WANADA was ably represented at this year’s NADA Washington, DC Conference by its chairman, John Bowis, Chevy Chase Acura; board members John Altman, Beyer Automotive Group; Daniel Jobe, Capitol Cadillac; Geoff Pohanka, Pohanka Automotive Group; and WANADA CEO John O’Donnell. Altman is WANADA’s NextGen dealer which is part of a group of younger dealers who NADA trains to be industry advocates on Capitol Hill and in state legislatures. Jobe is the NADA director for Maryland, and Pohanka is NADA director for Metropolitan Washington.
Nearly 500 dealers and dealer association executives from all 50 states and a number of major metro areas gathered in DC for the NADA Conference. Lawmakers from both sides of the aisle in Congress came to speak, including Sen. Pat Toomey (R-Pa.), Rep. Kurt Schrader (D-Ore.), Rep. Mike Gallagher (R-Wis.), and Rep. John Delaney (D-Md.). Additionally, Mick Mulvaney, acting director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) spoke.
Following the NADA Conference, WANADA members and other dealers went to Capitol Hill to interact with and lobby members of Congress. The big issues this year for NADA and America’s dealers were tariffs on imported vehicles, regulations on autonomous vehicles, and vehicle recalls.Download Bulletin PDF