PEOPLE ON THE MOVE




President Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram of Columbus- Columbus, IN

Leonardo Portaluppi is building a legacy inspired by his father, an automotive technician for many years. He started his career as a helper in the same shop alongside him. As president of P4 Automotive, LLC, his family supports community organizations that benefit children. Start your own tradition with the Stellantis Dealer Network. Visit MinorityDealers.com or email us at DealerDiversity@Stellantis.com.

 

Dealer Principal, Wise Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram – Upper Sandusky, OH

Meet Lawrence, a Northwood graduate and Omega Psi Phi Inc., member. After reading the Diversity In Dealerships feature in Automotive News, he visited the Stellantis Dealer Diversity website earlier this year and applied online. Last month he opened his own dealership. Learn how you can become an entrepreneur with the Stellantis Dealer Network. Visit MinorityDealers.com or email DealerDiversity@Stellantis.com.

 

General Manager/Executive Manager, Kona Chrysler Jeep® Dodge Ram Kailua-Kona, HI

Korey Pulluaim believes the youth in his community are essential and has made them his priority. He also believes that a positive work culture attracts customers and top-performing employees. Make a difference in your community, join the Stellantis Dealer Network. Visit MinorityDealers.com or email us at DealerDiversity@Stellantis.com for more information on partnering or mentoring minority dealer candidates.

 

Dealer Principal, Ellis Boys Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep®, Ram Holton, Kansas

Inspired by his father, who was a car salesman, David Ellis is proud to continue the family tradition. His wife, sons, and daughter-in-law work alongside him, as well as ten grandchildren during their summer breaks. Learn more about joining the Stellantis Dealer Network or mentoring minority candidates at MinorityDealers.com or email us at DealerDiversity@Stellantis.com.

 

Dealer Principal, Los Angeles Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep®, Ram and Monrovia Chrysler Dodge, Jeep, Ram

As the pandemic weighed on his community, Rinaldi Halim knew that his dealerships could make a difference. He partnered with the Los Angeles Rams and A Place to Call Home to deliver groceries and household essentials to hundreds of families. Learn more about becoming a dealer or mentoring minority dealer candidates at MinorityDealers.com or email us at DealerDiversity@Stellantis.com.

 

CEO, Lakeshore Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram, Seaford, DE

Meet Santosh Viswanathan, a principled business strategist whose philanthropic activities include supporting local food banks and domestic violence shelters led to a nomination for TIME Dealer of the Year. Make a difference in your community, join the Stellantis Dealer Network. Visit MinorityDealers.com or email us at DealerDiversity@Stellantis.com for more information on partnering or mentoring minority dealer candidates.

 

Dealer Principal, Gunter Chrysler Dodge Jeep RAM Ridgeway, V.A.

Nothing is more important to Tim Gunter, than his family and his community. That’s why he’s proud to say that four of his family members work alongside him, and the reason why he offers discounts to first responders in his community. Learn more about partnering or mentoring minority dealer candidates and the Stellantis Dealer Network at MinorityDealers.com or email us at DealerDiversity@Stellantis.com.

 

President, Courtesy Motors, LLC - Danville, IL

Ray Fregia, Jr., a 30-year automotive veteran and chairman of the New Hope Baptist Church Board of Deacons, is focused on expanding his family legacy. Ray Sr., and his brother, Rik, work with him, supporting his dream. If you’re ready to start your own legacy, join the Stellantis Dealer Network at: MinorityDealers.com. For more information on partnering or mentoring minority dealer candidates email DealerDiversity@Stellantis.com.

 

Dealer Principal, Bravo Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram of Alhambra (CA)

Douglas Bravo’s dealership is 3,500 miles from his native home of Lima, Peru, so he understands the importance of making his customers feel at home. If you are interested in supporting your community, join the Stellantis Dealer Network at: MinorityDealers.com. For more information on partnering or mentoring minority dealer candidates email DealerDiversity@Stellantis.com.

 

President and CEO, Tony T Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram - Orangeburg, S.C.

Someone saw his potential and gave him an opportunity, says Tony Thomas, a Chrysler Minority Dealers Association member. He went to a dealership to sell his personal vehicles, and was offered a position. The rest is history. Now it’s your turn, apply to the Stellantis Dealer Network at: MinorityDealers.com. For more information on partnering or mentoring minority dealer candidates email DealerDiversity@Stellantis.com.

