Saint Petersburg, FL – The North American Trailer Dealers Association (NATDA) hosted its 9th annual trade show at the Music City Center for the second year in a row September 8-10, 2016. The weekend consisted of educational workshops, training, receptions, giveaways and more!
“We are very proud to announce that our show has grown immensely since last year with a 9% increase in dealership attendance,” says Andy Ackerman, President of NATDA. The 2016 NATDA Trade Show & Convention had a total of 486 dealerships in attendance.
The weekend kicked off with Dealer Education on Thursday, September 8th with eight courses that were designed to bring dealerships to the next level. Keynote speaker, Bob Clements, of Bob Clements International, delivered a sensational seminar entitled “Dare to Be Different” that was an absolute hit amongst dealers. Following dealer education, H&H Trailers hosted a fantastic dealer reception at the Renaissance Nashville Hotel.
The morning of Friday, September 9th, LINK Trailer Parts provided coffee, donuts and hosted the Exclusive Technical Training. The Exclusive Technical Training provided dealers with hands on technical training that they could “take back to the shop” from technical experts with Blue Ox, PullRite and Cequent Performance Products.
This year’s show featured the New Product Display where dealers voted for the best new product of the season. NATDA is proud to announce the official winners:
- 1st Place – Airtug Trailer Tugs Heavy Duty Gas Trailer Tug
- 2nd Place – TexTrail Trailer Parts LiftGator Removable Liftgate
- 3rd Place – Gen-Y Hitch GH-1224
The first day of the trade show was closed out by Redneck Trailer Supplies who hosted the “Redneck Honky Tonk”. Dealers from every state (plus, Canadian dealers) walked the halls on Friday, September 9th and Saturday, September 10th, networking and checking out the latest in industry innovation.
NATDA is extremely happy with the success of the 2016 Trade Show & Convention in Nashville, TN. Mark your calendars, as we are happy to announce that next year we will host our 10th annual trade show on September 7-9, 2017 at the Indiana Convention Center in Indianapolis!