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Black Book President Tom Cross Receives Prestigious Ring Of Honor Award From NIADA

Gainesville, GA (July 1, 2013) – Black Book is proud to announce that Tom Cross, President, was honored as the newest member of the prestigious Ring of Honor for the National Independent Automobile Dealers Association (NIADA). The award was presented at the National Leadership Awards Banquet during the annual NIADA Convention and Expo in Las Vegas on June 26.

Cross has led Black Book as President since 2007, and he becomes the 23rd industry leader to join the Ring of Honor, the organization’s most decorated accolade for a non-dealer. The Ring of Honor award is given annually to an allied industry executive who, through outstanding performance and leadership has contributed to the professionalism and growth of the automobile industry. Cross is the third member of Black Book to receive the award recently, joining Tim West in 2004 and Gene McDonald in 1994.

“Tom has always been a strong advocate for our dealers, our associations and the industry as a whole,” said NIADA CEO, Michael Linn, in a statement. “Like our other Ring of Honor members, he has dedicated his career to the automotive industry, always giving of his time and resources to improve the image of the industry and to assist its dealers.”

“I am honored and humbled to be recognized by NIADA and join a group of highly respected automotive professionals who have worked hard to advance the industry,” said Cross, a 25-year automotive veteran. “I am lucky to work with a team of professionals at Black Book committed to helping dealers achieve profitable goals as a result of our innovative technologies, valuations and data solutions.”

Cross has been instrumental in leading the company’s vision for innovation in recent years. Best known for its rich history of accurate vehicle valuations across several markets, Black Book has been a pioneer in advancements such as daily valuation updates, mobile and web data solutions, as well as a host of services that help auto lenders, remarketers, dealers and specialty market customers.

About Black Book

Best known in the Automotive Industry for providing timely, independent, and accurate vehicle pricing information, Black Book data is published daily by National Auto Research, a division of Hearst Business Media, and is available to industry qualified users through subscriptions to our website ( and through applications for iPhone, iPad, Android, Windows 7, BlackBerry, Palm and virtually any other Smart Phone sold in the U.S. Black Book data is also available to industry-qualified companies for license and sublicense through proprietary web services, APIs, and data feeds. Whether you’re buying, selling, or lending, Black Book’s mission is to provide the Automotive Industry with timely, independent, and accurate information to help make the right decisions.

 NAAA Posted 7/1/2013