July 19, 2013
New Orleans will serve as host for the 51st annual ATD Convention & Expo next January, with the Hilton Riverside serving as ATD headquarters hotel.
Keynote speakers include Philip Byrd, incoming chairman of the American Trucking Associations; Lt. General Russel L. Honoré (Ret.), commander of the Joint Task Force Katrina and Global Preparedness Authority, who led the Department of Defense response to hurricanes Katrina and Rita in Alabama, Mississippi and Louisiana; and ATD Chairman Dick Witcher, chief executive officer of Minuteman Trucks in Walpole, Mass.
The ATD convention runs concurrently with NADA from Jan. 24-27 at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center.
Registration opens July 22 and dealers and managers who register by Oct. 7 will receive a $150 discount from the onsite registration rate.
Dealers will have the opportunity to meet face-to-face with their manufacturer executives at 11 franchise meetings and with exhibitors in the ATD Zone on the expo floor. ATD-NADA University will be offering seven workshops for truck dealers and their managers. The ATD Super Workshop, featuring Stu MacKay, president of MacKay & Company, will take place on Friday, Jan. 24.
The annual ATD Sunday Gala will be held at the historic New Orleans landmark restaurant, Arnaud’s, which is located in the French Quarter.
ATD attendees can attend any of the NADA general sessions and workshops. Keynote speakers at the NADA convention include former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton; Steve Forbes, chairman and editor-in-chief of Forbes Media; NADA Chairman David Westcott, a new-car dealer in Burlington, N.C.; and J.R. Martinez, Army veteran and winner of the 13th season of ABC’s “Dancing with the Stars”.
Online registration for the ATD convention opens Monday, July 22. For more information or to register, visit www.atdconvention.org.