Keith's involvement with Columbus Fair started over 23 years ago! He began as outside counsel for the auction and as CFAA has grown over the years, so have Keith's responsibilities with the auction. In 2005, as part of Alexis' vision of the future, Keith was made the CEO and General Counsel. And, in developing her succession plan, welcomed Keith as a partner.
Keith, the founder of the law firm Whann & Associates LLC, located in Dublin, Ohio, has become a leading national authority on motor vehicle and consumer protection issues. He has conducted hundreds of seminars across the country and appeared as a featured speaker on a wide variety of topics affecting the industry. He has spoken at conventions and meetings for over 50 national and state motor vehicle industry related trade associations and regulatory agencies dealing with complex automobile industry issues.
Many of Keith's presentations have been filmed and broadcast on the NIADA TV and Automotive Consumer Television Networks, including the 2005 and 2006 National Dealer Compliance and Profitability Expos which Keith developed and moderated and took place 'out in the lanes' here at the auction. His Q&A program, Ask the Car Counselor, continues to be a dealer and consumer favorite and is featured on the CBS News powered DFWvehicles.com and the Used Car Dealer Magazine.
He has also developed numerous training and compliance programs for the motor vehicle industry. He has developed a series of tools and resource materials to assist motor vehicle dealers with business, legal and compliance matters which may be found on his website, KeithWhann.com.
Keith has authored numerous articles which have been published in trade journals including Used Car Dealer Magazine, World of Special Finance Magazine, Ward's Dealer Business and Used Car News, to name a few. His monthly columns discussing compliance issues and providing legal updates to the industry appear in publications across the country.
For Keith's efforts and contributions to the industry, he was inducted into the National Independent Auto Dealer's Associations' "Ring of Honor" in 2002 and in 2003, was the recipient of the Columbus Auto Dealers Association's Automotive Achievement Award.