By Staff Writer October 29, 2020


Longtime trade association executive Robert Voltmann, CAE, has been named chief executive officer of the National Independent Automobile Dealers Association, effective immediately.

Voltmann was selected by the NIADA board of directors after a month-long nationwide search to replace former NIADA CEO Steve Jordan, who resigned in August to pursue other opportunities.

“I am excited to become part of the NIADA family,” Voltmann said. “I look forward to working with the board, state associations and staff to make NIADA even more effective in helping members as they grow, manage and protect their businesses.”

Most recently, Voltmann served for 23 years as president and CEO of the Transportation Intermediaries Association, which represents the third-party logistics industry.

Under his leadership, TIA more than tripled its membership – it now represents nearly 80 percent of the market by value. Financially, it grew from an association struggling with a $721,000 annual budget to a thriving operation with a $7.3 million budget and substantial reserves.

Before his tenure with TIA, Voltmann was director of policy for the National Industrial Transportation League. He also served in President George H.W. Bush’s administration at the Interstate Commerce Commission. In all, Voltmann comes to NIADA with 30 years of Washington experience.

NIADA president Louis Tedeschi said the board decided to go with a candidate experienced in developing a large trade organization.

“Our association has grown immensely in the past several years, and the board felt we needed a fresh viewpoint to help us adapt to our growth,” Tedeschi said. “Bob will be focused on helping the board achieve our goals, such as improving our Dealer 20 Groups program, education and member benefits. I personally am excited to work with him on those projects.”

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