The 2016 NADA Hotel Quick Guide

26 Jan

How much do you know about some of world’s largest hotels? Las Vegas has more hotel rooms than any city on the planet, but the rooms are just a small portion of what makes these properties great. Check out the fun fact guide to all our #NADA2016 Convention hotels.



Do you need help to justify your attendance to NADA?

8 Dec

NADA is not just for Dealer Principals. We have the education and connections for all positions in the dealership. Get the training you need to stay competitive in this industry. Join the conversation and tweet your approval stories and tips to #NADAGetAppoved.

NADA Convention Posts 12% Attendee Increase during First Week of Registration

23 Oct

VCosmoOnline registration for the 2016 NADA Convention & Expo in Las Vegas is off to a fast start. Nearly 2,200 dealers and their managers registered to attend the convention during the first five days of registration, up 12 percent compared to the same time a year ago. And as one of the most popular destinations in the country for meetings and conventions, four hotels in NADA’s convention block have already sold out. They are Encore at Wynn, Marriott Convention Center, Renaissance Hotel and Wynn Las Vegas.

Sixteen hotels are still available in NADA’s block. Other top hotels include the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, Aria Resort & Casino and Vdara Hotel & Spa. Aria and Vdara are located in CityCenter, which is considered a city within a city spread out over 67 acres on the Las Vegas strip and includes hundreds of restaurants and shops, spas, shows, nightclubs and other unique attractions.

The NADA convention—which runs from Thursday, March 31, through Sunday, April 3, 2016—will be held at the Las Vegas Convention Center.

Considered the “Automotive Industry Event of the Year,” the NADA convention includes dealer-manufacturer franchise meetings, new educational workshops for dealers and managers, hundreds of exhibitors on the expo floor showcasing the latest equipment, services and technologies for dealerships and numerous networking events for attendees.

Dealers and their managers who register by Nov. 27, 2015, will receive the early-bird rate—a $100 discount from the onsite registration rate. For more information or to register, visit

Introducing the 2016 NADA Keynote Speakers

27 Aug

The National Automobile Dealers Association announced its keynote speakers for the 2016 NADA Convention and Expo in Las Vegas.1987_E-Blast_Banners_v2

The speakers are:

• Friday, April 1: Jeff Foxworthy, comedian and entertainer; and 2015 NADA Chairman Bill Fox;

• Saturday, April 2: Heading into a presidential election, Mike Allen, Politico’s chief White House correspondent, will moderate a panel session with        Karl Rove, former deputy chief of staff and senior advisor to President George W. Bush, and Howard Dean, former governor of Vermont and former      chairman of the Democratic National Committee; and incoming NADA Chairman Jeff Carlson;

• Sunday, April 3: Peyton Manning, quarterback for the Denver Broncos, will provide an inspirational address.

The NADA convention, which runs Thursday, March 31, through Sunday, April 3, includes dealer-manufacturer franchise meetings, hundreds of educational workshop sessions for dealers and their managers, several hundred exhibitors on the expo floor and numerous networking events.

A message from NADA President, Peter Welch

27 Jul


Dear NADA Members:

As you may have heard, the 2016 NADA & ATD Convention & Expo will be held in Las Vegas from Thursday, March 31st thru Sunday April 3rd.  These dates are later than our traditional timeframe of January or February.  The NADA Board of Directors felt it was in the best long term interest of our members, exhibitors and industry partners to hold the Convention in Las Vegas every other year instead of every four years.  The NADA Board considered many factors in its decision, recognizing that there might be some conflicts in the transition years.

Las Vegas is an extremely popular destination for most of the top tier conventions and trade shows, and these events are booked many years in advance.  In order for NADA to move its Convention to Las Vegas every other year, we had to change our dates (from our traditional January or February timing) for the 2016, 2018 & 2022 shows, in order to secure our desired timeframe in the long term.

We realize that many dealers and dealership employees may have scheduling conflicts due to spring break, religious holidays or end of the quarter sales.  We apologize for any inconvenience, but again, we felt like this was the best long term decision.  For your planning purposes, the Convention dates through 2022 are listed below.  You will also note that Orlando has been taken out of our rotation.

2016 Las Vegas – March 31 – April 3

2017 New Orleans – January 26-29 (NADA’s 100th Anniversary Celebration)

2018 Las Vegas – March 22-25

2019 San Francisco – January 24-27

2020 Las Vegas – February 14-17

2021 New Orleans – January 21-24

2022 Las Vegas – March 10-13

We hope you will be able to join us for the 2016 NADA & ATD Conventions in Las Vegas.  Be on the lookout for information about our exciting keynote speakers, workshops, and the latest innovations from the expo hall.  Attendee registration and housing will open in early October with an early-bird discount – a savings of $100.

We have plenty in store for the “Automotive Industry Event of the Year” and we look forward to seeing you in the fabulous city of Las Vegas March 31-April 3 of 2016!



Peter Welch
NADA President

NADA Webinar – Tips for Submitting a Great Workshop Proposal

1 Jun

If you missed the NADA/ATD Workshop Proposal webinar, you can still view the recording!WebinarImage

This webinar is for all who are interested in presenting a workshop at the 2016 NADA/ATD Convention (March 31 – April 3, Las Vegas, NV). Shana Gipson will discuss the submission process and give valuable tips on how to make your proposal stand out to the selection panel. The deadline for workshop submissions is 5:00 P.M. ET on June 26, 2015. The selection panel will meet in September to select the workshops they feel will be of most interest to the NADA and ATD membership. All submitters will be notified in October with selection decisions.

