November 2013 4Q Winter
President's Message  
Faith, Drive & Mentoring 
Dear CMDA Members,


It is a privilege to begin my term as President of the Chrysler Minority Dealers Association. I have been blessed in my life and am grateful for the opportunity to serve our members. Next year marks the 28thyear since CMDA was founded by dealers who believed in coming together to advance their interests and promote diversity of ownership within the auto industry. We will continue the legacy of promoting the growth, development and welfare of ethnic minority owned dealerships.  I thank you for your support and look forward to working with you and developing new partnerships and collaborations to enhance our businesses and mentor the next generation of minority dealers.


At the end of last month, CMDA President Ralph Martinez sold his Chrysler dealerships.  He had been a Chrysler dealer for more than 28 years. We thank him for his hard work as CMDA President this past year and long time membership in the association. He has served as a bridge from our historic past and shepherded us to a stable and energized present. We appreciate his service and wish him and his family well.  


I invite all CMDA members to register and attend our 2014 Annual Business Meeting/NADA in New Orleans, Louisiana that will be held January 23 - 24, 2014 at the Renaissance New Orleans Arts Hotel. As a reminder, the sleeping room reservation deadline is December 15, 2013 so if you have not done so already, please register using the link below. We always have a great time in the Big Easy and have planned a full agenda with a variety of activities, educational speakers and opportunities to network and share best practices with dealer members.  Please also sign your senior minority employees up for our new Future Dealers Alliance as outlined below. All of us know talented minorities who are interested in becoming dealers and this is a way to give them a helping hand and create a pool of qualified candidates who can take advantage of ownership and operation opportunities as they arise.


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 Happy & Blessed Thanksgiving.    




Damian Mills

CMDA Dealer President

Stateline CJD, Stateline Fiat, Classic CJD


President's Greetings 
Success Through Unity 
  Ralph Martinez
Dear CMDA Members,

It has been an honor to serve as your president for the past year. Thank you for the confidence you have shown in me and your adoption of our programs that sought to educate, strengthen and unify our members, including our new philanthropic initiative to fight child hunger.   


Through the years, my Chrysler dealership in Oregon increased its value and traffic to the area. Consequently, I was blessed to have received an unexpected and outstanding offer from developers for the land on which my dealership sits. Unfortunately, the sale means that I will relinquish my Chrysler franchises and step down as CMDA President.  I leave you in good hands and wish our new President Damian Mills and Board of Directors every success.


I have been a member of the Chrysler Minority Dealers Association for more than twenty years and was one of the first Hispanic members. The training, support and resources provided by the Association were essential to my success as a Chrysler dealer and ability to expand into other OEM franchises, including Honda.  My wife Carmen and I treasure the friendships we have made in the Association and look forward to seeing all of you at auto industry and social events in the days and years to come.





Ralph Martinez

CMDA Immediate Past President

  (503) 794-7502  

   Town & County CJ  

Town & Country FIAT

 CJD of Wilsonville 

Member Services


We hope that members enjoyed the free webinar on September 19, 2013 presented by sponsor Dealertrack regarding the new Consumer Financial Protection Bureau requirements for Auto Dealers. Please contact Dealertrack representative Ernest Lattimer via email if you have any questions.
New Approved CMDA Training Vendors:

This is the Final call for new training / consulting company nominations for 2013. Please submit your nominations by November 15. The Training committee will review the applications the following Monday. You may download the nomination forms from the membership/CMDA dealers section of the CMDA website. CMDA will only reimburse training expenses for approved vendors.  
Training / Consulting / Advertising Funds Available:

Remember to take advantage of your 2013 membership benefits - $2000 Advertising; $10,000 Training/Consulting or $5000 community support; $2000 Annual & $2000 Summer Meeting attendance reimbursements are available. Guidelines and forms are available on the CMDA website from the membership/CMDA dealers section.  December 13, 2013 is the deadline to submit all 2013 reimbursement requests.   

New CMDA Dealer Blog!

Per the member suggestions at the CMDA Summer Meeting, we have created a Dealers Best Practices Blog on the CMDA website so that members can exchange best practices, operations questions, and helpful industry insights. Please visit the blog in the membership section of the CMDA Website and join in the discussion!  


