Thank You to Those Who Made the 2020 Washington Auto Show Possible

Putting together a high-profile event like the Washington Auto Show is no small lift, and it couldn’t have been nearly as successful as it was without the hard work of many people, both during the show and in the many months leading up to the event.

The Auto Show starts with the leaders on the 2020 Auto Show Committee, who were as follows: Jamie Darvish, DARCARS, chairman; John F. Bowis, Chevy Chase Cars; George L. “Chip” Doetsch, III, Apple Ford/Lincoln; Robert H. Fogarty, Jr., Sport Automotive; Daniel Jobe, Capitol Cadillac; John Ourisman, Ourisman Automotive Group; Robert Ourisman, Jr., Ourisman Automotive Group; Kevin Reilly, Alexandria Hyundai.

WANADA would especially like to thank The Washington Auto Show’s generous sponsors: Acura; CTIA; Dickinson Wright; EVsmart, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles; Here for America; Hyundai Motor America; Pepco; State Farm; Spot Hero; The Hill; The Washington Post; Toyota; and the United States Senate Federal Credit Union.

The Washington Auto Show Sneak Peek Reception, held on Jan. 23, the night before the show opened to the public, was sponsored by: Hargrove; the National Automobile Dealers Association; and U.S. News & World Report.

Major participating sponsors of the show’s Industry Media Day included Toyota and U.S. News & World Report.

The WANADA Member Reception, held in the evening on Jan. 30, was sponsored by: Bank of America Merrill; Crovato Products and Services; and Effectv.

The Exotic Car Pre-Show VIP Reception, held in the evening of Jan. 21 ahead of the show’s Public Policy Days, was sponsored by the Keats Group at RBC Wealth Management. The vehicles for the Exotic Car display were provided by Exclusive Automotive Group, Sterling Motorcars, and Competizione.

Military Tribute Day, on Jan. 28, was sponsored by Ram Trucks, and Public Service Recognition Day, on Jan. 29, was sponsored by the United States Senate Federal Credit Union.

D.C. sports team partners to the Washington Auto Show were the following: D.C. United, the Washington Redskins, the Washington Nationals, and Monumental Sports and Entertainment, owners of the Washington Capitals, Washington Wizards, and Washington Mystics. Other participating sports organizations included the Washington Justice, Old Glory DC, and the DC Defenders.

Ron Cogan, publisher of the Green Car Journal, again delivered the Green Car Awards at the Washington Auto Show. And Automotive Rhythms again sponsored the ART of Motion exhibit, led by Kimatni Rawlins and Adrian McQueen. Adam Bonner of the Mascot Organization once again provided talent for the Family Fun Zone, in conjunction with staffers and volunteers from WHUT, one the region’s PBS affiliates.

WANADA salutes its staff and auto show consultants, who worked hard to make the show happen, under the leadership of Auto Show president and CEO John O’Donnell. They are: Isabel Garcia, vice president and chief financial officer; Joe Koch, vice president and assistant producer; Bob Storin, vice president of marketing and sponsorships; Mike Bushnell, communications director; Kathy Teich, executive assistant; Katy Orme, administrative assistant; Bob Yoffe, show manager, and Alexus March, digital marketing coordinator. Voice Media did a fantastic job handling the show’s television, print, and digital marketing, led by Mike Mosko and Sara Devine. And major thanks to our creative team at August, Lang & Husak, namely Bonnie Weaver and Chuck Husak, who designed our 2020 promotional materials, including our wonderful television and radio commercials.

The show could not have been a success without the help of valuable on-site personnel including Socrates Cala and Ramon Cala of the CalPro Group, Ryan Alexander, Norman Cox of CES Security, and their teams, along with the immensely capable staff at the Washington Convention Center and EventsDC, including Malori Rhones, Joseph Greene, Robert Phillips, James Gholson, Samuel Thomas, Stacey Knoppel, Hootan Kaboli, Gerald Wilson, and many, many others. WANADA also thanks the federal General Services Administration for their continued support of the FedFleet program, the nation’s largest gathering for government fleet buyers. Also much thanks to Lauren Noweck and the team at Aramark for their great work as the convention center’s food service provider.

WANADA also thanks its VIP tour guides, who together hosted by far the most tours (and tour-goers) in the show’s history. The tour guides this year were John Davis, William W. Hopper, Alvin Jones, Fadra Nally, Les Jackson, Joe Thomas, Crystal Lewis, John Aaron, Andres Valbuena, and Kevin Joostema. Photography for the Auto Show was handled by Bonnie Moret and her team.

And of course, this show could not have been a success without the endless support from more than 30 OEMs, their production houses, and the regional franchised dealers who support WANADA year after year, and without whom this great event would not be possible.

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