Andy Scott, President and Dealer Operator of the Scott Family of Dealerships, with Cadillac, Chevrolet, Mazda, and Volvo dealerships in Allentown, will serve as the 2014 Chairman of the Pennsylvania Automotive Association Board of Directors.
Representing the almost 900 franchised new car and heavy duty truck dealerships in Pennsylvania, the Pennsylvania Automotive Association provides its members with legislative advocacy, educational programs, and an array of dealer services. Scott has served on the Association’s Board of Directors for twelve years and joined the Executive Committee in 2008.
Scott graduated from Harrison High School, Rosemont, Pa., where as a senior, he was an All-American in lacrosse. He then attended Ashland University in Ohio, where he studied business. “In 1973, after two lackluster years of college,” says Scott, “I decided to enter the automobile business (my father’s and grandfather’s business) for which I’d had a keen interest in since childhood.” Scott sold used cars for one year and then became a service advisor for nine months at Raymond P. Scott Oldsmobile-Saab, in Wynnewood, Pa. “After getting married, I accepted a job with my uncle’s new Chevrolet dealership (Scott Chevrolet) in Allentown as his used car manager.” Over the past 36 years, Scott has worked his way up through the dealership, holding a series of key management positions before becoming dealer operator in 1997.
One of the founding members of the Greater Lehigh Valley Auto Dealers Association, Scott has served on its Board of Directors since its inception. He served as the Board’s first President, and has chaired a variety of committees, including Auto Show, Donations, and Nominations Committees.
In the area of community service, Scott has a distinguished record, dedicating his time, talent and resources to many charitable and civic enterprises, including Rotary International (member 1977-’92; Paul Harris Fellow nominee in 2009); the Allentown Morningstar club (vice president in 1972); The Swain School (board of trustees, 2006-’09); Mercy Special Learning Center board member, 1996-2000); and Allentown-Lehigh County Chamber of Commerce (board of governors, 1987-’93), and chairman of 1997 black-tie “Snow Ball” dinner dance). “I have been extremely involved with the Lehigh Valley United Way, serving on the board of directors from 1989-’91,” says Scott. “I was chair for the 1989 campaign at the age of 35 – the youngest chair in their history.” Scott claims his United Way experience has made a lasting impression on him. “Coming from a family that has always been involved in charity,” he says, “I knew the importance of giving back to the community; what I realized, however, was the critical role the private sector plays in helping to provide a safety net for those less fortunate.”
Tom Kwiatek, Executive Director of the Greater Lehigh Valley Auto Dealers Association, stated that it is only that 2nd time in the group’s history that a member was honored with the statewide chairmanship. Kwiatek stated, “Andy Scott has been a strong leader in the local auto dealers group and in the community. We are delighted that his strong leadership and managerial skills have been recognized by the state association’s board in choosing him as chair. It also recognizes the strength of the Lehigh Valley’s group within the state.”