Experient is the Official Booking Agent for NADA Convention Hotels

17 Oct

Attendees anOfficial-Housing-Seald exhibitors planning to attend the 2015 NADA Convention & Expo in San Francisco have reported receiving solicitations for hotel reservations from individuals and companies claiming to be affiliated with NADA. Experient is the exclusive agent for hotel reservations at the NADA convention. No other company or individual has been authorized by NADA to make hotel reservations. Experient does not send emails or make phone calls offering to make hotel reservations. Please be extremely cautious of individuals or companies calling or emailing you with hotel reservation offers.

Only Experient offers attendees the best combination of low rates, guaranteed registrations without extra or undisclosed fees and the best selection of hotels. Hotels in San Francisco are filling up quickly. Only 300 rooms remain available in NADA’s hotel block. To register, visit www.nadaconvention.org and reserve your hotel room today. Don’t miss this opportunity to reserve a hotel room with a discounted rate. See you in San Francisco!

Futurist Speaker Thomas Frey to Address 2015 ATD Convention & Expo

19 Sep

Thomas Frey, executive director and senior futurist at the DaVinci Institute, will provide keynote remarks at the 2015 American Truck Dealers (ATD) Convention & Expo in San Francisco. Frey is Google’s top-rated futurist speaker and author of the book, “Communicating with the Future.”
Before launching the DaVinci Institute, he spent 15 years at IBM as an engineer and designer where he received 270 awards, more than any other IBM engineer. His futurist topics have captivated people ranging from government officials to executives in Fortune 500 companies, such as NASA, IBM, AT&T, Hewlett-Packard, Boeing, Capital One, Visa, Ford Motor Co. and National Association of Federal Credit Unions.

The ATD convention will be held from Thursday, Jan. 22, to Sunday, Jan. 25. ATD Chairman Eric Jorgensen, president and CEO of JX Enterprises Inc., will deliver keynote remarks during the general session on Friday, Jan. 23. New for 2015 is a networking general session on Saturday, Jan. 24. Truck dealers will also have the opportunity to meet face-to-face with their manufacturer executives at 11 make meetings and shop the expo floor in the ATD Zone.

The ATD convention runs concurrently with the NADA Convention & Expo at the Moscone Center. ATD members are encouraged to attend any of the NADA workshops and general/speaker sessions. For more information or to register, visit www.atdconvention.org.

All ATD activities are exclusively for ATD attendees, unless otherwise noted.

Commentary: Engage in New Opportunities

22 Aug

By Forrest McConnell, III / NADA chairman

Rising car sales are leading the economic recovery. Dealers are hiring. And for the first time since the Great Recession, new-car dealerships across the country now employ more than 1 million people.1354Keynotesinglesforrest

The forecast this year calls for sales of about 16.4 million new cars and light trucks. Next year, the forecast is even brighter with sales of nearly 16.8 million new vehicles.

Now is the perfect time to Engage in your future.

Looking ahead to 2015, the NADA Convention & Expo in San Francisco next January offers dealers and their managers as well as the entire auto industry a premiere forum to exchange ideas and learn new ways to improve business operations.

And even if you’ve been to the NADA convention in the past, there’s always something new to learn. If you’ve never been to the convention before, what are you waiting for?

The 24 dealer-manufacturer franchise meetings, 59 new workshop topics and 126 workshop sessions and numerous networking events are second-to-none. They’ll make you and your dealerships leaner, smarter and ready to tackle the challenges for 2015 and beyond.

Engage in new technology and social media. New to the workshop program in 2015 are the Super Sessions on Thursday, Jan. 22, which includes a panel of successful NADA NextGen dealers who will share their insight on how emerging technologies are reshaping auto retailing, as well as a DrivingSales.com presentation on best practices to win digital buyers; and on Sunday, Jan. 25, the Technology Town Halls feature Q&A sessions with key executive staff from eBay, Google and others on how they can help dealers sell more cars.

We’ve also expanded the Expo, which will include nearly 500 companies exhibiting in more than 600,000 square feet at the Moscone Center.

The keynote speakers are former Florida Governor Jeb Bush, Jay Leno and inspirational speaker Beck Weathers, as well as NADA Vice Chairman Bill Fox and me. The speaker bios are available here.

The four-day event, dubbed the “Automotive Industry Event of the Year,” runs Thursday, Jan. 22, to Sunday, Jan. 25, at the Moscone Center.

Online registration is open. Dealers and their managers should make their reservations as soon as possible. Hotels rooms are filling up quickly. Attendee registration is at its highest pace since 2007. Fourteen hotels have already sold out.

Join us in San Francisco, and Engage in new opportunities.

We look forward to seeing you there!

McConnell is a Honda/Acura dealer in Montgomery, Ala.

Read more: http://www.nadafrontpage.com/NADA_Chairmans_Column_August_2014.xml

Who Attends the NADA/ATD Convention & Expo?

12 Aug

The NADA and ATD Convention’s aren’t just for dealer principles, many positions from the dealership attend each year. Take a look at our demographic from the 2014 Convention:



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.

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.

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)


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