Frediani received his award as the 2009 Membership Automotive Trade Association Executive of the Year.
Frediani’s selection was announced by William P. Underriner, the chairman of NADA's Dealerships Operations Committee, who noted that the Nevadan had been chosen tops out of a field of 110 trade association executives nationwide.
It was also noted that the executive award of the year is the most prestigious among auto trade association executives. The award recognizes yearly membership goals achieved in representing all franchised auto dealers.
Frediani’s career with the NFADA began in November 1987 when he started work as the assistant executive director. In January of 1998, he took over his present position and is now in his 23rd year with NFADA. During that time he has held many important posts for the national organization, including board member for the executives association's region four, an executive's representative on the NADA membership committee as well as its public affairs committee. At the 2002 NADA convention, he was the recipient of the 2001 Outstanding Automotive Trade Association Executive award as selected by the Dealer Election Action Committee Trustees.
A graduate of Sparks High School, he subsequently graduated from the University of Nevada, Reno with a bachelor’s degree in business administration in 1972.
Following graduation, he spent time working in the gaming industry for Harrah’s Entertainment in the human resources department and in employee relations.
A longtime supporter of university athletics, where he was one of the fouding members of the “Starting Five,” Frediani is also extremely active in the communities of Reno and Sparks as well as statewide, particularly in the legislative halls of Carson City. He is a member of the College of Business Administration Alumni Association at UNR, the Las Vegas and Reno chambers of commerce, Reno Men’s Golf Club, the Prospectors Club, Ducks Unlimited and appears regularly as a political pundit on “Nevada Newsmakers,” a statewide roundtable TV show on governmental affairs.
Reno’s venerable Good Old Days (GOD) club turned 21 recently and some of the charter members are preparing for an anniversary celebration.
Originally the brainchild of local radio and TV personality Bob Carroll, and the area’s late top photographer Don Dondero, the club was founded as a gathering place where veteran newsman and PR executives could get together once a month and swap never-before-published stories about northern Nevada. The first meeting was held at Amelia’s restaurant on the east side of the Reno-Tahoe International Airport.
As well as any of us can recall, there were some dozen attendees at the initial get together and their names included veteran sports editor Ty Cobb, longtime Sports Illustrated stringer and legislative reporter Guy Shipler, sports reporter Len Cocker, newspaper man Charlie Welsh, Mark Curtis of Harrah’s, Roy Powers of Harold’s, Jud Allen of the Reno Chamber of Commerce, Carrol, Dondero and myself, PR man for the Mapes hotel.
Somehow the word spread quickly through the community that there was a new organization in town that had no charter, no bylaws, no official officers, no dues and, literally, no purpose.
Soon, more and more people from the media began to attend and larger quarters were sought. For many years, the now-gone Liberty Belle was the jam-packed site of the majority of the sessions. Early on, someone had the idea that a monthly postcard mailing to the fluid membership might increase attendance, which it did. Those early postcards were the work of local historian Neal Cobb and the late Harold’s Club photographer George Kerr. Once the burgeoning membership caught the eye of local politicians and bigwigs, the speakers list became one of the best in the area. At one point, top local attorney Pete Echeverria, also a GOD member, offered to tape the talks because, as he put it, “This incredible history should be recorded for posterity.” A subsequent vote, however, rejected the idea because many thought the preservation of their off-the-cuff and free-wheeling recounts of spicy anecdotes might be compromised and they were probably right since the GOD club is still the only organization that promotes off-the-record talks and Q-and-As.
Since the Liberty Belle closed, the G.O.D club has moved to much larger quarters at the Reno Elks Lodge on Kumle Lane, which is almost directly opposite the Reno-Sparks Convention and Visitors Authority building on South Virginia Street. Major Domo for the Elks as liaison to the GOD club is Dale Landon, a former outstanding athlete at UNR. The luncheon price is $12, which includes tax and a tip. The monthly meetings, held at noon on the third Friday, are open to the public. If attendees wish, they can ante up $10 per year to receive the monthly postcard. At one long ago meeting the postcard didn’t go out and only the speaker showed up.
Harry Spencer is a freelance writer in Reno. His column about the past and present of northern Nevada appears weekly in the Tribune.
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