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Award-Winning Lifestyle and Wellness Experience Returns to NADA Convention & Expo in New Orleans

29 Oct

The NADAccelerateYoujustlogoA Convention’s award-winning Lifestyle Experience is back for 2014 offering both men and women numerous activities to relax their minds, bodies and souls while walking through the Expo floor in New Orleans.

The four Lifestyle Experience pavilions encompass Beauty and Fashion; Lifetime; Mind, Body and Spirit; and Relax.

Highlights for 2014 include a professional portrait studio, a golf clinic and putting green, psychics and tarot card readers, yoga, health screenings, manicures and hair care, massage therapists, an oxygen bar, aromatherapy, jewelry making and more.

“The NADA convention has taken the lifestyle and wellness concept to the next level with four specialty zones,” said Melissa Wolpert, director of convention services and operations for NADA. “Attendees can take a quick break from the action throughout the day. The activities last about 10 to 15 minutes.”

NADA has partnered with Saks Fifth Avenue to offer skin care and makeup consultation from Lancôme, clothing accessory bars for men and women, Hermes fragrance bar and fashion show.

“The Lifestyle Experience pavilions are not just for spouses,” Wolpert added. “There’s something for everyone.”

Saks Fifth Avenue will also host in-store events, including a private champagne-jazz breakfast and shopping events. (Saks Fifth Avenue, located at 301 Canal St., is walking distance from most NADA hotels. A shuttle bus also runs from the convention center.)
Lifestyle Experience dates and hours:

Saturday, Jan. 25  (8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.)
— Sunday, Jan. 26  (8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.)
— Monday, Jan. 27  (8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.)

Considered the “Automotive Industry Event of the Year,” the convention includes dealer-manufacturer franchise meetings, educational workshops, hundreds of exhibits on the expo floor and numerous networking events.

The 2013 NADA convention’s Lifestyle Experience pavilions in Orlando, Fla., were recognized by BizBash as one of the most innovative events held by both corporations and trade associations this year. BizBash is an industry magazine and online resource for event planners.

The 2014 NADA convention runs Jan. 24-27. For more information about the Lifestyle Experience venues, click here.

Dealers and their managers who register in advance by Jan. 16 will receive a $75 discount from the on-site rate. To register, visit www.nadaconvention.org.


From yoga and fitness to fashion and jazz, here’s a schedule of lifestyle events held at specific times during the NADA convention in New Orleans:

Laughter Yoga
Saturday, Jan. 25
10 a.m., 12 p.m., 2 p.m. and 4 p.m.

Laughter yoga combines unconditional laughter with yogic breathing (Pranayama). Laughter is simulated as a body exercise in a group with eye contact and childlike playfulness that offers physiological and psychological benefits. LOCATION: Mind, Body & Spirit (Hall G)

The Best of Saks Fifth Avenue
Saturday, Jan. 25
11 a.m. and 1 p.m.

girlaccelerateA fashion show will present the latest “looks” for men and women, and includes a prize drawing for a $250 Saks Fifth Avenue gift card. (Must be present to win.) LOCATION: Beauty & Fashion Pavilion’s Lifestyle Theatre (Hall G)

Work/Life Balance Presentation
— Saturday,
Jan. 25 (11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.)
— Sunday Jan. 26 (11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.)

How organized are you? With today’s busy lifestyle, it’s a challenge to stay organized. Take a quiz from the “Occasional Wife” and learn the top-10 ways to create a better work-life balance and stay organized. LOCATION: Mind, Body & Spirit (Hall G)

“Wardrobing” … Saks Style
, Jan. 26
2 p.m., 3 p.m. and 4 p.m.

Hear from style experts how to take your “look” from day to evening and from home to on the “go.” Learn about fabrics that travel well and packing techniques. A $250 Saks Fifth Avenue gift card will be raffled. (Must be present to win.) LOCATION: Beauty & Fashion Pavilion (Hall G)

Champagne Jazz Breakfast and Exclusive Shopping Event
Sunday, Jan. 26
11 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Attend a private continental champagne brunch and register to win a $250 Saks Fifth Avenue gift card. To make a reservation, call (504) 524-2220 Ext. 5228. Space is limited.
LOCATION: Saks Fifth Avenue, 301 Canal St.

