Underriner to Lead Auto Dealer Group in 2012
WASHINGTON (Sept. 21, 2011) – The board of directors of the National Automobile Dealers Association (NADA) has elected William P. Underriner as chairman and David W. Westcott as vice chairman for 2012.
Underriner, 59, president and co-owner of Underriner Motors in Billings, Mont., operates Honda, Hyundai, Buick and Volvo franchises. Underriner, NADA’s current vice chairman, has served three terms as NADA treasurer and represents Montana’s new-car dealers on the association’s board of directors.
“I’m honored that my peers have elected me for this position,” said Underriner, who’s been in the automobile business since 1984. “I’m looking forward to the challenges ahead and the unknown because you never know what can happen in the auto industry.”
Westcott, 64, president of David Westcott Buick GMC Suzuki in Burlington, N.C., has been a new-car dealer since 1981. He currently represents North Carolina’s new-car dealers on NADA’s board of directors.
The election was held Sept. 20 at an NADA conference in Washington, D.C. Underriner and Westcott will take office at the 2012 NADA-ATD Convention and Expo in Las Vegas, which runs Feb. 3-6.
Underriner is a past member of the association’s Executive, Industry Relations, Dealership Operations and Membership committees. He’s also served as chairman of NADA’s Finance and Convention committees.
Westcott currently serves as chairman of the association’s Dealership Operations Committee. He’s also a member of the Industry Relations Committee and the Dealers Election Action Committee (DEAC) board of trustees. He’s past chairman of NADA’s Government Relations and Regulatory Affairs committees and DEAC.
NADA, founded in 1917, represents nearly 16,000 new-car and -truck dealerships operating about 32,500 franchises, both domestic and international. For more information, visit www.nada.org.
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