December 2012 (4Q)
President's Message 
Success Through Unity 
  Ralph Martinez
Dear CMDA Members,


It is a privilege to begin my term as President of this outstanding organization. I thank you for your support and look forward to working with you on programs and issues that strengthen our businesses and provide a legacy for our children and the next generation. We look forward to the new year and will provide services that compliment the rebound of the auto industry and prepare us for the challenges and opportunities  in the domestic and international economies. Many thanks to those members who completed the 2012 Membership Survey. We will incorporate your responses into our planning for 2013.  My door is always open and I welcome your ideas and perspective.  


At the end of this year, CMDA President Carlos Hidalgo sold his interests in his Chrysler & Fiat dealerships.  On behalf of all CMDA Members, I would like to thank him for his leadership and enthusiastic service. He crisscrossed the country for meetings; participated in numerous conference calls with members and industry colleagues; brought new financial institutions, sales & profit center experts, dealers, and industry executives to our meetings and introduced them to our members. We appreciate his service and wish him and his family well.  


I invite all members to register and attend our 2013 Annual Business Meeting/NADA in Orlando, Florida that will be held February 8 - 10, 2013 at the Wyndham Grand Orlando Resort Bonnet Creek. As a reminder, the discounted room rate deadline is January 10, 2013 so if you have not done so already, please register using the link below. We had a great response to the streamlined two day schedule from the Summer Meeting and will repeat it for the Annual Meeting. We have planned a full agenda with a variety of activities, speakers and opportunities to network

with dealers, vendors, auto industry and Chrysler executives. Let's make this meeting one of our best! 


Please contact me or CMDA Executive Director Lisa Hogan (305) 913 -1328 if we can ever be of assistance. The CMDA Board of Directors and I wish you, your families and staff a peaceful and blessed holiday season and a prosperous New Year.   




Ralph Martinez

CMDA President

(503) 794-7502 

Past President's Greetings  
Survive & Thrive!


Dear CMDA Members,


It has been my pleasure to serve as President of the Chrysler Minority Dealers Association ("CMDA") this year and as a member of the Board of Directors for seven years. I have been a Chrysler dealer since 1998. In the 4th Quarter of this year, I sold my ownership interest in all nine of my Chrysler/FIAT stores to a private equity consortium in what is an extremely beneficial opportunity for me and my family. However as a consequence, I will no longer be a member of this wonderful organization and have resigned my seat to the very capable hands of our First Vice President/President - Elect Ralph Martinez. I know President Martinez and the Board of Directors will serve as strong and capable stewards of our organization. Ralph will also be your new representative at National Dealer Council and will serve as a NAMAD Board Member.


As this program year comes to an end, I am pleased that we were able to create an exciting and productive momentum. We hosted a dynamic 2012 Annual Business Meeting / NADA and a Summer Business Meeting / Chrysler Announcement Show in Las Vegas at the Cosmopolitan Hotel and MGM Grand Hotel respectively. The Annual Meeting set a member attendance record and the Dinner Banquet filled the ballroom with dealers, guests and Chrysler Executives all working toward the goal of serving, strengthening and growing minority owned Chrysler dealerships. We instituted the Candidate Identification and Funding Pilot Program that seeks to identify and place qualified minority dealer candidates into viable franchises. In addition to our traditional training and consulting reimbursement program, CMDA also provided more than seven unique in person and online webinar targeted educational programs with financial experts and subject matter speakers. Most importantly, we respected the members' identification of programs and issues that they have determined will benefit their businesses.


It has been an honor to work with all of you - our members and staff as well as the executives from the Chrysler Corporation including my friend and mentor Lee Iacocca, Tom Pappert and the current team at Chrysler which includes Pete Grady, Chris Chandler, Mitch Mitchell and Marcus Foreman. They are all equally committed to ensuring diversity and growth within the dealer network. I would also like to acknowledge our very generous and committed sponsors both old and new. My wife Lucy and I thank all of you for your friendship and wish continued blessings and prosperity for you and your families.  



Carlos Hidalgo

CMDA President 2012

(916) 275 - 2275 

Register Now! 2013 CMDA Annual Meeting / NADA

Please join us for the 2013 Annual Business Meeting / NADA of the Chrysler Minority Dealers Association, Inc. ("CMDA") that will be held February 8 - 10, 2013 at the Wyndham Grand Orlando Resort Bonnet Creek in Orlando, Florida. Please note that there are two Wyndham hotels in Orlando and our hotel  location is 14651 Chelonia Parkway, Orlando, Florida. The hotel is 17 minutes /12.16 miles from the Orange County Convention Center.  


