CADA's Annual Meeting and Gala, The 102
The 102 took place on Friday, November 18th at the Park Hyatt Beaver Creek Resort and Spa. Several national speakers who are very familiar with our industry provided their insights including:
- Our keynote speaker was homegrown, but a national sensation: Steve Spangler. Steve is the 21st century version of “Bill Nye the Science Guy” who uses his considerable and participatory talents to explain The Science of Business: Connecting the Science of Sales and Service. His interactive presentation showed how scientific principles could be applied directly to your automotive business. Steve Spangler guaranteed and definitely delivered the entertainment (and we learned a thing or two, as well)! As Ed Dobbs commented, “That presentation was fantastic!”
- Keeping your eyes on the road ahead is what researcher Glenn Mercer covered in his presentation, The Dealership of the Future. For the past six months, Glenn has been immersed in NADA’s “Dealership of Tomorrow” project and gave us an overview of what he has discovered. Colorado dealers participating in The 102 were able to get a ring-side seat and hear, first-hand, the anticipated trends ahead. As Paul Suss said shared, “Glenn will either thrill you to death or scare you to death depending on how our future evolves.”
- In Beaver Creek, some of the biggest news in the automotive world was delivered by a Californian. Charlie Vogelheim spoke about how “Silicon Valley Reinvents the Wheel.” The always engaging Charlie knows a thing or two, based on his career stints with Kelley Blue Book, J.D. Power and, now, Motor Trend.
- And we heard, “Is Our Franchise System Under Assault?” As an automotive observer and consultant of 40 years, J Ferron shared his compelling insights as to why he’s still betting on the franchise.