As the Automotive industry reaches an inflection point of disruptive innovation through ride-sharing concepts, Electric Vehicles, Autonomous Vehicles and future underground tunnels, it is crucial for dealers to actively seek out information that will help them in not only coping but also staying ahead of change.

We have compiled a list of dealer events in 2018 to help you keep up with the latest. In addition to the below events, do keep track of your local ADA events. We will keep updating this list as and when more information becomes available.

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Local ADA Events TBD ADA Events are valuable platforms through which dealers can learn about regulatory & legal updates, share industry best practices, receive training and network with peers. Dealers can also use these events for lobbying purposes. Local ADA Website
NADA/ATD Expo March 22-25, 2018;
Las Vegas Convention Center
The biggest event for automotive retail, the NADA/ATD expo is a ‘must’ go to event. Dealers can meet vendors, network with peers, and learn about the latest tools, tactics and industry trends. NADA/ATD hosts meetings, workshops and exhibitions designed to help dealers ‘win big at retailing’.  Per NADA/ATD: Those who own, operate and work within the franchised new-car dealerships industry should attend.
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Retail Forum: NADA March 22, 2018;
Encore Las Vegas
This is a half day event held during the NADA conventions and is moderated by the Automotive News editorial team. This event presents a lineup of industry experts and accomplished retailers and is intended for anyone who works in the automotive industry, especially dealerships.
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5th Annual Dealership Buy/Sell Summit March 22,2018 – 8:30am;
Caesars Palace, Las Vegas
AutoTeam America conducts regular meetings to address dealership specific issues and solutions in areas such as auditing, estate & tax planning, profitability analysis and cost containment. AutoTeam America has affiliate members that are solution providers within the industry which allows them to better serve their dealer members.
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24th Annual Dealer/CEO/CFO Forum March 22, 2018 – 2:00pm;
Caesars Palace, Las Vegas
AutoTeam America conducts regular meetings to address dealership specific issues and solutions in areas such as auditing, estate & tax planning, profitability analysis and cost containment. AutoTeam America has affiliate members that are solution providers within the industry which allows them to better serve their dealer members.
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Digital Dealer Conference & Expo April 10-12, 2018;
Orlando, FL
Over 100 educational sessions offered by top dealership executives and consultants, over 120 technology vendors exhibiting the latest products and services, networking opportunity with peers at the Peer Strategy Roundtables.
Who should attend: Dealer principals, General Managers, General Sales Managers, Marketing Directors, E-Commerce Directors, Internet Sales Managers, Social Media Managers, CRM Managers, BDC Managers, Pre-Owned Managers, Fixed Operations Managers, F&I Managers, OEM Representatives, Automotive Dealer Associations, Allied Industry Professionals, International Dealerships.
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ATA National Accounting and Finance Council (NAFC) Annual Conference May 19-23, 2018;
JW Marriott, Marco Island, FL
The ATA National Accounting and Finance Council is a must-attend for accounting, finance and risk management executives as it focuses on vital trucking issues that most affect these areas.
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AICPA Auto Dealership Conference October 25-26, 2018:
Orlando, FL
The AICPA Auto Dealership Conference offers guidance on current trends as well as incoming trends of the future that are relevant to dealers and the automotive industry. These topics vary from cybersecurity issues to disruptive technologies such as autonomous vehicles and ride sharing apps.
Who should attend as per AICPA: CPA’s who service auto, truck, motorcycle and other dealerships; experienced dealership professionals, including bankers, general managers, CFOs, CEOs, controllers and auto manufacturer representatives; financial professionals new to the auto dealership industry
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CBT Automotive Conference & Expo TBD CBT Conference & Expo is for a wide range of professionals who are engaged in retail automotive. This event is hosted by CBT News and addresses various aspects of the automotive retail industry like Leadership & Management, Marketing, Social Media, Technology, Sales Strategy, F&I, BDC, Fixed-Ops, Customer Experience and others.
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DrivingSales Executive Summit TBD The DrivingSales Executive Summit is primarily for Dealership Executives and Senior Management. Explore tactical startegies with experts from outside and within the industry to take your dealership to the next level.
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Automotive CX Summit 2018 (Thought leadership summits) TBD The Automotive CX Summit is dedicated to helping the dealers inspire the customer experience by focusing on all things customer, including brand engagement, loyalty, retention, culture, and analytics.  It is a 2 full-day event and provides an exclusive environment for senior executives from OEMs, dealers, and finance providers.
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Marketplace Master Conference and Expo TBD Focused on dealer education, The Marketplace Master Conference and Expo is results oriented and provides hand-on workshops. Dealers will get to hear from the top sales and management trainers in the industry as well as experts in Marketing and social media prospecting.
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Industry Summit TBD Industry Summit is primarily for dealers, managers and front-end staff tasked with building technology-driven processes for sales and F&I.
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Innovative Dealer Summit TBD;
Denver, CO
In this event, dealers can learn the latest internet strategies when it comes to technology, social media, SEO & SEM, reputation management, lead generation and others. You can netowrk with he best automotive internet marketing experts in the country.
Who should attend: Dealer principals/owners, general managers, senior dealership managers & directors, sales leadership, internet sales managers, business development managers, F&I directors, fixed-op directors, controllers, key decision makers.
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Autovate 2018 TBD Autovate facilitates discussions about the future of automotive retail. These discussions are led by dealer executives, investors, entrepreneurs and automakers and span topics such as Impact of  Artificial Intelligence, Blockchain Technology, Augmented & Virtual Reality on your dealership.
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