Record number of first-timers attend NIADA Accelerate

Just two months after starting his buy here, pay here dealership, Good Deal Car Sales in Florence, S.C., Brandon Davis went to a portion of the BHPH Super Forum in Austin, Texas, in November.

The experience whet Davis’ appetite to learn more about the industry and pick up more tips to help his business. Monday, he was one of the many first-time attendees at the NIADA Accelerate 2023 Convention and Expo.

“I went to the one in Austin and missed the first part. I’d only been in business two months,” Davis said. “I’m here to learn as much as I can about the business and help with online sales and marketing.”

NIADA Accelerate 2023 has drawn a record number of first-time attendees, 270 in total, from coast to coast. The largest convention and expo for the independent automobile dealer features 77 education breakout sessions. It also provides unlimited networking opportunities for new dealers with industry veterans.

“We’re here to learn something new and meet some new people,” said Elvira Stepanov , CEO of Dapper Car Sales in Los Angeles, Calif.

NIADA held a first-timers reception on the opening day of the 2023 convention. First-time attendees were greeted by members of the association, including the board of directors.

Many were given the opportunity to sit down and ask questions of the veterans about the industry and the association.

The first-time attendee reception was followed by the grand Welcome Reception in the promenade of the Cristal Ballroom, where the expo hall will be held, starting Tuesday.

For a full schedule of events and information during Accelerate 2023, download the NIADA app.

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