NADA Board of Directors

Charles W. Gilchrist

NADA Industry Relations Committee 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 represents Northern Texas's franchised new-car dealers on the board of directors of the National Automobile Dealers Association. (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


  • 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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SouthWest Ford Inc.
3000 Fort Worth Highway
Weatherford, TX 76087


  • Ford, Buick, GMC, Nissan, Mitsubishi


Industry Relations (chairman), Regulatory Affairs, Empower Quality Control

Government Relations, Industry Relations (chairman), Regulatory Affairs (chairman)