Automotive industry professional Rahim Hassanally looks back on his appointment to the State of California New Motor Vehicle Board.
A Governor of California appointed a board member, Rahim Hassanally shares details of his affiliation with the Department of Motor Vehicles New Motor Vehicle Board as he offers further insight into his professional endeavors, achievements, charitable efforts, and more.
“As an automotive industry professional, I’m extremely proud to be part of the State of California Department of Motor Vehicles New Motor Vehicle Board,” says Hassanally, who’s also involved with the Consumer Motor Vehicle Recovery Corporation, again Governor of California appointed.
“It’s the mission of the State of California Department of Motor Vehicles New Motor Vehicle Board to enhance relations between dealers and manufacturers,” Hassanally explains, “throughout California by resolving disputes in the new motor vehicle industry both fairly and efficiently, and in a cost-effective manner.”
The State of California Department of Motor Vehicles New Motor Vehicle Board also provides an informal, no-cost dispute resolution program for consumers, according to Hassanally.
Other available resources, as listed on the New Motor Vehicle Board website, meanwhile, include the Arbitration Certification Program, N. A. D. A. Vehicle Pricing & Information, the National Motor Vehicle Title Information System, and the so-called California Lemon Law, which covers new and used vehicles sold or leased in the state which come with the manufacturer’s new vehicle warranty. “If a manufacturer or dealer can’t repair a serious warranty defect in a customer’s vehicle after a predetermined number of repair attempts, the manufacturer must replace the vehicle or refund its purchase price under the Lemon Law,” Hassanally explains.
Hassanally is further involved with the American International Automobile Dealers Association, of which he’s also a board member. “I’m also a member of the National Association of Minority Automobile Dealers,” he adds, “and have been for more than a decade now.”
The automotive industry professional’s other accolades include making the Automotive News ‘Top 40 Under 40’ list and receiving recognition as the 18th annual Urban Wheel Awards ‘Urban Dealer of the Year.’
Texas native Hassanally, who’s today based between Texas and California, is also a keen advocate for breast cancer awareness and supports a number of charities and other nonprofit organizations and good causes. These include, in California, his local air force base and homeless shelters such as the Solano Mission to which Hassanally has previously, along with support from friends, family, and automotive industry colleagues, raised and donated a significant sum of money after thieves stole hundreds of turkeys from the shelter just days before Thanksgiving.
Born and raised in Texas, Rahim Hassanally is a respected automotive industry professional with more than two decades of experience in the business. Further to his work with the State of California Department of Motor Vehicles New Motor Vehicle Board and the American International Automobile Dealers Association, in his spare time, Hassanally is an avid and accomplished sportsman and enjoys a number of further hobbies and pastimes.
Rahim Hassanally reflects on his support for aid efforts following the devastation caused by Typhoon Haiyan.
Automotive industry professional Rahim Hassanally, a keen philanthropist based between Texas and California, looks back on his fundraising activities following deadly Typhoon Haiyan which hit the Philippines in 2013 as he shares more about the efforts of himself and his colleagues to raise much-needed funds for relief agencies in the aftermath of the disaster.
“After seeing the devastation caused in the Philippines by deadly Typhoon Haiyan in 2013, I remember thinking to myself, ‘We need to take action,'” reveals Hassanally.
Accordingly, he and fellow automotive industry colleagues rallied support for relief efforts following the devastating storm which hit the Philippines on November 3, 2013, where it was known as Super Typhoon Yolanda. “I was first made aware of the typhoon by a Filipino colleague,” explains Hassanally, “who said to me, ‘Let’s help the Philippines and support the community.'”
As Hassanally recalls, he required no convincing. In the days which followed, he and others around him sought to raise thousands of dollars to assist in the typhoon aid effort. “In a little over two weeks we’d raised $5,800,” he explains, “all of which was promptly donated to relief agencies.”
At the time based in California’s Solano County, Hassanally credits strong ties to the local Filipino community for the impressive fundraising total, which later exceeded $6,000. “People of Filipino descent at the time accounted for around 10 percent of Solano County’s population of 420,000 residents,” he explains, “so the typhoon profoundly touched a large number of people locally.”
In the years which have followed, Hassanally has further gone on to support and fundraise for a number of other charities and nonprofit organizations. “I’m proud to have a philanthropic nature,” reveals the automotive industry professional, who’s also a keen advocate for breast cancer awareness and other good causes. These include his local air force base and homeless shelters such as the Solano Mission, a local shelter which serves the homeless and hungry in and around Solano County.
