WANADA appreciates the many people who made the 2018 Washington Auto Show a grand success!

A ten day, city and region wide public event like the Washington Auto Show (WAS) could never happen without the hard work of a great many dedicated people. The 2018 Auto Show was well over a year in the making, with the long-term planning and direction going back even further.


As producers of the WAS, the Washington Area New Automobile Dealers Association (WANADA) greatly appreciates the leadership of its 2018 Auto Show Committee, chaired by John Ourisman, Ourisman Automotive. Joining Ourisman on the Committee were these WANADA dealer members: Jamie Darvish, DARCARS; George Doetsch, Apple Ford/Lincoln; Daniel Jobe, Capitol Cadillac; Geoff Pohanka, Pohanka Automotive; Kevin Reilly, Alexandria Hyundai; and Charles Stringfellow, Antwerpen Auto Group. Ex-officio members of the Committee were: WANADA Chairman John Bowis, Chevy Chase Acura and WANADA CEO and Show Producer John O’Donnell.


The Washington Auto Show would not be possible without the generous support of committed, loyal sponsors. WANADA would like to acknowledge them here:


Participating sponsors were Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, Global Automakers, Hyundai, Lyft, Michigan Economic Development Group, Motor & Equipment Manufacturers Association, Spot Hero, State Farm, and Toyota.


The Sneak Peek Preview on Jan. 25 went forward with the sponsor support of the Alliance of Automobile Manufactures, American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers, Hargrove, and NADA.


The Media Center and Press Room was sponsored by USAA.


Military Tribute Day at the Auto Show was sponsored by Jeep.


The Lifetime Achievement Award Reception and Dinner, honoring industry icon Keith Crain of Automotive News, was sponsored by Comcast Spotlight and Cox Automotive.


The Luxury Lifestyle Event showcasing the exotic car pavilion, was organized by Robert Hisaoka of RRR Automotive and sponsored by RBC Wealth Management, Shapiro, Lifschitz & Schram, and TTR Sotheby’s.


Media partners to the Washington Auto Show were The Hill and The Washington Post.


DC Sports team partners to the Auto Show were: The DC United, Washington Capitals, Washington Nationals, Washington Redskins, and Washington Wizards.


Ron Cogan, publisher of the Green Car Journal, once again delivered the Green Car Awards, which were very much appreciated for their significant contribution to the Auto Show. The finalists were announced at the L.A. Auto Show last fall, with the actual winners being recognized at the Washington Auto Show.


Co-located conferences and business events at the WAS happened with Eno Center for Transportation, SAE International, and the U.S. GSA.


Automotive Rhythms once again organized the ART of Motion exhibit, which, once again, was a crowd pleaser.


WANADA is also grateful to its WAS publication group consisting of Joan Mooney, Gerry Murphy, and Katy Orme. Correspondingly, the seasoned auto journalists who contributed to the Auto Show were Les Jackson, who edited the Auto Show Program and led VIP tours for consumers. Besides Jackson, other tour VIP guides were Mike Collins, John Davis, William Hopper, Alvin Jones and Fadry Nally. Photography for the Auto Show was handled by Bonnie Moret and Catherine Darby Cooper.


Advertising for the WAS was ably handled by August, Lang & Husak, with support from Mike Mosko of Voice Media, and Angelica Boiteux and Social Driver handling social media.


Last, but by no means least, WANADA salutes its staff and auto show consultants, who worked diligently to bring the 2018 Auto Show to fruition under the able leadership of WANADA CEO and WAS Producer John O’Donnell. They are: Isabel Garcia, CFO; Joe Koch, WAS assistant producer; Bob Storin, VP of marketing; Kathy Teich, executive assistant; Michael Bushnell, communications manager; Cameron Stewart, webmaster; Bob Yoffe, show manager; Chris Hosford, senior communications consultant, and Tim Lynch, regulatory counsel.

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