NADA Board of Directors

Charles W. Gilchrist

2018 NADA Vice Chairman
Northern Texas

Charles W. "Charlie" Gilchrist is president of Southwest Ford in Weatherford, Texas. 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. Charlie became president of SouthWest Ford in 1992. Gilchrist is 2018 vice 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 2020)

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

Awards

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

Education

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

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SouthWest Ford Inc.
3000 Fort Worth Highway
Weatherford, TX 76087
www.southwestautogroup.com

Franchises

  • Ford, Buick, GMC, Nissan, Mitsubishi

Committees

2018
de facto member - all committees, NADA Foundation

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