DURHAM DEALER DAVID “SPORT” DURST TO LEAD NCADA IN 2022-2023
(RALEIGH, NC) – July 2, 2022 – David “Sport” Durst, owner and dealer operator of Sport Durst Automotive in Durham and Goldsboro, was elected Chairman of the North Carolina Automobile Dealers Association (NCADA) at the group’s annual family convention in Ponte Vedra, Florida. NCADA serves as North Carolina’s state trade association, representing nearly 600 franchised automobile, truck, and RV Dealers.
Sport is currently the owner and dealer operator of Sport Durst Automotive Group, which operates franchises for Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, Ram, Mazda, Hyundai, Mitsubishi, and Volkswagen in Durham and Goldsboro. In addition to automotive dealerships, Mr. Durst owns a Power Sports store featuring Honda, Yamaha, Can-Am, KTM, and HISUN in Durham.
Ever conscious of Dealer – Manufacturer relationships, Sport has served on many committees, including the Mazda National Dealer Council and Hyundai Regional Dealer Council. In addition, Sport works closely with dealer organizations such as Durham – Orange Auto Dealers. Sport has served on the NCADA Board since 2013 and often comments that: “Serving on the NCADA Board has been the most rewarding board experience of my career.”
Sport was exposed to the automotive industry at a very early age. His grandfather, A.J. Harmon, was also an automotive dealer who purchased his first dealership in 1946 in Raleigh, NC. Throughout the years, Mr. Harmon owned Lincoln-Mercury, Nissan, Volkswagen, Subaru, MG, and Austin Healey franchises. In 1988 Sport began his first “paying” position as a salesperson. Within 8 years, Sport began operating a used car dealership. With Mr. Durst continuing ownership, his family has been in the Raleigh-Durham market for over 75 years.
Mr. Durst was educated in the Durham County School system, graduated from Jordan High School, and attended N.C. State University. He also attended Jim Moran F&I school, earning top producer recognition. In addition, he attended Mike Nichols parts and service academy.
“Sport exemplifies every trait we look for as a leader for our association,” said Robert Glaser, President of NCADA. “Mr. Durst is extremely knowledgeable and well versed in the automotive industry. We are confident that his experience serving on the NCADA Board, extensive business expertise, and dedication to supporting North Carolina dealers will create a fine leader in the franchised automobile dealership industry that will inevitably benefit us all.”
Also elected to the NCADA Executive Committee this week were Alycia Kellum of Jacksonville, Vice Chair; Greg York of High Point, Treasurer; Randy Hunter of Hendersonville, Secretary.