September 2013 President’s Letter


It’s a post-Labor Day world, which means it’s time to start thinking about fall in New England.

Already things are shaping up to be busy for NEMPA. We have a regular monthly meeting on Sept. 10 at the clubhouse in Middleborough. If you’re on the media side, please make every effort to attend. The rest of you, enjoy the night off as you prepare for either the Frankfurt Auto Show or IMPA Test Days.

That’s right, I’m giving a shout-out to another press group: IMPA Test Days will be on Sept. 18 & 19 at Monticello Motor Club in Monticello, NY. It’s a great event, so make plans to attend. Mike Geylin also has details, if you can’t find them on the Web.

Fast-forward to October and we have the rare treat of two programs the same week, both at the Boston Globe. John Maloney, President and CEO of Volvo USA, will speak at our regular monthly meeting on Oct. 8. Two days later, Oct. 10, Ford social media guru Scott Monty will be in town to give us the latest information on spreading the word across the myriad social networking platforms out there. (Thanks to our Exec. Dir. Lisa Fleming Brock for setting this up.) Both promise to be interesting meetings.

In November, our good friends from Chrysler will be at John Lawlor’s garage on Nov. 12 to promote the new Cherokee. Lisa Barrow and crew always put on an interesting program.

And, yes, this brings us to December. Our annual holiday party will be on the second Tuesday, Dec. 10. Something tells me Bugsy Lawlor has been busy planning this already.

Looking ahead to 2014, we’re close to setting the dates for our annual meeting/MIT conference as well as the Ragtop Ramble/Crustacean Crawl. Please keep those events in mind when planning your sponsorship budgets for next year. As always, we appreciate your support. We will get details to you on dates ASAP so you can ink the dates into your calendars.

Finally, even though summer is not officially over, please put New England Winter Vehicle of the Year judging in your planners. Work with John Lawlor and the crew at Automotion to coordinate vehicles. Familiarity breeds votes. The longer you can leave your vehicles up here, the more opportunity for NEMPA media members to get to know your vehicles. It’s been a winning strategy for Jeep these past few years.

Hope to see you all in New England soon.

Keith Griffin
NEMPA President

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