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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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Here is a brief recap from all of the highlights of this year’s show, according to press releases from NADA:
 
Every year, NADA is well-known for helping nonprofit organizations in cities that host its annual show. 
 
This year, they donated $50,000 to the Nellis Support Team, a nonprofit organization supporting the 30,000 airmen and their families at Nellis Air Force Base, Creech Air Force Base and Nevada Test and Training Range in southern Nevada. 
 
This is the second donation in three years that NADA has made to the organization.
 
Assurant, Inc., a global provider of lifestyle and housing solutions that support, protect and connect major consumer purchases like automobiles, contributed $25,000 through its Assurant Foundation to the NADA Foundation’s Workforce Initiative.
 
“Assurant is proud to support the NADA Foundation’s Workforce Initiative that’s committed to developing the next generation of auto professionals,” said Assurant’s Global Automotive president, John Laudenslager. “We believe it is important to invest in the future and encourage the next generation of innovators, leaders, engineers and technology professionals.”
 
During NADA Show 2020 in Las Vegas, Assurant drove dealers to their booth with a pledge to donate $100 to the NADA Workforce Initiative for each dealer who visited. On Feb. 16, Assurant presented NADA with a $40,300 check, representing funds raised during NADA to support the Workforce Initiative’s mission. 
 
NADA Foundation launched the Workforce Initiative in 2019 to harmonize industry efforts and offer a brand-neutral tool for recruiting service technicians and sparking an interest in service technician careers. 
 
The foundation’s website, nadafoundation.org, includes the first and only interactive U.S. map of training and scholarship opportunities available for aspiring technicians, as well as videos featuring a variety of technicians highlighting their careers and the challenging nature of their work. 
 
Once again, NADA backed its bark by raising funds for service dogs from Canine Companions for Independence (CCI) over the expo floor on Feb. 16, as NADA Foundation and KAR Global auctioned off a VIP all-access “Epic Experience” package for the 104th running of the Indianapolis 500. 
 
Proceeds from the auction benefit the NADA Foundation’s Frank E. McCarthy Memorial Program, which supports CCI, a non-profit organization that pairs highly-trained assistance dogs with people with disabilities.
 
With more than 120 educational sessions, attendees to NADA Show 2020 featured top industry experts that included an Intro to NADA Analytics with NADA’S Chad Royston, Orbee Auto’s Daniel Kim and Cox Automotive’s Jason Jager
 
LinkedIn’s Mariel Lasala discussed why the social platform is a gamechanger for auto dealerships.
 
NADA 2020’s Distinguished Speakers series featured best-selling author and digital expert Erik Qualman. Using practical research, Qualman outlined the five habits that drive success and happiness for employees, partners and customers in today’s highly digital, WiFi world.

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