District 1 Tidewater Virginia Congratulations to Carter & Jamie Davis of Davis Auto Center for being VIADA’s Quality Dealer of the year. Davis Auto Center has been in business for 63 years. They have an excellent reputation and have definitely stood the test of time. Our last meeting was held on April 26th at Frankie’s Place for Ribs in Virginia Beach. Thanks to our sponsors James Stallings with Beyond Marketing & Chris Lagey with Sinclair Communications. They both discussed how we can advertise without breaking your bank account. After the business portion of the meeting was over, we broke up into round table discussion groups. Rick Johnson with Earle’s Auto Credit & Eddie Falk with EF Motor Co led the discussion on best practices for the use of GPS devices & Starter interrupts. James Stallings & Chris Lagy discussed best practices for all types of advertising. This meeting was well attended & everyone had a great time. If you would like to improve your business, you should attend these meetings. They only last a few hours, the food is excellent, and, if you only learn one new idea to bring back and use, it is well worth your time. Weldon Whitehurst of Virginia Beach Truck Center will be the new President of District 1! This is great news for all of us, especially yours truly. Many of you probably don’t know that Weldon has been my Right Hand Man all along. He is a Quality person and dealer. He, unlike me, is organized and a very good listener. Please welcome and thank him when you see him. Weldon has been serving as a Vice President and once again I thank him for stepping up. I will still help in any way shape or form. Thanks to all the Dealers, Sponsors and Vendors that made our last meeting such fun and a success. Please feel free to call me or Weldon with any of your ideas to make our meetings more enjoyable
for us all. Weldon’s phone number (757) 406-2277 and mine is (757) 560-1866. One last note, please feel free to bring your spouse and/or a dealer that is not a member. Email – Weldon firstname.lastname@example.org Dondon@courtesyautosales. com. Don Boucher District 1 President District 2 Richmond Virginia Richmond and surrounding area dealers met recently with guest speaker Joe Pearson Agency Development Manager of Colonial Life. He presented an extensive presentation regarding “Taking Control of Group Health Care.” The group welcomed Bill Tally Automotive, Car N Go, Integrity Motors, S & F Auto Sales Inc., S & J Auto Sales Inc., and Unity Motors into the Association. There were further discussions on curbstoning problems, bills that were monitored by VIADA lobbyist and the end result of those efforts as they impact VIADA members, VIADA’s 52nd Annual Convention & Expo with guest speaker/ trainer Tracy Myers who is a best selling author, specializes in marketing and branding including social media and sells over 100 vehicles per month. Everyone was encouraged to attend. Elections of 2012-2013 officers for Distict 2: Chairman of the Board - Jeanette Bishop President - David Gripshover Vice President - Jeff Schuler Secretary- Lonnie Johnson Treasurer- Charlie Spencer Directors: Bill Moss Michael Howard Buddy Bishop Tommy Woodson Be a part of your next meeting to stay up to date on your industry. Jeanette Bishop District 2 President
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District 3 Roanoke Virginia Our last meeting was held in Rocky Mount, Virginia. Our intention was to have our meeting not only in a different place, but one that would allow dealers that cannot make it to Roanoke an opportunity to attend a meeting closer to where their dealerships are located. The meeting was held at Glenn Firth’s apartment complex in the hall. The facilities were excellent as was Glenn’s hospitality. Everyone had Subway sandwiches that came from Glenn’s Subway in Rocky Mount. Glenn owns FSI in Rocky Mount. John Summers with JTZ Enterprises sponsored the meeting for the evening. John discussed VIADA’s new Dealer Recertification program administered by JTZ, to all who attended the meeting. We all appreciated John and what this program has to offer to the VIADA membership. Barry Riddleberger, our president, went over recent and old new letters so we all could revisit issues that we have had in the past and we were allowed to update our activities pertaining to these issues. Barry also pointed out the consequences of not having the correct paperwork files with the State. A dealer was mentioned in our area that had falsified documents and now is paying the price for his errors Our next meeting will be held in Roanoke on June 11. We will be electing our new officers that will serve for the coming years and a reminder that the state VIADA convention will be held at The Homestead in July. It is so close for all of us were encouraged to attend. See you at our next meeting. Barry Riddleberger District 3 President
District 4 Northern Virginia New members – new attendees at our meetings! We strive toward that very thing! We were not disappointed at our April 17th meeting at Montclair Country Club. It was great to be back at Montclair CC. We hadn’t been there for a while and, as usual, they provided a great evening for us. Our state PresidentElect, LexaLynn Hooper, gave an excellent update of association matters. Our district president for next year, Don Sullivan, spoke to the value of belonging to our great association and introduced Mariner Finance - one of our sponsors. Gary Oliver, our vice president, introduced Insidenova Network one of our sponsors for the evening. Federal Financial addressed our group, having been a sponsor in the past. Frazer Computing was a gracious sponsor and sent information related to their dealer management software. In addition Joe Verde Group had sent lots of books, CD’s and newsletters for our dealers. Special thanks to Jim Luehrs, treasurer and John Summer, vice president for how they always do the things necessary to make our meetings a success. Each of the products offered that evening were beneficial to our dealerships. Hopefully each of us left with new opportunities to improve our business operation. There was much discussion regarding, each of us, signing new members. This is the strength of our association. If even half of our current members would make a commitment to talk with a nonmember dealer, invite them to a meeting, and hopefully sign them into membership – our association would grow rapidly. Remember when you drive by a dealer, and can, stop to invite him/her to join VIADA or thank him/her for his current membership. VIADA is our lifeline in the automobile business!! Let’s do all we can to increase growth and guarantee our future.