Car dealers in Oklahoma now have another association.
The Oklahoma Auto Marketers Association Inc., which will be
headquartered in Oklahoma City, plans its organizational meeting
June 10 in El Reno.
Although there are at least two other statewide organizations
representing auto dealers, the new one is geared toward serving as
liaison between dealers and owners of auctions, said Director Angela
"Also, what we will be doing," Freudenberger said, "is looking
at legislation which will have an affect on our industry. We will
have far more interest in any trade legislation than is currently
"We are working with legislators to develop bills which will
help us and will help the industry."
A new wrinkle in the asociation, she said, is that meetings will
be held at different auction houses each month to give each part of
the state representation.
"We will meet on the day of a sale at a diffferent auction each
month," she said. "We will meet every other month in Oklahoma City
because there are six auctions held here on a regular basis."
Moving locations monthly will serve three main purposes,
- Give dealers from all parts of the state an opportunity to
attend meetings and participate in the association on a regular
- Provide exposure to auction houses in various parts of the
- Allow dealers to become better acquainted with owners of
auction houses and to know which has a particular specialty.
In addition to rotating location of monthly meetings, another
new wrinkle is that state legislators and administrators will be
invited to attend the meetings and give presentations on important
legislation or regulatory matters.
"We would also like to get people with marketing expertise," she
said, "to talk to our group about better ways to market their
"New car dealers have everything pretty well together as far as
knowing what they have to do and they receive help from their
"But used car dealers many times don't have the correct
information they will need to adequately market their cars, many
times they don't even know exactly what forms must be filled out.
"Our organization will work with them to help provide
information they need to conduct their business."
Freudenberger became director of the association, she said,
because she was employed by another automobile dealers association
until about two years ago. At that time, she founded "Dealers
Market," a trade publication which deals with the auto auction
industry and provides industry information and average wholesale
She will remain as editor and publisher of that magazine while
serving as director of the association, she said.
"People came to me and mentioned starting another association,"
she said, "and I figured this was a particular area in which we
could be of service, so I agreed."
Interim officers, she said, include Melba Driggers of Sam's Auto
Auction in El Reno; Leland Clark of Capitol Hill Auto Auction, 2320
S. Robinson Ave. in Oklahoma City; Glenn Powers of T Town Auto
Auction in Tulsa; Jack Bookout of Bookout Motor Co. of Blackwell,
and Kathy Johnson of K&C Auto Brokers of Enid.
"They don't have individual titles yet," Freudenberger said. …