Auto show previewed at October meeting
By: Paul Borden - 24 of October 2013

As has become a SAMA tradition, the South Florida Automobile Dealers Association hosted the October luncheon to give a preview of the upcoming Miami International Auto Show in Miami Beach.

Press day for the auto will be Nov. 8, and John Kiskinis, who handles media relations, said a full-day of press conferences has been scheduled starting with registration at 8:30 a.m. at the convention center.

Show coordinator Cliff Ray and Debra Koebel of the South Florida Auto Dealers’ Association gave previews of various attractions for this year’s event.

Debra announced that once again that the show is donating $15,000 to Ronald McDonald House. The show has given over $270,000 to Ronald McDonald House in past years and in the past 40 years has donated over $7 million to charities in the area.

Check out the accompanying video for the presentations.
Members are reminded to request credentials for the show by going to the show’s website,
In the business session, SAMA president Jaime Florez noted that by the SAMA by-laws, October is when officers are nominated, and he asked secretary Tony Lesesne to conduct the nomination process.

Current vice president Bill Adam was was the only nominee for president. Nominated for vice president were Tony Lesesne, Pepe Delfino, and Paul Borden. Pepe Delfino and Teresa Bravo were nominated for secretary. Pepe later withdrew his nomination for vice president and will run for secretary. Marcello Serrato once again was the only nominee for treasurer.

With Bill and Marcello being the only nominees for their respective positions, they will automatically serve as officers for 2014.

The election in November will select a vice president and secretary. In addition to the nomination for officers, Ron Beasley announced that preparations are progression for the annual auto show luncheon on Nov. 8. He has selected a nine-person committee to determine the annual awards, the Star of the Show, Pickup/SUV of the Year, and Green Car of the Year.

Chevrolet will sponsor the luncheon with Teresa Bravo once again serving as the emcee. Teresa also asked for volunteers to help with check-in and other tasks for the luncheon.

Bill Adam reported that Rides-N-Smiles is shaping up as the biggest one yet with more patients coming from Miami Children’s Hospital as well as the usual turnout from Baptist Children’s Hospital and cancer patients at Homestead Hospital.

More veterans from Wounded Warriors are expected to attend as well, and a mini-car show featuring many of the super display vehicles from Rides will be held at the Homestead Air Reserve Base the the day before.
Rides is scheduled for Nov. 23 at the Homestead-Miami Speedway.

Once again we want to thank the South Florida Automobile Dealers Association for sponsoring the October luncheon, which was at the Jean Paul’s House on Northeast Second Avenue.

We are looking forward to the show in November. Also, don’t forget the November meeting on Nov. 21. Voting will take place for vice president and secretary. If you cannot attend, members in good standing also may vote via email.


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Photos & Video by Pepe Delfino


This photo by Ron Beasley