Chrysler National Dealer Council  


NDC Quarterly Meeting  


CMDA Members may review the summary of the Third Quarter 2013 National Dealer Council Meeting held September 9 - 11, 2013 posted on DealerConnect.  In addition, CMDA Past President Ralph Martinez attended the NDC meeting and obtained the following information regarding issues and concerns raised by CMDA members during our June 22, 2013 CMDA Summer Meeting:


  1. The NDC has asked Chrysler to cease all communications to dealership customers regarding after market service contracts.  
  2. There has been no confirmation that the delivery allowance will be eliminated.  
  3. All dealers have been asked to install millennium branding. 
  4. NDC has raised concerns with Chrysler about inventory availability for dealerships of all sizes. 
  5. Co-op ad dollars are not available.     
  6. Chrysler is not providing guidance to dealers regarding the requirements of the Affordable Care Act. Dealers should consult their own personal advisers for guidance.  
Community Spotlight    
CMDA Member Tyrone Williams
Performance CJD, Bellevue, Nebraska

Congratulations to CMDA Member Tyrone Williams on the Grand Opening of Performance Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram of Bellevue, Nebraska held September 19, 2013. The VIP event was standing room only with community members, numerous nonprofits and charity representatives, elected officials, the Performance Team and owners, senior Chrysler executives, Business Center personnel, CMDA representatives and members of the Williams family.  Tyrone's dealership was one of the first in the nation to reveal the all-new 2014 Jeep Cherokee.

Register Now for the
new orleans  
Dates: Thursday, January 23, 2014 - Saturday January 25, 2014
Location: Renaissance Arts Hotel, New Orleans, Louisiana
Laissez les bons temps rouler - Let the good times roll!

CMDA Member Dealers will receive a $2000 meeting reimbursement

Tentative CMDA Schedule

Thursday, January 23, 2014

CMDA Welcome Reception                 6:30 pm to 9:00 pm


Friday, January 24, 2014  

CMDA Business Meeting                     8:00 am to 3:00 pm   

CMDA Reception & Dinner Banquet    7:00 pm to 10:00 pm  


Saturday, January 25, 2014

Open for NADA events, sight seeing, family activities, etc. 



CMDA Fights Child Hunger
2013 - 2014 National Philanthropy Project


Phase 2 of the CMDA Child Hunger project begins in November with a free dealership print advertising campaign in selected CMDA member dealer markets.    


Free print advertisements for CMDA dealerships will be placed in certain markets encouraging online donations to Feeding America and highlighting the CMDA dealer's participation in our Child Hunger Project. Coupons will be available in the ads for customers to redeem at the CMDA dealership. For each customer who purchases a vehicle and submits the coupon, the dealership will agree to donate $100 of the sale to Feeding America or your local food bank.


Please click here if you would like to participate in Phase 2 of the project.   


Phase 3 of the Project will be a weekend Food Drive in dealerships to benefit the members' local food banks in December or January. Free print advertising is available in select markets.  Please contact CMDA Headquarters  at (305) 913 - 1328 if you are interested in hosting a Food Drive.    


Many thanks to all members who displayed the "Help Fight Child Hunger Posters" below in your dealerships and distributed the information and donation postcards to customers visiting your store during the month of September for Phase 1 of the Hunger Project.    




ally Please note that in select markets, CMDA's Diamond Level sponsor Ally Financial is underwriting the cost of the free print media advertisements listed above and will provide collection and delivery volunteers for the Food Drives. Thank you Ally!    


 CMDA Future Dealers Alliance
 Members - Sign up your minority GM, Senior Managers and Comptrollers for this program
The CMDA Future Dealers Alliance (CFDA) was created this year as a mentor program and participation category for  ethnic minorities who are currently employed as senior sales managers, general managers and comptrollers in Chrysler and Fiat dealerships. CMDA Future Dealers pay a flat $500 annual participation fee, which covers CMDA's costs to include them in our activities. They may attend open portions of CMDA Annual and Summer Meetings and select networking and training events.  CMDA Future Dealers are not members of CMDA, do not have voting status and may not serve on the CMDA Board of Directors or receive any CMDA membership reimbursement benefits.  

Your employees may sign up for the Alliance and submit the participation fee via this link or the CMDA website.   The participants will be added to our email list following their registration.        

Chrysler News 
On September 23, 2013, Chrysler Group LLC filed a registration with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission for an Initial Public Offering of its Common Units. The proposed maximum offering price is $100 million. The offering will be made through J.P. Morgan.  * * *

For the twelve months ended June 30, 2013, Chrysler shipped 2.4 million vehicles worldwide, generating approximately $66 billion in net revenue, $1.6 billion in net income and $5.2 billion in Modified EBITDA. * * *

As of September 2013, there have been 42 consecutive months of year over year sales gains for the Chrysler Group. * * *

On October 10, 2013
Chrysler Group appointed Michael Keegan Senior Vice President of Human Resources. Keegan will continue in his role as Senior Vice President Supply Chain Management until a replacement is named at a later date.  He will continue to serve as the Company's Corporate Sustaina-bility Officer and will be a member of the Group Executive Council for Fiat S.p.A. * * *


CMDA History & Lee Iacocca

From the CMDA Archives:
1990 photo of CMDA Members with former Chrysler Chairman Lee Iacocca at the Association's presentation of a $90,000 check donation to the Iacocca Family Foundation.

