Attendee Registration and Housing is Now Open for the 2015 NADA/ATD Convention in San Francisco

21 Jul

Online registration for the 2015 NADA/ATD Convention & Expo in San Francisco is now open, and dealers and their managers are encouraged to make their hotel reservations as soon as possible because rooms will fill up quickly. Attendees who register by Sept. 12 (NADA) or Oct. 6 (ATD) will receive the reduced early bird rate.

The NADA keynote speakers include former Florida Governor Jeb Bush and NADA Chairman Forrest McConnell, III, on Friday, Jan. 23; Jay Leno and NADA Vice Chairman Bill Fox on Saturday, Jan. 24; and inspirational speaker Beck Weathers on Sunday, Jan. 25. Click here for the speaker bios.

The ATD convention will begin with a Super Workshop, “The Asking Formula,” which will teach attendees six powerful steps on how to achieve professional and personal goals by asking the right questions, and being persuasive. That will be followed by a keynote address from ATD Chairman Eric Jorgensen, president and CEO at JX Enterprises on Jan. 23 and a new networking general session on Jan. 24.

Considered the “Automotive Industry Event of the Year,” the NADA/ ATD convention, which runs from Thursday, Jan. 22 to Sunday, Jan. 25 at the Moscone Center, includes dealer-manufacturer franchise meetings, make meetings, hundreds of educational workshops for dealers and their managers, several hundred exhibitors on the expo floor and numerous networking events.

Jeb Bush, Jay Leno and Beck Weathers to Keynote 2015 NADA Convention in San Francisco

14 Jul

McLEAN, Va. (July 14, 2014) – San Francisco will host the 2015 National Automobile Dealers Association (NADA) Convention & Expo from Thursday, Jan. 22, to Sunday, Jan. 25. This will be the 16th time that the NADA convention has been held in San Francisco since 1948.

The keynote speakers include former Florida Governor Jeb Bush and NADA Chairman Forrest McConnell, III, on Friday, Jan. 23; Jay Leno and NADA Vice Chairman Bill Fox on Saturday, Jan. 24; and inspirational speaker Beck Weathers on Sunday, Jan. 25.

Jeb Bush

Jeb BushElected as the 43rd governor of the Florida in 1998, and re-elected by a wide margin in 2002, Gov. Bush reformed education, cut taxes every year during his tenure and led the state to the highest job growth in the nation. His second term ended in Jan. 2007. He currently runs his own consulting business, Jeb Bush and Associates, with clients ranging from small technology start-ups to Fortune 500 companies. He is also chairman of the Foundation for Excellence in Education, a national foundation focused on education reform; co-chairman of the Barbara Bush Family Literacy Foundation; and chair of the National Constitution Center. Bush is co-author of Immigration Wars: Forging an American Solution, released in March 2013. He is the son of former President George H.W. Bush and Barbara Bush. He lives in Miami with his wife Columba, and they have three children and three grandchildren.

Forrest McConnell

Forrest McConnell, IIIMcConnell is the 2014 NADA chairman, and president of McConnell Honda/Acura in Montgomery, Ala. He is a third-generation new-car dealer, attorney and represents Alabama’s franchised auto dealers on NADA’s board of directors. The family started out in the business as Hupmobile and Scripps-Booth dealers in 1919, and through the years they have owned and operated multiple dealer franchises. As NADA chairman, McConnell is currently promoting the consumer and manufacturer benefits of the franchised dealer network, and leading NADA’s efforts through intense regulatory challenges facing dealers, such as efforts by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau to eliminate an auto dealer’s flexibility to discount interest rates on consumer auto loans at dealerships.

Jay Leno

Jay LenoLeno, an award-winning comedian/host and best-selling author of children’s books, hosted the “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno” for nearly two decades. Following in the footsteps of legendary NBC late-night hosts Steve Allen, Jack Paar and Johnny Carson, Leno became host of the “Tonight Show” in May 1992. Currently, he is performing stand-up comedy in top venues across the U.S., and continues to work on his Web venture, “Jay Leno’s Garage” which highlights his passion for automobiles. In his spare times, he enjoys working on his collection of classic cars and motorcycles.


