As president of the Washington Area New Automobile Dealers Association, John O’Donnell is the chief executive officer of the organization that represents 275 members of franchised new car dealers in the greater Washington, D.C., area. In a related capacity, Mr. O’Donnell is also producer of The Washington DC Auto Show.
O’Donnell directs all of WANADA’s functions including promoting the automobile business in the Washington area; representing dealers in the public policy process; representing the dealer group in the media; and leading all other activities of the organization, including various services provided to members. The Washington Auto Show is one of the foremost international events and is regarded as the “Public Policy Show.” The Washington Auto Show is certified by the International Organization of Motor Vehicle Manufacturers (OICA) and was host to President Obama who toured the show in 2012, followed by Vice President Biden in 2013.
In career education, O’Donnell and WANADA have long been engaged in establishing and promoting motor vehicle technician training, Under the auspices of the Automobile Dealer Education Institute (ADEI), which was founded to oversee all WANADA’s career programming, ADEI technician training has become ASE Accredited by the National Institute of Automotive Service Excellence in recognition of its success in recruiting young adults into the field through dealership service departments.
John P. O’Donnell joined WANADA in 2001 as Vice President of employee benefits operations. After successfully reorganizing WANADA’s Group Insurance programming, he was promoted to executive vice president in 2006. O’Donnell was responsible for managing all aspects of the association’s insurance brokerage, managing the Washington Auto Show, overseeing the association’s staff on a day to day basis and engaging in lobbying at the state and local government level.