When BFLMDA approached various governmental agencies in April, 1980; e. g. OMBE and SBA, about support initiatives, it was told that any proposals had to be all inclusive, that is, all requests had to represent all ethnic minority dealers within the automotive industry. In late April/early May, a series of meetings were held in Detroit to formulate a strategy to do just that.
On an interim basis the group identified itself as the Minority Auto Dealers Association (MADA) with Bill Shack being voted chairman. African-American dealers who participated in one or several of these strategy sessions were (alphabetically): Jim Bradley, Clarence Carter, Nathan Conyers, Mel Farr, Sr., Dick Harris, Jesse Jones, Willie Patmon, Bill Shack, Porterfield Wilson, and Jim Woodruff.
A meeting was scheduled for May 31, 1980 in Washington D. C. and minority dealers were contacted requesting their participation. Reports indicate that 37 ethnic minority dealers registered for this session. After much discussion, the group identified three key actions to be presented to the various governmental agencies. They were:
Following review of these issues and prior to adjournment, the dealers held a caucus and chose the following dealers to represent the organization in future deliberations with the various manufacturers and governmental activities:
Note: Nathan Conyers selected president
The organization was renamed the National Association of Minority Automobile Dealers (NAMAD). The first actions were threefold: first, a wire was sent to all minority dealers advising the actions which were being taken and asking for their support. Second, Conyers sent a telegram (June 4, 1980) to President Jimmy Carter asking for his immediate attention to the dealers' problems and lastly, NAMAD began the process of contacting each of the Big Three to discuss the issues facing the dealer body and seek assistance.
Over the years, NAMAD's role in facing off with the domestic manufacturers diminished as the individual associations played a significant role in seeking solutions to their problems. However, in the late-1990's and under the leadership of Shelia Vaden-Williams (Exec. Director), NAMAD directed its resources in getting the import manufacturers to focus on ethnic minority matters. For example, both Toyota and Jaguar established Minority Councils dedicated to increasing ethnic minority employment, supplier base, and dealer count.
NAMAD remains a viable entity in the goal of diversification within the automotive industry.
For additional information, go to www.namad.org
|1980||None elected||Nathan Conyers||Charles Patrick|
|1981||None elected||Nathan Conyers||Charles Patrick|
|1982||Nathan Conyers||James Woodruff||Jim Thrower/Earl Lloyd|
|1983||Nathan Conyers||James Woodruff||Virgil Anderson|
|1984||Nathan Conyers||James Woodruff||Virgil Anderson|
|1985||None elected||Jesse Jones||Virgil Anderson|
|1986||None elected||Jesse Jones||Virgil Anderson|
|1987||None elected||Jesse Jones||Virgil Anderson|
|1988||None elected||Jesse Jones||Virgil Anderson|
|1989||None elected||Jesse Jones||Virgil Anderson|
|1990||None elected||Jesse Jones||Virgil Anderson|
|1991||Mel Farr, Sr.||William McIntosh||Robert Hill|
|1992||Mel Farr, Sr||Charles Harrell, Sr.||Robert Hill|
|1993||Charles Harrell, Sr.||Larry T. Brown.||Robert Hill|
|1994||Larry T. Brown||B. Ed Fitzpatrick||Robert Hill|
|1995||Larry T. Brown||B. Ed Fitzpatrick||Cynthia Burns|
|1996-1997||B. Ed Fitzpatrick||Martin Cumba||Shelia Vaden-Williams|
|1997-1998||Martin Cumba||Bill Shack||Shelia-Vaden-Williams|
|1998||Winston Pittman||CharlesHarrell,Sr.||Shelia Vaden-Williams|
|1999||Winston Pittman||Don Tinsley||Shelia Vaden-Williams|
|2000-2001||Don Tinsley||Sanford Woods||Shelia Vaden-Williams|
|2001||Steve Harrell||Shelia Vaden-Williams|
|2002||Steve Harrell||Shelia Vaden-Williams|
|2003||Steve Harrell||Shelia Vaden-Williams|
|2004||Steve Harrell||Shelia Vaden-Williams|
|2005||Jay Park||Shelia Vaden-Williams|
|2006||Jay Park||Shelia Vaden-Williams/Damon Lester|
|2007-2010||Desmond Roberts||Damon Lester|
|2010-2012||Jose Pozos||Damon Lester|
|2012-2015||Thomas Moorehead||Damon Lester|
|2015-2017||Perry Watson||Damon Lester|
|2017-2019||Irving Matthews||Damon Lester|
|2019-2021||Fernando Valera||Damon Lester|
Note:During the period 1985-1991, Jesse Jones operated as both Chairperson and President. In 2000, the decision was made to combine the responsibilities of the Executive Director with those of the President. With the exception of Martin Cumba (Hispanic), Jose Pozos (Hispanic), Fernando Varela (Hispanic) and Jay Park (Asian American), all of the NAMAD officers have been African-American.
Source: NAMAD files