Tom Durant Named Chairman of the Texas Automobile Dealers Association 2018

Texas native and owner of Classic Chevrolet in Grapevine, Texas, as well as 20 other car dealerships across Texas, Oklahoma, and Florida, Tom Durant has been elected as Chairman of the Texas Automobile Dealers Association for 2018.  

The TADA is the statewide trade association representing over 1,300 franchised automobile dealerships in nearly 300 communities throughout the state of Texas. TADA advocates on behalf of the dealers at the Texas Legislature, Congress, and all regulatory agencies.  

As leader of the association, Tom Durant explains his inspiration to represent the Texas franchised auto dealers.  “There are legitimate concerns about our future and the changes that are occurring. I have great respect for Bill Wolters (TADA President) and his staff because they have put together a great organization, one that I am very proud to be a part of. As dealers we all have a responsibility to self-govern and make good decisions. The TADA makes that process a lot easier.  It’s important for us as members to understand the complexities of the franchised dealer challenges in today’s market and to be the clear and concise voice on their behalf while also understanding government influences, market trends and the overall landscape of the industry. TADA makes that a more realistic endeavor. Because of what TADA does, we as dealers can sell and service cars, impact our communities and make a positive difference.”

Chairman Durant will take the office at a time when strong leadership is crucial.  “There is no doubt we are facing unprecedented threats to the future of the Texas franchised dealer network with new industry players and third parties intervening between the customer and the dealer,” says Mr. Durant.  “The disruption of the franchised dealer network as we know it would have a profound effect on the local, state and national economy as well as a devastating effect on the individual communities we as dealers serve each day. And if you are not part of the solution, you become a part of the problem.  Getting involved at this level at the TADA for me was becoming part of the solution.”

Tom Durant, a man known for his keen vision, strong leadership and a genuine humility is undeniably the man for the job, but gives his team the credit for his nomination. “While it is a very personal honor to be named Chairman of the TADA, the recognition ultimately stems from the work our entire team has put in at all of Classic dealerships.”

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