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Four Auto Tech Students Receive Auto Dealer Scholarships

Posted on July 3, 2018 in Press Releases

The Washington State Auto Dealers Association (WSADA) awarded a total of $10,000 to four students studying automotive technology in the first-ever “New Car and Truck Dealers Bright Future” scholarship program.  Applicants were asked to explain why they want to be an automotive technician, provide a letter of recommendation from an instructor or advisor, and discuss career opportunities with a new car and truck dealership service department employee. Johnny Desselle is a student in the Automotive Technology program at Grays Harbor College.  Originally from Louisiana, Johnny relocated to Washington State five years ago after he was displaced due to hurricanes.   With […]

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Five Students Receive Auto Dealer Scholarships

Posted on July 3, 2018 in Press Releases

The Washington State Auto Dealers Association (WSADA) awarded a total of $12,500 to five students in its “New Car and Truck Dealers American Dream” scholarship program.  Applicants wrote an essay detailing their American Dream and how they plan to fulfill it.  A $2,500 scholarship was awarded to a Western Washington student, an Eastern Washington student, a family member of a WSADA-affiliated dealership employee, and two automotive technology students. “The judges were impressed with not only the recipients’ thoughtful and inspiring essays, but also their outstanding accomplishments,” said WSADA Executive Vice President Vicki Giles Fabré.  “Each one is a highly capable, […]

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Ron Claudon Named 2018 ‘Dealer of the Year’

Posted on June 7, 2018 in Awards, Press Releases

Ron E. Claudon, Valley Buick GMC, Auburn, received the “Robert P. Mallon Dealer of the Year” award at the Washington State Auto Dealers Association (WSADA) annual convention.  Selected by a committee of his peers, the Association’s most prestigious award recognizes Ron’s contributions to the auto industry, quality dealership operations and outstanding community service. At age 14, Ron started working in the dealership founded by his father, Ron C. Claudon, mopping floors and washing cars.  A proud graduate of Auburn High School and Washington State University, Ron worked in construction and banking before returning to the dealership in 1983, becoming partner […]

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Bruce Titus 2018-2019 WSADA President

Posted on June 7, 2018 in Press Releases

Bruce Titus, Bruce Titus Automotive Group, Tacoma, was named 2018/2019 President of the Washington State Auto Dealers Association (WSADA) at the organization’s annual convention last month. Born in Tacoma, Bruce attended St. Patrick School and Bellarmine Preparatory School before earning his BA in Finance at Washington State University (WSU). Bruce met the love of his life, Linda Mares, at WSU. They will celebrate their 35th wedding anniversary in July. Bruce and Linda have four children:  Courtney (Nick Barr), Michael (Erika), Kelly, Matt, and one grandson, Collin Barr. Bruce followed in his grandfather’s footsteps and started working in the family auto […]

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WSADA Announces 2017 Scholarship Winners

Posted on July 10, 2017 in Press Releases

Five Washington Students Receive Auto Dealer Scholarships The Washington State Auto Dealers Association (WSADA) awarded a total of $12,500 scholarships to five Washington students in the 2017 “New Car and Truck Dealers American Dream” scholarship program.  Applicants were asked to write an essay detailing what the American Dream means to them and how they plan to fulfill their own dream.  “The judges were impressed with not only the recipients’ thoughtful and inspiring essays, but also their outstanding academic and community accomplishments,” said WSADA Executive Vice President Vicki Giles Fabré.  “Each one is a highly capable, self-motivated, and a promising young […]

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Alan Gamblin 2017-2018 WSADA President

Posted on June 7, 2017 in Press Releases

Alan Gamblin Named President of Dealer Association June 7, 2017 – Alan Gamblin, Art Gamblin Motors, Enumclaw, was named 2017/2018 President of the Washington State Auto Dealers Association (WSADA) at the organization’s annual convention last month. Born in Sandpoint, Idaho, Alan moved to Enumclaw when he was 13 years old after his father bought the local Chevrolet dealership.  Alan immediately started working in the family business sweeping up the shop, graduating to washing cars and then, at just 15 years of age, he sold his first car. After studying business at Brigham Young University and a two-year mission to Chile […]

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Marlene “Marti” Hollenback Named 2017 Dealer of the Year

Posted on May 28, 2017 in Press Releases

Marlene “Marti” Hollenback Named 2017 Dealer of the Year. Thursday, May 18, 2017 – The late Marlene “Marti” Hollenback (posthumously) received the “Robert P. Mallon Dealer of the Year” award at the Washington State Auto Dealers Association (WSADA) annual convention. Selected by a committee of her peers, the award recognizes Marti’s contributions to the auto industry, quality dealership operations, and outstanding community service. The selection was made several months before Marti’s untimely death on April 15, 2017, but, in accordance with Association tradition, was kept secret until the annual convention. A lifetime member of the Spokane community, Marti was born […]

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WSADA Announces 2016 Scholarship Winners