Click on the link below to register and make hotel arrangements for the CMDA Annual Business Meeting. Rates are guaranteed until January 10, 2013.  CMDA Member Dealers who attend the CMDA meeting will receive a $2000 meeting reimbursement.




Tentative  CMDA  Meeting Schedule


Friday,  February 8, 2013 

5:00 pm - 6:30 pm      Private Mixer
6:30 pm - 9:00 pm      CMDA Welcome Reception  


Saturday, February 9, 2013

       7:00 am - 8:00 am       Breakfast

       8:00 am - 12:00 pm     Annual Business Meeting

     12:00 pm - 1:00 pm       Working Luncheon

       1:00 pm - 5:00 pm       Annual Business Meeting  

6:30 pm - 7:15 pm      CMDA Dinner  Reception

       7:15 pm - 9:00 pm       CMDA Dinner Banquet

Sunday, February 10, 2013       
   Open for Golf, Spa, Disney Parks, family activities
          *10:30 am - 11:45 am  Chrysler Make meeting    

                                           at the Orange County
                                           Convention Center
                                           * requires separate 
                                           registration with NADA

News & Announcements


As reported this week in national news and media outlets, CMDA member Alfred Flores (Spring Chrysler Jeep Dodge & Northside FIAT) has sold his Spring Chrysler Jeep Dodge dealership to AutoNation Inc. The dealership is No. 4 in new Chrysler vehicle sales in the United States and No. 1 sales for the State of Texas. The specific terms of the acquisition are confidential and the closing will be completed by year's end. CMDA congratulates Alfred, his family and dealership staff on their success and this tremendous accomplishment.



Congratulations to CMDA Member Evelyn Chatel, (Freedom Toyota Chrysler Jeep) who has been nominated for the Dealer of the Year Award in the Hispanic/Latino category and CMDA Member Gail Martin (Martin Dodge Jeep Chrysler) who has been nominated for the Dealer of the Year Award in the African American category as part of the 17th Annual Urban Wheel Awards"Honoring Women in the Automotive Industry". This event is in conjunction with the North American International Auto Show.
The Awards will take place on Sunday, January 13, 2013 at the MotorCity Casino Hotel in the Sound Board Theater in Detroit, Michigan.

Community Spotlight -
CMDA Member Joey Crisostomo
CarsPlus of Guam 




CMDA Member Joey Crisostomo of CarsPlus in Guam is a major supporter of educational programs and co-chairs the Transportation Committee for the University of Guam  Endowment Foundation. The dealership hosted an Industry Mixer and Fundraiser in its Chrysler Showroom to raise much needed funds for Guam's only University. Their goal is to  raise one million dollars to build new campus facilities. Joey and Joyce are pictured above with the University's President Robert Underwood. Guam is an organized, unincorporated territory of the United States located in the western Pacific Ocean. It is one of five U.S. territories with an established civilian government. Below is an informative video on the island.       

guam where america's day begins 
Guam - Where America's day begins
Reimbursement Deadline -
December 15, 2012 

As a reminder, the deadline for submitting your Reimbursement requests for Training/Consulting received from CMDA Approved Consultants during Fiscal Year 2012 is December 15, 2012. Reimbursement requests received after that date cannot be processed.  
If you have not done so already, please also submit your Advertising/Web Coupon/Marketing; local nonprofit and community support;  and CMDA Annual and Summer  Business Meeting Attendance reimbursement requests by December 15, 2012.

All reimbursement requests must include the applicable reimbursement form, invoices and proof of dealership payment. You may submit the reimbursement package to CMDA Headquarters by mail, fax or email. All forms are available on the Members page of the CMDA  


CMDA logo

2012 - 2014 Officers, Board of Directors & Committee Chairs
CMDA Officers:

Ralph Martinez - President
Damian Mills - Second Vice President
Eugene Johnson - Treasurer
Alfred Flores - Secretary
Jerry Dillard - Immediate Past President

Board of Directors

Paul Antepara
Evelyn Chatel
Joseph Crisostomo
James Davis
Carl Galeana
Jay Gill
Monti Long

Lisa Hogan
Executive Director

Committee Chairpersons:

