NADA Convention to Focus on Future of the Industry
Now is the time to attend the industry event of the year and ensure your dealership’s success
McLean, Va. -- Economic turmoil and uncertainty form the backdrop to the National Automobile Dealers Association (NADA) convention in New Orleans next month.
“This is a must-attend convention if there ever was one,” says Steve Pitt, NADA vice president of conventions and expositions. “The fate of the industry is hanging in the balance. All of the top manufacturer executives will be there. And we are providing new ideas and information and a series of workshops designed to help dealers get through these tough times,” he added.
The 2009 NADA Convention & Exposition, which runs Jan. 24-27, is offering more than 40 workshops, many of which are designed to tackle today’s tough economic issues head-on, such as maintaining dealer profitability, improving cash flow, surviving the credit crunch and driving customers back to dealerships.
“Convention participants will learn what they need to do back home at their dealerships for the good of their businesses,” Pitt added. “The convention will help dealers prepare for an upcoming year of uncertainty.”
For the first time ever, two former U.S. presidents will take center stage at the NADA convention. Former presidents George H.W. Bush and Bill Clinton will deliver remarks during the general session.
Ford Motor Co. President and CEO Alan Mulally will deliver the industry keynote address. Inspirational speakers Archie Manning, former quarterback of the New Orleans Saints and the NFL’s Most Valuable Player in 1978, and Christopher Gardner, the inspiration for the movie “The Pursuit of Happyness” will offer motivational talks.
Take a moment to register today. Advance registration for the convention closes Friday, Dec. 19. Many hotel rooms are still available. Airline flights to and from New Orleans have been added, and airfares have been reduced. Hotel rooms can be booked through NADA’s housing agency until Tuesday, Dec. 23.
“This is our 92nd convention and, in many ways, it’s the most important one ever,” says Pitt. “If you’re a dealer, you have to be there.”
Source: NADA Newswire
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