Dealers Will Lutz (right) and Charlie Gilchrist shake hands following the National Automobile Dealers Association (NADA) board meeting in Dana Point, Calif., at which they were elected as chairman and vice chairman, respectively, for the term that will being in March 2018. Photo courtesy NADA
DANA POINT, Calif. — The National Automobile Dealers Association’s (NADA) 63-member board of directors elected Wes Lutz as chairman for the 2018 term, the association announced. The election took place at NADA’s board meeting in Dana Point, Calif., on Oct. 3. The new term officially begins at the 2018 NADA Show in Las Vegas next March.
“I am honored to serve as NADA chairman as we begin the next century following NADA’s 100 years of existence,” said Lutz, who represents Michigan’s new-car dealers on NADA’s board.
Lutz, president of Extreme Dodge Chrysler Jeep Ram in Jackson, Mich., added that he will continue to advocate new-car dealer concerns in the industry, legislative and regulatory affairs arenas as well as encourage dealers to adapt to the retailing challenges ahead.
“From start to finish, the nation’s franchised new-car dealership network has to benefit consumers in newer ways than ever before,” said Lutz, who has been a dealer since 1976. He is currently serving as NADA vice chairman, and previously served on NADA’s board from 2001 to ’04.
Charlie Gilchrist, who represents Northern Texas’ new-car dealers on NADA’s board, was elected vice chairman. Gilchrist is president of Southwest Ford in Weatherford, Texas, and a Buick, GMC, Nissan and Mitsubishi dealer.
Bill Willis, president of Willis Automotive Group (Chevrolet-Buick-Ford) in Smyrna, Del., was reelected as secretary, and Bob Shuman, president of Shuman Chrysler-Dodge-Jeep-Ram in Walled Lake, Mich., was elected treasurer.