NADA Celebrates 100th Anniversary

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Jan. 26, 2017—The National Automobile Dealers Association (NADA) celebrates its 100th anniversary this year. 

NADA's centennial festivities begin at the 2017 NADA convention, which started today and runs through Jan. 29 in New Orleans. More than 23,000 dealers and auto industry professionals are expected to attend over the four-day event. NADA kicks off year-long commemorative events beginning with the NADA100 Carnival in New Orleans today. 

Founded in 1917, NADA formed when a group of local dealers set out to fight a new effort by Congress to levy a luxury tax on new automobiles. Thirty dealers from state and local associations traveled to Washington, D.C., and set up base at the Willard Hotel.

“Local dealers argued in 1917 that cars are a necessity of American life, not a luxury item,” said Mark Scarpelli, the 2017 NADA chairman, whose term as chairman coincides with the beginning of a new White House administration and Congress in the nation's capital. “NADA was formed to make sure that entrepreneurs could open local dealerships and provide affordable cars and transportation to farmers, factory workers and people from all walks of life.”

Scarpelli will officially becomes chairman of NADA on Jan. 28. 

Scarpelli's top priorities for 2017 include advocating on legislative and regulatory issues in Washington, D.C., promoting the consumer benefits of local dealerships, meeting with auto manufacturer executives, and getting the next generation of dealers involved in their trade associations and on Capitol Hill.

In addition to the convention, NADA has produced a NADA100 documentary and commemorative issue of its Convention Magazine, which was completely redesigned for the special occasion and includes a timeline of NADA, dealer and other auto-industry milestones. The documentary, magazine and other information highlighting the association over the years are available at


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