previewed the new 2014 Yukon and Yukon
Denali at SAMA’s third monthly luncheon of the year on March 27 with 47
members and guests gathering at the Rusty Pelican.
Members had the opportunity to drive both versions of the full-size SUV
for short jaunts both before and after the luncheon.
Larry Knox, Marketing Manager for the Yukon, gave the overview, calling
the full-size SUV market “a very, very critical segment” despite
criticism in some corners regarding fuel-consumption concerns.
But there are people who need a full-size SUV for its ability to haul
passengers and cargo and for its towing capacity.
“It won’t be going away any time soon,” Knox said of the segment.
For a full recap of his presentation check out the accompanying videos.
SAMA business conducted before the presentation featured several
Treasurer and Membership Chairman Marcello announced that Enrique Kogan,
representing the Diarios de las Americas/Miami Herald/Tribune, has
rejoined SAMA as a member.
Marcello also noted that our treasury is now over $8,000 and asked that
members who have not yet renewed their membership to do so now. Several
members did just that by delivering checks at the luncheon.
He also reminded members about the Florida Car Marathon, a project of
longtime SAMA members Daniel Romagnoli and Daniel Alvarez, is coming up
April 4-6 and noted what a fun event it is. For more information, visit
the website www.floridacarmarathon.com.
Finally, Marcello introduced former President Jaime Florez as the
Hispanic communications director for Gov. Rick Scott’s reelection
Secretary Pepe Delfino again reminded members to send links to their
work to him so he can feature them on the SAMA website. Several members
already have been sending in contributions, further enhancing the
website while providing direct links to the individuals’ work.
Vice President Paul Borden spoke briefly on Topless in Miami, which is
scheduled for June 12 at the Ritz-Carlton Key Biscayne. He said though
members will be assigned categories to judge instead of trying to drive
all the cars in one day (an overwhelming task) this will not preclude
the opportunity for members to record videos of the event.
And President Bill Adam’s work on Rides-and-Smiles continues to expand
the horizons of that event, scheduled for Nov. 22 at Homestead-Miami
Speedway. He said Road & Track magazine is planning coverage of the
event this year, and the car show on the Homestead Air Reserve Base the
day before is going to feature a duel between a Viper and an F16, which
pilots refer to as a viper.
So it will be Viper vs. Viper in what should be an entertaining contest!
We want to thank GMC for sponsoring the March luncheon and to Kelly
Wysocki, GMC Production Communications Manager, and Angie Diaz and her
coworkers at the Axis Agency for making the March luncheon such a
Keep watching your email for news of our April luncheon. We will see you