What is the TIADA Annual Conference & Expo? Simply put, it is your opportunity to improve your business. The best education, connections with the top operators in the state, an Expo with 120+ relevant and motivated vendors – it’s all here. Featuring 25 breakout sessions across five Learning Tracks, 15 Outside the Box training seminars and networking opportunities galore, all set against the backdrop of the prestigious Hilton Anatole in Dallas, Texas.
We are proud to welcome auto dealers in all lines of business from all across the country to our conference.
What are the dates and location of the Conference?
The Conference will take place from July 29 – 31, 2018 and will be held at the Hilton Anatole Hotel in Dallas, Texas.
Who should attend?
Independent dealers of all types from all across the country attend our conference. Traditionally this conference has been geared toward owners and top decision makers; this year, however, we have education that also may appeal to a large cross-section of your staff, including some core fundamentals found in the Compliance track or some maybe in the Technology track. Check out all our Learning Tracks and our new education outside the box that will be offered on Monday in the expo hall to see what fits your needs.
Are there special hotel rates for attendees?
Absolutely! Discounted guestrooms are available for $180/night plus a discounted $8 daily resort fee for conference attendees. Please contact the hotel directly at 214.748.1200 to reserve your room or make your reservations online. The hotel is located at 2201 N. Stemmons Freeway, Dallas, Texas 75207.
Does the hotel provide airport shuttle service?
No, the Hilton Anatole Hotel does not provide airport shuttle service. Click here for alternative transportation.
Can I bring friends and family?
Hey, it’s a resort! Bring your spouse, guests and kids if that makes it easier for you to attend and let them enjoy the Hilton Anatole Hotel. And, to make it even more enjoyable for you we added options to purchase extra expo hall passes and awards dinner tickets separately if you want to bring the family to any of those events too.
Can I register for just one day?
Yes, one day passes are available for $300.
Can I simply go to the expo one day?
Yes, dealer only expo passes are available this year for $149. There is no better networking available and dealers have ask for this option for a couple of years now, here they are! This pass is also available to spouses and kids who want to enjoy the expo, but this pass doesn’t include the awards dinner you will need to purchase that ticket separately.
What is new this year?
It’s hard to tinker with a conference that has been busting at the seams but we are always looking to improve. This year’s expo is on pace to be are largest ever with over 120 booths. We will also offer more education, including hands-on demonstrations, classroom education, panel discussions, 30-minute quick hitters and we are bringing back the popular dealer roundtables. Many of our hands on demonstrations and networking education will take place in the expo so we have expanded the expo hours.
Can I attend if I am from another state?
Yes, the word is out, TIADA has one of the best if not the best conference in the country and we traditionally have dealers from other states attend our conference. And, if you are a member of your state’s association you are eligible to attend for the Texas IADA member rate.
Should I attend if I am a franchise dealer?
Yes, if you have a significant pre-owned operation and you’re looking for compliance training or industry best practices you will find the best and the brightest business talent at our conference. Make sure you send someone from your dealership and if you are a member of TADA you can attend for the TIADA member rate.
Can I register for the conference if I am an associate member (vendor)?
Associate members are welcome to register for the conference in conjunction with a sponsorship. However, our sponsorships are limited and we usually sell out pretty early so secure your sponsorship soon so you don’t miss out.
What is the suggested attire?
We suggest you wear business casual attire most of the time but keep in mind this is a resort and it is July in Texas so make sure you are comfortable throughout the day. If you plan to attend the Awards Banquet on Tuesday night, it’s a little dressy; a jacket for the men and that dress you never get to wear for the ladies.
Is there a cancellation policy?
As long as you let us know by July 13th we provide a full refund. After that date, we can offer credit toward other TIADA events.
Can I transfer my registration to someone else?
Sure, we can’t imagine not attending but we know things come up. If you can’t make it we will be happy to transfer your registration. Just notify us as soon as you can so we can make the new attendee feel welcome.
How do I register for the conference?
You can register online or by calling us at 512.244.6060.
How much does it cost to register?
You can customize your conference by selecting from many different registration options. A full conference registration is $595 for your first registrant and we have discounted pricing for multiple attendees from the same dealership. Take advantage of our early bird rates by registering before June 29th and save $100. You can also register for a one day pass or dealer expo only pass if you can’t be away for two days.
What kind of education can I expect at the Conference?
The heart and soul of the TIADA Conference is our education – over 40 hours’ worth, in just two days. While the quantity is impressive, attendees always leave talking about the quality. From owners and GM’s to your newest greenhorn staffers, the TIADA Conference has something for everyone.
LEARNING TRACKS – You’ll find over 25 hours of quality education, with concurrent sessions offered across five different time slots. Learning tracks will be offered on Monday and Tuesday and include; BHPH, Special Finance & Retail, Compliance, Management and Technology.
CARS AND COFFEE – Hear from the best of the best in the auto industry at this relaxed coffee shop-style chat. Don’t miss this rare opportunity to see these independent thinkers candidly relive the good, the bad, and the unbelievable times that shaped their success. Space is limited. Arrive early!
HANDS ON DEMONSTRATIONS – You will not find this style education at any other conference. We bring in the field training to you with experienced auto technicians and specialist offering live demonstrations on vehicles that include identifying frame damage, proven auto detailing techniques and even the “Walkaround Competition” where top sales people will go toe to toe in a competition that will show you attendees how to create more value when you are on the lot selling.
DEALER ROUNDTABLES – After a brief hiatus, dealer roundtable discussions have returned! These discussions are held BY dealers FOR dealers, creating a remarkably open environment where some of the top professionals in the state will discuss best practices, share their honest opinions about the industry, and give you a chance to do so as well.
PANELS OF EXPERTS – Everyone from the smallest lot to the largest multi-location corporation has certain things in common- transferring titles, working with attorneys, and financing inventory and/or customers. TIADA gathered expert automotive attorneys, third party lenders, and the elected TACs of the largest counties in Texas to address common challenges that dealers face when interacting with each of them. Three separate panels. 12 industry pros. One unique opportunity to improve your bottom line with expert advice.