate since November 2007!
In June alone, the industry sold 1.4 million light vehicles—up 8% from a year ago. Car sales were up 7.5% from a year ago and they held a market share of 49.9%. Auto analysts predicted there would be a million more sales this year than last. So far, the prediction is right—the SAAR for June was 15.9 million.”
June 10, 2013 A Century’s Legacy
Remarks for DAVID WESTCOTT
2013 NADA Chairman
West Virginia Automobile & Truck Dealers Association, White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia
Our business is a people business. But it’s also about numbers. So, let me share a few with you: 14%: that’s how much of our country’s sales tax revenue we generate! 16,000: that’s NADA’s member count which includes over 32,000 franchises, both domestic and international. 1 million: that’s the number of people we employ at dealerships around the country."
May 8, 2013 People First, Numbers Second
Remarks for FORREST MCCONNELL
2013 NADA Vice Chairman
Oregon Automobile Dealers Association, Maui, Hawaii
We appreciate every dealer association executive in this country. Whether you’re advocating on behalf of dealers or providing educational opportunities to your members, you’re hard at work every day. Whether we’re in Maui or Portland or Birmingham, our collective mission is the same: to serve and protect the interests of franchised new-car and -truck dealers."
April 15, 2013 Main Street, Not Wall Street
Remarks for DAVID WESTCOTT
2013 NADA Chairman
2013 Automotive Leadership Roundtable, Miami Beach, Florida
I’m talking about the automotive industry and the dealer franchise system that’s the envy of the rest of the world.
But we are more than just a business model. We are part of a legacy that began in 1890—evolving from the horse-and- buggy era to the greatest cars and trucks in the modern age."
April 4, 2013 A Stronger Industry in 2013
Remarks for DAVID WESTCOTT
2013 NADA Chairman
Illinois Automobile Dealers Association & Chicago Automobile Trade Association, Marco Island, Florida
As I was thinking about the turmoil in the industry over the last few years, I thought again and again about the central role that dealers and NADA have played in putting our industry back on the road to renewed strength. The crisis of the moment and the uncertainty of the future always seem threatening, but it's our core principles that have always kept us strong."
February 11, 2013   Core Principles
Remarks by DAVID WESTCOTT
2013 NADA Chairman
2013 NADA Convention, Orlando
As you've just seen, I've worked in many jobs in this industry, from the wholesale side to the retail side, becoming a dealer in 1981. I guess I saved the best for last! As your chairman, I promise to listen to all of your voices and fight as hard as I can to protect and promote our industry, which has done so much for our nation."
February 9, 2013 Hyundai Motor America
Remarks by JOHN KRAFCIK
President and CEO
2013 NADA Convention, Orlando
It is truly an honor to be here today, speaking to the members of the National Automobile Dealers Association. This organization represents the life blood of our industry—the people who are truly on the front lines serving our customers every day—our dealers."
February 9, 2013   Feel the Momentum
Remarks by BILL UNDERRINER
2012 NADA Chairman
2013 NADA Convention, Orlando
A few years ago, many people thought our industry was "down for the count." If they  were told that in 2013, our association would be celebrating "momentum," they would have said that was wishful thinking…Oh how wrong they were."

 

 

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