New Motor Vehicle Board Elects New President

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March 7, 2011

Sacramento – Riverside auto dealer Ramon Alvarez C has been unanimously elected the president of the New Vehicle Motor Board (NMVB). Alvarez C has been a member of the board since 2007, serving in various offices over the past four years. He replaces Robert T. (Tom) Flesh, who has headed the Board since 2009.

"The people of California are very fortunate that the New Motor Vehicle Board will be guided by Ramon Alvarez C.," said George Valverde, Director of the California Department of Motor Vehicles. "In addition to his success over the years as a businessman and vehicle dealer in the Inland Empire, Alvarez C is a true consumer advocate with close ties to the Hispanic community. In fact, he recently launched a Spanish-language program in Houston, "El Show de Don Ramon," which aims vehicle-buying information and tips to Latino consumers in that area.-- with plans to take it national on Univision Radio.

In addition, Alvarez C is a member of the California Chamber of Commerce board of directors, has served on the boards of the Greater Riverside Chamber of Commerce, the Riverside Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, the Inland Empire Economic Partnership, Riverside Community Hospital, YMCA, March of Dimes and the Boy Scouts of America.

Glenn Stevens, a Los Angeles-area attorney, a public member of the NMVB, was also unanimously elected as the board’s vice president. Stevens has been on the board in various capacities, including past-president, since 2000.

The New Motor Vehicle Board is a part of the DMV, and is a quasi-judicial administrative agency with independent authority to resolve disputes between franchised vehicle dealers and manufacturers of new vehicles, which include motorcycles, recreational vehicles and all-terrain vehicles. The Board also has a Consumer Mediation Services Program to resolve disputes between consumers and new vehicle dealers and/or manufacturers.

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