Conference Circuit: Auto Dealers

The National Automobile Dealers Association’s 2019 NADA Show begins next week in San Francisco. Attendance is expected to top 20,000.

More than 20,000 auto industry professionals are headed to San Francisco to find solutions to their everyday dealership issues, learn about new products and services, hear the latest updates on legal and regulatory affairs, and get to know their colleagues.

Organization: National Automobile Dealers Association

Conference: 2019 NADA Show

Venue: Moscone Center

City: San Francisco

Following a welcome reception on Thursday evening, the 2019 NADA Show officially kicks off Friday afternoon with an opening general session featuring Kat Cole. The COO and president of FOCUS Brands North America will share her perspective on what it takes to create and lead successful teams, drive innovation and growth, lead with heart, and sustain excellence. Also on the agenda:

Peer-to-peer learning. Sessions collectively known as The Exchange are roundtable discussions that feature brainstorming and problem-solving among auto industry peers. Each Exchange session is based on a timely topic selected by attendees at the time of registration. Topics this year include attracting and hiring technicians and differentiating your dealership from the competition.

In the zone. The Social Connection Zone is a space to get free, one-on-one advice from NADA social connectors. Attendees can ask about their most pressing social media and digital marketing issues or get help with a tech question that they haven’t been able to answer.

Speaker series. The Distinguished Speakers Series, which debuted last year, was so popular that it’s back again. Four dynamic speakers will focus on key leadership topics that are top of mind for dealers today. The lineup includes Carey Lohrenz, the U.S. Navy’s first female F-14 fighter pilot, who will discuss fearless leadership, and Mark King, executive emeritus at Adidas, who will talk about creating an environment that supports creativity.

For more meeting details, head to Twitter (#NADASHOW), Facebook, and Instagram.

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Samantha Whitehorne

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