NIADA’s CEO Announces Resignation

By Jeff Bellant August 10, 2020
Steve Jordan, NABD Conference Steve Jordan, NABD Conference Photo by Jeffrey Bellant

Steve Jordan has resigned his position as CEO of the National Independent Dealers Association after 11 years of dedicated service to the association to pursue another career opportunity in the automotive industry, according to a press release.

The NIADA board of directors unanimously selected senior vice president of legal and government affairs Shaun Petersen as interim executive vice president, handling day-to-day operations effective immediately. Jordan will remain with NIADA in an advisory capacity during a 30-day transitional period.

NIADA president Henry Mullinax said the board has established a committee to conduct a nationwide search for a replacement.

“This news was a shock, but not a surprise – someone of Steve’s caliber will always be in demand,” Mullinax said. “I know he will to be successful in whatever he pursues and will be an asset to any endeavor to which he lends his talents. Steve has left our association in great shape and in a growth mode.”

Steve Jordan steps down as CEO of NIADA
Steve Jordan steps down as CEO of NIADA

“Steve’s aggressive approach to his role helped NIADA grow into what it is today and made a huge impact on our industry,” NIADA president-elect Louis Tedeschi added. “We hope to take the ball that Steve rolling and keep it rolling forward.”

Jordan has been part of NIADA since 2009, when he was named executive director of the affiliated Florida IADA. He joined the national association’s staff as chief operating officer in 2011 and two years later took over day-to-day operations as executive vice president and chief executive officer.

“To say that my tenure at NIADA has been one of the highlights of my professional career would be an understatement,” Jordan said. “I want to personally thank the NIADA board of directors, staff and our membership for the trust they bestowed on me as CEO. It has been an honor to serve the association in this way and I am humbled to have had the privilege.

“The association is in a great position for success moving forward and I am confident NIADA leadership and staff will keep the momentum going in service to our membership.”

During Jordan’s tenure, NIADA significantly ramped up its legislative advocacy for the used vehicle industry, reviving the association’s annual lobbying event in Washington D.C., and increasing dealer involvement in its political action committee.

Jordan also engineered the acquisition of the operations and assets of the Leedom Group in 2015 and the National Alliance of Buy Here-Pay Here Dealers in 2017, vastly expanding NIADA’s Dealer 20 Groups and educational programs and its commitment to the BHPH industry.

“Through the association, we made an indelible mark on the used vehicle industry by uniting the voice of the independent dealer in common purpose,” Jordan said. “Of course I am proud of the numerous association accomplishments over the years, but the many friendships that were created along the way have been the most rewarding.”

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