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Metro Atlanta Automobile Dealers Association
440 Interstate North Parkway SE
Atlanta, GA 30339
770-916-1741

 

On behalf of the members of the Metro Atlanta Automobile Dealers Association (MAADA), I would like to welcome you to our official website.  MAADA is made up of more than 160 franchised (new) car and truck dealers from this 18 county area.  Our Association and its members strive to uphold the highest standards of honesty and integrity and to continuously improve the car buying experience for Metro Atlanta.

MAADA produces the Atlanta International Auto Show, which is the largest annual event of its kind in the Southeast, and the largest consumer show at the Georgia World Congress Center.

We take great pride in our support of a large number of community programs, including the Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, Atlanta Junior Golf Association, EnAble of Georgia, The Salvation Army, The March of Dimes, Camp Twin Lakes and the When Everyone Survives Foundation.

The Association is also thrilled at the success of our Academy for Automotive Professionals, which offers training in sales, management and fixed operations. To our knowledge, this is the only sales, management and fixed operations training center that is owned and operated by an dealer association for their members.

Whenever you see the Metro Atlanta Automobile Dealers Association logo displayed you can be assured of the most stringent standards of quality, service, and customer satisfaction.

Our Facility

To our knowledge, The Metro Atlanta Automobile Dealers Association was the first to open a sales/fixed operations training center that’s totally owned and operated by image6a automotive dealer association for its members.

The 40,000 square foot Interstate North Parkway location has five large classrooms that can be used for a variety of training programs. Each classroom has high-speed internet connections, ceiling-mounted projection equipment with DVD, video and surround sound capability. The fixed operations center has 6 service bays, a down draft spray booth, frame machine and detail workshop and can provide real world, hands on training for tech and auto body students.

The facility is also the home for the association’s administration offices and the Atlanta International Auto Show. This annual event is one of the largest auto shows in the nation, with over 650,000 square feet of display area.

Since its inception in 1995, MAADA’s Academy for Automotive Professionals has provided sales, management and fixed operations training for thousands of locals. It is recognized as one of the elite automotive training institutions in the nation.

“Our training programs are very beneficial to our 160 dealer members who are always looking for qualified personnel for their sales, service and body repair departments,” remarked Shayne Wilson, President of MAADA. “All of our programs offer trainees classroom and interactive training by highly qualified instructors.”

Our Trainers

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Randy Nelson
rnelson@maada.com

Director of Education

Randy’s automotive career began in 1980 and includes positions as salesperson, F & I manager, Sales Manager, Corporate Training Director and Management Consultant. As the founding instructor for the Academy, Randy has orchestrated its growth from local training classes to the nationally acclaimed training institution it is today. From its humble beginnings, the Academy now employs 4 full-time instructors, has its own state of the art training center and provides training for 18 other state and metro auto dealer associations.

 

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Larry Hawkins
lhawkins@maada.com

Associate Director of Education

Larry began his automotive career in 1981 at Key Buick in Jacksonville, Florida.  A specialist in management and consulting, Larry joined MAADA in early 1998 as Associate Director of Education.  He is responsible for scheduling and marketing the sales and management workshops as well as running our salesperson recruitment and placement services. He has placed hundreds of individuals in lucrative sales positions throughout the 18 county areas.  Contact Larry for questions about our workshop scheduling or in-dealership training.

 

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Gary Long
glong@maada.com

Director of Consulting Services

Gary started his automotive career in 1982 as sales professional. He has since advanced in the local industry as Business Manager/F&I Manager, Used Car Manager, New Car Manager, General Sales Manager, General Manager and Dealer. There’s no question about it, Gary has a wealth of experience in automotive dealership management and is now happy that he can share this with Academy students.

 

 

Matthew Beard
mbeard@maada.com

Director of Fixed Operations

Matthew’s professional career began in 1991 at the age of 17, when he formed his own company restoring vintage vehicles. He received a B.B.A. in Business Management from Kennesaw State University in 1998. That’s where he caught the “teaching bug” while working on a class service learning project. This required him to teach a class of third grade students. After college, Beard worked as a collision repair technician at Classic Paint and Body in Marietta. He followed this with automotive instructor assignments at Cherokee High School in Canton and at North Metro Technical College in Acworth. He is a dual ASE Master Certified Technician (Collision Repair Technology & Automotive Service Technology, and has an ICAR 3000 certification.

The Academy

Are you looking for a new career in the automotive industry? If so, our Academy for Automotive Professionals is the best place for you to receive the entry level training that you need to begin a career in automotive sales, service or collision repair. This training is free to selected applicants, after an interview process.

Since its inception in 1995, the Academy for Automotive Professionals has provided quality training for thousands of individuals locally and nationwide. It is recognized as one of the premier automotive sales training institutes in the nation.

The Academy has been the beginning of many great success stories in the automotive industry. Many of our students have gone on to become top producers in area dealerships.

Our Atlanta-based training facility is a tremendous benefit to our over 160 franchised new car and truck dealer members who have a continuing need for qualified personnel in their sales and service departments. To our knowledge, the Academy is the only sales/fixed operations training facility of this magnitude that is 100% owned and operated by a dealer association for its members.

The Academy’s high tech, 40,000 square foot training facility has four large classrooms that can be used for a multiple of training programs. Each classroom has high-speed internet connections, ceiling-mounted projection equipment with DVD, video and surround sound capability. The fixed operations center has 16 service bays, a down draft spray booth, frame machine and detail workshop so we can provide real world, hands on training to our service tech and auto body students.

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