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NAFRD Hires NIADA to Run Association

January 19, 2007

Arlington, Texas — The National Independent Auto Dealers Association announced that the National Association of Fleet Resale Dealers has selected it as the new management company, reported AutoRemarketing.

The NIADA will help provide the framework for the revitalization and growth of NAFRD. NIADA effectively became NAFRD's management company Jan. 1. According to officials, the new management will set NAFRD on a fresh path for 2007 while maintaining the association's mission of maximizing client yields, increasing quality and services and actively developing new domestic and international partners.

Jeff Dodd, NAFRD president, said the decision was made to seek new management in an effort to help the association's growth.

"We feel this is a very strategic move for NAFRD and the association's future," he said. "NIADA is a 61-year-old institution with an excellent reputation in the used motor vehicle industry and we feel this is a natural fit for both organizations."

"NIADA has been a leader in setting standards for the used motor vehicle industry," Mike Linn, NIADA's executive vice president and chief executive officer, said.

"We'll use our skills and resources to further the advancement of NAFRD, bringing them a new level of growth along with increased national and international recognition," Linn added.

Among its many objectives, NIADA said it plans to boost NAFRD's membership, improve convention scheduling and quality of speakers, in addition to improving the development of the association's trade show.

The NIADA staff is currently planning the NAFRD 2007 Convention scheduled for Oct. 4-7 in San Antonio, Texas. It will be held at the Hotel Valencia Riverwalk.

Officials said plans have also begun for the development of the new NAFRD e-newsletter. Content will be aimed at keeping members in tune with association activities and will formally keep members aware of crucial industry developments, officials said.

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