For the first time, Long Island, NY, women business owners now hold three of the top leadership posts at the Greater New York Automobile Dealers Association (GNYADA), which represents the largest retail auto market in the nation.
The association represents 175 franchised new car dealers in Nassau and Suffolk counties, accounting for over 17,000 jobs on Long Island.
Overall, GNYADA represents 400 new car franchise dealers in the downstate region, including New York City, Westchester and surrounding counties, generating nearly $50 billion in economic activity. The organization is now led by new Board Chair Jane Millman, president of Riverhead Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram. She joins returning Vice Chair Melanie Spare-Oswalt, president of Sayville Ford and new Treasurer/Secretary Jordan Daiagi Harary, president of Leader in Cars Auto Group - which includes Garden City Mazda and Huntington Mazda – three out of GYNADA’s seven officers are women, the most ever.
The new officers were sworn in at GYNADA’s annual charity golf tournament in Lake Success, which raises money for automotive education. The group raised over $110,000 this year and over $1 million since 2005.
The association provides a range of services for members to improve the car-buying experience for customers and advocates in Albany for dealerships and the jobs they support. GNYADA also runs the New York International Auto Show at the Jacob Javits Convention Center. The Auto Show is the oldest and largest Auto Show in the United States with over a million visitors that attend every year.
Millman has pledged to continue prioritizing the education of the next generation of auto technicians, who will help fill the estimated 46,000 industry jobs coming open in the New York region, most of them at franchise dealerships.
“It is critically important that we continue to bring a diversity of experience and perspectives to the leadership of one of the most important industries for New York’s economy,” said Millman. “That diversity extends from the showroom floors and the repair shops to the executive suites. My decades in the business have taught me that we need to constantly learn and adapt to meet the evolving changes our industry and dealers face.”