The Automotive Distribution Network (ADN) hosted its largest convention yet Feb. 26–29, 2012, with a sellout crowd of 1,450 of the group’s members in Las Vegas.
“The unprecedented reaction to our 12th Network National Convention epitomized that the automotive aftermarket is still about people and relationships,” says Mike Lambert, president of the network. “With this year’s attendance 20% higher than any of our previous gatherings, the 2012 convention further enhanced the camaraderie and the idea of being a part of something bigger in the industry among our membership.”
Seminar topics at the event ranged from social media marketing to business financial management to auto-repair selling techniques that are effective yet ethical. The convention also stressed the importance of the group staying ahead of the curve in an ever-changing industry.
“If you’re not constantly striving to move ahead, you’re sitting still in the aftermarket,” says Danny Ward, network chairman and owner of Atlanta-based Southeastern Automotive Warehouse. “Our record turnout this year reflects the commitment at every level of the network distribution chain to continue to better themselves and outperform their competition.”