Rob Fisher, Northside Auto Sales
This being the convention issue, I want to start out talking about the wonderful time we had at the NIADA Convention held at the Mirage Resort and Casino in Las Vegas June 12 through the 15th. Over 1,700 independent dealers from 10 countries and 170 vendors were in attendance. Ninety-two speakers and industry professionals conducted multiple breakout sessions daily pertaining to every aspect of our business. I assure you, you will always find something of interest and value when you attend a national convention, not to mention the fun and camaraderie with your fellow dealers. Myself and nine other dealers and their families celebrated our own Don Boucher as our VIADA Quality Dealer of the Year. Don and his family represented our great state in grand fashion. The national convention will be moving next year to Orlando, Florida, at the Rosen Shingle Creek Resort, June 18-21, 2018. So save the date, you won’t regret it!
NIADA will also be conducting its sixth annual National Policy Conference and Day on Capitol Hill, September 25-27, 2017. Dale and I have attended the previous five conferences and I can tell you it has been an interesting and educational experience each time. Other than transportation and lodging NIADA takes care of the rest. I would love to see a large representation from Virginia so please consider attending. It is a great event.
VIADA’s 57th Annual Convention & Expo will be at the Hilton Richmond in Short Pump October 19-22. This will be a jam packed affair with industry pros to educate as well as keep us informed on the latest trends in our industry. We will have 30 vendors offering the latest version of their products. Back by popular demand is the fun-filled Casino Night and don’t forget the Ladies Auxiliary Charity Auction whose proceeds benefit many charities and individuals in need. The state annual convention and expo is the perfect place to interact with fellow dealers across the state and to pick up their insight on the industry. Please plan to attend.
As we move forward as an association, it is very important that we keep increasing our membership numbers. Our membership has suffered this past year and we need to be mindful of retaining existing members as well as recruiting new dealers. The Association has put together a program that rewards members for signing up new members. There will be more information coming on this great program.
Our new executive director, Leigh Dicks, is acclimating nicely to the Association and making great strides on understanding our industry and the many facets that take place on a daily basis. Her written reports to the Board are 4-5 pages long, outlining her activities since coming on board. It is quite impressive!
I thank all of you for your continued interest and hard work on behalf of the Association.
Yours in continued success,
VIADA State President | Northside Auto Sales | (703) 368-5666 | firstname.lastname@example.org
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