Bill Fox

Bill FoxFox is the 2014 NADA vice chairman, and a partner in Fox Dealerships, Inc., selling Chevrolet, Chrysler, Dodge, Honda, Jeep, Ram, Subaru and Toyota brand vehicles in the upstate New York cities of Auburn and Phoenix. Since his election to the NADA board of directors in Feb. 2006, he’s held numerous leadership positions, including chairman of the Public Affairs and Regulatory Affairs committees—where he championed dealers’ interests through an immense number of challenges, particularly the Great Recession of 2008 when the industry was hardest hit. This year at NADA, he is advocating on behalf of dealers in a world of changing technology and an endless stream of government regulations. His platform is built on the security and betterment of the dealer businesses. As a member of NADA’s board of directors, he represents franchised new-car dealers in the state of New York. He has served on the board and committee of the New York State Auto Dealers Association for more than a decade. As an attorney, he is admitted to practice law before all New York state courts, including the Federal District Court for the Northern District of New York, and the U.S. Supreme Court.

Beck Weathers

Beck WeathersOn the night of May 10, 1996, a violent storm swept over Mt. Everest with heavy snow, subzero cold and hurricane-force winds. Within 24 hours, eight climbers, including three professional guides, were dead. Weathers, an amateur climber, was severely injured, lying unconscious on the mountain’s icy rocks about 300 yards from camp. His wife and family were notified of his death. Miraculously, he awoke after the storm barely alive. With his hands and feet severely frostbitten and vision impaired, he astonished his fellow climbers by returning to camp. Dr. Weathers, an accomplished pathologist, lost his right hand and part of his left hand to frostbite. His story, a triumph of the human spirit, was the inspiration behind the No. 1 best-selling book, Into Thin Air, by Jon Krakauer, which is being made into a movie, titled Everest, set for release in 2015.

Considered the “Automotive Industry Event of the Year,” the NADA convention includes dealer-manufacturer franchise meetings, hundreds of educational workshops for dealers and their managers, several hundred exhibitors on the expo floor and numerous networking events.

The American Truck Dealers (ATD) Convention & Expo runs concurrently with NADA convention at the Moscone Center. The NADA expo runs Jan. 23-25.

Attendee registration and housing opens on Monday, July 21. For more information, visit www.nadaconvention.org.

Exhibitors – Online Booth Space Application Process begins on Monday May 19th

14 May

Mark your calendar for May 19, 2014 – that’s the date the NADA/ATD Convention & Expo website will go live with the launch of the online booth space application process. All applications received by June 6 will be included in the first round of booth assignments. Actual booth assignments will begin on June 9, 2014.

The primary contact for your company will receive an email the morning of May 19 after 8:30 am ET with a link to the online booth space application and your company password.

NADA/ATD EXPO FLOOR PLAN & BOOTH SPACE RATES
View the entire floor plan to below, to help you plan your 2015 NADA/ATD Expo experience
South Hall
North Hall
West Hall, Level 1

For budgeting purposes, use the following numbers to estimate your booth costs for the upcoming San Francisco show:

Regular Rate: $33 per square foot
Enterprise Rate: $29 per square foot – these booths are highlighted “orange” on the floor plan
ATD Rate: $24 per square foot – these booths are highlighted “green” on the floor plan

Remember that returning exhibitors from the 2014 New Orleans show will not be approved to expand their booth space in 2015. The Moscone Center offers limited exhibit space, and the NADA/ATD Expo will be held in South Hall, North Hall & Level 1 of West Building.

2015 EXPO SCHEDULE
The 2015 Convention dates are January 22-25. Note that the Expo days are January 23-25 (Friday through Sunday).

Move-in Dates:      Tuesday, January 20 through Thursday, January 22
Expo Dates:           Friday, January 23 8:30 am – 5:00 pm
Saturday, January 24 8:30 am – 5:00 pm
Sunday, January 25 8:30 am – 5:00 pm
Move-out Dates:    Sunday, January 25 (4pm) through Wednesday, January 28 (5pm)

Call for Workshop Opens on Monday, March 3rd

27 Feb

14-234-0_1340Starting Monday, March 3, NADA University is pleased to invite proposals for workshops for the January 22-25, 2015 NADA ATD Convention. Workshops should be on original and timely topics of broad interest to the automotive industry, and aimed at fostering lively discussions and technical exchanges among attendees. Speakers are selected by the NADA and ATD Boards of Directors and present their workshop up to three times over the four days of the convention. On April 3, NADA University will be hosting a webinar, “Tips for Submitting a Great Workshop Proposal.” You can join us for the webinar in real time or you can view it at a later date by clicking on link on the workshop submission page. If you have additional questions after the webinar about submitting a workshop proposal, please contact NADA’s workshop manager Barbara Roos at broos@nada.org. The deadline to submit a proposal is 5:00 pm eastern time on Friday, May 2.