Indeed, several years ago Hassanally sought to secure support from friends, colleagues, and others in the area to donate a significant sum of money to the Solano Mission after thieves stole hundreds of turkeys from the shelter just days prior to Thanksgiving.
“It’s important that we’re all invested in our local communities,” Hassanally adds, wrapping up, “but it’s vital, too, that we continue to support critical aid efforts both nationally and internationally, especially in light of devastating natural disasters such as Typhoon Haiyan.”
Born and raised in Texas, Rahim Hassanally is an experienced automotive industry professional today based between Texas and California. The recipient of a number of prestigious industry awards earned during more than two decades in the business, Hassanally has also made the Automotive News ‘Top 40 Under 40’ list. A member of the National Association of Minority Automobile Dealers for more than 10 years and an American International Automobile Dealers Association board member, in his spare time Hassanally is a keen sportsman and enjoys a number of other hobbies and pastimes.
Automotive industry professional Rahim Hassanally looks back on his prestigious Urban Wheel Awards win.
Celebrating diversity within the U.S. automotive industry, each year the Urban Wheel Awards presents successful businesses and individuals with a variety of prestigious accolades, including ‘Urban Wheel Pioneer’ and ‘Company of the Year,’ among others. ‘Urban Dealer of the Year’ winner Rahim Hassanally looks back on the 18th annual Urban Wheel Awards held at Detroit’s North American International Auto Show as he shares more about the popular event.
“The 18th annual Urban Wheel Awards took place at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit,” explains Hassanally, a highly regarded figure with more than two decades of automotive industry experience. The purpose of the Urban Wheel Awards, he says, is to celebrate diversity and to raise money for vital education programs aimed at the nation’s youth.
Marketed as the official multicultural event of the North American International Auto Show, the 18th annual Urban Wheel Awards saw numerous automotive dealers, suppliers, specialists, and more honored for their contributions and commitment to diversity. “Proceeds from the Urban Wheel Awards event support the Emerging Diversity Education Fund,” Hassanally reveals, “which offers internships, scholarships, and mentoring to students who are pursuing careers in the automotive industry.”
Sponsored by Decisive Media, a successful publisher of multicultural online and print publications, the 18th annual Urban Wheel Awards saw ‘Company of the Year’ awarded to Toyota. “Accepting the award for Toyota,” says Hassanally, “was Jim Colon, vice president of African-American business strategy for North America.”
Awards were issued by presenters such as Damon Lester, president of the National Association of Minority Automobile Dealers, as well as David Westcott, chairman of the National Automobile Dealers Association. Also in attendance was Dave Zuchowski, CEO of Hyundai Motor America. “‘Events like this are important,’ said Zuchowski during the awards,” reveals Hassanally, “before also adding that diversity and inclusion were among his key objectives at Hyundai.”
“Hyundai Motor America’s top executive,” he adds, “also explained how traditional markets were shrinking and disappearing, and that new, much more diverse market segments were emerging.”
National Automobile Dealers Association Academy graduate Rahim Hassanally was also one of three individuals to scoop an ‘Urban Dealer of the Year’ award as part of the event. Each a member of a different minority group, Hassanally was joined by fellow winners Manuel Gonzalez and Dorian Boyland in collecting his award.
The ‘Urban Wheel Pioneer of the Year’ award, meanwhile, went to Leon Richardson, CEO of automotive chemical company ChemicoMays, based in Michigan. “Nu Tek Steel, Ideal Group, and NYX Inc. all picked up ‘Supplier of the Year’ awards, too,” Hassanally points out.
“It was a wonderful evening and a great honor to be recognized for my hard work,” he adds, wrapping up, “and my ‘Urban Dealer of the Year’ award remains something of which I’m immensely proud.”
Rahim Hassanally is an experienced automotive industry professional based between California, New York, and Texas Born and raised in Texas, Hassanally is the recipient of a number of prestigious industry awards earned during more than two decades in the business, and has made the Automotive News ‘Top 40 Under 40’ list. A member of the National Association of Minority Automobile Dealers for more than 10 years and an American International Automobile Dealers Association board member, Hassanally’s personal interests include sports and philanthropy, among a number of other hobbies and pastimes.