NADA Board of Directors

Charles W. Gilchrist

Northern Texas

Charles W. "Charlie" Gilchrist is president of Gilchrist Automotive, which started with SouthWest Ford in 1986 and now encompasses 10 individual New Vehicle franchise dealerships in the greater Dallas Fort Worth metroplex. He started in the automotive business as controller of a heavy-truck store, then was general manager of two Ford dealerships, SouthWest Ford and Nichols Ford. Gilchrist was the 2019 chairman of the National Automobile Dealers Association and represents Northern Texas's franchised new-car dealers on the board of directors. (Term: January 2014-January 2023)

Industry Service

  • Board member, Texas Automobile Dealers Association

Community Service

  • Board member, Texas Bank
  • Board member, Weatherford College Foundation
  • Board member, East Parker County Chamber
  • Former board member, Weatherford High School Foundation
  • Former board member, Weatherford Chamber of Commerce


  • James Doss Citizen of the Year Award, Weatherford Chamber of Commerce, 2005
  • Ford's President's Award, eight times, 1996-2008


  • Bachelor's degree in Accounting, University of Texas, Austin

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Gilchrist Automotive
Serving the Dallas Fort Worth metroplex


  • Ford, Chevrolet, Buick, GMC, Nissan, Volkswagen, Mitsubishi, Chrysler, Dodge, Ram and Jeep


Industry Relations, Regulatory Affairs, NADA Foundation, NADA PAC

Government Relations, Industry Relations (chairman), Nominating (chairman), Regulatory Affairs (chairman), Empower Quality Control, NADA Foundation

NADA Executive Positions
Chairman (2019), Vice Chairman (2018)