For a peek behind the economic curtain, please join me at 5pm Thursday, October 17 for a reception, followed by the Economic Forecast Dinner. RSVP by Oct 9, due to space limitations. Details below…

Join us for the exclusive Economic Forecast Dinner
With tariffs, market uncertainty, continued whispers of another downturn and polarizing politics, now is a perfect time to take a peek behind the economic curtain at what the future holds for your dealership.

Brought to you by Ally and CADA

We’ll hear from NADA Senior Economist Patrick Manzi, Ph.D. — who has a front-line view (and opinions) on what’s happening with the U.S. and global economies, and what we can expect next year (especially since it’s an election year). He regularly speaks about the auto industry and is responsible for producing many of NADA’s monthly and annual economic reports.

Ally Insurance’s Vice President of Sales Gabe Garroni will talk about vehicle service contracts, GAP coverage and dealer commercial property and casualty products.
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If you’ve been in the Bud Wells Board Room, you know that seating is limited.

RSVP for this FREE event by October 9:
Online – click here
E-mail – click here
Phone — 303.831.1722
When responding, note which entrée you prefer:
  • Grilled Beef Medallions
  • Pan-seared French Chicken Breast
  • Vegetarian

The details


Thursday, October 17

5:00 p.m.  -  Reception
5:45 p.m.  -  Dinner and Program



CADA Headquarters
290 E. Speer Blvd., Denver
Bud Wells Board Room
RSVP Today!
RSVP now!

Thanks for your donations!

Last week, the Foundation received 25 donations, which brings us to 74 for September. Thank you for your generosity — and, ultimately, scholarships for tech students!
McCaddon Cadillac Buick GMC  4
Pueblo Dodge Chrysler Jeep Ram  4
Pueblo Toyota  4
AutoNation Dodge Ram Arapahoe  2
Pedersen Toyota Volvo  2
Private Donation  2
AutoNation Chrysler Jeep Arapahoe  1
AutoNation Subaru Arapahoe  1
AutoNation Subaru West  1
Freeway Ford  1
Johnson Auto Plaza  1
Phil Long Ford of Motor City  1
Phil Long Honda of Glenwood Springs 1
Total week of September 23, 2019 25
Clear the Air Foundation has received a generous donation of a 1947 Blue Bird bus from St. Mary’s Medical Center in Grand Junction. It was used as its bloodmobile for years and was retired earlier this year. We're considering transforming this into a mobile auto tech recruitment lab to take to middle and high schools, career fairs and other events that could be used to get students interested in the field. While we explore these options, we need a place to store it so I can transport it to the front range. If you have any available space, please click here​ to reach out to me.
The best way to donate a vehicle is through the Clear the Air Foundation website. Click here to donate.
Yes! I want to donate!
I encourage you to follow the Foundation on Facebook to see what we are up to. You will find links to relevant articles, along with news about donations and scholarship awards.

Please consider extending your philanthropic arm by donating any vehicle with an actual cash value of $300 or less to the Clear the Air Foundation. To make it even easier, you can donate online.

Meanwhile, to donate a vehicle, gather the information below, send it to Mark Zeigler and he’ll have someone pick it up:
Sign over and mail the title to:
Mark Zeigler, Director
Clear the Air Foundation
290 E. Speer Blvd.
Denver, CO  80203
Please donate a vehicle. You’ll change a life.

Regulatory & Legal
EPA revokes California waiver on emissions standards
In September, EPA Director Andrew Wheeler announced to the National Automobile Dealers Association that the Trump Administration would revoke California’s waiver from the federal Clean Air Act, a provision by which the federal government permitted California to set a separate greenhouse gas emissions standard from the long-standing federal standard.

California’s exemption existed since the early 1970s, with waivers generally granted as a matter of course. The most recent California standard required auto manufacturers to make vehicles that would have a rating in excess of 50 miles a gallon by model year 2026. Also, this separate standard is what  has allowed California to adopt its Zero Emission Vehicle (ZEV) rule, recently promulgated by Colorado.

