him an ideal fit for the Association’s Education Committee, which he joined in 2008, helping to develop the Center for Automotive Education & Training’s industry-leading automo- tive curriculum. He has also been highly involved in efforts to increase electric and hybrid training at the Center. Established in 1971, Nardy Honda is the oldest Honda dealership on Long Island. Certilman’s family, which has owned dealerships in New York going back to the 1950s, has a long history of giving back to the community. A TIME Dealer of the Year recipient in 2016, Certilman is currently a gen- erous supporter of the Alzheimer Association, American Cancer Society, the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation, as well as Syracuse and
Tulane Universities. Through Nardy Honda’s outreach program, he donates time and funds to 32 local educational and charity organizations. “It is a great honor to be nominated for this position by my peers,” said Certilman. “My family and our deal-
erships have a long history in New York of contributing to the communi- ties we serve. I’m now excited to be able to take this message of commu- nity investment to a much wider audi- ence and to represent an industry that, in Greater New York alone, sustains a workforce of over 68,000 people.”
GNYADA Donates $100K in Hurricane Harvey Relief 3
The Board of Directors of GNYADA approved a contribution of $50,000 to NADA’s Emergency Relief Fund and $50,000 to the American Red Cross to aid in the recovery efforts in the wake of Hurricane Harvey. NADA called on nationwide dealers and dealer associations to donate to its Emergency Relief Fund to help dealership employees who experienced property damage caused by the storm and severe flooding. In response, GNYADA Chairman Lee Certilman announced that the Association would be making the donations, to assist with the much-needed recovery efforts. Some reports estimate that as many as 500,000 homes have been flooded by the storm. According to NADA, somewhere between 30,000 and 35,000 dealership employees in the greater Houston area may have had their homes impacted. Some dealerships, located in areas inundated by as much as ten feet of water, experienced a total loss of their vehicle inventory. GNYADA has a long history of doing its part to provide relief to disaster victims. Following the 9/11 attacks, the
Association made a $50,000 donation to the American Red Cross and coordinated member-donated vehicles to assist recovery. In the aftermaths of both Hurricane Katrina and Superstorm Sandy, GNYADA sent $100,000 in relief donations. GNYADA also sent $50,000 to help victims of the 2010 Haiti earthquake and donated $10,000 to aid victims of the 2016 Louisiana floods. To contribute to the NADA Emergency Relief Fund, please visit www.nada.org/EmergencyRelief/ . To donate to the American Red Cross, visit www.redcross.org/ and click the "DONATE NOW" button.
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