The National Automobile Dealers Association has selected Peter K. Welch as its new president, set to take over the new role on February 1.
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The unanimous decision was made at a special meeting of the NADA Board of Directors in Dallas on Tuesday, Jan. 8, following an extensive nationwide search. Welch will become the NADA president officially on February 1.
Welch, 59, has been president and chief executive officer of the California New Car Dealers Association (CNCDA) in Sacramento since 2003, and has managed its government affairs office, including legal, legislative and regulatory affairs, since 1990. It’s the country’s largest state organization for new-car dealers.
A native of Detroit, MI, Welch has been married to Cheryl Welch for 32 years. They have three children.
He earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Michigan; a master’s degree from the University of Durham, England; and a law degree from Loyola Marymount University of Law, Los Angeles. Prior to joining the CNCDA, he was a partner with a Los Angeles law firm.