 

President and CEO, Max Chrysler Dodge Jeep RAM Belton and Butler, MO

Meet Bob Jacaway, a 40-year automotive veteran who’s focused on delivering excellent customer service. His son, Michael, and daughter, Ida, are continuing the legacy by working alongside him. If you’re ready to start your own legacy, join the Stellantis Dealer Network at: MinorityDealers.com. For more information on partnering or mentoring minority dealer candidates email DealerDiversity@Stellantis.com.

 

Dealer Principal, Jay Hodge Dodge Chrysler Jeep RAM (OK) & Jay Hodge Dodge Chrysler Jeep RAM (TX)

Following in the footsteps of his grandfather as a car dealer, Jay Hodge actively supports local businesses as a Chamber of Commerce board member. If you are interested in joining the Stellantis Dealer Network like Jay, apply at: MinorityDealers.com, and for more information on partnering or mentoring minority dealer candidates email DealerDiversity@Stellantis.com.

 

Managing Partner, Watsonville Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram - CA

Introducing Melvin Cooper, a Chrysler Minority Dealers Association member. As an active member of his community, Melvin supports Green Earth events that improve the environment for all of us. If you want to be a leader in your community, apply to the Stellantis Dealer Network at: MinorityDealers.com. For more information on partnering or mentoring minority dealer candidates email DealerDiversity@Stellantis.com.

 

Dealer, Puente Hills Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram - CA

An active member of his community supporting local hospital fundraising efforts, Alex Hwang has been involved in the automotive industry since the early 1980s. He is also a proud member of the Chrysler Minority Dealers Association. If you are interested in joining the Stellantis Dealer Network apply at MinorityDealers.com. For more information on partnering or mentoring minority dealer candidates email DealerDiversity@Stellantis.com.

 

Dealer, Karl Malone Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram - UT

Hall of Famer Karl Malone, is one of the NBA’s greatest power forwards and a 28-year veteran of the auto industry. “The Mailman” values honesty, integrity, and loyalty — no wonder his dealership delivers an annual rodeo for children with special needs. Join Karl and the Stellantis Dealer Network team at MinorityDealers.com. For more information on partnering or mentoring minority dealer candidates email DealerDiversity@Stellantis.com.

 

President, Hillsboro Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram - TX

Meet Mike Terry, an 11-year veteran of the automotive industry and a proud member of the Chrysler Minority Dealers Association. Giving back is important to Mike, so his dealership sponsors a weekend lunch for underprivileged children. If you want to be like Mike, join the Stellantis Dealer Network at: MinorityDealers.com. For more information on partnering or mentoring minority dealer candidates email DealerDiversity@Stellantis.com.

 

President, Baxter Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram Bellevue (NE)

Meet Tyrone, a Chrysler Minority Dealers Association board member. A 36-year veteran of the automotive industry, he also is proud of the business leaders he mentored into dealership owners. If you are interested in joining Tyrone in the Stellantis Dealer Network apply at: MinorityDealers.com, and for more information on partnering or mentoring minority dealer candidates email DealerDiversity@Stellantis.com.

 

President, Chrysler Jeep Dodge City of McKinney (TX)

Introducing Gus Rodriguez, President of the Chrysler Minority Dealers Association. An active member of his community, he has been involved in the automotive industry since the late 1970s. If you are interested in joining the Stellantis Dealer Network like Gus apply at: MinorityDealers.com, and for more information on partnering or mentoring minority dealer candidates email DealerDiversity@Stellantis.com.

 

President, Winners Circle Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram, Hampton, VA

Meet Jarryd, a member of the Chrysler Minority Dealers Association. A 10-year veteran of the automotive industry, he also is proud of the scholarship he started in memory of his aunt who was lost on 9/11. If you are interested in joining Jarryd in the Stellantis Dealer Network apply at: MinorityDealers.com, and for more information on partnering or mentoring minority dealer candidates email DealerDiversity@Stellantis.com.

 

President, Turlock Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram, Turlock, CA

Introducing Devinder Singh Bains, a member of the Chrysler Minority Dealers Association Board. An active member of his community, he has been involved in the automotive industry since 1989. If you are interested in joining the Stellantis Dealer Network like Devinder apply at: MinorityDealers.com, more information on partnering or mentoring minority dealer candidates email DealerDiversity@Stellantis.com.

