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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.

Jennifer Aragon, Chief Financial Officer [email]

Jennifer Aragon is the Chief Financial Officer of the California New Car Dealers Association. She is responsible for the financial and administrative functions of the Association and its four related entities. She manages all financial, budgeting, investment, tax, and audit activities. She also oversees operational functions including accounting, membership, and information technology.

Anthony Bento, Director of Legal and Regulatory Affairs [email]

Anthony Bento is the Director of Legal and Regulatory Affairs at the California New Car Dealers Association. As the Director of Legal and Regulatory Affairs, 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 20+ years of marketing experience for private companies and nonprofits, with clients ranging from a commercial general contractor, the Make-A-Wish Foundation, to 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.

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. 

Rebecca Matulich, Director of
Education & Events [email]

Cathy Mason, Director of
Operations [email]

Les Swizer, Staff Counsel [email]]

Lauren Johnston,
Membership Manager [email]

Liza Hernandez,
Staff Accountant [email]

Michaela Martinez
Executive Assistant [email]

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