George Lester takes the gavel

Charleston -- The opening night of the ProDealer Industry Summit on Tuesday here in Charleston was all about squaring away some business.

First thing's first: making the succession of NLBMDA leadership official at the ProDealer of the Year Dinner.

George Lester, CEO & chairman of Lester Group Inc., took the gavel as 2017 NLBMDA chair from outgoing chair Scott Yates, but he wasn't satisfied with merely accepting the honor.

"My personal goal this year is to recruit 5 additional members to join," he said. "And earlier today, I challenged each of the members of the NLBMDA board to recruit at least one new member in 2017. National has approximately 2,000 members now, with 6,000 locations. This is about 33% of the market. Collectively, we must do a better job of telling our story to increase membership."

"Together I ensure we can grow our industry, we can grow our membership, and we can grow our association," he said.

"Having a strong relationship and united voice in Washington is critical to our collective success. Each of us is stronger when we as an industry work together and fight for our common interests."

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