and previews the Miami Auto Show.
October 30th, 2012 @ Red Steak,
Miami Beach, FL
Photos and Videos by Pepe Delfino
Current SAMA officers Jaime Florez, Bill Adam,
Tony Lesesne, and Marcello Serrato will continue to serve in their present
positions next year, it was determined at SAMA’s October meeting.
After a successful year in 2012, they were the only nominees for 2013 with Jaime
as president, Bill as vice president, Tony as secretary, and Marcello as
As secretary, Tony Lesesne conducted the nomination process during the annual
auto show preview luncheon sponsored by the South Florida Auto Dealers
The event was held at Red Steakhouse in Miami Beach to a full house of more than
40 members, who were treated to appetizers of stone crabs, shrimp, and oysters
and a menu option of steak, fish, chicken, or pasta (with or without shrimp).
Rick Baker gave the members a preview of the upcoming auto show, which for the
first time will have the name “Miami International Auto Show” instead of the
customary “South Florida” label.
Dates of the show at the Miami Beach Convention Center are Nov. 9-18.
The show, Rick said, is taking an aggressive approach to “get the consumers
excited again” by featuring such exhibits as the “eco experience” that will
allow show-goers to actually drive electric vehicles on a course outlined inside
the exhibit hall.
“We’re excited about that,” he said.
Another new exhibit will be based on our own “Topless in Miami” event with
winners from our competition of last June in a special display.
“Havana Classics” with models from 1958-59, “cars you see in Havana today,” Rick
said, will highlight the popular Memory Lane section.
“We’re really excited about this year,” Baker said. “We’re spending a lot of
money. We want your coverage. Coverage gets us better intros, better intros gets
us more public to come. It’s a cycle where we all benefit.”
John Kiskinis said press conferences will begin at 9 a.m. on the media day (Nov.
9) and at the present moment will continue through 3 p.m.
SAMA’s annual luncheon and awards presentations will be right in the middle. Ron
Beasley, who is chairman of the judging committee, announced that because of the
lack of concept vehicles that are expected for the show, SAMA this year will
recognize a “Utility Vehicle of the Show” to go with the annual “Star of the
Show” and “Green Vehicle of the Show” awards.
Melissa Nobles of Kiskinis Communications noted that members are asked to submit
their credentials request ahead of time. She also said that the media room at
the convention center has been moved from its prior location to room D34.
SAMA wants to thank the South Florida Auto Dealers Association for sponsoring
what has become an annual, and very popular, event.
We look forward to working with the association in the future to make the auto
show even bigger and better than ever!