February luncheon drew a record turnout of 55 members and guests to the
Coral Gables Country Club Feb. 27. The sponsor Toyota, which not only
preview highlights of the all-new Highlander but also gave those
attending the opportunity for a brief ride-and-drive, including a spin
in the hybrid version of the U.S-built crossover.
Brian Frometa, who gave the presentation for Toyota, noted the
Highlander is moving into its third generation after debuting in the
U.S. in 2001. Built in the U.S., it is slated for export to Australia,
New Zealand, and Eastern European countries.
Click on the accompanying link for his entire presentation as well as
one by Danny Veliz, who spoke briefly on Toyota concepts in the
Also representing Toyota at the event were Christie Caliendo, Sheba
Munn, Bob Duffin, Dawn Gise, and Perry Houck. Mike Forsyth of Vossen
Wheels was a special guest of Toyota.
We want to thank and Toyota for sponsoring a very engaging and
During the business session, President Bill Adam noted that in addition
to the large turnout, everyone in attendance showed up on time --
perhaps a SAMA first!
Itís something we want to emphasize in the future. By keeping on
schedule, members were able to return to their offices shortly after 1
Among announcements, Treasurer and Membership Chairman Marcello Serrato
said all the associationís tax obligations for 2013 have been taken care
of and reminded members that dues are due. (For a copy of the dues
schedule, check the SAMA website at www.samaonline.org.
Marcello also said we have added one new member, Elizabeth Williams of
Rolls-Royce North America, and he introduced Elba Navarro of Bein
Sports, who was attending her first luncheon as a new member after
joining last month.
John Kiskinis announced that the annual Fort Lauderdale Auto Show will
be March 20-23 at the Broward County Convention Center and will feature
the 2015 Hyundai Genesis as the show car.
Among other vehicles confirmed for the show, which benefits the Boys and
Girls Clubs of Broward County, are the new Ford F150 truck and Mustang,
Kia K900 sedan and Acura TLX prototype.
Secretary Pepe Delfino thanked those members who have contributed to the
SAMA website with links to their reviews, which help drive traffic to
your own companyís website.
Bill Adam said the date has not been confirmed yet, but Rides-and-Smiles
likely once again will be the Saturday between Ford Championship Weekend
(Nov. 14-16) at Homestead-Miami Speedway and Thanksgiving weekend.
Finally, Vice President Paul Borden reminded members that the date for
Topless in Miami will be June 12 at the Ritz Carlton Resort on Key
Watch your email for information on our next luncheon, which is
scheduled for March 27.