Texas Automobile Dealers Association Announces Leadership Transition
After 36 years of service to the Texas Automobile Dealers Association (TADA), President Bill Wolters has decided to step down from his position as President at the end of 2019. Wolters will continue in the role of president until his successor has been chosen and will remain a consultant for the association for the foreseeable future.
“I have spent my entire life working in the automobile industry and I have never been so proud to have been an advocate for the Texas auto dealers and consumers,” said Bill Wolters. “The dedication of TADA members to creating jobs, providing quality service, and giving back to their communities through time and resources is truly inspiring, and I am honored to have led this Association. I will work hand in hand with the search committee to find a leader to take TADA into the future and look forward to continuing my work in a different capacity through the transition.”
Wolters joined TADA in 1982, after a 13-year career with Ford Motor Company in Dallas and Kansas City, Missouri. During his tenure at Ford, Bill led departments in merchandising, distribution, business management and market representation. He began his association career as Director of the TADA 20-Group Program and held the position of Executive Vice President for TADA for 17 years. Bill was named President and CEO of TADA in January 2004.
Bill is a Past Chairman of the Board of the Texas Society of Association Executives and served two terms on the Board of Directors of the American Society of Association Executives. In 2007, he was named Association Executive of the Year for the State of Texas. He has also served as Chairman of the Board of the Automotive Trade Association Executives, headquartered in McLean, Virginia and comprised of 115 state and metropolitan automotive trade associations. He is currently on the Board of Directors of the Texas Association of Business.
“The board is thankful for Bill’s years of service and leadership,” said Board Chairman Tom Durant. “Bill’s expertise and knowledge of the issues surrounding Texas’ auto dealers will be missed. Bill has served as a mentor and friend to all the association’s members and employees and set a new standard of dedication that will be hard to replace. It has been an enormous privilege to work with Bill because of his commitment to Texas consumers, Texas dealers, and preserving and advancing the integrity of our franchised dealer system.”
The Board of Directors has convened a search committee and will be hiring a search firm with the intention of filling the position of President by September 1, 2019.