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The Washington State Independent Auto Dealers Association (WSIADA) was formed in 1953 by a group of independent auto dealers who wanted to create a better industry. It was not until 1956 that the association had grown to include 150 members that the board of directors was created. The first known officers of the association were Don Medley, Sr. (Tacoma), Ab Pearson (Everett), James Mercer (Seattle) and Claude Laycock.

In the following year, the association held its first state convention was held in Yakima Washington with the design to be a social meeting between members to get to know each other better and form family friendships that continue to flourish into the 21st century.

Recognized by the N.I.A.D.A. since 1959, the WSIADA has maintained a good relationship with our national counterpart through that time by attending their annual meetings, providing information to Washington dealers and having several of our own association officers becoming President of NIADA themselves.

In the first seven years of the WSIADA, the officers had presented many challenges and changes to the Washington State Department of Licensing to help modify the rules and regulations that governed the sale of vehicles that are still in effect today including, separation of the Motor Vehicle Dealer and Miscellaneous Vehicle Dealer Licenses with issued plates accordingly, creation of temporary licensing and recommendations on how to process rebuilt/wrecked vehicles.

In a 1965 newsletter, Board member Harvey Hallahan wrote “Personal Success is dependent on group action.” with regards to the membership activates of the association.

“No association can stand very long without new blood and new talent to combat complacency and indifference.” – Ralph Look, President 1965

1955 – Don K. Medley Sr.

1971 – Howard Vandekieft

1989 – Jim Holder

2008 – Danny Archibald

1956 – A.B. Pearson

1972 – Dick Giovi

1990 – Dave Kuper*

2009 – Bill Heald

1957 – Bill Deupree

1973 – Don Stephens

1992 – John St. Laurent

2011 – Robert Reid

1958 – Morrie Stotsenberg

1974 – Walt Friel

1994 – Jack Morris

2012 – Mo Aliadabi

1959 – Bill DeRango

1975 – Bob Ochsner

1996 – Emil Scarsella

2013 – Randy Fletcher

1960 – D. L. Burd

1976 – Bill Newton

1997 – Robert Reid

2014 – J.T. Curry

1961 – Roger Tallakson

1978 – Howard “Mac” Ruddell*

1998 – Don Castle

2017 – Mo Aliadabi

1962 – Chuck Suvan

1980 – Frank Granat

1999 – Mike Van Dinter

1963 – Archie Caraway

1981 – Gene Pankey

2000 – Pat Feutz

1964 – Dick Wyman

1982 – Bill Newton

2001 – Art Manger

1965 – Ralph Look

1983 – Irv Rohrich*

2002 – John Zukerman

1967 – Eddie Bawyn

1985 – Gary Giacomini

2003 – David Randall

1968 – Joseph W. Rodgers

1986 – Ray Harley

2004 – Bill Heald

1969 – Allan Barry

1987 – Greg Morris

2005 – John Zukerman

1970 – Carl North

1988 – Ray Harley

2006 – Ken Williamson

*held NIADA officer position

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