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Kick-start spring with CATA/IADA conference in Marco Island, Fla.

November 17, 2010

By mid-March, spring typically has only flirted with Illinoisans, offering one or two glimpses of warmer weather on the horizon. Not so along Florida’s Gulf coast, where daytime highs average in the 80s.


Ditch the snow shovel and grab the golf clubs, and be part of a conference and retreat exclusively for Illinois and northwest Indiana dealers and their families, March 18-23 at the Marco Island Marriott Resort & Spa in Marco Island, Fla.


The inaugural getaway excursion, coordinated by the CATA and the IADA, features speakers, workshops and line or ad group meetings as requested, plus golf outings, banquets and other events at or near the resort overlooking the Gulf of Mexico.


Commited speakers include Malcolm Bricklin, chairman and chief executive of Visionary Vehicles; Steve Gilliland, master storyteller and author of "Enjoy the Ride;" and 2007 NADA Chairman Dale Willey.


Marco Island and nearby Naples are graced with miles of white-sand beaches, luxurious real estate, beautiful year-round weather, sumptuous restaurants, fine shopping, dining, lively entertainment, attractions and plenty of recreational activities from boating and fishing, to golf and tennis. All that is set amid the stunning subtropical beauty that is unique to southwest Florida’s Gulf coast.


The new venture by the CATA and the Illinois Automobile Dealers Association succeeds a previous annual incarnation of the IADA and the Missouri Automobile Dealers Association.


See the flyer in the print edition of this newsletter for conference registration and transportation costs. Payment can be made in full or in three installments.       For more details, call the IADA at 217-753-0220.