Hula Hooping
— Sunday, Jan. 26 (10 a.m., 12 p.m., 2 p.m. and 4 p.m.)

— Monday, Jan. 27 (10 a.m., 2p.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.)

The Hula Hoop has evolved, and hooping is a new fitness trend sweeping the country. The circle is the infinite symbol of health, fitness, playfulness and joy. LOCATION: Mind, Body & Spirit (Hall G)

Jazz, Cocktails and Shopping Event
Monday, Jan. 27
4:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.

Cocktails will be served at Three at Saks in the men’s complex, which includes live jazz from local musicians. Register to win a $250 Saks Fifth Avenue gift card. LOCATION: Saks Fifth Avenue, 301 Canal St.

Hotel Spotlight: Hyatt Regency New Orleans

16 Oct

hyattregencyroomNADA and ATD attendees can experience the Crescent City like never before at the revitalized Hyatt Regency New Orleans. As an integral part of the city’s downtown area for over 30 years, the hotel was one of the most visual representations of Hurricane Katrina’s aftermath.

For more than six years, locals and visitors eagerly awaited the re-opening of one of the Big Easy’s most important hotels. The New Orleans AAA Four Diamond hotel re-opened its doors in the fall of 2011 as one of the city’s premier hotels.


doughnut station


Chocoholics Dessert Bar

For jazz lovers the hotel’s restaurant features the Jazz: Live at Hyatt series featuring a sultry jazz and cabaret performance by local songstress Anaïs St. John. Along with the show you can enjoy a prime rib and seafood buffet. If you’re not up for dinner you can still enjoy dessert with the Chocoholics Dessert Bar – an all-you-can-eat buffet of sweets!

To register and book this property for the NADA/ATD Convention & Expo visit nadaconvention.org and atdconvention.org.

Nominations for ATD Truck of the Year are Now Being Accepted

15 Aug

ATDctoty175Manufacturers 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.

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.

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.

Hotel Spotlight: Caribe Royale Orlando

13 Aug

This is an all suite property

Standard Room Rate: $169
Villa Rate: $289

At the Caribe Royale All-Suite Hotel and Convention Center, business and pleasure go hand in hand. From the very beginning, we’ve redefined and elevated the standards of the meeting, conference and family vacation experience in Florida. Here among our more than 53 lush, tropical acres, guests will discover 1,218 spacious, well-appointed one-bedroom suites, 120 luxurious two-bedroom lakeside villas, expansive state-of-the-art meeting and event facilities, unmatched hospitality and service, and a wealth of desirable dining options and hotel amenities that will appeal to both families and business professionals alike. And it all can be found just minutes from the area’s world famous theme parks and attractions.

Special requests for king beds, adjoining rooms, non-smoking, etc. will be forwarded to hotels with your reservation, though neither NADA nor Experient can guarantee they will be honored. Sales tax on rooms is currently 12.5%.

Important Hotel Information: Attendees: You must register for the event before you can make a hotel reservation. Each attendee may make (1) one hotel reservation using their unique registration ID number.

Click here to register and secure your hotel for the 2013 NADA and ATD Convention & Expo!

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

Official NADA and ATD Hotels in Orlando

2 Aug

NADA & ATD have negotiated the best rates at 21 hotels in Orlando, Florida for the 2013 NADA Convention & Expo and ATD at NADA.

NADA & ATD offer complimentary shuttle buses to and from the selected hotels and the West Building of the Orange County Convention Center and most hotels are within 3 miles of the West Building of the Orange County Convention Center.

NADA and ATD advise that you book early as hotels will sell out!

Attendee Early Bird Registration is open until Sept. 14 & Exhibitor Booth Applications are now being accepted.

For more information on the NADA Convention and Expo, visit: www.nadaconventionandexpo.org

For more information on ATD at NADA, visit: www.atdconventionandexpo.org

TIME accepting nominations for Dealer of the Year

20 Jul

TIME Is Now Accepting Nominations for Dealer of the Year

Mike Shaw, 2012 TIME Dealer of the Year

Nominations for the TIME Dealer of the Year award are due August 2.      

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.