Big Management Changes Announced at NIADA Convention

Michael Linn lifetime achievement award NIADA

Michael Linn, who has served inde­pen­dent auto­mo­bile deal­ers in the Car­oli­nas and at the national level for 26 years, includ­ing 14 as CEO of the National Inde­pen­dent Auto­mo­bile Deal­ers Asso­ci­a­tion, has been named the first recip­i­ent of a new honor – NIADA’s Life­time Achieve­ment Award.

• Long­time NIADA chief exec­u­tive offi­cer Michael Linn will become CEO emer­i­tus as the National Inde­pen­dent Auto­mo­bile Deal­ers Association’s lead­er­ship suc­ces­sion plan goes into effect.

Linn cre­ated a tran­si­tion team, headed by NIADA past pres­i­dent Charles Teel, that has been work­ing behind the scenes for more than two years to craft a plan to ensure a seam­less tran­si­tion in the association’s senior leadership.

• As part of the suc­ces­sion plan, Steve Jor­dan, hired in 2011 as chief oper­at­ing offi­cer after serv­ing as exec­u­tive direc­tor of the Florida IADA, will be pro­moted to exec­u­tive vice pres­i­dent. Linn, who served 14 years as NIADA’s CEO, will move into the role of CEO emeritus.

• The award was pre­sented at the National Lead­er­ship Awards Ban­quet dur­ing the annual NIADA Con­ven­tion and Expo at Cae­sars Palace in Las Vegas.

• At the same cer­e­mony, Tom Cross, a vet­eran of more than 25 years in the auto­mo­tive indus­try who has guided Black Book’s recent inno­va­tions as its pres­i­dent, was hon­ored as the newest mem­ber of NIADA’s pres­ti­gious Ring of Honor.

• Cross is the 23rd indus­try leader to be inducted into the Ring of Honor, NIADA’s high­est award to a non-dealer.