Posted on November 2, 2016 in Press Releases

Five Washington Students Receive Auto Dealer Scholarships The Washington State Auto Dealers Association (WSADA) awarded a total of $11,000 scholarships to five Washington students in the 2016 “New Car and Truck Dealers American Dream” scholarship program.  Applicants were asked to write an essay detailing what the American Dream means to them and how they plan to fulfill their own dream.  “The judges were impressed with not only the recipients’ thoughtful and inspiring essays, but also their outstanding academic and community accomplishments,” said WSADA Executive Vice President Vicki Giles Fabré.  “Each one is a highly capable, self-motivated, and promising young person […]

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Tom Lane Nominated for 2017 TIME Dealer of the Year Award

Posted on October 25, 2016 in Awards, Press Releases

TIME AND ALLY FINANCIAL HONOR EVERETT DEALER Tom Lane Wins National Recognition for Community Service and Industry Accomplishments at NADA Convention (New York, NY, October 24, 2016) – The nomination of Tom Lane, owner and dealer principal at Dwayne Lane’s Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram in Everett, Washington, for the 2017 TIME Dealer of the Year award was announced today by TIME. Tom is one of a select group of 49 dealer nominees from across the country who will be honored at the 100th annual National Automobile Dealers Association (NADA) Convention & Exposition in New Orleans, Louisiana, on January 27, 2017. […]

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Gary Gilchrist – 2016 Robert P. Mallon Dealer of the Year

Posted on June 15, 2016 in Press Releases

Gary Gilchrist named 2016 ‘Dealer of the Year’.

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Way Scarff 2016-2017 WSADA President

Posted on June 2, 2016 in Press Releases

Way Scarff named president of dealer association.

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WSADA Partnership with Ethos Group

Posted on May 15, 2016 in Press Releases

WSADA partners with Ethos Group.

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2016 Auto Dealers’ Scholarship Announced

Posted on January 15, 2016 in Press Releases

Auto dealers’ scholarships announced for 2016.

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2015 WSADA’s “New Car and Truck Dealers’ American Dream” Scholarship Announced

Posted on December 15, 2015 in Press Releases

Four Washington students receive auto dealers’ scholarship.

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Sara Carter Nominated for 2016 TIME Dealer of the Year Award

Posted on November 17, 2015 in Press Releases

TIME and Ally Financial honor Shoreline dealer.

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Motor Trend to Produce Seattle International Auto Show

Posted on November 1, 2015 in Press Releases

Motor Trend to produce Seattle International Auto Show.

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WSADA Forges Relationship with Shoreline Community College

Posted on October 15, 2015 in Press Releases

The network of new car dealers connected with Shoreline Community College just got bigger. To read the article click here.

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WSADA PSADA Merger

Posted on September 1, 2015 in Press Releases

The Washington State Auto Dealers Association (WSADA) and the Puget Sound Automobile Dealers Association (PSADA) have agreed to merge their operations effective Tuesday, February 17. To read the article click here.

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Rock Peterson 2015-2016 WSADA President

Posted on June 11, 2015 in Press Releases

Rock Peterson, Brien Ford, Everett, was named 2015/2016 President of the Washington State Auto Dealers Association (WSADA) at the organization’s annual convention last month. To read the article click here.

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Steve Klein – 2015 Robert P. Mallon Dealer of the Year

Posted on June 2, 2015 in Press Releases

Steve Klein, Klein Honda, Everett, received the “Robert P. Mallon Dealer of the Year” award on May 14 at the Washington State Auto Dealers Association (WSADA) annual convention. To read the article click here.

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Ron Cauldon Nominated for 2015 TIME Dealer of the Year Award

Posted on October 23, 2014 in Press Releases

The nomination of Ron Claudon, president of Valley Buick GMC & RV in Auburn, Washington, for the 2015 TIME Dealer of the Year award was announced today by TIME. To read the article click here.  

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Gary Gilchrist 2014-2015 WSADA President

Posted on June 11, 2014 in Press Releases

Gary Gilchrist, Gilchrist Auto Center, Tacoma, was named 2014/2015 President of the Washington State Auto Dealers Association (WSADA) at the organization’s annual convention last month. To read the article click here.

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Gene Johnson – 2014 Robert P. Mallon Dealer of the Year

Posted on June 3, 2014 in Press Releases

Gene Johnson, Rainier Dodge, Olympia, received the “Robert P. Mallon Dealer of the Year” award on May 15 at the Washington State Auto Dealers Association (WSADA) annual convention. To read the article click here.

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WSADA Announces 2014 Scholarship Winners

Posted on June 1, 2014 in Press Releases

The Washington State Auto Dealers Association (WSADA) awarded a total of $7,500 scholarships to three Washington seniors in the 2014 “New Car and Truck Dealers American Dream” scholarship program. To read article click here.

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WSADA Breaks Ground on New Headquarters

Posted on May 23, 2014 in Press Releases

The Washington State Auto Dealers Association (WSADA) held a groundbreaking celebration on Thursday, May 23, for its new headquarters located at 621 SW Grady Way in Renton. To read the article click here.

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