Photos by: Pepe Forte

SAMA got off to a great start in the new year when more than 40 members and guests attended the January luncheon sponsored by Acura, which was represented by Sara Pines, regional media relations manager for Acura; Gary Robinson, National Manager, Acura PR; and Chuck Schifsky, manager of Acura Regional PR Operations.

Members started gathering at 11:30 at the Tempo hotel on Biscayne Boulevard, where the second-story venue provided views of the Port of Miami in the afternoon sunlight.

President Paul Borden called the business session to order just after noon.

Several news items were noted:

Joe Castelloís WFO Radio show was recognized as The Internet Radio Show of the Year in voting conducted by of CompetitionPlus.com. This is really a great award for Joe, one of the hardest workers in the business.

Bill Adam has been selected to do commentary for ABCís coverage of the American Le Mans Series racing, which starts at Sebring and includes races in Long Beach and Toronto. This, too, is great news but with a downside: Bill is going to have to give up driving in the Historic Sports Car racing series, where he has won several championships.

Nathalie Salas from Homestead-Miami Speedway reminded members about the upcoming Grand Prix of Miami on March 5 at the speedway. You can find more information about the event at the website www.homesteadmiamispeedway.com.

 Treasurer and membership chairman Marcello Serrato introduced new members Vivian Crucet and Jason Alpert and noted that a third new member, Steven Marks, would be attending future events. We are continuing to grow, and itís thanks to your participation as members.

 The program featured a preview by Gary Robinson of Acuraís all-new TSX Sport Wagon, a vehicle that combines the features and comfort of the popular TSX sedan with the functionality and carrying capacity of a wagon. The entire TSX line has received some refinements such as a new front fascia, new chin spoiler and fog lights, and a revised grille, similar to but slightly smaller than its predecessor.

After the presentation, members were able to get a close look at the vehicle in the valet area at the entrance.

We want to thank Acura for hosting our kickoff luncheon for 2011 and look forward to a later event sponsored by Honda.

Our next SAMA meeting will be February 18. Be sure to check your email box for further details on the site.

As at our first luncheon of the year, we will look to start gathering at 11:30 a.m., so please arrange your schedules accordingly.

Also, if you have not paid your dues, please make arrangements to do so with Marcello Serrato. He can get you an invoice if you require one. Fees, etc., are on the website.

Looking forward to seeing you in February and beyond!

 

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