Posted by Vice News on Wednesday, April 27, 2019 07:08:12 America’s car industry is one of the most powerful industries in the world.
As one of America’s top companies, the American Car Center (ACA) controls more than half of all new cars sold in the US.
Its members include some of the biggest automakers, including General Motors, Chrysler, Ford, Toyota, Hyundai, Mazda, BMW, Mercedes-Benz, Porsche, Audi, Volvo, and Porsche-Benz.
But in 2015, the NRA took on the American automobile industry and succeeded in removing the ACA from its leadership.
The ACA has not been part of the NRA’s portfolio for more than 20 years, so its new CEO, Robert J. Pankow, is the latest in a string of former NRA board members to leave.
Pankow was one of five new board members who announced their departures from the NRA in December.
The other five board members were Wayne Morse, president of the California Automobile Association; and Brian B. Hausman, president and CEO of the American Society of Automotive Engineers.
The NRA’s board includes former members of the National Rifle Association, the National Shooting Sports Foundation, the Business Roundtable, the Coalition for Responsible Gun Owners, and the NRA Foundation.
In February, Panko was the keynote speaker at the NRA-ILA’s 20th anniversary gala in Washington, DC, and he spoke about the challenges facing gun safety advocates.
He told the audience that “there is a lot of room for improvement.”
But he added, “there are still good, strong, strong people in this room that will continue to stand up for the Second Amendment, for the freedom of gun ownership, for responsible gun ownership.”
Panko left the NRA after serving as CEO of Toyota, the largest auto company in the United States.
He also served as president of Chrysler.
Panksons experience at Toyota, which has been in the business for almost 70 years, includes managing the automaker’s global business and managing the global automotive product line.
Panksons extensive experience in the automotive industry is also an asset in the NRA.
He has held senior leadership positions in both the corporate and government sectors, and has held executive leadership positions at General Motors and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles.