A 2020 NATDA Trailer Show Update from the Executive Director
Dear valuable NATDA member,
Our country has faced an unprecedented challenge this year. The economic and industrial uncertainties COVID-19 has forced upon our industry is something that may affect you in a myriad of ways. In this time, we want to provide certainty so that you have one less thing to worry about.
While many trade shows and annual meetings have been forced to alter schedules due to the ongoing pandemic, we’re fortunate that the 2020 NATDA Trailer Show, scheduled for September 2-4, 2020, should go on as planned. Adding to that resolve is the continued belief from dealers and exhibitors alike. Registration for our Nashville show has hit record highs this year and continues to climb - even during this time of adversity. From an exhibitor standpoint, nothing has slowed. This year’s show should see a record number of new trailer manufacturers, gracing a hall that is already close to selling out.
For attendees, we’re expanding our educational efforts with a new hands-on technical training program; we’re introducing an innovative New Product Display and introducing a dedicated time for members to meet with NATDA staff to discuss member benefits, new opportunities and more. Additionally, we’ll continue to have informative dealer education seminars, including classes on recovering and preparing from pandemics, enjoyable receptions and parties and the largest trailer-specific trade show the industry offers.
For all exhibitors, we’ve added an entirely new networking event, the Trailer Parts Expo. The expo is the perfect way to kick off your time in Nashville with food, drinks and entertainment, all during a dedicated time to see the latest trailer technology and network with potential partners. With every segment under one roof, we will now truly provide an event for each component of the trailer industry.
From an association standpoint, our efforts will continue. The bi-monthly NATDA Magazine and bi-weekly NATDA newsletter will become even more critical as we look to provide you with the most current and helpful information to assist your dealership during these pressing times. We’re also working on new ways to provide immense value and help you during this time to help mitigate the effects of COVID-19 on your dealership.
Our membership is made of strong-willed, tough-as-nails, do-what-it-takes individuals that know how to push through tough times to find the greener pastures on the other side. We see our annual show as the perfect opportunity for the industry to reconnect, reconvene, and reestablish itself in the marketplace after such peculiar times. We look forward to providing that opportunity and celebrating our industry with you in Nashville, TN. Until then, the NATDA wishes you, your family and your business success and health during this time.
Jesse Battle, Executive Director
North American Trailer Dealers Association