New AIADA chairman discusses fallout from trade wars

Salt Lake City dealer Brad Strong was recognized as 2018 chairman of the American International Automobile Dealers Association (AIADA) during its annual meeting at the recent NADA Show in Las Vegas. During his speech, Strong emphasized the role dealers like him play in the U.S. economy and what dealers must do to defend their businesses. Strong took over as chairman in February, but was recognized at AIADA’s Annual Meeting.


“We need to work with AIADA to hold congressional visits at our dealerships where we can share our investment numbers and our employment stats,” Strong said. “That’s the best shot we have at convincing lawmakers that trade wars aren’t abstract fights between nations and political parties.


“Washington has no sense of how price-sensitive this industry is, and just how easily their tax and tariff schemes can send annual auto sales into a tailspin, costing thousands of jobs,” Strong said.


Strong is dealer principal of Strong Volkswagen, Audi Salt Lake City, and Porsche Salt Lake City. Serving with him in leadership positions on the AIADA Board are Paul Ritchie, immediate past chairman (Hagerstown, MD); Howard Hakes, chairman-elect (City of Industry, CA); Jason Courter, vice chairman (Bellevue, WA), and Steve Gates, secretary/treasurer (Richmond, KY).

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