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Hyundai CEO, John Krafcik to speak at NADA Convention Expo

30 Nov
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 companys 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 Hyundais 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.

Hotel Spotlight: Disney Beach Club Resort

27 Nov

Disney Beach Club Resort

Standard Room Rate: $205

 

Disney’s Beach Club Resort is a New England-style Disney Deluxe Resort, shaded by broad oak trees and lapped by the gentle waters of 25-acre Crescent Lake. Our 576 Guest rooms are decked in accoutrements befitting a surf-and-sand sanctuary, some with panoramic views of the Resort grounds, gardens, lagoons or the lake. Relax on charming white wicker furniture and enjoy a whimsical salmon and light green color palette that recalls the humble comfort of a bygone era, brought to life again at Disney’s Beach Club Resort. Watch chefs prepare succulent steaks, seafood, chicken and lamb dishes in the open kitchen of Yachtsman Steakhouse. Discover the Ship Shape Health Club, open 24 hours a day and offering saunas, steam rooms and massage therapy. Stretch out on the white-sand beach, or soak in 3 quiet crystal pools and 7 spas scattered across the Resort grounds on your divine seaside holiday.
This resort is located 11 miles from the West Building of the Orange County Convention Center. Hotels may be secured during the registration process. NADA and ATD Convention and Expo registrants only. Click here to register today.

The Exhibit Experience – What’s New for 2013

17 Aug

Based on feedback from our exhibitor partners, we’re making some changes to the 2013 NADA/ATD Expo. Here’s a partial list of some of the new initiatives we’re planning for 2013 to enhance the show experience for everyone.

* Consistent Expo Hall openings each day at 8:30 a.m.  Monday’s Expo closing time has been adjusted from 5:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. (There’s no Super Bowl conflict on Sunday.)

* The “Social Connection Zone” will be relocated to the central area of the Expo Hall with an inviting lounge floor plan and a double-sided Twitter Fountain.  NADA’s social media efforts will continue to expand to enhance communication with exhibitors and attendees throughout the year

* Increased food service and seating within more ‘neighborhood’ eateries spaced throughout the Expo Hall.  These themed smaller restaurants are in addition to two larger perimeter Restaurants that will combine to help keep buyers on the show floor.

*  Exhibitors will receive access to monthly attendee registrant lists (September through January) posted on our website.  Demographic data will also be provided to help companies make better quality connections and cross reference with their own in-house database programs.

* The Mobile Applications are being upgraded to provide more sophisticated navigation through the event with the use of smart technology.

The NADA Expo is the auto industry’s largest marketplace for technology and services.  Co-locating with the NADA Expo, The American Truck Dealers (ATD) Expo offers products and services targeting thousands of  Heavy-duty and Medium-duty Truck Dealerships in the U.S.  Never underestimate the power of face-to-face.

For more information on how you can exhibit at the 2013 NADA/ATD Expo in Orlando (2/8 – 2/11 2013): www.nadaconventionandexpo.org

Astronaut, Mark Kelly, to speak at NADA Convention and Expo

14 Aug

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 JournalUSA 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.

Top 10 Reasons to Exhibit at the NADA/ATD Expo

10 Aug

1. Introduce new products to the market.  With thousands of attendees on hand at this event, it’s a great opportunity to do a product launch with industry-wide exposure.

2. Establish industry positioning.  Exhibiting at this event is a great way to announce to the industry that your company is a player.

3. Meet with existing customers.  You can make weeks’ and months’ worth of sales calls to your existing customers in a short period of time.  Invite them to see what’s new.

4. Scope out the competition.  You’ll get a clear picture of your competition’s marketing strategy.

5. Visit with people who are otherwise hard to meet.  You’ll be able to get access to key buyers who are otherwise unapproachable.

6. Network with other professionals.  You can share your stories with other peers who have faced the same challenges, and learn from more experienced pros in the business.

7. Do market research.  During this 3-day event you can try new offers out on thousands of buyers and fine-tune your pricing and product focus.

8. Get media exposure.  You have access to trade press and national media to help you get your company’s marketing message out to the masses.

9.  Sell your product to new customers.  Overall, 77% of qualified attendees at events are potential new customers for exhibiting companies.  (Source: CEIR Research Report ACRR 1130.08)  The NADA/ATD show is a great way to get new business for your company.

10. Sell your product to other exhibitors.  This event offers hundreds of B2B opportunities for companies targeting other exhibitors at the show.

The NADA Expo is the auto industry’s largest marketplace for technology and services.  Co-locating with the NADA Expo, The American Truck Dealers (ATD) Expo offers products and services targeting thousands of  Heavy-duty and Medium-duty Truck Dealerships in the U.S.  Never underestimate the power of face-to-face.

For more information on how you can exhibit at the 2013 NADA/ATD Expo in Orlando (2/8 – 2/11 2013): www.nadaconventionandexpo.org

Exhibitions Offer Most Face-to-Face Value

3 Aug

Based on a survey of 9,000 attendees and 800 exhibitors, The Center for Exhibition Industry Research (CEIR) recently released the first in a series of reports selected from its landmark study, “The Role and Value of Face-to-Face Interaction.”  In this report, both audiences ranked exhibitions highest in terms of value from a list of 10 possible face-to-face interactions including; sales calls, exhibits, conventions, annual meetings, educational conferences with or without an exhibit component, and hosted buyer events to name a few.  Forty-eight percent of attendes ranked exhibitions as the most valuable face-to-face setting on the list.  In person sales calls were a distant second, at twenty-six percent.

Exhibitions are an excellent way to improve ROI via face-to-face contact with business partners.  Returning to a ‘back to basics’ system of quality interaction can create a unique buying/selling environment for those involved.  In addition, CEIR reports that approximately two-thirds of visitors place a high level of importance on face-to-face interaction during the pre-purchasing stages of the customer’s buying process.  Furthermore, research shows customers continue to require face-to-face interaction in the later stages of the purchasing process to maintain the ongoing relationship with their vendor.

The NADA Expo is the auto industry’s largest marketplace for technology and services.  Co-locating with the NADA Expo, The American Truck Dealers (ATD) Expo offers products and services targeting thousands of  Heavy-duty and Medium-duty Truck Dealerships in the U.S.  Never underestimate the power of face-to-face.

For more information on how you can exhibit at the 2013 NADA/ATD Expo in Orlando (2/8 – 2/11 2013): www.nadaconventionandexpo.org