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

OCTOBER 2020   Voting on November 3 is more than your Constitutional right. As Americans, and in appreciation for the many who fought for generations to protect that fundamental right, voting is also your responsibility. Certainly, the pandemic has shifted the voting experience, but many people are able to vote early this year – and,

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A Message From Don Hall

SEPTEMBER 2020   Across Virginia and the country, students are going back to school, although in a very different way in many cases. From preschool to college, much of this next generation – including many of our children and grandchildren – is learning remotely. Without question, education during this pandemic is very different, especially when you

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A Message from Don Hall

AUGUST 2020   To beat them at their own game, we need to play on their field. I drive a big SUV. I’ve always liked big cars, and those who know me will tell you – for better or worse – that a big internal-combustion tank on four wheels jives with my personality. I’m a

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A Message From Don Hall

July 2020   Summer is usually a transition time for our industry. We’re finishing our sales of last year’s models and awaiting inventory of the latest vehicles. Without question, the coronavirus pandemic has changed those traditional cycles in our business. Even so, we’ve had some good back-to-back months, a definite positive considering the strong and

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A Message from Don Hall

June 2020   Without question, this is a time of great change within our country, our state, and our communities. From the pandemic to protests, events over the last few months have given us all new perspective as dealers, as employees, and as people. And as business leaders and members of this association, we have

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A Message from Don Hall

May 2020   In mid-March, the world as we knew it came to a near-immediate standstill, as the coronavirus began its spread across our country. As we faced challenges in how we operate – even with service departments considered essential businesses – and found opportunities for support from our federal leaders and agencies, we adapted

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A Message from Don Hall

April 2020   To say we’re living in unprecedented times is an understatement. Things are changing by the week, by the day, sometimes even by the hour. What you need to know most is that we are strong as individuals – and we are even stronger as an Association. Together, we will navigate through this

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A Message from Don Hall

March 2020   The General Assembly is expected to finish its 2020 session this week. To say that things are different in Virginia now is a real understatement. With Democrats now controlling both the House of Delegates and the Senate, we’ve seen greater interest among these new legislators in social issues. Even on the national

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A Message from Don Hall

February 2020   This week is “crossover week” in the General Assembly, meaning bills that have survived the House of Delegates are sent to the Senate – and Senate bills go on to the House for consideration. Your VADA legislative team – Anne Gambardella, Tommy Lukish and me – has been successful with numerous compromises

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A Message from Don Hall

January 2020   The 2020 General Assembly convened earlier this month – which means your VADA team is heavily involved with legislation that could have an impact on your business. Again, it’s important to note that every Senator and Delegate was elected in November. In total, we’re talking 140 legislators across both houses of the

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