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LAS VEGAS (April 2, 2016) – In his first speech as 2016 chairman of the National Automobile Dealers Association, Jeff Carlson pledged to build on the momentum NADA established in 2015 and lead the organization into its next 100 years of successful advocacy on behalf of America’s franchised new-car and -truck dealers.
In remarks at the 2016 NADA Convention & Expo in Las Vegas, Carlson highlighted several of NADA’s priorities: right-sizing NADA to carry out its primary mission of advocacy, promoting the value of the dealer franchise network for consumers and helping dealers stay true to their mission by providing their customers with affordable mobility.
“We have right-sized the association and are ready to enter into the next century. A century where we will advocate for all dealers, all of the time, everywhere, just as we have for the past 99 years,” said Carlson, president of Glenwood Springs Ford and Glenwood Springs Subaru in Glenwood Springs, Colo., and co-owner of Summit Ford in Silverthorne, Colo. “We will do that in the legislative and regulatory arenas. We will do that with our manufacturers.”
Carlson, who represents Colorado's new-car dealers on NADA's board of directors, added that NADA will continue to build in its successful advocacy efforts on key issues, such as preserving the ability of dealers to discount credit and make credit affordable and accessible, and being advocates for dealers and consumers alike when it comes to ill-advised government policy and manufacturer issues.
“The CFPB is overreaching into our business model, which will reduce consumer access to the most competitive credit market on the planet,” he said. “It’s no secret that the dealer franchise system has been attacked unfairly and relentlessly. But, the best defense is a good offense. We’ve made sure to identify those in Washington who understand and respect our business.”
And concerning vehicle recalls, Carlson added that NADA is working to make sure Washington understands that new-car dealers also want the driving public to stay safe.
“We need 100% of the dealers to perform 100% of the recalls 100% of the time,” he said. “And we will because it’s the right thing to do.”
Carlson said the automotive industry is evolving at a rapid pace, but core values have remained unchanged.
“Everything we do is with intent, passion, commitment and love. A lifestyle where dealers can and do make a difference in the lives of others,” Carlson said. “There’s a common core in the best of us: and it’s not how good we are at selling cars. It’s trust, honor, friendship and love.
“Most of all, we’re connected in an industry – and with a product – that generates emotion and equates to freedom,” he said. “That’s the way the auto industry and the American dream have aligned for millions of Americans over our last 99 years.”
The 2016 NADA convention ran from March 31 to April 3 at the Las Vegas Convention Center. More than 25,000 new-car and -truck dealers and their managers, as well as dealers from over 30 countries, auto industry executives and exhibitor staff will attend.
NADA, founded in 1917, represents nearly 16,500 new-car and -truck dealerships, with both domestic and international franchises. For more information, visit www.nada.org.
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REDUCED RECEPTION DESK HOURS AT AUTO INDUSTRY DIVISION
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DEALERSHIP AUTOBODY SHOPS EXEMPTED FROM OSHA'S NEW CRYSTALLINE SILICA RULE
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Determining Employee Classification: Employee vs. Independent Contractor
Steps to following the law when classifying employees.It may seem like the obvious choice to hire employees as independent contractors, but unfortunately it's not always that easy. Employees can only be classified as independent contractors if they meet specific guidelines. Seemingly simple things such as being on company payroll, use of company property, and the permanency of the relationship can mean that they cannot be independent contractors. Join KPA's HR expert Brianna Stashak as she delves into the difference between employees and independent contractors. Brianna will discuss: The 5 Part Test, Appropriate Independent Contractor Documentation, Management Best Practices
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Federated Insurance’s “Claim of the Month” – Could it happen to you?
A sales rep drove a high-end demo home. That evening, she took friends out for dinner and drinks. On the way home, she caused an accident that resulted in two serious injuries, and the death of a single mother of three.
What policies are in place to help prevent this from happening at your dealership? Do you know who’s driving your vehicles? Federated Insurance recommends several best practices to help protect your business and manage risks; for example,
These are just a few loss control recommendations you can use to help protect your dealership. To learn more, contact your local Federated Insurance representative and request a copy of our Auto Dealer “Keys to Success” risk management education materials. Federated Insurance is recommended by 18 state and national auto dealer associations just like yours for customized insurance programs and value-added risk management services, such as Federated’s Shield Network®, the Risk Management Resource Center, and the Federated Employment Practices NetworkSM. Visit www.federatedinsurance.com to discover resources you can use to create or ramp up your own risk management program, or to contact your local representative.
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