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Ed Attanasio

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Friday, 06 March 2020 22:40

2020 NADA Expo Brings 23,000 to Las Vegas

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Global Finishing Solutions was happy with the show’s traffic and the leads they gathered at NADA 2020. Global Finishing Solutions was happy with the show’s traffic and the leads they gathered at NADA 2020. GFS

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The jam-packed aisles at the Las Vegas Convention Center were filled with 23,000 attendees, dealers and suppliers from across the globe at the 2020 National Automobile Dealer Association (NADA) Convention & Expo in Las Vegas, Feb. 14 through Feb. 17. 

The annual NADA Show brings the entire industry together for the world’s largest automotive retail conference and expo, including companies that make products and equipment for the collision repair industry. 
 
Thousands of dealers and managers, OEM executives, allied industry, international guests and collision repair professionals connect with their peers and learn about the industry’s innovations. Over the course of four days, attendees were able to visit 500-plus exhibitors, more than 60 workshops, dealer franchise meetings and a lengthy list of keynote speakers at NADA 2020. 
 
2020 NADA Chairman Rhett Ricart said times are good for the nearly 17,000 dealerships in the U.S., but there is still much work to do. 
 
“NADA has never been in a more fiscally fit position,” he said. “We want to make sure we can leverage that for advocacy as well as we want to get deeper and better education and tools for all the dealers.” 
 
Collision-related companies such as Global Finishing Solutions, Spanesi, Inc., Dr. ColorChip, asTech, Garmat, CCC Informational Services, Pro Spot International and UpdatePromise were exhibitors this year. 
 
Public Relations & Event Marketing Specialist Ronnie Guindon at Global Finishing Solutions said his company’s participation in the show was a success. Sending three company reps and three of their western distributors to the show was definitely a good idea, he said. 
 
“We got a lot of traffic and met people from dealerships and collision centers who are in the market for our equipment," Guindon said. "At the NADA Show, we get quality leads as opposed to a large volume of them, like at SEMA. More and more dealerships are investing in their own in-house body shops, which is good news for us.” 
 
COO Tim Morgan at Spanesi, Inc. was happy to be an exhibitor at NADA 2020 after waiting for several years, he said. 
 
“It’s a popular show and space is limited, so we were on their waiting list," Morgan said. "We were able to meet with the decision-makers, which is what you always want from a show like this. Will we participate next year? Absolutely.”  

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