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On the Road with Executive Director Jeff Martin

Inventory, inventory, inventory…and a few other topics were discussed last week, as TIADA Executive Director Jeff Martin hit the road to visit with independent dealers across the state. “Visiting with our dealer members at their dealerships is my favorite thing to do. It's where you really learn what's going on in the industry and just how passionate our members are about taking care of their customers,” said Martin.

The trip included stops at Procter Motor Company and CENTEX Cars in Lampasas, Bostick Motor Company in Brownwood, Wofford's Used Cars in De Leon, Cal's Auto Sales in Abilene, and XTRA Auto Sales in Pampa.

The weeklong tour was capped off with a dealer roundtable in Amarillo sponsored by PassTime. TIADA is gearing up for the 88th legislative session, and, to make sure the dealer's voices are heard, the association plans to spend time with dealers in some areas where there is no local chapter. TIADA President Mark Jones from Burleson and VP at large Brad Kalivoda from Lubbock attended the Amarillo meeting that included Dean Sather from Crosspoint, Johnnie Daniels from Excel Autos, and others.

“I learn something every time I make one of these trips,” said Jones, “This time, I learned a lot about what dealers have to say on the big issues of catalytic converter theft and the inventory shortage affecting everyone in the state. I also learned that some of the challenges in Amarillo are different than what we have previously heard in Lufkin or El Paso, and we need to ensure we represent everyone's interests.”

Next month, TIADA will welcome over 300 dealers to the conference in Round Rock, where they will set the 2023 Legislative Agenda and offer over 30 hours of education. After that, it will be back on the road. Martin ended by saying, “We haven't been to the Valley in a while. I think that is where we will head next.”

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