Two new members elected, three re-elected to WANADA Board

WANADA Nominating Committee Chairman Charlie Stringfellow presented the membership at the Annual Meeting with a slate of directors for Board service, and they were approved by a vote by acclamation. Two members were newly elected and three members were re-elected for three-year terms.

The two new Board members are Joe Sanchez, Bomnin Manassas Chevrolet, and Tom Parsons, B&R Associates, for the Kindred-line seat. They will replace Alex Perdikis, Koons of Silver Spring, and Tony Santy, WANADA’s Kindred-line member from Chesapeake Petroleum, who retired this year.

The dealers who were re-elected to the 18-member WANADA Board were: John Altman, Beyer Automotive Group; Lou Cohen, BMW of Rockville, and Melanie Funkhouser, Fair Oaks Chrysler/Jeep/Dodge/Ram.


The 2019 Executive Committee of the Board will remain the same as last year: 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;  Dick Patterson, RRR Automotive, Chairman Emeritus; 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 Robert Farrell, Penske Automotive; Dottie Fitzgerald, Fitzgerald, Auto Malls; Robert Fogarty, Jr., Sport Automotive; James Gramm, Safford Automotive; Robert Hager, Ourisman Automotive, VA; and Daniel Jobe, Capitol Cadillac, who is also the NADA director for Maryland.

Geoff Pohanka, Pohanka Automotive, continues his term as the NADA director for Metropolitan Washington. In that capacity, Pohanka’s 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 districts 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 NADA director positions.

The WANADA organization itself 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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