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Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton to Keynote NADA Convention in New Orleans

Online registration and housing opens July 22 with discounted rates

McLEAN, Va. (July 10, 2013) – Adding to the list of distinguished keynote speakers over the past several years, Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton will address the National Automobile Dealers Association (NADA) Convention & Expo in New Orleans next January.

Clinton served as the 67th U.S. Secretary of State from 2009-2013 after nearly four decades in public service as an advocate, attorney, First Lady and U.S. Senator. She will deliver keynote remarks on the closing day of the 2014 NADA Convention & Expo on Monday, Jan. 27.

"NADA has a long history of inviting high profile speakers who have provided diverse perspectives on a wide range of issues," said Desmond Roberts, chairman of NADA's convention committee and a Chevrolet dealer in Hodgkins, Ill. "We've hosted U.S. presidents from both parties as well as prime ministers and other dignitaries who have offered interesting insights and opinions."

Other convention speakers include Steve Forbes, chairman and editor-in-chief of Forbes Media, and NADA Chairman David Westcott, a new-car dealer in Burlington, N.C., who will deliver remarks on Saturday, Jan. 25.

Army veteran J.R. Martinez, who was injured by a roadside bomb while deployed in Iraq and later won ABC’s “Dancing with the Stars” (13th season), will provide an inspirational address on Sunday, Jan. 26.

Considered the “Automotive Industry Event of the Year,” this will be the 97th annual NADA Convention & Expo, which runs Jan. 24-27 at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center. It includes 26 dealer franchise meetings, hundreds of industry exhibitors and educational workshop sessions.

Past keynote speakers at the convention have included U.S. Presidents Gerald R. Ford (1988), George H.W. Bush (2000), George H.W. Bush and William J. Clinton (2009) and George W. Bush (2012), as well as U.K. Prime Ministers Margaret Thatcher (1993) and John Major (2002).

The American Truck Dealers (ATD) Convention and Expo runs concurrently with NADA’s four-day convention.

Online registration and housing opens July 22. Dealers and their managers who register by Sept. 13 will receive a $100 discount off the onsite registration rate. For more information or to register, visit www.nadaconvention.org.

The NADA Story

NADA has been the voice of the dealer since 1917. That’s when 30 auto dealers traveled to the nation’s capital to convince Congress not to impose a luxury tax on the automobile. They successfully argued that the automobile is a necessity of American life, not a luxury. From that experience was born the National Automobile Dealers Association. Today, NADA represents nearly 16,000 new-car and -truck dealerships with more than 32,000 franchises, both domestic and international. For more information, visit www.nada.org.

Contact:

Charles Cyrill
Director of Public Relations
NADA Public Affairs
(216) 870-8837 (m)
(703) 821-7121
ccyrill@nada.org 

Amanda Deluca
Public Relations Specialist
NADA-ATD Public Affairs
(703) 760-7578
adeluca@nada.org