Don Hall’s Monthly Columns

Here, find a collection of VADA President and CEO Don Hall’s timely and relevant analysis on the auto industry in Virginia.

A Message from Don Hall

Looking back — and mostly forward Winning every day for VA’s dealer body May 2021 In the car and truck business, dealers live month to month. But at VADA, part of our job is to think months and years ahead — which, with your support, allows you to keep the focus on your daily operations. As

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A Message from Don Hall

A tribute to Senator John Warner, an advocate for dealers And a warm welcome to our in-person convention June 2021 Many years ago, we hosted a meet-and-greet luncheon on Capitol Hill in Washington. Virginia senator John Warner could not attend, but promised me he’d stop by and say hello. At one moment in the event,

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A Message from Don Hall

Key overtime win highlights importance of Electric Election campaign Our summer PAC campaign continues August 2021 In an election as vital as Virginia’s in 2021, you cannot be without a voice as voters choose the leaders who will chart the path our industry takes for years to come. It wasn’t long ago when you faced

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A Message from Don Hall

This critical election needs your voice and your vote Casting a ballot is our solemn duty October 2021 Voting isn’t just our right as citizens. It’s also our duty. We urge dealers to encourage your employees to vote, and we ask that you help them carry out their civic responsibility by giving them the time

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A Message from Don Hall

EVs will help fuel more than one kind of green revolution September 2021 Earlier this month, I took my 91-year-old father-in-law, Don Riester, for a ride in VADA’s new all-electric Volkswagen ID.4. An engineer by trade, he was impressed by the SUV’s quiet, acceleration, and speed. As we passed a gas station, he remarked, “I

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A Message from Don Hall

Electric Election: Let’s keep your successes alive! Support our summer PAC campaign July 2021 All eyes will be on Virginia this November when we are one of only two states with statewide elections. In an election as vital as this one, you cannot be without a voice as voters choose the leaders who will help

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A Message from Don Hall

Springtime for Dealers With the vaccine rollout and lifting restrictions, optimism is in the air. March 2021 The days are longer, brighter, and getting warmer. The COVID vaccine rollout is in full swing, and restrictions on our nation and businesses are slowly lifting. As a dealer and an American, there is much to look forward

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A Message from Don Hall

  True success means planning for succession April 2021 The ride of life won’t last forever. That’s the hard truth. You may have experienced great success in building your business, but those who are true success stories plan for a future for their families and businesses when they’re gone. It’s there in the very word

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A Message from Don Hall

  Leading from the front: Why we are “all-in” on EVs in Virginia February 2021 Since EVs first began appearing, the internal combustion engine (ICE) powered automotive industry has been portrayed as anti-electric. The perception is false — dealers will sell any vehicle in demand, and sell those vehicles better than anyone else. But at the

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A Message from Don Hall

January 2021   The 2021 General Assembly session convened this month, and to say that things are a little bit different would be a major understatement. Ensuring that the legislators understand our industry and the impact that proposed legislation could have on your business – for good or bad – is a primary function of

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