John Hennessy, of River View Ford, was recently elected the 2016-2017 Chicago Automobile Trade Association (CATA) chairman and the 2017 Chicago Auto Show co-chairman. Hennessy will lead a board of 15 dealers and succeeds Mike McGrath, Jr., who is serving as chairman of the 2017 Chicago Auto Show.
Following in his father’s footsteps as CATA chairman, Hennessy brings more than 30 years of automotive retailing experience to the CATA board. He presides over River View Ford in suburban Oswego, Ill. In addition, Hennessy has been a member the Chicago Ford Dealers Advertising Fund for 11 years and served on the National Dealer Council and the Ford Marketing Advisory Board. Hennessy is extremely active in local charitable organizations, including the JDRF.
“New-car dealers are cornerstones of their local communities, providing jobs and supporting local charitable and municipal organizations. They provide an efficient and cost-effective way to sell and distribute new cars,” said Hennessy. “The CATA, one of the nation’s oldest and largest metropolitan dealer associations, brings Chicago-area dealerships together with a collective voice and provides resources to help dealers run more effectively. I am honored to lead the CATA as its chairman.”
Additional executive board officers include: Vice Chairman Ray Scarpelli Jr., Raymond Chevrolet, Raymond Kia, Ray Chevrolet; Treasurer Tony Guido, Arlington Heights Ford; and Secretary Bill Haggerty, Haggerty Buick-GMC in Villa Park, Haggerty Ford. David Sloan remains the association president and Chicago Auto Show general manager.
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