OCTOBER LUNCHEON: JAIME
FLOREZ TO SERVE AS PRESIDENT
Thursday October 20th, 2011
With 51 members and guests in
attendance, the October SAMA luncheon was an unqualified hit!
As has become the tradition, the South Florida Automobile Dealers
Association was host for the event at Joe's Stone Crabs with, of course,
stone crabs the choice entree of most in attendance. (Steaks and salmon
also were available.)
Rick Baker, the association president, was there to give a brief preview
of the upcoming South Florida International Auto Show in Miami Beach.
Media day is coming up October 28, and members are reminded to get their
credential requests in by going to www.sfliautoshow.com and clicking on
“Press Access” at the top of the page.
Rick said that the Ford Boss Mustang as the show’s show car, and the
giveaway car to some lucky person will be the 2012 Chevrolet Sonic. The
featured vehicle in Memory Lane will be a Pebble Beach-quality 1950
Rolls-Royce Drophead coupe.
He also pointed out that a recent survey of 7,500 car buyers across
America showed that the Miami Beach show rated second in the country when
it came to the influence of auto shows on buyers when it comes to making
their purchasing decisions. Only the Detroit show rated higher out of 18.
John Kiskinis noted that although the first press conference isn’t
scheduled until 10 a.m. with Ford, the pressroom (on the second floor)
will open at 8:30 a.m. with coffee and danish available. So John
encourages all to arrive early.
As usual, the association will pick up the fee for parking on media day
for SAMA members. This is a much-appreciated gesture on the association’s
part. Those attending should visit the show office on the first floor.
The annual SAMA luncheon, sponsored by GM this year, will be at noon and
include presentation of our show awards (Ron Beasley’s judging committee
will do its work the day before) and the Terry Jackson Award to a member
for service to SAMA and contributions to the South Floridan automotive
The annual awards presentations by Sobre Ruedas will be in the afternoon.
The next night will be the annual InFocus Magazine awards.
Vice President Bill Adam noted that volunteers would be appreciated for
the annual Rides-N-Smiles event at Homestead-Miami Speedway, this year on
Nov. 26, the Saturday after Thanksgiving. As many as 150 patients from
Baptist Children’s and Miami Children’s Hospital could attend this year.
Treasurer Marcello Serrato reported a balance of $4,800 in the treasury.
Finally, the main item of business was the nomination of officers.
Secretary Jaime Florez conducted the process that began with the
nomination of Marcello for treasurer. He was unopposed.
The position of secretary drew three nominations -- Teresa Bravo, Tony
Lesesne, and Giorgio Cerboncini, though Giorgio later asked that his name
Two candidates were nominated for vice president. They were incumbent Bill
Adam and Juan Robbin.
For president, Jaime Florez, who has served as vice president, secretary,
and treasurer in the years since SAMA was founded in March 2007, was
nominated for president and will be unopposed in November’s election.
According to SAMA’s by-laws, the officers will assume their duties on
It is a fine slate of nominees, and we want to thank all of them for
agreeing to serve.
Again, SAMA wants to give its appreciation to Rick Baker and Cliff Ray and
the crew at the auto dealers association -- Debra Koebel and Marissa
Osborn -- and John Kisknis and Melissa Nobles of Kiskinis Communications
for their work with the show and making things easier for us in the media.
Details on November’s luncheon, which will include the election of
officers, will be in an upcoming email, so keep watching!
See you at the auto show!
Luis González, Ron Beasley, Bill Adam,
Marcelo Serrato, Paul Borden
Giorgio Gerboncino, Tony Serrato, Gigi
Marlen Bedoya, Philippe Daix
Arturo Duran, CJ McCann
Dr. Ray Mummery, Juan Robbin
Ray Mummery, Juan Robbin, Al Vasquez
Pepe Delfino, Germán Botero
Debra Koebel and Marissa Osborn
CJ McCann, Woodie Lesesne and Tony Lesesne
Paul Borden , Gaby Delfino
Juan Robbin, Dr. Ray Mummery, Rich
Babl, Melissa Nobles, Ron Beasley
Rick Baker, John Kiskinis
Javier Mota , Diego Cichero
Thelma Urbina , María Ravani
Luis Fernandez, Daniel Romagnoli
Bill Adam, Dick Kelley, Woodie Lesesne
Odette Jiménez, Johnny Tapanes, Joe
Phillippe Daix, Steven Marks, Ariel
Giorgio Gerboncini, Pepe Delfino
Rick Baker, South Florida Dealers