TLMODA is saddened by the passing of long time member and recipient of the TLMODA Founders Award, J. Michael Chargois.

J. Michael Chargois, was a native of Houston who began his automotive career at Frank Gillman Pontiac-GMC-Honda in 1970 as a salesperson. After six years with the Gillman organization, he joined David Taylor Cadillac, where he cultivated and refined the leadership and management skills that have propelled him to success as an automotive dealer and entrepreneur.

 A dealer for over twenty-five years, he owned and operated numerous dealerships, including Lincoln-Mercury dealerships in Austin, Houston, and Memphis; Pavilion Mitsubishi in Austin, and San Marcos Toyota in San Marcos, Texas, which he owned until 2020. Never one to rest on his laurels, J. Michael Chargois also operates a reputable body shop in Austin, as well as a state-of-the-art car wash and make ready facility in San Marcos. A highly regarded member of his community, his willingness to mentor the many men and women who look to him for advice and guidance is well-known.

 Over the years, he has also made his mark on the automobile industry in various capacities—serving two terms on the Lincoln-Mercury Dealer Council and as chairman and vice-chairman of the South Texas Lincoln Mercury Dealers Association, serving on the Houston Metro Board, holding a seat on the Austin Automobile Dealers Association Board, serving on the Brand Communication Advisory Board, and holding a seat on the Texas Automobile Dealers Association Board of Directors. Additionally, he has trained three dealer candidates and two secretary-treasurer candidates for Ford Motor Company.

 We will remember J. Michael Chargois as a true pioneer of the automobile industry as a whole, a longtime member and staunch advocate and supporter of TLMODA, and a successful minority dealer.

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The COVID-19 pandemic has prompted dealer Steve Jackson to keep his retail chain lean and explore new ventures as the business faces tight inventories and factory image programs. The CEO of Jackson Automotive Group is also navigating his company through wildfires while creating a healthy and inclusive workplace.


The State of Minority Automobile Dealers and the Effect of COVID-19 on the Auto Industry – 2020 ALC

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We will discuss key areas of the automotive industry, the plight of black dealers, challenges black dealers are facing, growth potential, and consumer buyer power. Panelist include Damian Mills, President & CEO of Mills Automotive Group; Steve Ewing, President & CEO of Wade Ford Franchise; and Marc Bland, VP – Diversity & Inclusion of IHS Markit. The Moderator is Damon Lester, President – National Association of Minority Automobile Dealers (NAMAD).


Focus on Forward ~ Into a New Year

It’s happening! My priority to increase TLMODA membership during my presidency, which I shared in the last newsletter, is becoming a reality! In the past five months, we have added five new members! Congratulations goes out to our TLMODA Membership Engagement Committee, who have personally reached out to potential dealerships owners to introduce our powerful organization and address any questions they had about membership. Our goal is to increase our membership to 75 percent of potential dealership members by year 2021. We are currently at 39 percent. I also need to acknowledge and thank Dennis Thornhill, Vice President – Retail Market Development TMS, for his support. Dennis continues to communicate the importance of his Retail Market Managers introducing TLMODA to dealers within their respective regions. Thank you Dennis and team for partnering with us.

The next opportunity for prospective dealers to witness TLMODA’s purpose and impact will happen on January 24th, 2019, in San Francisco at our Bi-Annual Membership Meeting during NADA. Our tentative agenda will be headlined by Bob Carter, Executive Vice President – Sales TMNA, along with a panel discussion with Peter Welch, NADA, Cody Lusk, AIADA, and Damon Lester, NAMAD, as moderator. We are sure this will be an informative session for our members and prospective members. Please contact our Executive Director, Robert Hatchett, at to RSVP.

While the membership engagement committee has a great success story, so does our Technology Committee. At the January Bi-Annual meeting, the technology committee will showcase our newly designed website and social networks.

These are exciting times for our organization. I appreciate the commitment and involvement we have received from our members, especially those serving on a committee. If you are interested in volunteering as a committee member, please let Robert Hatchett know and we will find a place for you.

In closing, I wish you all a very happy, healthy, and joyous holiday season.

I look forward to us connecting and continuing to move TLMODA forward in 2019.