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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

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