SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. — The American International Automobile Dealers Association (AIADA) has chosen auto dealer Bradley Hoffman as its 2015 chairman, according to a press release.

Hoffman stepped into the position at AIADA’s 45th Annual Meeting and Luncheon, noted the release.

“As AIADA's 2015 Chairman, I want to help usher this association into a new era,” said Hoffman in the release. “This will be a year of ensuring that dealers' rights are respected by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. It will the year we pass Trade Promotion Authority to ratify trade agreements with Japan and Europe. It will be a year to face forward.”

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Hoffman is co-chair of Hoffman Auto Group, which operates dealerships in Connecticut, stated the release. The company employs more than 500 workers.

During the meeting AIADA also presented auto dealer Ed Fitzpatrick with the 2015 David F. Mungenast Sr. Lifetime Achievement Award, reported the release.

“Ed Fitzpatrick is an exceptional example of the generosity of dealers toward their employees and communities,” shared AIADA President Cody Lusk, in the release. “His belief that business is a vehicle to help others is a philosophy the entire dealer community should emulate. I can think of no one more deserving of this award.”