The National Trailer Dealers Association (NTDA) will host its 29th annual convention Oct. 9–11 at The Breakers, a five-star resort in Palm Beach FL.
Online registration and housing for the convention dedicated to gathering “the best of the best” in the semi-trailer industry are open on ntda.org. NTDA says its focuses on creating an “intimate” atmosphere that blends world-class educational offerings with events allowing for candid networking and an open exchange of ideas, information and strategies for facing trailer-industry challenges.
“This year’s convention program is expected to be the most informative, entertaining and engaging ever,” said Gwendolyn Brown, NTDA president.
The Oc.t 10 general session and keynote presentation include an economic overview focused on freight and the semi-trailer industry delivered by Eric Starks FTR chairman and CEO. Next, a panel of public and private fleet CEOs will discuss how changes in technology and commerce will impact trailer purchasing. Harvard Business School’s Senior Professor of Retailing, Rajiv Lal, Ph.D., will then reveal the impacts of driverless vehicle technologies on the industry. To finish, Keni Thomas, a Black Hawk Down ranger, Bronze Star recipient and Nashville country singer, will deliver a “rousing, patriotic and inspiring” keynote address and performance.
The convention also will feature concurrent sessions on blockchain, talent development, B2B e-commerce opportunities and a look at how smart trailers will transform the industry. There also are workshops on succession planning and on how dealer members can prepare for the next big economic downturn.
New to this year’s convention will be a FET Help Desk staffed by CPA Tim Reynolds, a partner with CliftonLarsonAllen, and the annual exhibition and luncheon Oct. 10 will feature more than 100 displays and include new products, innovations and finance options.
Multiple networking events, including a reception for first-time attendees and event sponsors, and optional activities including a catamaran tour are available for attendees and their guests.
The annual golf tournament, which is a fundraiser for NTDA’s scholarship program, is expected to draw a sizable crowd to The Breakers’ Ocean and Rees Jones Courses. The NTDA has awarded more than $150,000 in scholarships to 44 children of NTDA member employees since 1998.
Once individuals register for the convention, they will receive a link to reserve rooms at The Breakers. Attendees must use the provided link to receive negotiated discounts on rooms.
For more information, contact the NTDA at 1-800-800-4552 or e-mail [email protected].