Manufacturers can now submit nomination forms for the 2014 ATD Commercial Truck of the Year until Sept. 12 for both the heavy-duty (class 8) and medium-duty (class 3-7) weight classes. Participating in the annual program provides manufacturers with numerous benefits, including publicity for their products. Nominees will be judged by an independent panel of journalists from top commercial truck publications. Tom Berg, senior editor of Heavy Duty Trucking magazine, will chair the panel. Trucks will be judged on innovation, design, driver satisfaction and safety. Manheim will host test drives for the judges in Orlando, Fla., on Oct. 18. The winner for each category will be announced during the ATD Convention & Expo in New Orleans on Sunday, Jan. 26. For nomination forms or more information on nominee requirements, click here. To register for the convention, visit www.atdconvention.org.
We kept the momentum going in Orlando, Fl at the 2013 NADA/ ATD Convention & Expo! With keynote speakers John Krafcik, Capt. Mark Kelly and Robert M. Gates and over 20 new workshops – attendees left with plenty of inspiration and ideas for the dealership. If you weren’t able to attend the 2013 NADA/ ATD Convention & Expo you can still get all the news coverage and view the videos on NADA Front Page. You can also shop the Expo floor and purchase the NADA University workshop recordings.
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Speaking: 2:30pm,Saturday, Feb.9, 2013
Orange County Convention Center, Exhibit Hall D
John Krafcik, president and chief executive officer of Hyundai Motor America, is responsible for the strategic direction and management of the company’s operations in the United States.
Krafcik joined Hyundai in 2004 as vice president of Product Development and Strategic Planning after a long tenure at Ford Motor Company. With his guidance, Hyundai reshaped its American lineup with industry-leading positions in design, innovation, and fuel efficiency.
After moving to his current role in late 2008 as president and chief executive officer, Krafcik and his team have increased Hyundai’s U.S. market share over 50% under challenging market conditions on the strength of growing accolades, breakthrough products, and innovative marketing programs.
Krafcik holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from Stanford University and a Master of Science degree in Management from MIT Sloan School of Management. Hebegan his career in the auto industry in 1984 at the GM/Toyota joint-venture, NUMMI.
John Krafcik will speak at the 2013 NADA Convention and Expo. Please note, only registered NADA and ATD attendees and exhibitors are able to attend.
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Captain Mark Kelly
Commander of the Space Shuttle Endeavour‘s Final Mission
Speaking: 9:00am, Sunday, Feb. 10, 2013 – Orange County Convention Center, Exhibit Hall D
Mark Kelly is an American astronaut, retired US Navy Captain, best selling-author, prostate cancer survivor, and an experienced naval aviator who flew combat missions during the Gulf War. The winner of many awards, including the Legion of Merit, two Defense Superior Service Medals and two Distinguished Flying Crosses, Kelly was selected as an astronaut in 1996. He flew his first of four missions in 2001 aboard Space Shuttle Endeavour, the same space shuttle that he commanded on its final flight in May 2011. He has also commanded Space ShuttleDiscovery and is one of only two individuals who have visited the International Space Station on four different occasions.
Already a celebrated American, Kelly became the center of international attention after the January 2011 assassination attempt on his wife, former US Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords. In their best-selling memoir, Gabby, the couple shares their story of hope and resilience with the world. The inspirational memoir has topped multiple best-seller lists, including the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, USA Today, and Amazon. Kelly and Giffords have captivated the nation with their story, appearing in an exclusive Diane Sawyer interview, and on Nightline and The Daily Show, among others, and have appeared on the covers of People and USA Today. Named on of the Esquire’s 2011 “Americans of the Year,” Kelly was also featured on the cover of and profiled in the magazine. Kelly is currently working on a children’s book titled Mousetronaut: A Partially True Story, which is expected to be released in October 2012.
Kelly’s identical twin brother, Scott, is also an astronaut who served as commander of both the Space Shuttle and the International Space Station. They share the distinction of being the only siblings who have traveled in space.With 6,000 flight hours in more than 50 different aircraft, 375 aircraft carrier landings, 39 combat missions and more than 50 days in space, Astronaut Mark Kelly is one of our country’s most experienced pilots. A sought-after keynote speaker, Mark Kelly is an American hero who inspires others to be their best while remaining true to their core values. He exemplifies leadership, the importance of teamwork, and courage under pressure.
Mark Kelly will speak at the 2013 NADA Convention and Expo. Please note, only registered NADA and ATD attendees and exhibitors are able to attend.
TIME Is Now Accepting Nominations for Dealer of the Year
The national award, which recognizes new-car dealers for exceptional sales performance and distinguished community service, is held in partnership with Ally Financial and in cooperation with the National Automobile Dealers Association.
Nominations are submitted by the state and metro Automotive Trade Association Executives (ATAE).
As part of its sponsorship, Ally will donate $10,000 to the winner’s charity of choice. The ATAE who nominates the winner will also receive $5,000 from Ally to make a donation to a charity of their choice. Ally will also donate $1,000 to charitable organizations selected by each dealer nominee.
The 44th annual TIME Dealer of the Year award will be presented at the NADA Convention and Expo in Orlando, Fla., on Feb. 9, 2013. For more information, visit www.timedealeroftheyear.com.