PEOPLE ON THE MOVE

Systems, Security, & Website Administrator, Kama’aina Motors – Hilo, HI & Kona Auto Center Inc. Kailua – Kona, HI

Jillian is continuing her family legacy working alongside her mother, Dealer Principal & President, Nan I. Kitagawa. Additionally, she teaches computer science and assists Vex robotics teams at a local high school. Learn more about joining the Stellantis Dealer Network or mentoring minority candidates at MinorityDealers.com or email us at DealerDiversity@Stellantis.com.

 

President & Dealer, Harding Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram – Madison, IN

Andrea’s story is truly inspiring - as a Breast Cancer Survivor and former NFL Cheerleader for the Indianapolis Colts, she helps promote Breast Cancer Awareness and Education through the efforts of their Crucial Catch Platform. If you have the drive to turn obstacles into opportunities, apply to the Stellantis Dealer Network at MinorityDealers.com. For more information, please email DealerDiversity@Stellantis.com.

 

Dealer, Broadway Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram – Yankton, SD

Mariah Jo Nelson is carrying on family traditions in more ways than one. She is a third-generation auto dealer, a wife, and mother. Mariah Jo gives to her community in a variety of ways including donating a truck full of food items to Yankton Food Pantry every fall. Start your own tradition with the Stellantis Dealer Network. Visit MinorityDealers.com or email us at DealerDiversity@Stellantis.com.

 

Dealer Principal Cronic Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram, Griffin, GA

Meet Wanda Cronic Howell, who became a dealer in 1996 when she and her father purchased a dealership. Named ‘Woman of the Year’ by the American Business Women’s Association (which she later led as its president), Wanda actively promotes women in business. Learn more about joining the Stellantis Dealer Network or mentoring minority candidates at MinorityDealers.com or email us at DealerDiversity@Stellantis.com.

 

Co-Owner, Acadiana Dodge Chrysler Jeep Ram, Abbeville, LA

Meet Christa Vega Billeaud, who worked as a Labor/Delivery Nurse & Certified Childbirth Educator for nearly a decade, and holds a Master's Degree in Theology. Learn more about joining the Stellantis Dealer Network or mentoring minority candidates at MinorityDealers.com or email us at DealerDiversity@Stellantis.com.

 

CFO and Co-Owner Matt LaFontaine Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram, Grayling, MI

Christine LaFontaine began her automotive career in 1987 answering phones. With the help of a great mentor, she was promoted to the company’s Office Manager, then to Controller. In 2016, she and husband Matthew purchased their own dealership. Learn more about joining the Stellantis Dealer Network or mentoring minority candidates at MinorityDealers.com or email us at DealerDiversity@Stellantis.com.

 

President, Dick’s Country Chrysler Jeep Dodge – Hillsboro, OR

Shannon Inukai-Cuffee is carrying on family traditions in more ways than one. She is a second-generation auto dealer and president of Dick’s Auto Group. Her family also supports the community through the Inukai Family Foundation, established in honor of Dick, her late father. Start your own tradition with the Stellantis Dealer Network. Visit MinorityDealers.com or email us at DealerDiversity@Stellantis.com.

 

President, Kama’aina Motors – Hilo, HI and Kona Auto Center Inc. Kailua – Kona, HI

Nan I. Kitagawa started her automotive career in 2007, handling special administrative projects for her husband Brian’s dealerships. Today, she is continuing his legacy with her children, Jillian Kuczora and Ian Kitagawa. Learn more about joining the Stellantis Dealer Network or mentoring minority candidates at MinorityDealers.com or email us at DealerDiversity@Stellantis.com.

 

President & CEO, Love Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram - TX

Marion’s story is truly inspiring — battling cancer with no insurance, no employment and no resume, selling her first automobile at 32, becoming President and CEO of her own dealership by 36, and being inducted into the Automotive Hall of Fame. If you have the drive to turn obstacles into opportunities, apply to the Stellantis Dealer Network at MinorityDealers.com. For more information, please 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."

Women Driving Auto Retail

NADA is excited to announce the fifth annual Women Driving Auto Retail video contest celebrating women who work in all areas of car or truck dealerships – exclusively sponsored by Stellantis Women’s Retail Network! If you’re a woman working in the auto retail industry, we want to know about your experience working inside your dealership and how your auto retail career journey began.



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