New Motor Vehicle Board Announces 2007 Board

California Department of Motor Vehicles
Media Relations Office
2415 First Avenue, MS F-122, Sacramento, CA 95818
Contact: Mike Marando, Steve Haskins, Armando Botello, Mike Miller
February 14, 2007

Sacramento - The New Motor Vehicle Board announced today that Alan J. Skobin was elected to serve as the Board’s new president. Skobin was unanimously elected at the Board’s Jan. 31 general meeting.

Skobin previously served on the Board from 1994 to 1997, and during that tenure served as Board President in 1996. He recently served two terms as the Board’s Vice President. Skobin is Vice President and General Counsel, as well as a Director for Galpin Motors, Inc., in North Hills, California. He also holds similar positions with Galpin Jaguar, Honda, Lincoln Mercury, Mazda, Volvo and Aston Martin dealerships, as well as Saturn of the Valley.

"I am honored to be given the opportunity to serve in this leadership capacity, and to build on the accomplishments of previous board leadership,” said Skobin.  “The dedicated members of the New Motor Vehicle and staff provide a level playing field for California's new car dealers, which account for approximately 20 percent of the sales tax collected in California and are an important economic driver. When the consumer mediation program and programs for other industries within its jurisdiction are added, it is clear that the NMVB plays a key role in helping move California forward.”

Robert T. (Tom) Flesh was unanimously elected to serve as the Board’s Vice President. Flesh was reappointed by Governor Schwarzenegger in 2005, and previously served as Board President in 2000 and 2001. Flesh is President of Safety Investment Company and Community Asset Management, multifaceted national real estate acquisition, management, and development companies. Skobin and Flesh will also serve as the Board’s Executive Committee.

The New Motor Vehicle Board resides within the California Department of Motor Vehicles (“DMV”) with oversight provided by Business, Transportation & Housing Agency. The Board is a quasi-judicial administrative agency with independent authority to resolve disputes between franchised dealers and manufacturers of new vehicles (includes motorcycles, recreational vehicles, and all-terrain vehicles). The Board also has a Consumer Mediation Services Program that attempts, through informal mediation, to resolve disputes between consumers and new motor vehicle dealers, and/or manufacturers.

Editor’s note: For specific questions about the New Motor Vehicle Board, contact William G. Brennan, Executive Director, (916) 445-1888.


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