About Us

The Greater Pittsburgh Automobile Dealers Association (GPADA) is a metro dealer association representing over 200 franchised automobile and truck dealers and related industries in Allegheny, Armstrong, Beaver, Butler, Fayette, Washington, Westmoreland and other surrounding counties in Western Pennsylvania.

GPADA, founded in 1924 as a non-profit organization, encourages and promotes trade and commerce by providing and supporting various services, educational and training programs for the benefit of our membership.

We encourage those in the market for a new or pre-owned vehicle or other automotive related service to patronize those organizations you see on this site.

Contact Us

207 Sigma Drive
Pittsburgh, PA 15238
Phone: 412.963.8909
Fax: 412.963.1106

OUR DEALER MEMBERS

Our Dealer Members are primarily engaged in the retail sales of new and used motor vehicles, both foreign and domestic, as well as automotive service, repair and parts sales.

OUR ASSOCIATE MEMBERS

Our Associate Members include banks, finance companies, radio and television stations, newspapers, aftermarket services and other companies related to the automotive industry.

MEMBERSHIP

Membership in GPADA is open to all franchised new car and truck dealers in Western PA along with all businesses directly or indirectly related to the automotive aftermarket industry.

Benefits of Membership

Greater Pittsburgh Automobile Dealers Association
AUTO SHOW & “Dancing with the Cars” Charity Preview

We produce and direct the annual Pittsburgh International Auto Show to provide off-season auto sales impetus to the spring selling season. The Auto Show has grown tremendously over the years and we are constantly striving to make it better every year. The Auto Show is a much anticipated event for car buffs and families who have made it a tradition for generations! Proceeds from the “Dancing with the Cars” Auto Show Charity Preview benefit the Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix Charities, which include, the Autism Society of Pittsburgh, Allegheny Valley School, and The Greater Pittsburgh Automobile Dealers Foundation.

SOCIAL EVENTS

Three other major events are the Annual Spring Membership Meeting/Dinner, the Members Only “Comfort Zone” tent at the Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix, and the Annual Golf Outing. Please view our Galleries to see the events for yourself!

PATA FEDERAL CREDIT UNION

Available to the membership, their employees and families, our credit union offers a convenient payroll deduction savings plan, as well as low interest loans, share drafts, Visa cards and checking. All funds are federally guaranteed up to $100,000 per account. Members can offer this as a fringe benefit with minimal involvement and no liability. Call 412.963.8081 for information.

COMMUNICATIONS

“Second Tuesday”, our monthly audio newsletter (which comes out on the 2nd Tuesday!) from John Putzier, CEO, containing up-to-date information reporting on happenings at the GPADA, as well as other news that is of interest to the membership. “Auto Outlook” is a monthly and quarterly publication that provides valuable auto industry sales and statistical information relative to our geographical market area, along with trend information to assist in both short and long term planning. We also sponsor a comprehensive annual “Economic Impact Study” detailing how our franchised new vehicle dealers contribute to the local economy through their spending on advertising, payroll, taxes, and much more.

DEALERSHIP WORKFORCE SURVEYS

Working with NADA, surveys are conducted that provide comparative data regarding wages and benefits for all positions within dealerships both locally, regionally and nationally.

LEGISLATIVE ACTION

Cooperates with PAA and NADA in their efforts on state and federal elections, legislation and regulations affecting our industry through PAC fundraising and attending Legislative events.

FACILITY AVAILABILITY

Any member has the opportunity to use our building’s variety of training and meeting rooms. Our four meeting spaces seat from 8 to 55 with free parking. We offer complete food and beverage service and state of the art equipment. Call 412.963.8909 or email Jill@gpada.com to reserve a room today!

Classroom seats 55; Board Room seats 25; Conf. Rm. #1 seats 12; Conf. Rm. #2 seats 8.

SPONSORSHIP PROGRAM

An excellent opportunity for our Associate Members to get increased exposure to our Dealer Members and to help support our various annual events, as well as the GPAD Foundation.

GPAD FOUNDATION

Each year a charity is chosen to be the primary beneficiary of funds raised at our “Dancing with the Cars” Auto Show Charity Preview. We have presented over $1,000,000 to various charities in our area over the last several years. In addition to our significant charitable giving, the Foundation also provides a number of scholarships to future deserving automotive career candidates and sponsors other initiatives to promote and enhance opportunities to work in the retail auto industry.

The Greater Pittsburgh Automobile Dealers Association and Foundation will continue its efforts to provide additional value added programs and benefits for the membership!

John Putzier
John Putzier
Chief Executive Officer
Carla Prasnikar
Carla Prasnikar
Director of Administration
Jill Costic
Jill Costic
Director of Events & Member Services
Dave Amati
Dave Amati
Director of Business Development
Kathleen Amati
Kathleen Amati
Director of Automotive Careers