The National Trailer Dealers Association (NTDA) will host its 33rd Annual Convention Oct. 4–6 at the beautiful JW Marriott Marco Island Beach Resort in Marco Island, Florida.
Registration and housing are available on www.ntda.org for the convention dedicated to gathering the best of the best in the semi-trailer industry.
Join colleagues and new friends for this three-day learning and networking event. Share ideas with top dealers about how to grow your business. Reconnect with your business contacts and build your network of trailer dealers, leading OEMs, component manufacturers, and industry service providers. Understand where the industry and economy are headed.
The Convention kicks off on Wednesday, Oct. 4, with a Welcome Reception that includes fabulous food, cocktails, and outstanding entertainment. October is loggerhead turtle hatching season, so attendees will gather on the Sunset Terrace at the JW Marriott for an evening of networking by the sparkling sea until 8:30 p.m. Then, the party moves indoors for an After Glow Gathering that includes jazz, rum tasting, delicious desserts, and more.
Engage in world-class educational offerings. These events allow for candid networking and the open exchange of ideas, information, and strategies when facing challenges that are unique to the trailer industry.
The educational program kicks off on Oct. 5 with a State of the Association Address presented by NTDA Chairman of the Board Mark Hall, general manager for trailers at Stoops Freightliner-Quality Trailer. (Indianapolis). Keynote Presenter Cam Marston is the owner of Generational Insights as well as an author, advisor, radio talk show host, and speaker on the trends shaping the workplace and marketplace.
Other featured speakers include FTR CEO Jonathan Starks, who will deliver an economic forecast; Tim Reynolds, tax partner at Davidson, Holland, Whitesell & Co., will review federal excise tax (FET) best practices; and Nick Carozza, who is national broker at Risk Placement Services, will cover effective controls and cyber security best practices.
Other sessions offer insights into the status of the supply chain; legislative and regulatory concerns; changing customer needs; and the most pressing and current issues impacting dealers today. There will be a dealer panel discussion during the general session on Oct. 5.
Then, a concurrent session titled, “Dealer Ideas for Improving Productivity, Efficiency and Profitability,” will feature dealer members presenting some great ideas they have implemented in the past few years to improve their operations. Attendees will vote for the best idea, and one of the dealer presenters will receive a $500 prize. If you are a dealer member and wish to make a five-minute presentation about a non-proprietary idea that has been implemented into your dealership, please email NTDA President Gwen Brown at [email protected].
Attendees also will hear from convention sponsors, including AXN Heavy Duty, BMO, Brandt, Clement Industries, Doepker Trailers, Hendrickson, Hyundai Translead, MAC Trailer Manufacturing, and Wabash, about their latest products and services.
Learn about new trailers, products, services, technology innovations, components, accessories, software and management systems, finance options, and much more at the NTDA Exhibition & Strolling Luncheon on Thursday, Oct. 5, with nearly 90 exhibits featured.
Visit the NTDA interactive floor plan at ntda.org/convention/2023-exhibitor-floor-plan/.
View the most current list of exhibitors at ntda.org/convention/registration/exhibitor-list/.
Learn more about convention sponsors at: ntda.org/convention/2020-convention-sponsors/.
When not attending the NTDA’s educational programming, exhibition, and other activities, attendees can enjoy sunbathing on the beach, great shopping, and restaurant cuisine, including fresh Florida seafood, getting to know some of the most well-preserved natural areas in Florida, boating, kayaking, and much more. Marco Island has it all. Plus, you’re 20 minutes from lively shopping and dining in Naples or the watery wilderness of the Florida Everglades.
The week concludes with delicious dinner and wine pairings during an Awards Dinner on Friday, Oct. 6, that includes prize drawings.