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It’s official

The election results announced at November’s SAMA luncheon confirmed Jaime Florez as president, Bill Adam as vice president, and Marcello Serrato as treasurer for 2012.

They were nominated unopposed in October.

In addition, and in very close balloting, Tony Lesesne was elected secretary. Teresa Bravo, who has been responsible for arranging the very successful auto show events the last two years (as well as the earlier breakfasts) also was nominated for secretary.

Jaime, Bill, and Marcello have served as officers for the past two years.

Jaime moves up from secretary to president in replacing Paul Borden, who served the last two years in the office.

Paul presided for the last time at the November luncheon, which was sponsored by Ford. More than 40 members and guests gather at Joe’s Stone Crabs to hear Ford Industry Analyst Erich Merkle talk about what is going on not just at Ford but within the industry itself.

Merkle noted that sales are continuing to progress from the low point of 2009 even with national unemployment hovering around the 9 percent mark.

Sales of “smaller cars” also continue to grow as younger buyers continue to enter the market (not to mention the impact of fuel prices), though empty-nester older buyers also influence the segment.

Not surprisingly, considering how many you see just casually when driving around South Florida, crossover utilities also are popular sellers.

Before signing off, Erich also gave us his email address ( and phone number (313-806-4562).

We want to thank Ford and Fernando Senra, who arranged the luncheon for Joe’s, for sponsoring our November event.

Congratulations are in order for all the incoming officers as well.

Next up for SAMA is the annual Rides-N-Smiles event at Homestead-Miami Speedway following by the holiday sponsor appreciation event on Dec. 11 at Redfish Grill.

More information will be coming on that, so watch your email!