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AAA Western and Central New York CEO set to retire; successor search underway

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AAA Western and Central New York has announced the retirement of its President and CEO, Anthony B. Spada, effective December 31, 2024. Spada, who has dedicated 43 years to the organization, will step down from his role, prompting a national search for his successor.

His tenure as President and CEO, which began in 2012, followed his earlier role as the Vice President of Finance and Chief Financial Officer from 1995 to 2012. During his leadership, Spada has been credited with steering the organization into a period of significant growth and financial stability, with strategic plans set to continue beyond 2024.

Spada’s contributions to AAA include pivotal roles in mergers and acquisitions that shaped the current AAA Western and Central New York. He established the AAA Members Insurance Agency of New York in 2006, which achieved $50 million in policy premiums in 2023. Notably, Spada also spearheaded the rebound of AAA Travel post-pandemic, focusing on expanding travel services in family, luxury, and group travel sectors.

Additionally, he founded the Auto Club of Western & Central New York Foundation for Traffic Safety and serves as the president of AAA New York State. His achievements were recognized earlier this year when he received the 2023 Association Champion Award, the highest honor from AAA’s national office. Laura Saxby Lynch, President of the AAA Western and Central New York Board of Directors, praised Spada’s strategic leadership and the foundation he has laid for the organization’s future success.

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