The 65-member board of directors of the National Automobile Dealers Association elected Metro Washington, D.C., area dealer Geoffrey Pohanka.  -  IMAGE: NADA

The 65-member board of directors of the National Automobile Dealers Association elected Metro Washington, D.C., area dealer Geoffrey Pohanka.

IMAGE: NADA

DALLAS — The 65-member board of directors of the National Automobile Dealers Association (NADA) elected Metro Washington, D.C., area dealer Geoffrey Pohanka as its 2023 chairman.

Pohanka, 65, who currently serves as NADA vice chairman, will succeed Mike Alford, dealer principal of Marine Chevrolet in Jacksonville, N.C., and Trent Buick GMC and Trent Cadillac in New Bern, N.C. Pohanka is a third-generation dealer who serves as chairman of the Pohanka Automotive Group in Capitol Heights, Md.

Gary Gilchrist, 69, who represents new-car dealers in Washington state and currently serves as chairman of NADA’s Dealership Operation Committee, was elected NADA vice chairman for 2023.

William H. Willis Jr., president of Willis Automotive Group and representing Delaware dealers on the NADA board, was elected as secretary. Kirt Frye, president of Sunnyside Automotive Group in Middleburg Heights, Ohio, was elected as treasurer.

The election took place at NADA’s board meeting on Oct. 18, 2022, which was held in Dallas, Texas. The new terms begin at NADA Show 2023 in Dallas in January.

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