Thursday, Jun. 04, 2020, 11:07 AM
The National Independent Automobile Dealers Association is making a host of modifications for its 74th annual NIADA|NABD Convention and Expo because of the coronavirus pandemic.
First, NIADA said the event has been rescheduled for Sept. 21-24 at the Wynn Las Vegas, instead of its original dates this month at the MGM Grand.
In addition, NIADA indicated the 2020 convention will be combined with the NABD Buy Here-Pay Here Subprime Conference, providing the specialized training necessary to prosper in the complex buy-here, pay-here business.
Furthermore, the association is offering a path for dealers to attend the events virtually.
“The used-car industry’s premier event will offer everything you’ve come to expect — and everything you need to come back strong after a difficult stretch,” NIADA said.
“That includes the best and most comprehensive education available for independent dealers, an expo hall featuring vendors offering the latest products and services to help your dealership succeed, special events and networking opportunities and awards celebrating the best of our industry,” the association continued.
NIADA explained the all-new digital package provides a password-protected platform allowing dealers to view livestreams of the convention’s general sessions and many of the breakout sessions, as well as livestreams of the industry leadership awards and the National Quality Dealer award ceremony.
That virtual option also includes livestream footage from the expo hall during its regular hours and access to the expo exhibitors — including the ability to schedule virtual appointments during the convention.
“NIADA has heard the concerns of dealers across the nation and created the digital package to give dealers a chance to be part of the convention without having to get on a plane and take time away from their business,” the association said. “It allows them to get the convention’s educational benefits and meet with Expo exhibitors while they work on their dealership to increase sales and bring staff back on board.”
A series of FAQs for both dealers and vendors as well as a path to register are available at niadaconvention.com.