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NADA University Selects Allen Phibbs to Lead NADA-ATD Academy


NADA University Selects Allen Phibbs to Lead NADA-ATD Academy

ATD Academy Graduate Brings 15+ Years of Dealership Management, Industry Experience to Director Post

McLean, VA (September 5, 2013) – NADA University, the education and training arm of the National Automobile Dealers Association (NADA), is pleased to announce its recent appointment of Allen Phibbs as NADA-ATD Academy director. He began his new duties on August 30. Phibbs, formerly a professional advisor for the dealership management advisory firm KEA Advisors, brings more than 15 years of auto industry experience to the NADA-ATD Academy leadership post. Phibbs and Keith Ely, KEA managing partner, have been guest instructors for the ATD (American Truck Dealers) Academy since 1996.

A 2004 graduate of the ATD Academy while general manager at Truck Enterprises in Richmond, Va., Phibbs has worked with dealerships, manufacturers and associations to help them drive growth and performance.

“The Academy has earned such an outstanding reputation in our industry, and I’m excited about the opportunity to help build on that foundation and keep the momentum moving forward,” Phibbs said.

“Growth is one of my themes, in order to accommodate the strong demand by dealerships for Academy programs,” Phibbs added. “Most importantly, we always want to stay focused on doing everything we can to help the students and their dealerships succeed.”

Phibbs was selected from a top-tier list of highly qualified candidates for Academy director. He replaces James Schoonover, who has been promoted to senior director of dealership operations for NADA.

“Not only is Allen among the most well-respected dealership management advisors in our industry, he also carries a wealth of knowledge about the Academy and its mission,” said John Lyboldt, vice president of dealership operations at NADA.

“We know from working closely with him that his leadership skills, industry expertise and teaching abilities are extraordinary,” Lyboldt added. “He will be a tremendous asset to our programs, and that will benefit everyone who participates.”

Noting Phibbs’s long experience with the ATD Academy, Schoonover said that the heavy-duty truck program stands to benefit directly from his leadership. “Allen looks forward to strengthening the mutually beneficial relationship with KEA Advisors,” said Schoonover. “With Allen as director, the truck program is guaranteed further growth and commitment to excellence.”

NADA-ATD Academy programs feature the latest education and training on industry trends and developments, while also being deeply rooted in the fundamentals needed to operate a successful and profitable automotive business. Academy instructors are among the “who's who” in the industry, recognized for their subject matter expertise.

To learn more about Academy programs, visit NADA University, or email For more information on any NADA University program, call (800) 557-6232.