LAS VEGAS (Feb. 1, 2012) – U.S. medium- and heavy-duty truck dealers will convene in Las Vegas for the American Truck Dealers (ATD) Convention and Expo Feb. 3-6, which is being held for the first time in conjunction with the annual convention of the nation’s new-car dealers.
More than 20,000 new-car and -truck dealers, industry executives and
exhibitors, including 1,500 international dealers from 36 countries, are
expected to attend the 2012 National Automobile Dealers Association (NADA) and
Keynote speakers at the 49th annual convention include ATD Chairman Kyle
Treadway; Martin Daum, CEO of Daimler Trucks North America; Michael Card,
president of Combined Transport Inc.; and retired Navy Captain and best-selling
author Gerald Coffee. Ford dealer Richard Witcher, president of Minuteman
Trucks Inc., in Walpole, Mass., will begin a two-year term as ATD chairman on
Monday, Feb. 6.
Dealers will also have an opportunity to meet face-to-face with manufacturer
executives at 12 franchise meetings and with suppliers in the sold out exhibit
hall. Twelve workshop sessions will be offered for dealers and their managers to
learn ways to improve their business operations.
ATD attendees can also attend any of the NADA workshops and general sessions,
featuring keynote speakers Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne, NADA Chairman
Stephen W. Wade and incoming NADA Chairman Bill Underriner.
Here are some convention highlights:
Workshop Program Focuses on Federal Policy Changes, Boosting Profitability
The ATD workshop program kicks off at the Las Vegas Convention Center on
Friday, Feb. 3, with a presentation by Eric Starks, president of FTR
Associates, on the state of the commercial vehicle industry, followed by
several sessions over the weekend on topics, such as CSA compliance,
alternative fuels and technician apprenticeships. The convention will also
feature two sessions for medium-duty truck dealers on leasing and managing
NextGen ATD to Host Reception for Future Dealers
NextGen ATD, a professional development network for the association’s future
leaders, will host a reception at the Las Vegas Hotel and Casino (formerly the
Las Vegas Hilton) on Saturday, Feb. 4, from 5-6 p.m. Eric Guenther, general
marketing manager for Ford Fleet and Commercial Trucks, will be the featured
speaker. NextGen ATD is designed to help prepare future dealers through
networking opportunities and meeting dealers with similar backgrounds.
Winner of National Truck Dealer of the Year Award Announced Saturday
Seven commercial truck dealers from the United States and Canada were nominated
by their peers for a national industry award presented by ATD and Heavy Duty
Trucking magazine. The winner will be announced during the opening general
session at the Las Vegas Hotel on Saturday, Feb. 4.
The 2012 nominees are John C. Arscott, president and CEO of the Pete Store,
LLC, in Baltimore, Md.; Steve Bassett, president of General Truck Sales, in
Muncie, Ind.; Terry L. Dotson, president, chairman, and CEO of Worldwide
Equipment Enterprises, Inc., in Prestonburg, Ky.; Eugene W. Hieber, president
of Bucks County International Inc., in Langhorne, Pa.; Brent Leach, president
of Custom Truck Sales, Inc., in Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada; Trey Mytty,
president and CEO of Omaha Truck Center, Inc., of Omaha, Neb.; and Timothy E.
Reilly, president and dealer principal of Miami Valley International, in
ATD Commercial Truck of the Year Winners Announced Sunday
The winners of the ATD Commercial Truck of the Year will be announced at the
Las Vegas Hotel on Sunday, Feb. 5. The award recognizes the top truck entries
in the heavy- and medium-duty categories. Nine trucks were nominated for the
The heavy-duty (Class 8) truck entries are Freightliner 114SD conventional dump
truck, International ProStar+ tractor with MaxxForce 15 engine, Kenworth T660
Regional Hauler with Paccar MX engine and Peterbilt 587 SmartWay conventional
tractor. The medium-duty (Class 3-7) truck entries are the Fuso Canter FE160
low cab forward, Isuzu NPR-HD Gas, Kenworth T440 Conventional, Peterbilt Model
210 low cab forward and UD 2600 low cab forward.
Trucks were judged on overall appearance, cab comfort, noise levels, roominess,
ease of getting in and out of the truck and convenience of maintenance.
Incoming ATD Chairman to Outline Plans for Future on Monday
Incoming ATD Chairman Richard Witcher will discuss ATD’s 2011 accomplishments
and the association’s legislative and regulatory goals for 2012 during the
general session at the Las Vegas Hotel on Monday, Feb. 6. Witcher is president
of Minuteman Trucks Inc., in Walpole, Mass.
For more information about the 2012 NADA-ATD convention, visit www.nadaconventionandexpo.org.
The American Truck Dealers represents about 2,000 medium- and heavy-duty truck
dealers. ATD members share in NADA’s programs, services and benefits. ATD hosts
an annual convention and expo for dealers and dealership managers. For more
information, visit www.atd.org.
The NADA Story
The NADA story began in 1917 when 30 auto dealers traveled to the nation’s
capital to convince Congress not to impose a luxury tax on the automobile. They
successfully argued that the automobile is a necessity of American life, not a
luxury. From that experience was born the National Automobile Dealers
Association. Today, NADA represents nearly 16,000 new-car and -truck
dealerships with 32,500 franchises, both domestic and international. For more
information, visit www.nada.org.