GERMANTOWN, Tenn. The Auto Pride Network recently honored founding member and Chairman Dick Battista with the Outstanding Leadership Award at the group’s membership meeting held in March in Orlando, Fla.
Auto Pride Network Board member Rick Thul spoke about Battista’s contributions to the automotive industry.
Thul said, “Not only was Dick the chairman for IWD for the past 25 years, he has served on both our Auto and Truck Product Committees responsible for negotiating our deals with vendors. He has also been on the Marketing Committees for both Auto and Truck. He has also been one of our managing directors, running the company for most of these years. Dick has been a tireless advocate for IWD and all of its members. More than a few of our members that have had a problem with a vendor or were trying to obtain a line have had Dick Battista make the calls that resulted in a solution. If you ask anyone who has served on our board and committees, when it comes to tackling a project or a negotiation, there is no person we would rather have in the room than Dick Battista.”