John E. “Jay” Burchell, president of Heritage Chevrolet, has been elected the 2015 Chairman of Board of Directors of the Virginia Automobile Dealers Association. As Chairman, Mr. Burchell will lead one of Virginia’s strongest and most influential trade associations.
VADA represents over 500 of Virginia’s franchised new-car and -truck dealerships with annual sales of nearly $19 Billion, representing more than 20 percent of Virginia’s retail sales. Virginia’s franchised dealers employ nearly 29,000 Virginians, sell approximately 1.1 million vehicles annually, and pay or collect more than $1 billion in taxes each year.
In addition to representing franchised dealers in their interaction with the automobile manufacturers, VADA also represents dealers before Virginia’s General Assembly and the U.S. Congress, provides a voice with regulatory agencies, and operates training and service programs to improve dealership business operations, sales and service practices.