 



Chrysler Minority Dealers Association

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CMDA is a minority resource business organization made up of existing FCA US LLC dealers. Existing FCA US LLC members can choose to join by visiting CMDA online at http://cmdassn.org/

The story of the Chrysler Minority Dealers Association (“CMDA”) is a story about teamwork. In 1951, Rufus Dukes was the first African American person to be given an equity position in a Chrysler Franchise as a Chicago sub – dealer for Parts and Service. In 1963, Ed Davis was the first African American person to be awarded a Chrysler (Plymouth) franchise. There was only one minority owned Chrysler dealership in the United States in 1968 and thus, the Chrysler Corporation established the first informal minority dealer training program in 1968 in an effort to meet the specific needs and ensure the success of minority owned dealers, (including Chrysler/Plymouth, Dodge and Jeep/Eagle).

At a May 31, 1980 meeting of the National Association of Minority Automobile Dealers, (“NAMAD”) there were six African-American Chrysler dealers in attendance and they concluded there was a need to establish their own organization to represent themselves on issues unique to Chrysler. The Chrysler Black Dealer Association was established by Jesse J. Jones of Detroit, Michigan was the founder of the organization.

In 1986, the Chrysler Minority Dealers Association, Inc. a national trade association representing ethnic minority owners of FCA US LLC dealerships was founded. CMDA addresses the specific needs of minority dealers and those aspiring to become dealers. CMDA represents owners who strive not only to strengthen and enhance their businesses and operations, but to also give back to their communities.

CMDA MEMBER BENEFITS - FINANCIAL

In an effort to increase the value proposition for current and prospective members, benefits have been modified as follows:

Training Support - ($10,000)

CMDA members may receive up to an annual $10,000 direct reimbursement for training and operational support activities, which includes 20 group activities and now FCA US LLC PI training expenses. (Increased from $5,000 ceiling and 50% match protocol and now includes 20 group training expenses)

CMDA Member Meeting Participation – ($7,000)

CMDA members receive an annual reimbursement of up to $3,500 reimbursement for travel, lodging and meeting expenses for both the CMDA Annual Meeting and Summer Meeting. A total possible annual reimbursement of $7,000.

NADA Operational Improvement Support – ($5,000)

CMDA members will be able to receive up to an annual $5,000 direct reimbursement for utilizing the onsite NADA Dealership Operational Improvement and Support Initiative to improve profitability and overall operational and financial processes. To be initiated in August, 2019.

NAMAD Membership Dues Payment – ($550)

CMDA members automatically receive membership in the National Association for Minority Automobile Dealers (NAMAD). The CMDA pays annual $550 membership dues for each CMDA Member each year.

NADA Annual Convention Registration Reimbursement – ($375 - $475)

CMDA members receive reimbursement for membership in the National Association for Minority Automobile Dealers (NAMAD). The CMDA pays annual membership dues for each CMDA Member.

Preferred Pricing – CMDA Membership

CMDA members receive financial and operational benefits and preferred pricing from many of our sponsors as a direct result of their CMDA and NAMAD memberships and relationships gained through CMDA and NAMAD activities.

To contact CMDA Call (248) 687-1088 or Email the Executive Director, Mitch Mitchell: emitchell@chryslerminoritydealers.org

NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF MINORITY AUTOMOBILE DEALERS (NAMAD)


NAMAD’s objective is to pursue the meaningful presence and participation of minority businesses and diverse employees across all aspects of the automotive economic sector, including:

  • Increasing the number of minority-owned dealerships in communities across America.
  • Advocating workplace and supplier diversity in the automotive manufacturing environment.
  • Supporting minority engagement in the automotive retail sales and service sectors.

NAMAD is committed to developing strategic relationships and advocating for the advancement of business policies and practices that ensure diversity and economic parity remain a priority in all aspects of the American automotive industry.

NAMAD is a 501(c)(3) non-profit, tax-exempt organization headquartered in the Washington, D.C. area. https://www.namad.org/



RAINBOW PUSH COALITION


The Rainbow PUSH Coalition (RPC) is a multi-racial, multi-issue, progressive, international membership organization fighting for social change. RPC was formed in December 1996 by Reverend Jesse L. Jackson, Sr. through the merging of two organizations he founded earlier, People United to Serve Humanity (PUSH, 1971) and the Rainbow Coalition (1984). With headquarters in Chicago and offices in Washington, D.C., Atlanta, Detroit, Houston, Los Angeles, New York, and Oakland, RPC works to make the American Dream a reality for all citizens and advocate for peace and justice around the world. RPC is dedicated to improving the lives of all people by serving as a voice for the voiceless.

"The Rainbow Push Coalition mission is to protect, defend, and gain civil rights by leveling the economic and educational playing fields, and to promote peace and justice around the world."