WANADA Welcomes New Staff Members

Two new staff members have been added to the WANADA team in key positions. Chris Daniel and Joe Hemberger have been brought on to help oversee the Washington, DC Auto Show and WANADA’s Automobile Dealer Education Institute, respectively.

“We’ve added two seasoned professionals to our ranks.  Our association is getting better and stronger in core aspects of our mission to support the area’s dealers,” said WANADA President & CEO John O’Donnell.  “The auto show is the main way we boost area sales and our technician training program is arguably our most successful member service.  We’re now taking them both to the next level.”

Stepping in as Show Director will be Chris Daniel.  Mr. Daniel comes to WANADA with over 20 years of trade show industry experience, which includes working on the exhibitor side at The Washington, DC Auto Show for a solid decade.  Working for large exhibit houses such as GES and Freeman has provided Mr. Daniel with a wealth of industry knowledge and the perspective of the auto show’s OEM customer.  He will be entering the auto show planning process during a critical season in the show’s development, as the remarkable successes of 2022, which were mounted in the face of enormous, COVID-related headwinds, are looking to be built upon in 2023.

WANADA’s new Director of Education is Joe Hemberger.  He has fifteen years of experience as a Regional VP for Tires Plus, where he developed new sales and operations processes, assisting the organization’s growth to over five hundred retail locations. Mr. Hemberger has spent the last ten years as National VP of Sales for an automotive consulting firm supporting over seventeen hundred automotive businesses. His passion for the ultimate customer experience and employee engagement has benefited many organizations throughout the US and Canada. Mr. Hemberger will be overseeing WANADA’s eminently successful technician training program, but also looking to expand the educational offerings WANADA provides, to include new areas of training for other dealership staff positions.

For questions related to the auto show or the ADEI technician training program, please reach out to Mr. Daniel or Mr. Hemberger at cd@wanada.org or jh@wanada.org respectively.

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