AIADA Honors Jim Smail With Lifetime Achievement Award

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AIADA President Cody Lusk (left) presents Jim Smail (right) with its David F Mungenast Sr Lifetime Achievement Award at 47th Annual Meeting and Luncheon in New Orleans, January 2017


The American International Automobile Dealers Association (AIADA) has announced Greensburg, Pa., dealer Jim Smail as the recipient of its David F. Mungenast Sr. Lifetime Achievement Award during its 47th Annual Meeting and Luncheon in New Orleans. 

“Jim is truly the best of the best in our industry, leading by example in dedicating his time and resources to his family and a variety of community causes—in addition to running a successful dealership group,” said AIADA President Cody Lusk. “He truly embodies what this award is all about, and I can’t think of anyone more deserving of this high recognition.” 

Smail is the President of Smail Auto Group, a group of ten new car dealership franchises that has been family owned and operated for over 78 years and provides employment for over 435 people. A longtime member of AIADA, he served as the association’s chairman in 2011 and has dedicated his time to other industry leadership roles, including serving as board member and past president of the Greater Pittsburgh Auto Dealers Association, a board member of the Pennsylvania Auto Association, and the Honda and Acura Dealer Advisory Councils. 

In addition to his leadership in the auto industry, Smail also has made a tireless investment in his community. His business is a longtime member of the Westmoreland County Chamber of Commerce and supports multiple programs in the local school districts. He is also dedicated to breast cancer awareness—spearheading the “Smail Cares” campaign that has resulted in over $390,000 raised for awareness and local women’s health organizations—and has joined with the David Feherty Troops First Foundation to raise funds for military members who have been wounded while serving in Iraq and Afghanistan. 

The David F. Mungenast Sr. Lifetime Achievement Award is presented by AIADA’s Board of Directors annually to an industry leader who possesses a similar community spirit and devotion to the international nameplate auto industry as its namesake. David F. Mungenast Sr. was known by family members, employees, and those in the industry as their founder, mentor, employer, and friend, and his legacy inspired the award. For more information, please visit

Cars in the Community - Pink Campaign 2016


Every October, Smail donates to local charities to fund research, raise awareness and fight for a cure for breast cancer. This year we had the pleasure of working with The Pink Pamper​, Westmoreland Walks, Inc.​, Excela Health Westmoreland Hospital​, and Magee - Womens Hospital of UPMC​. Watch our video to hear more about their stories and learn ways to help these worthy causes. 

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Latrobe Art Center Holiday Events 2016

Latrobe Art Center Holiday Event Schedule 2016 - Smail Auto Blog

Our friends at the Latrobe Art Center have a fun schedule of holiday events coming up, with the first starting this weekend. 

Starting this Saturday, Dec 3rd the LAC is having a Holly Jolly Weekend, an open house featuring over 20 vendors with unique hand made, one of a kind gifts. Eat at Ricolita's Cafe inside the Center and take hom some sweet treats from Happy Camper Cakes and Maddy's Bakery! Don't miss out, this Saturday and Sunday, 10am-5pm.

Reserve a table now for the second annual Pop the Cork - Holiday Painting Party, Thurs Dec 8th 6pm-9pm. This year's painting will be "Believe in Santa." Each guest will receive a 12 x 16" canvas and leave with a completed painting. BYOB. Limited space is available, call today.

Buddy is back, and he's brought his friends! Next Sunday, Dec 11th join Buddy the Elf at An Artful Afternoon in the Neighborhood with Buddy the Elf, an art filled fun day of painting, eating, and game playing. 

Latrobe Art Center is located at 819 Ligonier Street, Latrobe, PA 15650 and can be contacted by phone at 724-537-7011 or online at

Help Families in Need with "Smail 500" and Westmoreland County Food Bank


In November, Smail Auto Group is participating in the "Smail 500" which raises food and money for the Westmoreland County Food Bank. Our goal is to raise enough food and funds to feed 500 Westmoreland County families this holiday season.

This year, in addition to internally collecting from our employees, we're also opening the campaign up to the Westmoreland County community. Anyone with non-perishable food items can come to any Smail dealership to donate. If more convenient, you also have the opportunity to make a monetary donation by adding a few extra dollars to your service bill at checkout.

The Westmoreland County Food Bank serves as many as 16,500 individuals each month, including 4000 children. The WCFB is able to convert every $1 donated into $5 of food, and every $5 donation equals 8 meals. For more information, visit them at

Thank you for joining us and the Westmoreland County Food Bank as we aim to end hunger in Westmoreland County this holiday season.



Smail Ford Helps Distribute Pink Terrible Towels at Steelers Breast Cancer Awareness Game


Employees of Smail Ford teamed with Ford Motor Company and other local Ford dealerships to help raise Breast Cancer Awareness this past Sunday at Heinz Field. Stationed at several entrances around the stadium, volunteers spent the morning distributing Pink Terrible Towels to fans entering the Pittsburgh Steelers game. The legendary Terrible Towel, normally yellow, goes pink every October while the Steelers and the NFL do their part to raise awareness of this important issue.

Smail Auto, likewise, goes Pink every October for Breast Cancer Awareness Month. For every car sold in the month of October, Smail Auto Group donates $125 to local breast cancer awareness charities to fund research, raise awareness, and fight for a cure. "Smail Ford volunteers were happy to support such a great cause and represent the Neighborhood Ford team," says Rebecca Septak, Smail Marketing Director. "We recognize the importance of growing awareness to save lives in our local area." 

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Countdown: 10 Best Snacks for a Road Trip


Ok, I'll admit that my instincts for road trip snacks are terrible. I find myself going for pop (that's soda for you non-Pittsburgh people), candy, chips, fast food as my go-to choices because of convenience. But there much better options out there, and they're surprisingly not much more difficult or complicated. It just takes some conscious thought and just a little bit of willpower to make healthy decisions for you and your family. has compiled a great list of the 10 Best Snacks for a Road Trip that I think you should really take the time to go through. It's full of some great options that are healthy, delicious and convenient.

5th Annual Feherty's Troops First Foundation Benefit Dinner - Reserve Your Seats Today!

5th Annual Feherty's Troops First Foundation Benefit Dinner - October 19, 2016 - Oakmont Country Club - Smail Auto Blog

Feherty’s Troops First Foundation works to provide programs and specialized events designed for wounded military and their families that address relationship building, mentoring, reintegration and looking forward. On October 19th, David Feherty will join forces with former Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff – Admiral Mike Mullen, USN (Ret.) for a unique and entertaining evening to raise money for the many wounded veterans who have risked their lives for our freedom.

We look forward to welcoming Admiral Mike Mullen to the Oakmont Country Club and are sure you will enjoy his remarks.

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