National Automobile Dealers Association conference begins in Las Vegas

Prior to its annual conference, which began Friday and runs through Thursday, the National Automobile Dealers Association (NADA) announced a $50,000 donation to the Nellis Support Team, a nonprofit organization that supports airmen and their families at Nellis Air Force Base, Creech Air Force Base, and Nevada Test and Training Range in Southern Florida. 

These funds will allow the Auto Skills Center to purchase tools and equipment, such as three drive-on auto lifts and a wheel alignment/changer.

This is the second donation to the Nellis Support Team; the first was given in 2018 and allowed the base to reopen the Auto Skills Center. This allowed airmen and their families to repair their vehicles without having to leave the base.

“The brave men and women at Nellis Air Force Base protect and serve our country, and I am so pleased we can serve them,” said Charlie Gilchrist, NADA 2019 chairman. “I am honored today to meet with the airmen at Nellis and tour this wonderful Auto Skills Shop.”

NADA Conference opens

 The NADA Conference opened Friday at the Las Vegas Convention Center, with orientation, workshops, the highlight session "Drivers of Blue Sky and Real Estate Values in Today’s Buy-Sell Market," a welcome reception cohosted by J.D. Power at XS Nightclub at Encore and an invitation-only NADA Academy alumni and next-generation reception.

From 9 a.m.-11 a.m., participants had their pick of workshop previews on topics like “From Dealership Valuation to Buy, Sell or Hold,” “Data Security and Privacy Update” and “Career Pathing for Profitability Across Your Dealer Group.” There was also a speaking session: "How to Stop and Focus on What Matters Most.”

Attendees had the opportunity to learn about NADA analytics, find out where to get help with new federal mandates, how to use LinkedIn for auto dealerships, and more.

From today through Monday, attendees will be able to choose from talks on dealership employment trends, understanding and communicating with customers, and general sessions each day. Sunday, attendees will hear from Adam Robinson of Hireology in a session on retail automotive hiring benchmarks; Tom Doll of Subaru of America will talk with Jonathan Collegio of NADA, and NADA representatives will also have a session with Trevor Gile of Motor Cars Honda on “The Modern Dealership: Energy Efficiency and Energy Star.”  There will be live broadcasts of the general sessions each day for those who cannot attend. Visit to access the live streams.  

The final day of the conference begins with NADA 2020 Outlook, and sessions include education and consulting for truck drivers, as well as the announcement of the winner of the “Women Driving Auto Retail Video Contest” and the NADA Foundation Workforce Initiative.

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