The Greater Cleveland Automobile Dealers’ Association has named a new executive committee for 2018, Louis A. Vitantonio Jr., president of the GCADA, said in a news release.
As part of the new committee, Robert Morris, dealer principal of Morris Buick GMC Cadillac in North Olmsted, steps down as chairman of the GCADA and becomes chairman of the 2018 Cleveland Auto Show. David Waikem, of the Waikem Auto Family in Massillon, becomes chairman of the GCADA.
Vitantonio, who was named president of the GCADA in 2010 and has served with the organization for more than 20 years, will continue to serve as president.
“I would especially like to thank Robert Morris for his commitment and hard work this past year,” Vitantonio said. “I also look forward to working with Robert to host the upcoming Cleveland Auto Show. I’m sure it will be one of the most exciting shows we have ever had.
“I also want to applaud the hard work in the past year of both the GCADA board of directors and its executive committee. They have made our association stronger than it has ever been.”
Kevin Joyce of Joyce Buick GMC moves up from second vice chairman to first vice chairman. Joey Huang, of the Great Lakes Auto Group steps up from treasurer to his new duties as second vice chairman. Paul Hrnchar Jr., the GCADA newest executive committee member, is treasurer.
The GCADA has served the retail-automobile industry and community since 1915. Headquartered in Brecksville, it represents more than 250 franchised motor vehicle dealers, which include new car, truck, motorcycle and RV dealers in a 21-county region of northern Ohio along Lake Erie’s shore and beyond. The GCADA also supports post secondary education and apprenticeship programs, as well as businesses and organizations that provide services to its member dealers.