- ■ Volume 11: November 20, 2017
Hurricane Harvey hit the Houston metro area during the last week of August. Twelve of the Houston Automobile Dealers Association's 175 member dealerships were damaged by the storm's winds and torrential rains. But even the worst-hit dealerships were open within a week, HADA Vice President RoShelle Salinas reports–some even providing fresh water to local residents.
The NADA Foundation's Emergency Relief Fund acted as a collection point for contributions from local and state dealer associations across the country. More than $1 million was donated by those associations, including $100,000 from the Houston and Texas association, and more than $50,000 each from state dealership associations in Georgia and Arizona, plus regional associations in Austin, New York City, Oklahoma City and Tulsa, Salinas says.
The donations went to support Houston-area dealership employees, who received checks ranging from $500 to $1,500. Another $120,000 effort by Dallas-Fort Worth dealers provided an additional $850 check to 140 dealership employees.
"You hear a lot about the family and small-business nature of dealerships. It was impressive watching that family culture really play out in a crisis situation, seeing the care and support dealerships all across the country have for each other," Salinas says.