About NADA

100 Years of Leadership
Over its 100 years, NADA has been fortunate to have a long list of talented, dynamic leaders. For the first 81 years—up until 1998—their title was president, and thereafter, chairman. These dealers usually came up through the ranks, serving in various positions on the NADA board and helping spearhead industry initiatives.
1930s: The Depression years
NADA almost didn’t survive the Great Depression. But help came from the New Deal’s National Recovery Administration and the new Code of Fair Competition for the Motor Vehicle Retailing Trade.
1940s: NADA and WWII
In the 1940s, NADA moved from Detroit to Washington, D.C., to work more closely with government agencies and keep tabs on legislative events. NADA also worked with automakers to obtain many changes in factory policy favorable to dealers.
1950s: Dealer-automaker relations
The post-WWII years bring more challenges for NADA and its dealer members.
1960s: The imports arrive
In the early 1960s, Japan entered the competition and swiftly grew to the world’s fifth-largest auto producer. In the late 1960s, NADA started its 20 Group program.
1970s: New NADA initiatives
As imports increased in the 1970s, trade became an issue in Congress and elsewhere. NADA went on record opposing a trade bill that would have imposed quotas if imports reached a certain percentage of the market.
1980s: Emergency measures
Entering the 1980s, car dealers were in real trouble. NADA urged President Carter to decontrol oil prices and sought emergency measures from automakers, such as 30-day floorplan assistance and cash incentives to dealers for slow-moving models to help with cash flow problems caused by bloated inventories.
1990s: A new millenium
In the 1990s, NADA continued battling on the regulatory front, including new rules for the Clean Air Act, higher proposed CAFE standards, EPA ozone standards, and a desire by Northeastern states to adopt California clean-air standards.
2000s: Decade of uncertainty
The 2000s were full of change and challenges. The decade began calmly enough, with no Y2K meltdown of the world’s computers. But soon dealers would be fighting for their very survival during The Great Recession,
2010s: Bouncing back
NADA spends the better part of the 2010s supporting its recession-battered members, battling the CFPB, seeking favorable action on SBA-guaranteed loans, stabilizing the estate tax, preserving LIFO and other issues.
2014 NADA Chairman Forrest McConnell Delivers Inaugural Speech at the 2014 NADA Convention & Expo
2014 New York Automotive Forum
2014 New York Automotive Forum Presented by NADA and J.D. Power (April 15)     If manufacturers sold directly to customers, there would be zero competition in pricing vehicles, parts and service.” — NADA Chairman Forrest McConnell III
2016 NADA/ATD Convention & Expo
Full coverage of the 2016 NADA/ATD Convention & Expo in Las Vegas, April 1-3.
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About ATD
Established in 1970, American Truck Dealers (ATD), a division of the National Automobile Dealers Association (NADA), provides programs and services to this highly specialized segment of its membership. ATD represents more than 1,800 franchised medium- and heavy-duty truck dealers holding nearly 3,000 separate franchises, domestic and import.
About Bill Fox
William C. Fox, 2015 NADA Chairman, is a partner in Fox Dealerships, Inc., located in the upstate New York cities of Auburn and Phoenix. He sells Chevrolet, Chrysler, Dodge, Honda, Jeep, Ram, Scion, Subaru and Toyota brand vehicles. (Learn more)
About Us
The NADA story began in 1917 when 30 auto dealers traveled to the nation’s capital to convince Congress not to impose a luxury tax on the automobile. They successfully argued that the automobile is a necessity
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ATD Chairman Dick Witcher Delivers Keynote at the 2014 ATD Convention & Expo
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Auffenberg, James Jr.

James A. Auffenberg Jr. Illinois James A. Auffenberg Jr. is president of St. Clair Auto Mall in O'Fallon, Ill. He started in the automotive business in 1976, working for his father at Auffenberg Ford in Belleville, Ill. Auffenberg represents Illinois's franchised new-car dealers on the board of directo

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