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Leadership & Staff

Brian Maas, President [Email]

Brian Maas is the President of the California New Car Dealers Association representing over 1,200 franchised new car dealers in the state. Brian directed CNCDA’s political activities and served as the Association’s chief legislative advocate for twelve years before becoming President. Previously, he was a lobbyist with the California Bankers Association.

Michael Walsh, MBA, Chief Financial Officer [Email]

Michael Walsh is a key member of CNCDA’s senior management team. He plays an important leadership role as our association’s expert on accounting and financial matters and provides strategic advice and counsel to position the association for ongoing financial success. Walsh brings a high level of intellect with a collaborative and service-oriented mindset. He is an action-oriented solution leader with strong business knowledge paired with an ability to “see the big picture” to develop and enhance efficiencies, productivity, enhance workflow, reduce costs, and utilize actionable strategies for reporting and decision-making.

Anthony Bento, Chief Legal Officer [Email]

Anthony Bento is the Chief Legal Officer at the California New Car Dealers Association. As the Chief Legal Officer, Anthony serves as CNCDA’s chief legal counsel and advocates on behalf of dealer interests with California’s various regulatory agencies and Capitol policymakers. Anthony is also the primary architect of CNCDA’s member compliance resources, including webinars, alerts, and manuals designed specifically for California’s new car dealers.

Autumn Heacox, Director of Communications & Marketing [Email]

Autumn has over 20 years of marketing experience for private companies and nonprofits. She’s worked for a commercial general contractor, the Make-A-Wish Foundation, and has marketing agency experience. Autumn has a B.A. in Public Relations from Sacramento State University, where she was President of the university’s competitive ballroom dance company. Additionally, Autumn helped found, and was the inaugural President of the Sacramento Metro Chamber’s first young professionals’ program (Metro EDGE) and was recognized as one of the region’s “Top 40 Under 40” professionals by the Sacramento Business Journal.

Cathy Mason, Director of Operations [Email]

Cathy Mason brings over 20 years of experience to the California New Car Dealers Association. She manages all office operations, The Showroom (CNCDA’s public meeting space), owned parking lot, in addition to providing building management. Cathy conducts all business operations, HR Management, offers expert administrative support, and fosters positive and lasting relationships with CNCDA’s membership. With her strong leadership experience, Cathy helps streamline the association’s processes, ensuring all staff and association members can meet their goals and desired outcomes. 

Rebecca Matulich
Director of Events & Partnerships [Email]

As CNCDA’s Director of Events and partnerships, Rebecca possesses a deep understanding of our organization’s member participation and engagement. She oversees the strategic direction of both live and virtual events, defines event goals, sets measurable success metrics, and develops event and education messaging for various platforms. She cultivates planning standards, policies, and procedures while managing a network of vendor partners. Further, she upholds the integrity of CNCDA’s educational resources for our dealer members, guaranteeing the delivery of exceptional educational content, and maintains our associations’ event and educational budgets. Rebecca supports and guides leadership by providing valuable strategic organizational feedback and decision-making.

Kenton Stanhope, Director of Government Affairs [Email]

Kenton brings over 10 years of experience in legislative and government affairs to the CNCDA team. He has worked in the California Legislature as a policy analyst for Senator Jim Beall. Stanhope also was a Committee Consultant for Assembly Governmental Organization Committee. More recently, he managed government affairs for the western states for Juul Labs. 

Crissy Hodgson
Senior Staff Counsel

Andrea Daugherty
Political Engagement Manager

Lauren Johnston
Membership Manager

Liza Hernandez
Staff Accountant

Stacy Barawed
Executive Assistant

McKenna Bediamol
Administrative Coordinator

Jamie Cowden
Events & Operations
Administrative Assistant

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