Feb. 14, 2013
Forrest McConnell, III
, owner of McConnell Honda and Acura in
, is the new vice chairman of the National Automobile Dealers Association, a trade group representing nearly 16,000 new-car and -truck dealerships in the U.S.
"I'm honored to lead a group of entrepreneurs that drive the American economy," McConnell said. "It's a privilege to serve the nation's new-car and -truck dealers who are civic leaders and pillars of their communities across the country."
David W. Westcott
, owner of David Westcott Buick, GMC and Suzuki in
, took the helm of NADA at its annual convention and expo, along with McConnell as vice chairman. The NADA convention, held in
, drew more than 21,000 attendees from
The NADA Story
The NADA story began in 1917 when 30 auto dealers traveled to the nation's capital to convince Congress not to impose a luxury tax on the automobile. They successfully argued that the automobile is a necessity of American life, not a luxury. From that experience was born the National Automobile Dealers Association. Today, NADA represents nearly 16,000 new-car and -truck dealers, with 32,500 franchises, both domestic and international. For more information, visit
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