Last week, I had the privilege of addressing AIADA’s dealer members in Las Vegas during our 46th Annual Meeting and Luncheon. While I took over the Chairman’s post from 2015 Chairman Bradley Hoffman this past February, AIADA’s meeting was my first opportunity to address all of you and share my vision for the year ahead.
I recently took the reins of AIADA as its 2016 Chairman. This year is an especially big one for international dealers, and I’m excited about the opportunities we have to build on our industry’s success in the U.S. in the months ahead.
American historian Henry Adams once said, “Practical politics consists in ignoring facts.” Never has that been more evident than during the Republican debate held last month in Milwaukee. Donald Trump was the latest politician to take an unsupported shot at the Trans-Pacific Partnership, the recently negotiated agreement between the U.S. and 11 other nations that would level the playing field for American workers and streamline the flow of goods through the global marketplace.
The dealership business is similar to a little league in at least one respect: if you hang around long enough, you’re going to collect some trophies. My own offices in Hartford Connecticut are a testament to this fact. The trophies, pins, plaques, and certificates are all deeply appreciated, and many are on display throughout the dealerships.
Watching the Volkswagen diesel emissions saga unfold over the past week has been an eye-opening experience for dealers of all brands. Just when you think the story has hit rock bottom, another painful detail or quote emerges.
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