The revocation of the waiver has already generated a lawsuit by California, Colorado and 21 other states. The cancellation of this grant of government authority would render Colorado’s adoption of the ZEV rule invalid and unenforceable by federal agencies.

While litigation is expected to take several years to straighten things out, without a preliminary injunction, states will be unable to punish automakers for failing to meet their miles-per-gallon requirements.

In the wake of the announcement, three other states have announced their intention to adopt Low Emission and Zero Emission rules: New Hampshire by legislation, Minnesota, by Executive Order and New Mexico. 

Bonds & Forms
CADA has a fillable bond request form for new sales people! This new, fillable PDF form makes it easier, faster and more accurate for us to turn around your salesperson bond request. Because there’s no handwriting to decipher with this form, bond turnaround can be faster than ever. Just download the form, electronically fill it out and return to Khorrie Luther. Questions? Call Khorrie: 303.457.5122.
Download the form
Contact Khorrie

Upcoming Events

Risk Management Academy Webinar
Where There’s Smoke There’s Fire: Fire Prevention Strategies

Tuesday, October 15
12:00 pm
Register online
Rocky Mountain Safety Conference

October 28 - 29
Hyatt Regency Aurora / Denver Conventions Center
13200 East 14th Place • Aurora, CO 80011
Register online

News Update

Around Colorado
The Colorado Sun
Opinion: Punishing car commuters isn’t the answer to Colorado congestion
Across the country
Tailgate parties in an era of self-driving cars: Thriving or taking a dive?
Automakers resort to $4,100 discounts to clear old inventory
Manufacturer News
Automotive News
Can Audi’s e-tron charge up the EV race?
The Detroit News
Honda Marysville: A non-union auto plant prospers
The Verge
Tesla’s Smart Summon feature is already causing chaos in parking lots across America
Related: Los Angeles Times
Elon Musk knew SolarCity was going broke before merger with Tesla, lawsuit alleges
The Detroit News
Tesla revenue seen stalling out as Musk aims for delivery record
Innovative Dealer
Automotive News
Smiles are guaranteed at California stores
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For information about any of the Endorsed Provider’s products or services, contact
Polly Penna
303.457.5119 office  |  303.945.6426  mobile

Risk Management Academy

Where There’s Smoke There’s Fire: Fire Prevention Strategies
A fire could NEVER happen to me! This is a common thought among many businesses today. Unfortunately, they don't realize until after a devastating blaze, that simple strategies could prevent most fires. This presentation focuses on steps a business should take to help prevent disastrous fire losses. Also on the agenda are steps a business can take to help expedite recovery and resume serving customers as quickly as possible.

Who should attend:

  • Owners/Officers
  • Operations Management
  • Risk Managers
  • HR Professionals

What you'll learn:

  • Analyze the main causes of fire across all industries
  • Address these fire risks through consistent risk management
  • Prepare for fire or other disasters to get your business back up and running to serve your customers
Register Now!
Risk Management Academy