10 things that happened at #NADA2015

13 Feb

The four day NADA/ATD Convention & Expo brought in over 23,000 people from 53 different countries and a lot amazing things happened. For a full recap of the convention please visit nadafrontpage/nada2015, but here’s a few of our favorites from social media.


1. Over 1,100 attendees walked 1,580 miles for our first ever Pedometer Contest!

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2. The Journey cover band, Evolution, rocked the house during Friday’s Opening General Session



3. Jared Hamilton’s NADA Super Session “Exceptional Experiences that Win Digital Buyers” was the most attended session with 556 attendees.


4. A Chinese Dragon made it way through all the Expo Halls on Friday.


5. Former NFL Player, Jerry Rice, made an appearance at the xtime booth, which made this woman very happy.


6. Our longest running exhibitor, Reynolds & Reynolds, celebrated their 50th year exhibiting at the Convention.


7. NADA exhibitor, DealerTrack, pulled out all the stop and had their event at AT&T Park on Saturday night.


8. Dealer Greg Noonan won the Adesa Auction for a Harley Davidson motorcycle benefiting Canine Companions for Independence.



9. Keynote Speaker, Jay Leno, reunited with the Tonight Show’s Kevin Eubanks


10. And this woman – who accepted the “Game Challenge” in the Mind-Body-Spirit Lifestyle Pavilion and showed us all Who let the Dogs Out. 


For more convention related information, make sure to follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram (@NADAConvention).


ADESA to Auction a Harley-Davidson at the NADA Convention for Canine Companions

16 Jan

NADA Foundation to present $10,000 to Canine Companions Wounded Veterans Initiative

ADESA will auction a 2012 Harley-Davidson Heritage with 2,271 miles during the NADA Convention & Expo at the Moscone Center in San Francisco. The live auction begins at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 24, at the ADESA booth (#3619 Moscone North). There is no reserve. The auction is not open to the general public.

And earlier that same day, the National Automobile Dealers Charitable Foundation will provide a $10,000 grant to Canine Companions for Independence (CCI) at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 24 in the NADA Pavilion (#1301 Moscone South). Vietnam War veteran Marv Tuttle and his service dog will represent CCI. Bob Bunger, national director of development service for CCI, will accept the grant.

The proceeds from both events will benefit the NADA Foundation’s Frank E. McCarthy Memorial Fund, which supports CCI. McCarthy served as NADA president for more than 30 years.

San Francisco Neighborhoods

9 Jan

San Francisco, within its very finite boundaries, contains a seemingly infinite number of diverse worlds. They mix, spill into each other, and co-exist in ways that can be as breathtaking as the natural topography they cover.

san-francisco-county-mapFisherman’s Wharf: View sea lions, savor fresh seafood and board excursion boats.
North Beach: Home to Italian heritage,cappuccino, cabarets and jazz clubs.
Chinatown: The oldest and among the largest in the U.S., where unique architecture, intriguing alleys and shops abound.
Embarcadero/Financial District: Grab a locally-grown bite and hop an outbound ferry.
Union Square: Indulge in luxury shopping and people watching in this designer goods mecca.
SOMA/Yerba Buena: Home to Moscone Center, anchoring a neighborhood where world-class art galleries and museums mingle with sleek nightclubs.
Mission District: Enjoy murals, Latino culture and some of the best weather in the city.
Bayview/Candlestick Point: State park lands, diverse experiences, and one of the largest concentrations of working artists in the U.S.
Castro/Upper Market: Sweeping views grace the “gay capital of the world.”
Haight-Ashbury: Home to Alamo Square’s “Postcard Row” and the city’s tie-dyed roots.
Japantown/Fillmore: The Far East meets the “Harlem of the West.”
Civic Center/Hayes Valley: Eclectic shopping, performing arts and Beaux Arts wonder City Hall.
Nob Hill: features the best view of the bay and our famous cable cars.
Marina/Presidio: An urban National Park with scenic views of the Golden Gate Bridge.
Golden Gate Park/Sunset: Grassy Golden Gate Park gives way to sandy

Buy and Sell Cars from an Online Auction? No Way!

16 Dec

Guest Blog PosHadden, Dougt from:
Doug Hadden, ADESA

It’s hard to believe, but I still hear used car managers, GMs and owners tell me they refuse to buy vehicles from an online auction! If it was 1990, I could go with it. The reality is, it’s 2014 and those who still think online acquisitions are something those ‘geek types” do, will be left to sift through the leftovers. I’m not saying there will be an end to the brick and mortar auctions, there will always be a need for those. What I’m saying is, if you want to find the best possible selection of vehicles, the ones that have high retail demand, you better figure out how to make online acquisitions part of your regular buying routine.

There are many dealers that have successfully conquered buying and selling wholesale in the digital realm. It’s not as hard as you may think to set up a “war room” as some of my dealer friend’s have affectionately named the office where they have multiple monitors to bid and buy remotely at live auctions. They also bid and buy on static EBay style auctions day and night!
Is this something you can flip and switch and make happen overnight? No! But all you have to do is sit down and make a plan.

Plan to set aside the time understand the differences between online and in lane. Make a plan to get training and support from your on line auction. Make a plan to set up policy and procedures within your dealership’s wholesale team regarding on line purchases. Plan on making a couple of mistakes on your first purchases (it’s ok, it a learning curve). But most of all, plan on being able to find the cars you need to meet your used vehicle departments retail plan!

Learn more at Doug Hadden’s NADA Workshop:

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