CMDA logo
Training Funds Available
Member Grand Opening
Register Now - Annual Meeting / NADA Jan 23 -24
CMDA Fights Child Hunger

2013 - 2014 Officers, Board of Directors & Committee Chairs
CMDA Officers:

Damian Mills - President
Eugene Johnson - Treasurer
Alfred Flores - Secretary
Jerry Dillard - Past President

Board of Directors

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

Lisa Hogan
Executive Director

Committee Chairpersons:

Private Cap/MID & Membership - Damian Mills   
Sponsorship/Fundraising - Damian Mills

Consulting & Training - James Davis 

Finance - Gene Johnson

Audit - Pablo Zegarra

Advertising - Carl Galeana

Education - Evelyn Chatel

   CMDA Business
Center Liaisons

Southwest & Mid-West- Alfred Flores

& West - Paul Antepara

- Joey Crisostomo

Mid Atlantic & Northeast - Jay Gill

Great Lakes & Southeast - Jerry Dillard 

CMDA Headquarters

Lisa  Hogan, Executive Director 
Chrysler Minority Dealers Association 
P.O. Box 310248
Miami, FL 33231 - 0248

Telephone: (305) 913 - 1328             Facsimile:  (413) 385 - 9501

Email: info



Welcome New CMDA Members!

David Johnson

Alfred Flores


Thank You
 2013 Annual Meeting

Diamond Sponsor -  
*Ally Financial 


Gold Sponsor -  
*American Financial & Automotive Services 


Silver Sponsors -  
* Global Hue

Bronze Sponsors - 
*Dealer Track
*Enterprise Rent a Car

Thank You
 2013 Summer Meeting

Diamond Sponsor -  
*Ally Financial 


Gold Sponsor -  
*American Financial & Automotive Services
*Coffeen Management/National Automotive Experts
* Bank of America Merrill Lynch 


Silver Sponsors -  
* Global Hue
* Wells Fargo Dealer Services

Bronze Sponsors - 
*Enterprise Rent a Car 
* US Bank 

2013 Calendar



CMDA Board Meeting

North American Car Show



CMDA Annual Meeting

NADA Annual Conference

Black  History Month 



National Dealer Council Meeting



CMDA Board Meeting

CMDA Newsletter



CMDA Webinar  

Asian Pacific American Month 



National Dealer Council Meeting

CMDA Summer Business Meeting  



CMDA Board Meeting

NAMAD Annual Conference



CMDA Webinar 



National Dealer Council Meeting

Annual Congressional Black Caucus Reception

Annual Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute Reception 

National Hispanic Heritage Month 



CMDA Board Meeting

Digital Dealer Conference

CMDA Webinar  



National American Indian Heritage Month 



National Dealer Council Meeting 

13th -  Deadline to turn in CMDA reimbursement requests 


Open Point Notices - Chrysler & FIAT

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

Open Point Notices - Other OEMs

CMDA pays the NAMAD dues for CMDA members. NAMAD periodically distributes open point notices from other manufacturers. Please contact CMDA Headquarters if you have not received email notices from NAMAD this year regarding these open points. 

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Alhambra CDJR (California Superstores)

Bertera FIAT

Billion FIAT

Bob Ross FIAT

Butler Fiat of Indianapolis

Cars Plus CJD

Champion Dodge

Chrysler Jeep Dodge of Wilsonville

Classic CJD

Courtesy Motors

DCJ of Vacaville

Desert Sun Espanola 

Dick's Town & Country CJD

Dodge Chrysler Jeep City

Fairfield CJD 

FIAT of Annapolis 

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

Johnson Fiat of Annapolis 

Kamaaina Motors

Kona Auto Center

Landers McLarty CJD Huntsville

Lums Auto Center

Madera/Gill  Chrysler Jeep Dodge

Martin DJC 


Mid County CDJR

Milford Chrysler Sales

Momentum Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram

Neuwirth Motors

Noble Automotive

Northside FIAT

Outten County Chrysler

Park DCJ

Pearson DCJ

Performance CJD

Perris Valley DJC

Puente Hills CDJR


Rainier Dodge

South Miami FIAT 

Stateline CJD

Stateline FIAT

Steve Jones CJD

Steven Chrysler Jeep Dodge

Stevens Creek CJD

Stoneridge Motors

Superstition Springs CJ

Town & Country CJ

Town & Country FIAT

Town Chrysler Dodge

Turlock CDJR

Tyson Motor Corp

US 1 Chrysler Jeep Dodge

Vicksburg CJD