To submit a workshop proposal please visit www.nadaconvention.org.

What’s new at the 2014 NADA/ATD Convention & Expo

23 Jan

Every year, we try to bring our attendees and exhibitors something fresh and exciting, and this year is no different. Take a look at the new things we have in store for 2014:

  1.  Afternoon Delight: Dessert and Coffee bar, compliments of NADA  Monday, Jan 27th 1 -2:30whatsnewpm on the Expo Floor in the Neighborhood Eateries.
  2. Social Connection Zone- Genius Bar, Tech Clinicians and daily mini Tech Session
  3. Best in Show Exhibitor Contest – The booths with the best booth design; creativity and branding will take home this first time award.
  4. Scan-n-Go registration kiosks – scan your confirmation code (print out or right from your mobile device) and get your registration materials quickly and easy!
  5. Award Winning Lifestyle Experience with department store partner, Saks Fifth Avenue.
  6. 64 workshop topics and 174 workshop session with 50 new presenters!

Which one are you looking forward to?

Participation in 2014 Dealership Workforce Study Opens to NADA and ATD Members at Convention

22 Jan

Comprehensive report helps dealers manage their workforce

NADA and ATD members can begin participating in the 2014 NADA Dealership Workforce Study at the NADA Convention & Expo in New Orleans, Jan. 24-27.workforce

The study, conducted by NADA and ESI Trends (formerly DeltaTrends), is the industry’s most comprehensive analysis of the dealership workforce. It aims to provide dealers with data to make informed recruiting and hiring decisions and meet their No. 1 challenge of attracting and retaining talented employees.

Dealers may enroll as individual dealerships or dealer groups. The web-based participation process is “easy, convenient, and totally secure,” said Kenneth C. Vance, chairman of NADA’s Dealership Operations Committee and a new-car dealer in Eau Claire, Wis.

At the study’s close, each participating dealership will receive a complimentary, individualized report (Basic Report) comparing its own employee compensation, retention and turnover, work schedules, hours of operation and employee benefits programs against data aggregated on a regional and national basis.

Participants may also purchase an individualized report (Enhanced Report) that further compares their dealership’s data against data for their franchise and state. In addition, all participants will receive, free of charge, a complete Dealership Workforce Industry Report providing cogent analysis of the industry as a whole, including state-of-the-workforce and demographic trends, plus aggregated compensation, retention and benefits data for each region of the U.S.

“This annual study was launched only two years ago, but participating dealers are already overwhelmingly telling us the reports are helping them to improve their workforce management and productivity,” Vance added. “We’re especially appreciative of efforts by the Automotive Trade Association Executives to ‘get the word out’ to dealers in their state and metro areas about the study and the benefit of participating in it.”

Dealers attending the convention are encouraged to visit the NADA Dealership Workforce Study kiosk in the NADA Pavilion (#3701) or the satellite booth to sign up and learn more about the study. They can also enroll at http://www.nadaworkforcestudy.com, send an email to WorkforceStudy@nada.org or call (800) 557-6232 with questions.

What to pack for the NADA Convention & Expo

21 Jan

packing infographicThe 2014 NADA/ATD Convention & Expo is almost here! As you get your things packed, just keep in mind that the temperature in New Orleans during the day is about 45-60° F and at night it could drop to the low 30s°. A heavy fleece or jacket might be a good addition, if you haven’t thought of it already.

The other must haves for surviving NADA are:

Business cards –to have on hand when networking with other dealers and exhibitors

Comfortable Shoes-  There is a lot of ground to cover in the Convention Center and New Orleans is a very walkable city, do your feet a favor.

Sweater –the temperature in the Convention Center may vary, so dress in layers that can easily come off and on.

Tablet/Mobile Phone/Digital Camera- stay connected with fully charged mobile device and digital camera.

Safe travels and see you in New Orleans!

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