John Bowis takes over as chairman from Charles Stringfellow with election of 2018 WANADA Board

During the business portion of the Annual Meeting & Luncheon, Charles Stringfellow “passed the gavel” over to John Bowis of Chevy Chase Acura as WANADA chairman. A third generation Maryland dealer, John Bowis, follows his dad, Fred Bowis, as chairman of WANADA. Correspondingly, four dealers were elected, or re-elected to the WANADA Board for three-year director terms.


The dealers elected to the 18 member WANADA Board were: Dottie Fitzgerald, Fitzgerald Auto Malls (returning for 2nd term); Daniel Jobe, Capitol Cadillac (returning); Jamie Darvish, DARCARS (returning and stepping in to the position of treasurer) and Robert Hager (new director), Ourisman Automotive of Virginia. Stringfellow will continue on the Board as immediate past chairman.


The total slate was put forth by the Nominating Committee to the WANADA membership at the luncheon meeting by committee chairman Dick Patterson. Members approved the slate by voice acclamation.


The 2018 Executive Committee of the board will be John Bowis, Chevy Chase Acura, chairman; Kevin Reilly, Alexandria Hyundai, vice chairman; Chip Doetsch, Apple Ford/Lincoln, secretary; Jamie Darvish, DARCARS, treasurer; Charlie Stringfellow, immediate past chairman; Ralph Mastantuono, Mercedes Benz Alexandria, chairman, Insurance Committee; John Ourisman, Ourisman Automotive, chairman, Washington Auto Show; and John O’Donnell, president/CEO, WANADA.


The other directors on the WANADA Board are John Altman, Land Rover of Alexandria; Lou Cohen, BMW of Rockville; Robert Farrell, Penske Automotive; Robert Fogarty, Jr., Sport Automotive; Melanie Funkhouser, Fair Oaks Chrysler/Jeep/Dodge; James Gramm, Safford Automotive; Dick Patterson, RRR Automotive; Alex Perdikis, Koons Ford/Silver Spring, and Tony Santy, Chesapeake Petroleum (Kindred-line representative).


Geoff Pohanka is also the NADA director for Metropolitan Washington and Daniel Jobe is the NADA Director for Maryland. In that capacity, their role is to keep the WANADA Board informed of NADA business while keeping WANADA supportive of NADA leadership initiatives and programs. NADA has 58 geographic director seats plus several at-large seats. In addition to WANADA’s Metro Washington area represented on the NADA Board, there are several other major metro areas and all 50 U.S. states, with several states having more than one seat.


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 of its functions, WANADA produces the Washington Auto Show; WANADA Business Services administers the insurance agency, F.B.O. WANADA employer members; and ADEI oversees the Technician Development program.

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