Here's to John Putzier

On February 13, I attended the Greater Pittsburgh Automotive Dealer Association’s (“GPADA”) “Dancing with the Cars” preview party, which is held each year to open the Pittsburgh International Auto Show. 

Schneider Downs has been a sponsor to this event for many, many years; this was the 15th year that I have attended the “Dancing with the Cars” party!  These events have been very enjoyable over the years and proceeds benefit the Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix Charities.  Schneider Downs is proud to have contributed to the event over the years.

This past Thursday night, however, felt different.  As the band played its last song and the lights came up, there was a feeling of accomplishment and nostalgia more than in prior years, because it was not just another successful event but a matter of reflecting on a successful career.  John Putzier, who has been the CEO of the GPADA since 2010, is stepping down from his position and is ready to enjoy his well-deserved retirement.  John’s GPADA accomplishments were acknowledged by Mark Smail, who was the GPADA president when John started, at the end of the event and Mark then led the crowd in raising a glass to wish John and his wife, Loriann, well as they move into the next phase of their lives. 

John should feel a sense of accomplishment.  For the past 10 years, he has helped the GPADA to grow and to thrive.  Also, he made many lasting friendships along the way.  We want him to know that those friends, including all of us here at Schneider Downs, wish him a happy retirement!

Take care John!

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