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Wednesday, 11 April 2018 17:19

CAA Executive Director David McClune Retires After 17 Years

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David McClune (center), with CAA State President Kathy Mello and Northern California Representative Pete Bezek, is retiring after 17 years as the Executive Director/COO of CAA. David McClune (center), with CAA State President Kathy Mello and Northern California Representative Pete Bezek, is retiring after 17 years as the Executive Director/COO of CAA.

Since 2001, David McClune has been the Executive Director of the California Autobody Association (CAA). Last month, he stepped down to focus on his health and family. 

 During his 17-year reign, McClune built a reputation for being honest and accountable, and worked diligently to improve CAA for its members and business partners.

 
To become the organization's Interim Executive Director, Don Feeley resigned from the Executive Committee and will form an Ad Hoc Committee to search for a permanent full-time Executive Director. Ted Stein, past President, will be filling Feeley’s vacated position on the Executive Committee on an interim basis to make the transition as seamless as possible. 


McClune graduated from University of Oklahoma in 1978 with a degree in political science and worked for eight years as a director with Spies Hecker before being appointed to his CAA leadership role. 


CAA President Kathy Mello is saddened by McClune's retirement, but knows that his contributions to the organization will always be remembered fondly. 


“When I joined the CAA board four years ago, I got a chance to work with David closely. That’s when I saw how dedicated and driven he was," she said. "He gave it [his] all and we benefitted in many ways, so all of us are indebted to David and how he helped us in our businesses through his efforts. Don Feeley will fill the position temporarily until we find a new Executive Director. Our next quarterly meeting will be held on May 4--5 in San Diego, and we will undoubtedly start our search shortly thereafter."  


Molodanof Government Relations President Jack Molodanof, CAA's lobbyist in Sacramento, worked closely with McClune and said he will miss his leadership and support. 


"As the CAA Executive Director, Dave provided leadership and oversaw many of the CAA's legislative accomplishments, including prohibition of capping of paint and materials; greater accountability when insurers require use of aftermarket crash parts and establishing guidelines for conducting labor rate surveys,” Molodanof said. “Thank you for all the years we worked together. We will miss you. Enjoy every minute of your retirement, my friend!" 


When CAA State Treasurer Tiffany Silva joined CAA, McClune was at the helm, so he is the only leader she's ever known, Silva said.  


"He has been huge for us because he really represented us well in the industry and in Sacramento,” she said. “He did it all and we're forever grateful to him. He led the organization during a time when the collision repair industry changed in so many ways, and we took on a lot of challenges during that period. But David's positive approach and years of experience helped us navigate through all of it, and now we're a strong organization as a result."

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