A resolution to officially end the relationship between the American Agents Alliance and the National Auto Agents Alliance went into effect on Jan. 1, 2001. The resolution was reached at the Alliance Board of Governors meeting on Nov. 30 after an ongoing dialogue between the five-year-old NAAA and the Alliance on the direction the national association was taking and the goals it planned to accomplish.
Alliance founder Don Stewart, father of Alliance Executive Director Lorelle Kitzmiller, passed away suddenly on May 7, 1996. Stewart was an integral element in the early leadership of the NAAA, and his passing resulted in a loss of direction for the national organization.
“It was with arduous mixed feelings that the vast majority of the Board of Directors voted to withdraw from the National,” stated Alliance President Herb Jones. “We felt that the money being expended on behalf of the NAAA can be better spent in-state to fund our own battles here. Our members are best served in the legislative and regulatory arenas. There are many issues being bounced around in Sacramento right now and we would like to strengthen our ability to influence how those issues are shaped. To do this, we must stay ahead of rising lobbying expenses–these newly freed funds will allow us to do just that. We sincerely hope that the organization envisioned by the NAAA’s founders can one day become a reality.”
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