CEO Jordan Leaves NIADA in ‘Great Position’

Association Begins Nationwide Search for Replacement


Arlington, Texas (Aug. 7, 2020) – Steve Jordan has resigned his position as CEO of the National Independent Dealers Association after 11 years of dedicated service to the association to pursue another career opportunity in the automotive industry.


The NIADA board of directors unanimously selected senior vice president of legal and government affairs Shaun Petersen as interim executive vice president, handling day-to-day operations effective immediately. Jordan will remain with NIADA in an advisory capacity during a 30-day transitional period.


NIADA president Henry Mullinax said the board has established a committee to conduct a nationwide search for a replacement.


This news was a shock, but not a surprise – someone of Steve’s caliber will always be in demand,” Mullinax said. “I know he will to be successful in whatever he pursues and will be an asset to any endeavor to which he lends his talents. Steve has left our association in great shape and in a growth mode.”


“Steve’s aggressive approach to his role helped NIADA grow into what it is today and made a huge impact on our industry,” NIADA president-elect Louis Tedeschi added. “We hope to take the ball that Steve rolling and keep it rolling forward.”


Jordan has been part of NIADA since 2009, when he was named executive director of the affiliated Florida IADA. He joined the national association’s staff as chief operating officer in 2011 and two years later took over day-to-day operations as executive vice president and chief executive officer.


To say that my tenure at NIADA has been one of the highlights of my professional career would be an understatement,” Jordan said. “I want to personally thank the NIADA board of directors, staff and our membership for the trust they bestowed on me as CEO. It has been an honor to serve the association in this way and I am humbled to have had the privilege.


The association is in a great position for success moving forward and I am confident NIADA leadership and staff will keep the momentum going in service to our membership.”

During Jordan’s tenure, NIADA significantly ramped up its legislative advocacy for the used vehicle industry, reviving the association’s annual lobbying event in Washington D.C., and increasing dealer involvement in its political action committee.


Jordan also engineered the acquisition of the operations and assets of the Leedom Group in 2015 and the National Alliance of Buy Here-Pay Here Dealers in 2017, vastly expanding NIADA’s Dealer 20 Groups and educational programs and its commitment to the BHPH industry.


Through the association, we made an indelible mark on the used vehicle industry by uniting the voice of the independent dealer in common purpose,” Jordan said. “Of course I am proud of the numerous association accomplishments over the years, but the many friendships that were created along the way have been the most rewarding.” 


(Below: NIADA Steve Jordan speaks at the 2019 NIADA|NABD Convention and Expo (Click here to view hi-res image)







The National Independent Automobile Dealers Association (NIADA) is among the nation's largest trade associations, representing the used motor vehicle industry comprised of more than 38,000 licensed used car dealers. Since 1946, NIADA has represented the voice and interests of used car dealers at the federal level in Washington D.C. Coupled with its state association network across the country, NIADA’s grass-roots framework provides a dual layer of advocacy unmatched in the used motor vehicle industry.


For more than 70 years, NIADA has engineered programs and leveraged technology to fulfill its mission to advance, educate and promote the independent used car dealer. NIADA members subscribe to a strict Code of Ethics of duty, honor and integrity, and believe in the advancement of small business in support of the free-market system. More information about NIADA programs and educational opportunities is available at and