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NADA Names Jonathan Collegio as New Head of Public Affairs

McLEAN, Va., March 5, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Jonathan

Collegio was named vice president of public affairs for the National

Automobile Dealers Association. Collegio will report to NADA President

Peter Welch, and is responsible for the organization's communications

and marketing efforts.

"NADA is working to take our communications efforts to the next level,

and hiring Jonathan Collegio to run our public affairs division is a

great step forward," said Welch. "Collegio is one of the sharpest,

most well-regarded and well-connected public affairs and

communications executives in the country, and we are excited to have

him join our team."

Collegio, who was named Public Affairs Executive of the Year by PR

News in 2009, has extensive experience in public affairs spanning both

political and corporate work. He starts at NADA on March 21.

"America's new-car and -truck dealers are the most entrepreneurial and

hard-working business owners in the country," said Collegio. "Their

products keep America moving; their good-paying jobs propel local

economies, and it is an honor to advocate on their behalf."

Since 2010, Collegio has served as communications director for

American Crossroads in Washington, D.C., the largest Republican "Super

PAC." As one of the group's first hires, Collegio built its

communications department and has been one of Washington's most quoted

spokespeople over the last several years.

Collegio previously served as vice president of strategic initiatives

for the National Association of Broadcasters. There, he designed and

implemented the television industry's multiplatform $1.2 billion

digital television (DTV) transition public affairs campaign, and

managed the DTV Transition Coalition of more than 240 organizations

supporting the transition. He later directed grassroots lobbying for

the broadcast radio and television industries.

Earlier in his career, Collegio served as chief spokesman for the U.S.

House Republicans during the 2006 elections, and as deputy chief of

staff for Congressman Patrick McHenry (R-N.C.), now chairman of the

House Financial Services Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations.

He has worked on dozens of political campaigns at the federal, state

and local levels.

Collegio earned his master's degree in public affairs from Rutgers

University, where he was a graduate fellow at the Eagleton Institute

of Politics. He graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Oregon

in 1999. He lives in Falls Church, Virginia, with his wife, Rebecca,

and their three children.

About NADA NADA represents nearly 16,000 new-car and -truck

dealerships with 32,000 domestic and international franchises. For

more information, visit www.nada.org.

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SOURCE National Automobile Dealers Association

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/CONTACT: Charles Cyrill, NADA Public Affairs, (703) 821-7121, (216) 870-8837 (m), ccyrill@nada.org

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