HOSTS CAPACITY CROWD FOR MARCH LUNCHEON
A capacity crowd of over 50 members and guests gathered March 24 at the
Fort Lauderdale Convention Center for SAMA’s March luncheon sponsored by
All got a preview of
the 2016 third-generation Toyota Prius and had the opportunity to tour
the convention center floor at the annual Fort Lauderdale Auto Show,
which benefits the Boys and Girls Clubs of Broward County.
President Pepe Delfino
conducted a brief business session before the program, announcing that
progress is being made on creating a new event, the Everglades
Challenge, for off-road vehicles. It is being planned as a fall anchor
event to go along with Rides-and-Smiles, now in February, and June’s
Topless in Miami convertible competition. More details will be coming
With the Miami Beach
Convention Center undergoing extensive renovation, John Kiskinis
announced that the annual Miami
International Auto Show will be held in two halls, C and D for
2016 and A and B for 2017. Dates this year are Sept. 10-18, but press
day featuring the annual SAMA
Awards Luncheon will be Friday, Sept. 9.
Paul Borden cleared up
some mild confusion over the dates for
Topless in Miami which
are listed as June 1-3 on the website calendar events. Those dates are
for manufacturers’ reps information to make their travel plans. The
actual event continues to be a one-day affair with judging and the
awards dinner on Thursday, June
2, at the Ritz-Carlton Key Biscayne.
Bill Adam reviewed the
highly successful Rides-and-Smiles event at Homestead-Miami Speedway on
Feb. 27 and the SAMA Salute to the Military Car Show the day before at
the Homestead Air Reserve Base.
Serrato reported a balance of $10,756 in the SAMA treasury and also
warned that dues are due and anyone who goes beyond the March 31
deadline will have to apply for reinstatement to the membership rolls.
After the business,
Christy Caliendo introduced Brian Hubbard and Tobby Silver, Southeast
Toyota Training Managers based in Orlando and Tampa, respectively, for
the program and the preview for the 2016 Prius. Video coverage of the
presentation as well as the business session is posted on the website.