One of the largest industry conventions for independent auto dealers is quickly approaching, and this year is shaping up to be the biggest one yet.

From June 18-21, the National Independent Auto Dealers Association (NIADA) has merged with The National Alliance of Buy Here Pay Here Dealers (NABD) to present their Rewriting the Playbook 2018 mega-conference—held at Rosen Shingle Creek Resort in Orlando, Florida.

As a longtime participant of this annual event, ADESA—along with KAR Auction Services companies including Automotive Finance Corporation (AFC), High Tech Locksmiths, TradeRev and Insurance Auto Auctions (IAA)—is looking forward to spending time with customers, meeting new faces and educating independent dealers on a variety of topics through insightful sessions and panel discussions.

Keeping with the tradition of previous conventions, we will also hold our live charity auction at the Dealer’s Lounge on Thursday, June 21, at 1:30 p.m.

During the charity event, which will be hosted by yours truly, a 2018 Honda Accord will be auctioned off, with proceeds benefiting the NIADA Foundation—which supports charitable giving, scholarships, training and educational opportunities. Don’t miss the opportunity to support this great cause.

See below for a complete breakdown of ADESA and KAR involvement at the 2018 NIADA/NABD Convention & Expo.

Monday, June 18

10 a.m. – 2 p.m. | Gatlin A-4

  • State Presidents Council Meeting, sponsored by High Tech Locksmiths

2:30 – 4 p.m. | Gatlin A1-A2

  • General Membership Meeting, sponsored by TradeRev

8:30 – 10 p.m. | Gatlin Terrace

  • Big & Rich Concert, sponsored by TradeRev

Tuesday, June 19

 12 – 1:30 p.m. | Gatlin A

  • Welcome Lunch with special guest speaker: Congresswoman Stephanie Murphy (D-FL), sponsored by ADESA, AFC and TradeRev
  • MINI PANEL | The Technology Playbook
    • Moderated by Devra Callaghan, vice president of marketing at AFC
    • Panelists include Doug Hadden, executive director of dealer services at ADESA; Jim Money, president at AFC; and Keith Crerar, executive vice president at TradeRev.

Wednesday, June 20

4:15 – 5 p.m. | Panzacola F/G

  • SESSION | Shop Local vs. Buy Global: How to Source Inventory in Today’s Connected World
    • Speakers include Brad Yeager, regional sales director at TradeRev, and Devra Callaghan, vice president of marketing at AFC

Thursday, June 21

9:45 – 10:45 a.m. | Panzacola F/G

  • PANEL | Discover the Economic Trends in the Used Car Industry
    • Panelists include Tom Kontos, chief economist at KAR

9:45 – 10:45 a.m. | Sandlake

  • PANEL | Floorplan Panel
    • Panelists include Joe Keadle, COO at AFC

1:30 – 1:45 p.m. | Dealer’s Lounge

  • Live Car Auction Benefiting the NIADA Foundation, sponsored by ADESA