McLEAN, Va. — The National Automobile Dealers Association (NADA) announced this week that Phillip D. Brady has stepped down as president of the dealer group to join Phillips 66 at its vice president of government affairs.

Brady has served as president of the NADA for the last 12 years, and was inducted into the Automotive Hall of Fame in 2007. In August, he will officials join Houston-based Phillips 66, which separated from ConocoPhillips in May. Brady will be based in Washington and will be responsible for the company’s federal, state and international policy and governmental affairs efforts.  

“This opportunity comes at a tremendously exciting time in the energy industry,” Brady said. “However, there certainly are mixed feelings as it has been a genuine privilege and pleasure to serve as president of the NADA. I have the highest regard for the new-car and -truck dealers of this country who are the ultimate entrepreneurs. I’m particularly proud of the fact that for the past 10 consecutive years more than 90 percent of the dealers in this country have been members of the NADA, giving us a grassroots constituency second to none.” In his career, Brady served in senior White House positions for President Ronald Reagan and President George H.W. Bush. He also served as general counsel at the U.S. Department of Transportation, and in senior positions with the U.S. Department of Justice and the U.S. Congress. 

“Phil has had a profound impact on the auto industry, successfully leading our association through tumultuous and virtually unprecedented times,” said NADA Chairman Bill Underriner, who will form a search committee to find a new president of the association. “Phil has been particularly effective advancing dealer interests in the legislative arena, responding to the governmental and industry challenges that have increasingly faced the dealers in this country. He will be very hard to replace.”