Registration Now Open!
Federated Insurance is offering complimentary risk management training for all industries on November 5-7, 2019. Through this valuable session, you will discover methods you can use immediately to help protect profits by reducing risk at your business.
Companies that are the most successful at controlling losses and protecting profits have integrated risk management into their overall company culture. Many have designated a key person as their risk manager. This person is supported by your company’s top management and is both responsible and accountable for identifying loss exposures and implementing risk management solutions.
This seminar’s objective is to help your risk manager learn the exposures specific to All Industries, connect with peers from across the country and apply these best practices within your business.
“Attending this training is one of the best investments you can make to help protect your business and its bottom line!”  2019 RMA Attendee
You can learn more by viewing a brief video about the Risk Management Academy. To reserve your spot in the upcoming session or for more information, please contact Royetta Spurgeon at or (800)533-0472 Ext. 455-5604. Or, visit Federated's website.
Younger Generations Could Provide Answer to Dealership Turnover Issue
“Dealers can’t afford to take their eyes off their employees’ needs,” said Bob Kostkan, senior director with Cox Automotive University. “With record high dealership turnover and a low unemployment rate of 3.7% as of June 2019, it’s critical that dealership leaders improve productivity while also enhancing employee engagement and retention. These are controllable issues that must be addressed to maximize customer experience and profitability.”
Dealerships need to act now to create a culture that makes employees feel valued and shows them they have future growth opportunities. While participating in the Cox Automotive SHIFT/Reinvent Program in 2015, John Cragg, executive vice president for the Penske Automotive Group’s East Region and responsible for dozens of rooftops and thousands of employees, became aware of a blind spot — he was “delegating” when he should have been “empowering.” As a result of this new awareness, he worked strategically with his HR and marketing teams to shift the focus to be more about empowering people and giving them opportunities to contribute in more significant ways. Cragg has since seen consistent year-over-year improvement in employee turnover and satisfaction. His region now has the highest employee satisfaction scores in the company and the lowest turnover — outpacing industry averages, even for the highest performers.
In addition to empowering and engaging staff, dealerships should also invest in modern, user-friendly technology to help drive greater productivity and efficiency for employees. Having access to the latest technology is not only expected by these younger generations but required to succeed as a business in today’s digital age. To get the most out of technology, dealerships must also implement ongoing training opportunities. Equipping employees with the necessary tools to help them grow their skillsets and better take advantage of new technology will create happier workers and a more optimized workflow.
Download highlights from the Cox Automotive’s 2019 Dealership Staffing Study. Find out more about Cox Automotive University.
Download the study!
Register now!
We are excited to present you with the outstanding line-up of speakers for the 2019 Rocky Mountain Safety Conference.

Register today for the 2019 Rocky Mountain Safety Conference at the Hyatt Regency Aurora on October 28th and 29th

For more information on pricing, breakout sessions and registration visit our Conference Program & Registration Page.

Important Information:
  • Group discounts available- When registering three (3) or more employees at the same time call Jennifer Merkle (303) 260-5007. Discounts are available for both members and non-members. Registration pricing below is per person.
Full Conference
Member – Prior to 9/20/19                                           Non-Member
$450    1-2 People                                           $515    1-2 People
$410    3-5 People                                           $475    3-5 People
$370    6+ People                                            $435    6+ People
Member – After 9/20/19
$515    1-2 People
$475    3-5 People
$435    6+ People
One Day
Member – Prior to 9/20/19                                          Non-Member
$310    1-2 People                                           $370    1-2 People
$280    3-5 People                                           $340    3-5 People
$250    6+ People                                            $310    6+ People
Member – After 9/20/19
$370    1-2 People
$340    3-5 People
$310    6+ People
  •  Members must log-in on the website to get the member rates for the conference.Forgot your Username and Password? Not sure if you have one? Call CSA for assistance (303) 373-1937.
  • This year's conference gives our sponsors, exhibitors, and attendees the opportunity to participate in the social media coverage for the conference. Increase your visibility and engage with conference participants by using our conference hashtag #RMSC19. Follow Colorado Safety Association on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Instagram during the conference for live updates, pictures and videos.
Register now!

FEPN Complimentary Webinar Invitation - Available on Demand!

In this webinar, we will address employee interactions that provide opportunities to reduce the risk of claims and accidents.  We will offer examples and provide practical pointers that any employer can use right away.

Robin Taylor Symons, Esq.
Co-managing Partner
Gordon & Rees

Co-managing partner of the Miami Gordon & Rees, LLP office and a member of the Labor and Employment, Insurance, and Commercial Litigation Practice Groups. Ms. Symons’ litigation and counseling practice focuses on employment practices liability, directors and officers liability, and complex insurance coverage litigation across all lines of insurance. Ms. Symons provides legal counsel and advice to small and mid-size employers, and has served as counsel to the local state court. She has tried numerous employment and insurance coverage cases, and serves as monitoring counsel/coverage counsel for insurers nationwide.

Ms. Symons’ labor and employment law expertise is also provided to businesses and specialty business groups across the U.S. through Enquiron® (

Ms. Symons also has considerable experience handling commercial litigation and professional liability claims, and has defended numerous complex cases in these areas including class actions, binding arbitrations, and RICO lawsuits.

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