Nominee for 2020 TIME Dealer of the Year: Colleen Chapleski

MADA is pleased to announce that Colleen Chapleski, dealer at Dean Arbour Ford of Tawas, is MADA’s nominee for the 2020 TIME Dealer of the Year award.

Ms. Chapleski, MADA’s 2018 MADA, is one of a select group of 49 dealer nominees from across the country who will be honored at the 103rd annual NADA Show in Las Vegas on February 15, 2020. The TIME Dealer of the Year award is one of the automobile industry’s most prestigious honors. Recipients are among the nation’s most successful auto dealers who also demonstrate a long-standing commitment to community service.

Ms. Chapleski’s father instilled in her a passion for giving back. “The example my dad set for me when I started in the automotive industry is something that has led me to get involved in the community,” she said. “He made it a priority to make a positive impact in the areas where our dealerships are located.”

To that end, she recently created the Dean Arbour Memorial Scholarship, which will honor her father and help local students further their educations. She also supports the Tawas Area Sports Boosters and Ford Drive 4 UR School, a program that generates money for local schools when test drives are taken.

MADA congratulates Ms. Chapleski on this recognition and applauds her for her commitment to the automotive industry and her community.
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Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson to Attend MADA Annual Meeting

We are honored to have Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson join us during the 2019 MADA Annual Meeting. She will bring us up to date on her priorities for 2020, plus discuss upcoming improvements for Michigan residents and dealership operations. This is your opportunity to hear Secretary Benson’s plans moving forward and offer your own insights and feedback on Michigan’s franchised dealer industry. We hope you make plans to attend!
MADA Annual Meeting
Wednesday, December 4, 2019
Kellogg Center in East Lansing
More information will be mailed to dealerships soon!
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Long-Term Life Planning Blueprint

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To many, the concept of the future seems scary. Most of us live in the present and might not even know what we’re having for breakfast tomorrow. While it’s easy to only look at the not-so-distant future, it’s incredibly important to plan for your long-term needs. It’s never too early to be prepared.

Here are three key ways to make sure your family isn’t left not knowing your wishes in the event of a tragedy or unexpected setback.

  1. Create an estate plan. Estate planning is creating a plan for how your estate will be managed and who will manage it throughout your life and after death. When planning where your belongings will go, it’s also important to consider the other implications that it will pose to the beneficiaries, such as tax and legal effects. Federal and state taxes on estates can be some of the highest. It may seem unnecessary to a college student, but experts encourage young adults in their 20s to start estate planning. It’s always helpful in the event of a tragedy and only requires a few important legal documents.
  2. Designate a power of attorney. Everyone should also have a designated power of attorney. POAs are commonly selected when someone gets to retirement age, however you may select a POA anytime after your 18th birthday. Special circumstances may prompt the need for a POA earlier in life. This person has the power to act on your behalf if you are ever deemed incapable. It should be someone you trust, who knows you well and who would be comfortable making very difficult decisions. Always ask your desired power of attorney if they are okay with the responsibility before you officially designate them as POA.
  3. Consider long-term care insurance. Unlike traditional health insurance, long-term care insurance is designed to help you in the event of a long-term service need. These policies reimburse the policyholder for daily needs such as food, bathing, etc. The cost associated with the policy varies based on a variety of factors, but it is recommended that you apply for long-term care insurance in your 50s. At this age, your health is generally pretty good and you’re able to add coverage down the road if you need it. Learn more about supplemental insurance options to consider here.

For all of these decisions, it is recommended that you consult with a trusted professional advisor to make sure you are choosing the best option for you. They can also offer legal advice in the event of uncertainty.

Long-term planning may seem like a major undertaking, but you can set smaller tasks and goals to accomplish all the planning you need. Breaking it up will help to make it more manageable.

Conversations such as these can be hard, but they are necessary and can save you and your loved ones from confusion down the road.

This article was originally published on, a website sponsored by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan.  Blue Cross and MADA are your trusted partners in building a healthier business and workforce.

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Training Reminder for Standalone Class B Dealers

Please note: this does NOT apply to Class A/B…or supplementals to a Class A license

The Michigan Department of State recently mailed dealer license renewals. This is a good time to remind standalone Class B dealers that new regulations require renewing Class B dealers to have a designated employee at each retail sales location that has completed the standard or continuing education dealer training program. A single individual cannot be the designated employee for more than three (3) locations.

When renewing a dealer license, standalone Class B dealers (those not connected to an A license) must sign and certify that this requirement will be done (or has been done). Dealers will have a short grace period after renewal to meet the designated individual training requirement; however, it is recommended that training be completed in advance. The training will be verified by the state in 2020 and violations will be written for non-compliance.

For more information, refer to this March 2019 bulletin from the state, or this FAQ with a link to the training schedule. If you have further questions please contact Jean Quinn at (800) 292-1923 or email