GNYADA October 2018 Newsletter

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For Dealer Principals / General Managers / Sales Managers The Newsletter A Publication of Greater New York Automobile Dealers Association

OCTOBER 2018 Volume 28, Issue 3

GNYADA’s 108th Annual Meeting



DMV Postpones VERIFI Implementation at GNYADA’s Request page 2

FTC Finds Dealers Failed to Post Compliant Buyers Guides page 3 GNYADA Hires Economist to Support Doc Fee Increase page 4

Lee Certilman starts his second term as GNYADA Chairman

Members of the Greater New York Automobile Dealers Association held their annual meeting in June at the Old Westbury Golf and Country Club. This year’s meeting celebrated the state of the Association and its accomplishments over the past year and provided a platform for discussing strate- gies for the year ahead. In addition, a func- tion of the annual meeting is to swear in the Chairman, Executive Committee, and a new slate of Directors. Lee Certilman, dealer principal of Nardy Honda in Smithtown, Long Island, was sworn in for his second term as Chairman along with his Executive Committee which includes: VICE CHAIRS: Jane Millman, Riverhead Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram; Gary Brown, Brown’s Jeep Chrysler Dodge; and Melanie Spare-Oswalt, Sayville Ford. SECRETARY: Oliver Brodlieb, East Hills Chrysler Jeep Dodge. TREASURER: Jack Weidinger, Weidinger Automotive Group. IMMEDIATE PAST CHAIRMAN: Bob Vail, Vail Buick GMC. PRESIDENT: Mark Schienberg.

In his Chairman’s report, Certilman refer- enced the important role the Association plays in the lives of the 35,000 people that are employed in dealerships in the Greater New York area. “GNYADA plays a pivotal role in offering key educational programs for members and through its ongoing advocacy with lawmak- ers in Albany and in City Hall to promote positive legislation and defend against leg- islation that would negatively affect deal- ers,” said Certilman. “Over the past 12 months we’ve successful- ly stopped Tesla from expanding its direct sales network which cuts out franchised new car dealers, we’re close to passing a Used Car Recall Reimbursement Bill that requires a 1.75% per month reimbursement to dealers that have stop-drive, stop-sale open recall vehicles in inventory, and we’re working with the NYS Department of Motor Vehicles on regulations to register brokers and leasing companies, which were unfairly competing with licensed franchised dealers,” Certilman added.

NADA Director’s Column page 5

Primary Results page 6

Best Practices for Hiring and Retention page 9

Tips for Spotting Flood Damaged Vehicles page 11

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