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David Madeira Elected as Chairman of AAA Washington Board of Trustees

BELLEVUE, Wash. — AAA Washington, the leading provider of roadside assistance, leisure travel and personal-line insurance to more than one million members in Washington and northern Idaho, has elected David Lowe Madeira, CEO of America’s Car Museum, as Chair.

David Lowe Madeira (Gig Harbor), CEO of America’s Car Museum, was elected as Chair of AAA Washington’s Board of Trustees. Madeira has been with ACM since 2002. A well versed traveler, he has ridden his motorcycle across 25 countries, ranging from Turkey to Tibet, including riding over the highest pass in the world in Ladakh, India.

Madeira is an active member of the community and also serves as CEO of America’s Automotive Trust, an entity which includes America’s Car Museum and the RPM Foundation. Together, these organizations work to secure America’s automotive heritage and to educate young people for meaningful careers related to historic preservation. Madeira has been a AAA Washington board member since 2015.

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Additional newly elected officers of the AAA Washington Board of Trustees includeCarolyn Kelly (Seattle), former president and COO of The Seattle Times, is now Vice President; Greg Bever, retired publisher of Spokane’s Journal of Business, will be Treasurer; and Kirk Nelson (Sammamish) was re-elected as president and CEO of AAA Washington. Returning trustees are: Greg Bever (Spokane), retired publisher of Spokane’s Journal of BusinessGigi Burke (Everett), former co-owner and executive vice president of Crown Distributing; Don Brunell (Vancouver), retired President of Association of Washington Businesses; Marilyn Batt Dunn (Seattle), retired senior counsel, UW Medicine Advancement; Robert Flowers (Seattle), retired senior vice president of Washington Mutual Bank; José Gaitán (Seattle), managing member of the Gaitán Group PLLC; Paula Hammond, senior vice president, WSP at Parsons Brinckerhoff; Carolyn Kelly (Seattle), former president and COO of The Seattle Times; William Lampson (Pasco), president of Lampson International; Patti Paris (Moses Lake), former CFO of Columbia Colstor, Inc;  Ken Ryals (Beaux Arts), senior director of citizenship and public affairs at Microsoft; and Kirk Nelson (Sammamish)  president and CEO of AAA Washington.

About AAA Washington:

AAA Washington was established in 1904 by 10 prominent Seattleites determined to champion the betterment of motoring conditions and laws, the preservation of Washington state’s natural beauty and the promotion of Washington as an unrivaled tourist destination. Nearly 120 years later, the club continues to pursue these on behalf of its 1.2 million members. 

Members of AAA Washington receive exclusive benefits, including roadside assistance, discounts on hotels and rental cars, comprehensive insurance options, and personalized trip planning. AAA Washington was named a Best Place to Work by Puget Sound Business Journal and voted the best Travel/Tourism Company by 425 Business readers in 2023, and AAA was named one of the most trusted travel and automotive brands in the U.S. Additional information is available through the company’s Washington and northern Idaho stores and at 

About AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety:

Established in 1947 by AAA, the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety is a nonprofit, publicly funded, 501(c)(3) charitable research and educational organization. The AAA Foundation’s mission is to prevent traffic deaths and injuries by conducting research into their causes and by educating the public about strategies to prevent crashes and reduce injuries when they do occur. This research is used to develop educational materials for drivers, pedestrians, bicyclists and other road users. Visit

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