Johannesburg, 25 July 2023 – The National Automobile Dealers’ Association (NADA) is proud to announce the appointment of two highly experienced motor industry leaders to its top two positions – Brandon Cohen as National Chairperson, and Thembinkosi Pantsi as National Vice Chairperson.
Brandon Cohen, who works for a JSE-listed auto giant, is a highly accomplished legal and compliance expert, He succeeds Mark Dommisse who stepped down as National Chairperson to pursue a new venture in the Automotive Industry in Kingston, Jamaica.
Brandon brings a wealth of experience and expertise to his new role, with a remarkable background in academia and an extensive track record in the automotive industry. Throughout his tenure on various committees at NADA, including the National Executive Committee, Management Committee, Transformation Committee, Motor Retailers’ Forum, and PR Committee, he has been a steadfast advocate for dealers, skilfully negotiating with government bodies, regulators, financiers, and other stakeholders on their behalf.
Brandon, who is the Chief Specialist: Governance and Compliance for his company, now also serves on the Retail Motor Industry Organisation’s (RMI) Board of Directors, ensuring that the voice of the dealer is heard throughout the value-chain.
His dedication to personal growth and a passion for tackling complex challenges, position Cohen to lead NADA into a new era of excellence. “As Brandon assumes the role of National Chairperson of NADA, we are confident that his visionary leadership, unmatched expertise, and unwavering commitment to the industry will usher NADA into a bright future,” says Gary McCraw, National Director of NADA.
Thembinkosi Pantsi is a seasoned and accomplished leader in the retail automotive arena, whose exceptional abilities, remarkable achievements, and dedication to driving innovation and growth within this sector have earned him this prestigious position. He is currently the Dealer Principal for Hatfield Audi Braamfontein.
As the National Vice Chairperson of NADA, Pantsi is poised to leave a lasting impact on the industry, inspiring the next generation of leaders to push boundaries and achieve greater heights.
Expressing his gratitude and commitment, Pantsi commented, “I’m super excited to be able to fulfil my dream of serving at the highest level in the retail automotive industry. I’m honoured and grateful at my election as National Vice Chairperson of NADA.”
Brandon is determined to continue the momentum in cementing the future of the association in the retail automotive sector. “This momentous achievement is a testament to the unwavering commitment and fervent zeal I hold for our industry. As I embark on this transformative journey with Thembinkosi and the NADA team, I am resolute in charting an inspiring course for the ongoing success of NADA. Together, we shall forge a bright future, united in purpose and driven by our shared passion for excellence.”
With Brandon’s visionary leadership and Thembinkosi’s innovative drive, NADA is poised to chart a path of progress and prosperity for the association.
“This significant election ushers in a new chapter for NADA, and the association looks forward to accomplishing even greater milestones under their astute guidance. We extend our heartfelt congratulations to Brandon and Thembinkosi and eagerly anticipate the positive impact they will undoubtedly make in their respective roles,” concludes McCraw.
The National Automobile Dealers’ Association (NADA), with nearly 1500 members representing the majority of franchised motor dealers in South Africa, continues to champion industry discussions and advocate for the creation of a better environment for all stakeholders. Through active participation in shaping proposed legislation, engaging in dialogues with key industry players including naamsa | The Automotive Business Council (naamsa) and collaborating with finance houses, NADA strives to address the pressing issues affecting the automotive sector. NADA is a constituent association of the RMI.