2016 has been a year full of highlights for GNYADA. Before officially turning our calendars over to 2017, let’s look back at our Association’s major moves and top achievements from the past year.
$38,500 Awarded in Scholarships In 2016, GNYADA distributed $38,500 in automotive scholarships, including five $5,000 scholarships awarded to U.S. military veterans at the Association's 11th Annual Charity Golf Outing. Also on that day, dealers and Allied Members came together to raise a record $110,000, to support local automotive education. DMV-DIRECT Work Surges DMV-DIRECT processed approx- imately 120,000 transactions this year. This represents a 5% increase vs. 2015 and shatters numbers from recent years. During 2016, the office averaged an outstanding error rate of .05%, including logging a 0% error rate from August through November. Major Activity at the CAET Automotive training seminars at the Center increased 20%. Seventeen manufacturers now regularly use the facility for dealer events; this year Subaru, Jaguar and American Honda joined our expanding client list, and more OEMs are expected to bring their programs to the Center in 2017. In dealer education, GNYADA seminars saw a 30% attendance gain. Toyota doubled its leased space at the Center, expanding to include more classrooms, new equipment and additional training programs. TV and commercial shoot bookings increased 20% from the prior year.
CPR Manikin Donations Going Strong Throughout 2016, GNYADA dealerships donated 13 new Resusci- Anne, Resusci-Baby and Resusci- Junior CPR training units — as well as replacing worn out units — to local fire departments, ambulance corps, and community centers.
New Leadership In June, we swore in the new Officers and Directors of the Association, including our new Chairman of the Board: Nick Toomey, Vice President of the Rallye Motor Group. Already, Toomey has overseen the building of an aggressive agenda for next year’s Legislative Session and an energized PR plan to promote dealers’ importance within their communities. Franchise System Upheld — a Dealership Saved The positive result in Beck Chevrolet Co. v. General Motors LLC was significant for all New York dealers, who now have strong arguments against manufacturers’ unfair use of uniform sales standards. This outcome was achieved thanks in large part to amendments GNYADA fought to add to the Franchise Bill.
NYIAS Breaks Weekend Records This year’s New York International Auto Show drew record crowds in both the opening and closing weekends, with more than 60 world and North American vehicle debuts, revealed during 24 press conferences. Governor Cuomo was on hand for the Show’s official public opening, joining GNYADA’s Board of Directors on the ceremonial stage. GNYADA would like to thank all of our members for making 2016 a memorable year. Here’s to an equally active and prosperous 2017!
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