Alan Skobin Elected President of New Motor Vehicle Board

California Department of Motor Vehicles
Media Relations Office
2415 First Avenue, MS F-122, Sacramento, CA 95818
Contact: DMV Media Relations

February 27, 2008

The New Motor Vehicle Board unanimously re-elected Alan J. Skobin to a second term as the Board’s President during the Board’s February meeting.  Mr. Skobin previously served on the Board from 1994 to 1997, and during that tenure served as Board President in 1996. He also served two terms as the Board’s Vice President in 2005-2006. 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 have been re-elected President by my fellow board members,” said Skobin.  “The Members of the New Motor Vehicles are dedicated citizens who give unselfishly of their time and expertise to serve the public and the industry, and I appreciate the confidence they have placed in me and Tom Flesh.”

Robert T. (Tom) Flesh was unanimously re-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. Mr. 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 is located within the California Department of Motor Vehicles 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 helps resolve disputes between consumers and new motor vehicle dealers, and/or manufacturers.

For additional questions, please contact William G. Brennan, Executive Director, or the Board staff at (916) 445-1888.

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