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Auburn Volkswagen Donates Jeep to Church 253

Posted on May 8, 2020 in Press Releases

University Place church hits the road to help the community UNIVERSITY PLACE, Wash. — There’s an effort to help people in Pierce County with whatever needs they have. Our Church 253 in University Place started with what they called their “Jesus Jeep.” Then, Auburn Volkswagen added an Atlas SUV that they nicknamed the “Angelic Atlas.” They’re using the vehicles to go around and help however they’re needed. In some cases, it means delivering groceries to families or people who aren’t able to get out due to the coronavirus pandemic. On Wednesday, they took a delivery out to Anderson Island to […]

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Washington State Auto Dealers Association Donates $50,000 to WA Food Fund

Posted on April 16, 2020 in Press Releases

SEATTLE, April 16, 2020 – The Washington State Auto Dealers Association (WSADA), which represents 294 new car and truck dealerships in 68 cities and towns across Washington, today announced it is donating $50,000 to the newly created WA Food Fund, a relief fund that supports food banks statewide so they can maintain their food supply. “As with many industries, our members have faced massive layoffs of employees because of COVID 19,” said Vicki Giles Fabré, Executive Vice President, WSADA. “Our dealerships are deeply concerned about the well-being of not only their employees and their families but also their customers, friends […]

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Subaru of America Partners With Feeding America to Help Provide 50 Million Meals to Help Fight Effects of COVID-19 Pandemic

Posted on April 16, 2020 in Press Releases

Camden, N.J., Apr 16, 2020  –  Subaru of America, Inc., along with support from its two regional independent distributors, Subaru of New England and Subaru Distributors Corp., today announced its continued commitment to supporting people affected by the COVID-19 pandemic by helping to provide 50 million meals* to Feeding America®. The donation will help the Feeding America network respond to increased need in their communities and will help provide 50 million meals nationwide to people most impacted by the pandemic. As the nation’s largest domestic hunger-relief organization and a nationwide network of 200-member food banks, the automaker’s contribution will help […]

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Congressman Smith Statement on National Mentoring Month

Posted on January 30, 2020 in Press Releases

January 30, 2020 WASHINGTON, D.C. — Congressman Adam Smith today released the following statement in honor of National Mentoring Month: “Mentoring programs play a crucial role in supporting positive outcomes for youth, providing valuable experience in the field, and building supportive relationships that carry on throughout their careers. Programs like these foster new ideas about policies that can expand access to quality mentoring for young people and Congress should continue to increase support for the critical work they do every day. “One of these programs in Washington’s Ninth District is the Bright Future program—a mentor program established through a partnership […]

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Brad Brotherton 2019-2020 WSADA President

Posted on May 31, 2019 in Press Releases

Brad Brotherton, Brotherton Cadillac Buick GMC, Renton, was named 2019/2020 President of the Washington State Auto Dealers Association (WSADA) at the organization’s annual convention in April. Brad began his career in 1995 at Frederick Cadillac in Seattle, Washington, which was owned by his father, Biff, who had acquired several dealerships in Walla Walla, and Seattle. His roots in the car industry go back over 100 years through his father’s grandfather, who started a truck company in 1916 in Walla Walla. Cadillac moved to Renton in 2001, with Buick GMC added later. Brad said, “Going through our family history, I cannot […]

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Tom Lane Named 2019 ‘Dealer of the Year’

Posted on May 10, 2019 in Awards, Press Releases

May 10, 2019 – Tom Lane, Dwayne Lane’s Auto Family, Everett, 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 Tom’s contributions to the auto industry, quality dealership operations and outstanding community service. At age 12, Tom started working in the dealership founded by his father, Dwayne Lane, first washing cars and then taking on part-time responsibilities during high school and college.  By the age of 24, Tom was general manager of Dwayne Lane’s Arlington Chevrolet, […]

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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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