NATDA Magazine Nov/Dec Nov2018Mag_FINAL - Page 54

“T he role of the NATDA Trade Show is to offer education to the retail dealerships on the many different facets involved in running a business and expose dealers to a wide variety of vendors that can help to improve business and the products that are offered,” Debbie Blaser, Co-Owner of Blaser Trailers Sales, explains. Debbie and her husband, Greg, recently made the trip out to Indianapolis for the 2018 NATDA Trade Show & Convention. In fact, the duo attended the majority of the NATDA events, including the last one in St. Louis. The pair are looking forward to going back in 2019, too. “It’s also a huge opportunity to talk to other dealers to learn how they run their business, what items they use to be successful and more.” Dealers, as Debbie puts it, come to the trade show expecting a lineup of qualified companies that are built to help dealerships’ bottom lines, education that will enhance their overall operational methods and a downright good time. The latter part of the equation is something the Blasers took full advantage of this year. The husband-and-wife team not only attended NATDA’s Dealer Receptions, but also made their way to Indianapolis Motor Speedway for a VIP event from Scorpion Protective Coatings, Inc. She’s not wrong in her ideas of what the NATDA Trade Show & Convention should be, either. It’s a process that the 11-year association has steadily improved over time and, hopefully, will continue. For the Blasers, their participation in NATDA’s events have added to an already successful career. The pair, along with their 4-year-old daughter, America, and black lab, Jack, started their first dealership in Eugene, Oregon in December of 2006. A year “It’s also a huge opportunity to talk to other dealers to learn how they run their business, what items they use to be successful and more.” 54 NATDA Magazine www.natda.org