2018 TIADA Annual Conference & Expo

President's Welcome

By Greg Zak
Dixon Motor Sales
Houston

Welcome to the 2018 TIADA Annual Conference & Expo! Thank you for joining us in Dallas at the beautiful Hilton Anatole. We hope you enjoy this wonderful property and all of its great amenities. Also, be sure to take in some of the amazing art throughout the hotel. It truly is a wonderful
setting for this year's conference. Whether you are a first-time attendee or have attended
several times, I know you will be happy you chose to attend.

Each year we provide the best education anywhere to the best dealers in Texas and this
year we are expanding our education offerings. We are offering 25 hours of breakout sessions in five separate learning tracks. Improve your business after hearing from some of the biggest names in the business in the Buy-Here, Pay-Here or Special Finance and Retail tracks. Learn how to avoid regulation hassles by attending classes in the Compliance track. Or you can attend sessions in the Technology or Management tracks. Whichever session you choose, you will discover something that will make you a better business owner!

Additionally, we are proud to introduce our Outside the Box education sessions taking place in the Expo Hall. These demonstrations will give dealers a hands-on learning experience. Discover the keys to spotting document fraud from the experts with the Houston Police Department. Learn how to spot frame damage and recondition cars in separate demonstrations. You can also hear directly from toll road officials addressing the issue of fraudulent charges or from actual tax-assessor collectors on panel discussions. We will even have a competition where you can show off your sales skills with the winner taking
home cold hard cash!

Speaking of the Expo Hall, the largest dealer expo in Texas got even bigger this year. Every year I find products and services that can help my dealership and I cannot wait to see what additional discoveries I will make this year. Once again, we are also bringing back the dealer networking excursions and the dealer roundtables. As always, dealers will hear from state lawmakers throughout the conference, and the upcoming legislative session will certainly be a topic of discussion.

This year's conference offers something for everybody no matter the size of your dealership.
I encourage you to utilize these opportunities and network with your fellow dealers. What you learn here can really help your business grow. I look forward to seeing you around the conference and hope you enjoy yourself!