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Stay Connected and Positive, McConnell Tells Dealers

Forrest McConnell IIISAN FRANCISCO (Jan. 23, 2015) — Outgoing NADA Chairman Forrest McConnell III enthusiastically encouraged his contemporaries to stay connected and be positive as they met their industry’s challenges down the road.


A third-generation dealer from Montgomery, Ala., McConnell’s farewell address to NADA’s Convention & Expo was a high-energy rallying cry.  He told dealers to rely on each other and to find proactive solutions as they work through regulations and other obstacles.  He also underscored that NADA will continue to work hard to clear roadblocks to their success.


“If there’s a machine that monitors the vital signs of your business, it’s NADA,” he said.
“This association helps keep the negative things away: Like unreasonable manufacturers and unfair government regulations. NADA helps you get better so you can concentrate on your business.


“You’re all busy enough dealing with the day-to-day operations of your stores,” he continued. “You don’t have time to drive up to Washington, D.C., yourself and tell your side of the story to the people affecting your business, your taxes, your finance model. So at NADA we’ve got your back so you can continue to effectuate positive change.”


McConnell said dealers are the main drivers of their own success and those with positive attitudes generally are the ones that thrive.


“A positive perspective—even the one you have when you first wake up—sets the tone of your day. And over time, your life,” he said. “Always have a positive perspective. Always tell yourself you can do something, even if it’s brutally tough. Set goals that push you and rip you out of your comfort zone.”


McConnell also encouraged dealers to continually stay upbeat and realize that “the best things in life aren’t things. It’s the relationships with positive, friendly people you meet along the way.”


Known as “The Automotive Industry Event of the Year,” the NADA show runs concurrently with the American Truck Dealers Convention & Expo.  Both shows conclude Jan. 25.