American Truck Dealers (ATD) Move 2013 Convention and Expo to Orlando, Fla.
McLEAN, Va. (April 18, 2012) – Responding to an overwhelming number of positive comments from members in a post-convention survey, the leadership of the American Truck Dealers (ATD) has decided once again to hold its 2013 Convention and Expo in conjunction with the National Automobile Dealers Association’s (NADA) annual event in Orlando, Fla., next February.
The two events will run simultaneously at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando from Feb. 8-11, 2013. The Peabody Hotel will serve as the meeting headquarters for both conventions. The NADA Convention and Expo is considered “the industry event of year.”
“I’m very excited that the ATD and NADA conventions will take place once again in the same city and at the same time,” said ATD Chairman Dick Witcher, president of Minuteman Trucks in Walpole, Mass. “This is a value added experience for the ATD membership, who can also participate in all of the NADA programs and activities.”
According to the survey, nearly 77 percent of respondents who attended the ATD convention, which was held together with the NADA convention in Las Vegas this past February, indicated they favored holding future ATD conventions in conjunction with NADA.
“The overwhelming assessment by respondents of the survey was that the 2012 ATD convention was very successful and the way to move forward,” Witcher added. “The ability to hold two conventions at the same time, while maintaining a distinct flavor for ATD members in our traditional format, turned out to be hugely positive.”
Witcher points out that there are several advantages of holding the NADA and ATD conventions at the same time.
“Commercial truck dealers can attend a broader array of workshops and meet with vendors who typically would not exhibit at the ATD convention,” he said. “There are so many common interests of car and truck dealers. We can both benefit from understanding each other’s public policy issues, dealership operations and business philosophies in a better way.”
All ATD activities, such as the general sessions, workshops, dealer franchise meetings and shopping the expo floor will be held at the convention center.
For more information, visit www.nadaconventionandexpo.org.
The American Truck Dealers represents about 2,000 medium- and heavy-duty truck dealers. ATD members share in NADA’s programs, services and benefits. ATD hosts an annual convention and expo for dealers and dealership managers. For more information, visit www.atd.org.
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