Pub. 62 2021-2022 Issue 1


Endorsed Partner Focus: TADA Q&A with Stu Zalud

Stu Zalud was probably always going to work in the dealership industry. After graduating with a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration from the University of Denver, he started his auto career working in the family dealership. At the time, the industry was different from what it is now. There were no publicly held companies. Most dealers owned 1-3 franchises in the market, and you learned the business by working in the dealership’s departments.

Tom Blanton & Karen Phillips

The Texas Motor Vehicle Code Turns 50

The Beginning
The Texas statute known as the Texas Motor Vehicle Commission Code, aka TMVC Code, aka Chapter 2301, Occupations Code, turned 50 years old on April 7, 2021.1
A look-back from where the 62nd Legislature started to where the statute is today is integral to understanding the motor vehicle industry and its governance. The following discussion includes highlights of the agency’s and statute’s fiftieth anniversary.


A Message From TADA President Darren Whitehurst

After 21 months on the job, I attended my first in-person TADA Board meeting. The opportunity was long overdue and far exceeded my expectations. The dealers were enthusiastic to be back together, and the stories about what has happened since the COVID challenges began were entertaining and insightful. Dealers on the TADA Board are representative of our membership across the state. Although many of the board members are from family-run dealerships, the board represents the entire ownership spectrum that exists today in Texas dealerships. Dealers bring a positive, can-do attitude in the face of a pandemic, chip shortages, and numerous other challenges. Texas dealers have found ways to be successful in the difficult environment of these past several years, true to the entrepreneurial spirit that has defined members of TADA for more than 100 years.