Pub. 3 2021 Issue 5


NHADA’s Annual Convention: Celebrating 100 Years


This story appears in the
NHADA Magazine Pub. 3 2021 Issue 5

On Sunday, September 19, NHADA members, partners, families, and friends arrived at the Omni Mt. Washington Resort, a historic resort with breathtaking views in Bretton Woods, New Hampshire. Each year, this event is certainly something everyone looks forward to; however, this year was particularly special. The association celebrated its 100th anniversary for a multi-day “Rollin’ Through the Decades” themed event.

We honored our legacy by inviting all past Chairs of the association to partake in the convention. Nineteen of these volunteer leaders joined us for a group photo Sunday.

On Sunday, we were joined by State Senator Erin Hennessey and Executive Councilor Joe Kenney. To conclude the 1970s-inspired evening, our guests – dressed in bell-bottoms and purple shades – enjoyed great food and drink, fireworks, and entertainment by the Motor Booty Affair.

Monday morning began with an inspirational keynote presentation from Devon Harris, a three-time Olympian and Jamaican native who believes in the “5 P’s” as a recipe for success. Following the presentation, attendees partook in on-site activities such as the golf tournament, whiskey tasting, lawn games, crafting, and more. Local activities such as the Gondola Ride, Cog Railway, and hiking were also available. Not long after great entertainment by the Scott Spradling Band, the guests made their way down to the speakeasy for a nightcap and some great conversation.

The convention concluded with our annual meeting where past Association Chairs Shawn Hanlon and Lisa Nast were thanked for their service, and current Chairman Jay McFarland received the gavel. Following some closing remarks, our guests briefly heard Robert Quinn, Commissioner of the New Hampshire Department of Safety and Elizabeth Bielecki, Director, NH Division of Motor Vehicles.

Before our guests checked out, they watched a 20-minute video to recap the association’s history. Past chairs, current members and partners, and friends of the association shared their favorite moments as we took a trip down memory lane.

This event would not have been as successful as it was without the support of our event sponsors, including the prime sponsor, Auto Auction of New England.

We can’t wait to see the same faces – and hopefully some new ones – next year at Mill Falls at the Lake in Meredith, NH.