Wickstrom to head Chicago Automobile Trade Association

CHICAGO – Colin Wickstrom, of Wickstrom Auto Group in Barrington, was recently elected to become the 2014-15 Chicago Automobile Trade Association chairman and the 2015 Chicago Auto Show co-chairman.

Wickstrom will lead a board of 15 dealers and succeeds John Webb, who is serving as chairman of the 2015 Chicago Auto Show. 

A member of the Chicago-area Ford Dealers Advertising Fund, board member on Ford Direct and member of the Ford Credit National Council, Wickstrom brings more than 20 years of automotive experience to the CATA board.

He is active in local charitable organizations including the Willow Creek Community Church, CARS Ministry, Advocate Good Shepherd Hospital, Hospice of North Eastern Illinois, Royal Family Kids Camp, Home of the Sparrow, Saint Anne’s Church and Project Hope.

Additional board officer announcements include: Mike McGrath Jr., McGrath Lexus, McGrath Acura, McGrath Honda and McGrath Hyundai, association vice chairman; John Hennessy, River View Ford, association treasurer; and Ray Scarpelli Jr., Raymond Chevrolet, Raymond Kia, Ray Chevrolet, association secretary. David Sloan remains the association president and Chicago Auto Show general manager.

Founded in 1904, the Chicago Automobile Trade Association is the nation’s oldest and largest metropolitan dealer organization. It is comprised of more than 400 franchised new-car dealers and an additional 150 allied members. The group’s dealer members employ about 19,000 people in the metropolitan area. The association has produced the Chicago Auto Show since 1935.