Dick Patterson takes over as WANADA chairman from Danny Korengold

Dick Patterson takes over as WANADA chairman from Danny Korengold

Other officers change, along with Five positions on WANADAês 17 member Board

The WANADA organization consists of the trade association, a business services corporation, the Auto Dealers Education Institute (ADEI) and the WANADA Community Support Foundation. Among other things, WANADA, the Association produces, The Washington Auto Show; WANADA Business Services houses the insurance agency, F.B.O. WANADA employer members; and ADEI overseas the Technician Development Program.

Longtime dealer group leader Dick Patterson of RRR Automotive was installed as WANADAês 2014-15 chairman of the board at last weekês Annual Meeting and Luncheon where Patterson took over from Danny Korengold, Ourisman of Virginia, who wrapped up two, one-year terms as chairman. Besides Patterson, Charles Stringfellow, Brown Automotive, was elected by fellow Board members to become chairman elect; John Bowis of Chevy Chase Cars, corporate secretary; and Kevin Reilly, Alexandria Hyundai, treasurer. Reilly is currently Auto Show chairman for 2015, a position that will conclude when the show ends next February. Danny Korengold remains an officer, by operation of WANADAês bylaws, as immediate-past-chairman so long as Dick Patterson is chairman.

WANADAês Executive Committee consists of the aforementioned officers, plus the Auto Show chairman and Insurance Committee chairman, which are Kevin Reilly and Ralph Mastantuono, Alexandria Mercedes Benz, respectively. John OêDonnell is also a member of the EC in his role as president and CEO. The Executive Committee, then, totals eight and operates on the Boardês behalf in exigent circumstances or situations when it is not practicable or possible to bring the Board together.

Five dealer members filling expired terms on WANADAês Board are: Jamie Darvish, DARCARS; Dottie Fitzgerald, Fitzgerald Auto Malls; Daniel Jobe, Capitol Cadillac; Geoff Pohanka, Pohanka Automotive; and Tony Santy, Chesapeake Petroleum (Kindred-Line representative). These directors were elected by the WANADA membership assembled at the Annual Meeting and Luncheon pursuant to a slate formulated by a Nominating Committee of past chairmen chaired by Chip Lindsay, Lindsay Automotive. Terms on WANADAês 17 member Board are three years in duration such that a director may run for two consecutive three year terms, totaling six years, before being subject to term limits. Of the five elected directors, three are continuing on the Board — Jamie Darvish, Geoff Pohanka and Tony Santy; two are starting first terms– Dottie Fitzgerald and Daniel Jobe.

Going off the Board were Harold Redden, Fitzgerald Auto Malls, who will stay in WANADA leadership as chairman of the Auto Dealer Education Institute. Redden served two terms, totaling six years on WANADAês Board. Additionally, longtime WANADA member and the last DC dealer, Harry Martens of Martens Car left the Board after selling his dealership and ending his distinguished career in the Washington area automobile business. Martens Cars was the legacy to the longstanding LP Stuart chain.

The Nominating Committee also recommended officers for the new Board to elect, which happened after lunch.

The NADA director for Metropolitan Washington, Tamara Darvish of DARCARS, is automatically an honorary member of the WANADA Board whose role is to keep the Board informed of NADA business while keeping WANADA supportive of NADA leadership initiatives and programs. Tammy will commence a follow up three year term on the NADA Board, in January at the 2015 Convention. NADA has approximately 58 geographic director seats plus several at large. Besides WANADAês Metro Washington area represented on the NADA Board there are several other major metro areas, all 50 U.S. states, with several states given more than one seat.

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