Private Cap/MID & Membership - Ralph Martinez    Sponsorship/Fundraising - Damian Mills
Consulting & Training - James Davis 

Finance - Gene Johnson

Audit - Pablo Zegarra

Advertising - Carl Galeana

Education - Evelyn Chatel

   CMDA Business
Center Liaisons

Great Lakes
& Southeast -  Monti Long

Southwest & Mid-West- Alfred Flores

& West - Paul Antepara

- Joey Crisostomo

Mid Atlantic & Northeast - Jay Gill 

CMDA Headquarters

                   Lisa  Hogan
Executive Director 
P.O. Box 310248
Miami, FL 33231 - 0248

Telephone: (305) 913 - 1328
                   (305) 377 - 3219

Facsimile:  (413) 385 - 9501
Email: info



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Open Point Notices

To obtain information on future Chrysler & FIAT points, please contact the Network Managers and Business Placement Managers on the attached Directory.

2012 Calendar



CMDA Board Meeting

North American Car Show



CMDA Annual Meeting

NADA Annual Conference

NAMAD Board Meeting  

Black  History Month 



National Dealer Council Meeting

CMDA Board Meeting



CMDA Newsletter



CMDA Webinar

Asian Pacific American Month 



National Dealer Council Meeting

CMDA Board Meeting  



CMDA Newsletter

NAMAD Annual Conference



CMDA CIF Program

CMDA Webinar 



CMDA Summer Meeting

Chrysler Announcement Show

National Dealer Council Meeting

Annual Congressional Black Caucus Reception

Annual Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute Reception 

CMDA Board Meeting

National Hispanic Heritage Month 



Digital Dealer Conference

NAMAD Board Meeting

CMDA Newsletter

CMDA Webinar  



National American Indian Heritage Month 



CMDA Board Meeting

National Dealer Council Meeting  

- 15th Deadline to turn in CMDA reimbursement requests 


Thank You

Title Sponsor -  
*Ally Financial 


Platinum Sponsors -  
*Bank of America Merrill Lynch
*Chrysler Group LLC 


Gold Sponsors -  
*American Financial & Automotive Services 
*Allstate Dealer Services/ Coffeen
*Global Hue


Bronze Sponsors -  
*Car Research 
*Dealer Track
*Enterprise Rent a Car
*The Higher Gear 

*The Odor Doctor



Many thanks to DealerTrack for conducting  our October 19, 2012  Online Seminar / Webinar - "Moving Your Dealership's Sales Process Online"  with Trainer Peter Batten.  It was a very well received and     

      informative program.            




The CMDA Headquarters office will be closed for the holidays from
December 17, 2012  
 January 2, 2013


Celebrate the tradition of giving, the beauty  
of the holiday season
a New Year of  
peace and happiness.



Please send your
CMDA  Newsletter
submissions  to Lisa Hogan
Chrysler Minority Dealers Association, Inc.

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Bertera FIAT

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Bob Ross FIAT

Cars Plus CJD

Champion CJD

Champion Dodge

Chrysler Jeep Dodge of Wilsonville

Clippinger CJD

Courtesy Motors

Dadeland Dodge Chrysler Jeep

DCJ of Vacaville

Dodge Chrysler Jeep City

Ed Corley CJD

FIAT of Lakeside

Folsom Lake Dodge (California Superstores)

Freedom Chrysler Jeep of Harrisburg

Freedom Dodge Chrysler Jeep

Great Lakes CDJR

Gresham Dodge

Gulfgate Dodge Chrysler Jeep

Heritage CJD

John Elway CJD

Kamaaina Motors

Kona Auto Center

Landers McLarty CJD Huntsville

Madera Chrysler Jeep Dodge

Martin DJC 


Milford Chrysler Sales

Momentum Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram

Neuwirth Motors

Noble Automotive

Northside FIAT

Outten County Chrysler

Park DCJ

Pearson DCJ

Perris Valley DJC

Puente Hills CDJR


Rainier Dodge

South Valley Auto

South Miami FIAT
Spring CJD

Stateline CJD

Stateline FIAT

Steve Jones CJD

Steven Chrysler Jeep Dodge

Stevens Creek CJD

Stoneridge Motors

Superstition Springs CJ

Town & Country CJ

Town Chrysler Dodge

Turlock CDJR

Tyson Motor Corp

University CDJR 

US 1 Chrysler Jeep Dodge

Vicksburg CJD