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Former NADA President and Foundation Chairman Robert P. Mallon Dies at 83
Memorial contributions in honor of Robert P. Mallon can be made online to the NADA Foundation’s Ambassadors Program
TYSONS, Va. (August 7,
2017) -- Robert P. Mallon, former president of the National Automobile Dealers
Association and chairman emeritus of the National Automobile Dealers
Charitable Foundation, died on August 3. He was 83.
“As a dealer, a
NADA director and now chairman of NADA, I'm honored to have worked with Bob
Mallon over the years,” said 2017 NADA Chairman Mark Scarpelli.
served on NADA's board of directors representing franchised new-car and
-truck dealers in the state of Washington from 1972-2002, and was elected
NADA president in 1978. He is the former president of Mallon Ford, Inc. in
“Bob's legacy lives on in our dealer community,”
Scarpelli added. “His passion and dedication to the automobile business was
unwavering through his decades-long service to advancing dealers and the
goodwill that they do every day in their businesses.”
In 1975, Mallon
established the foundation and served as its first chairman. He was the
driving force behind creating the NADA programs that have donated millions
of dollars in charitable grants to individuals and organizations across the
Mallon, a second-generation dealer, was born in Tacoma,
Wash., in 1933. It was the same year his father, Tommy Mallon, took over the
Ford franchise in Tacoma, after climbing the dealership ranks for 17 years
working in numerous positions in the service and sales departments.
“From the time Bob Mallon became an automobile dealer in 1958 in his
beloved hometown of Tacoma, to serving on NADA's board and leading the
association as president, he left a permanent mark on the retail-auto
industry and with his fellow dealers,” said NADA President and CEO Peter
Welch. “We cannot overstate the important place he held for nearly half of
NADA's 100 years in existence.
“As a pioneer, he established the NADA
Foundation and was instrumental in the success of the NADA PAC Presidents
Club,” Welch added. “He was a true gentleman and will be greatly missed.”
Along with guidance from the NADA Foundation's board of trustees, Mallon
established numerous charitable programs, which include:
Program: Established in 1994, individual Ambassadors collectively donate
more than $250,000 in grants each year to organizations in their local
Emergency Relief Fund: More than
$6 million has been distributed to 9,200 dealership employees across the
country since 1992.
Frank E. McCarthy Memorial
Fund: More than $250,000 in grants has been donated to Canine Companions
for Independence, which provides trained service dogs to wounded veterans
and children with disabilities.
Grants: With the distribution assistance of dealer groups across the
country, 4,900 CPR training units valued at more than $3 million have been
donated to local organizations.
Funds: Established in 1985, the Joseph J. Sanchez Memorial Fund has
awarded $586,000 in grants to college students; Established in 1990, the
John P. Winston Memorial Fund has awarded $546,000 in grants to
Survivors Relief Fund: More than
$780,000 in scholarships has been provided to 139 children of victims of the
Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.
Mallon also established the NADA
Foundation's International Freedom of Mobility Award in 1977. The award was
presented each year to recognize an individual who preserved, protected and
promoted personal freedom of mobility. The program ended in 2001.
feel as if I could write a book about all my memories of encounters with the
legendary Robert P. Mallon,” said Annette Sykora, current chairman of the
NADA Foundation. “Utilizing his persuasive talents, he inspired the
formation of the NADA Foundation.
“With determination, he presided
over and fostered the growth of our NADA Foundation for 40 years,” added
Sykora, who served as NADA chairman in 2008. “His kind heart, passion for
our industry and genuine friendship will be greatly missed.”
also served as president of the Washington State Automobile Dealers
Association from 1966-1967. He received its prestigious Dealer of the Year
award in 1967, an award that now bears his name. It is presented in
recognition of a dealer's contribution to the auto industry, quality
dealership operations and community service.
“It was a supreme gift and
privilege to know Bob,” said Vicki Fabre, WSADA executive vice president. “He
has left an indelible mark on our lives and the industry he loved.”
2014, WSADA's office building in Renton, Wash., was named in Mallon's honor
in recognition of his many contributions to the auto industry.
Washington state, not only was Bob a tireless advocate for dealers and the
franchise system, but a widely recognized and respected visionary, a titan of
a humanitarian for his lifelong work with the NADA Foundation,” added Fabre.
“His passing has left a deep hole in our hearts.”
Mallon was the 1970
nominee for the national TIME Dealer of the Year award representing
dealers in Washington state.
He served as chairman of the board of
trustees of Saint Martin's University in Lacey, Wash., from 1985-1990. He is
a past district governor of Rotary International and has chaired many
governing boards within the Tacoma metropolitan area.
Mallon received an honorary degree of Doctor of Humane Letters from Saint
Martin's University. In 2004, he was honored as a Distinguished Alumni (1951
high school graduate) by Saint Martin's University for professional
achievement and service to the school. In 1997, he received an honorary
Doctor of Laws degree from Campbell University in Buies Creek, N.C., for his
contributions to the industry, chairmanship of the Automotive Hall of Fame
in Midland, Mich., from 1988-1992, and community service.
Mallon was a
1955 graduate of the University of Notre Dame in South Bend, Ind., earning a
Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration.
contributions in honor of Robert P. Mallon can be made online to the NADA
Foundation's Ambassadors Program. To donate by phone, call 703.821.7176.
Check donations can be mailed to: NADA Foundation, In honor of Robert P.
Mallon, 8484 Westpark Drive, Suite 500, Tysons, VA 22102. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org.