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NADA convention to focus on future of the industry for dealers

November 3, 2010
Economic turmoil and uncertainty form the backdrop to the National Automobile Dealers Association’s 2009 convention and exposition, Jan. 24-27 in New Orleans.

"This is a must-attend convention if ever there was one," said Steve Pitt, NADA vice president of conventions and expositions. "The fate of the industry is hanging in the balance. All of the top manufacturer executives will be there. And we are providing new ideas and information and a series of workshops designed to help dealers get through these tough times."

The NADA gathering offers more than 40 workshops, many designed to tackle today’s tough economic issues head-on—like maintaining dealer profitability, improving cash flow, surviving the credit crunch and driving customers back to dealerships.

"Convention participants will learn what they need to do back home at their dealerships for the good of their businesses," said Pitt. "The convention will help dealers prepare for an upcoming year of uncertainty." 

Advance registration ended Jan. 5. Dealers and others can take their registration fees to the convention and register on-site at the New Orleans Morial Convention Center. Hotels should be contacted directly for any housing needs, but the special NADA convention rate likely will not be offered.

For the first time ever at an NADA convention, two former U.S. presidents will take center stage. Former Presidents George H.W. Bush and Bill Clinton will deliver remarks during the general session. Ford Motor Co. President and CEO Alan Mulally will deliver the industry keynote address.

Inspirational speakers Archie Manning, former quarterback of the New Orleans Saints and the NFL’s Most Valuable Player in 1978; and Christopher Gardner, the inspiration for the movie, "The Pursuit of Happyness," will offer motivational talks. Nearly all of the automakers’ CEOs and presidents also reportedly plan to attend the meetings.