In early 2010, Pennsylvania’s dealers were recovering from the Great Recession.
J. Paul McMillen announced his retirement and John Devlin was selected by the Board of Directors to be the next President of the Association. Of the transition, Mr. McMillen said, “Board members find themselves in a unique position of having within the PAA Executive Staff an individual with whom they are familiar and in whose leadership they can be confident.”
PAA began hosting Pennsylvania’s Congressional delegation in Washington D.C. each September during NADA’s Washington Conference. From its inception, it grew to a signature event, providing attending dealers a chance to spend time with their congressmen in a relaxed environment.
The PAA Foundation grew rapidly throughout the decade. By 2019, approximately $3.5 million is granted each year to more than 600 charities by account holders. These ninetyaccounts, together with what remains of the initial investment amount, total more than $50 million in investments.
In 2019, PAA celebrates its 100th anniversary, creating an archive of dealership histories to house at the association, compiling video highlights, and celebrating at The PAA Fall Conference at The Greenbrier Resort, White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia, in October.
Over the past 100 years, the automotive sales industry in Pennsylvania has changed greatly. What remains constant is the dedication of PAA’s dealer members to work together to benefit the entire industry.