NIADA Remembers Industry Vet

By Staff Writer May 11, 2020

The National Independent Automobile Dealers Association announced the death of Scott Lilja, NIADA’s vice president of member services.

 Lilja, 58, died May 3 after a long battle with multiple myeloma.

He was described by NIADA as “a giant in the used (car) industry.” His lengthy career in the auto industry earned him many accolades, including induction into NIADA’s prestigious Ring of Honor in 2002.

Lilja earned that distinction during his tenure as vice president and chief operating officer of NADA Used Car Guide, responsible for corporate strategy, alliances development, new market development, budgeting/forecasting and major account development.

Lilja joined NIADA in 2009, overseeing member services and the association’s industry partnerships.

“It’s always tough to lose such a great friend and close colleague,” NIADA CEO Steve Jordan said, “but I’ll forever remember how Scott was always so positive and inspiring in the face of repeated adversity. He will be greatly missed by Team NIADA and the auto industry he loved so much.”

Lilja is survived by his sister, Amy Griffith (John), nephews Patrick and Jack Griffith, and nieces Kirsti and Katie Lilja. He was preceded in death by his parents, Thomas and Jo Ann Lilja, wife, Linda Lilja and brother, Eric Lilja.

 Burial will be at St. Timothy’s Cemetery in Maple Lake, Minn., at a date to be determined. A memorial/celebration of life will be held at a later date.

 In lieu of flowers, donations can be sent to the American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 22478, Oklahoma City, OK 73123, or Critter Cavalry Rescue, 608 Eastcastle Court, Franklin, TN 37069 .

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