NATDA Magazine May/Jun 2017 - Page 6

50 U.S. states, 6 Canadian provinces, 149 vendors, 70 manufacturer brands, 300,000 sq. ft. of exhibit space and over 1,700 hotel rooms are the ingredients that make up a wonderful trade show. The hard work, the long nights and the ample time spent is a byproduct. Here at the NATDA, we have spent and will continue spending our manpower to create an invaluable and memorable experience for your dealership. Over 486 dealerships attended the 2016 edition of the trade show and we’re hoping more will make their way to Indianapolis, Indiana.  This year, the NATDA Trade Show and Convention will– for the first time–offer live, hands-on technical service and management training. Each live technical installation will focus on the important elements of testing and repairing trailers. These training sessions will improve the quality of work and billable hours the technicians in your dealership produce. As an association, it is our hope to encourage and cultivate the trailer industry and its members. The technical service and management training workshops at our convention will do that.  To celebrate our 10-year anniversary properly, we will be holding another first this year: a President’s Breakfast sponsored by Waymire Distribution. NATDA will take the time to honor any exhibitors or 6 NATDA Magazine dealers that have been with us from the inception of the trade show. Open to all, it is sure to be a great time for all attendees! There is an unprecedented amount of attention we’ve received from vendors, manufacturers, dealers and media outlets. The 2017 NATDA Trade Show & Convention will include over 35 first-time exhibitors in addition to the majority of vendors and manufacturers that attended last year.  Indianapolis will be our biggest and best show yet and well worth the prestige of being our 10-year anniversary.  If you would like to see a little information, including the companies that are scheduled to attend, make sure to visit www.natdatradeshow.com. If you registered and need some ideas on things to do in Indianapolis, you can head to www.visitindy.com/natda17 to see the wonderful things the city offers. Personally, we are looking forward to grabbing a brew at St. Joseph Brewery & Public House and visiting the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. We can’t wait to see you in Indy! www.natda.org