As we approach the end of 2019, all eyes are focused on the largest tradeshow event in the automotive industry – NADA 2020. Whether you are a dealer, allied industry, or vendor attendee, days are packed, and it can be tiring. Post-show extracurricular activities are a great way to unwind, relax after a long day, and network in a less formal environment. This industry is all about relationships, and there are plenty of opportunities to meet and enjoy acquaintances, both old and new.
Of course, to start the list, we would be remiss if we failed to mention the 2020 DealerBuilt Client Appreciation and Dealer Community Reception on Saturday, February 15. Located at the Las Vegas Marriott, just walking distance from the Convention Center, the reception is on the 17th floor from 5-8pm. To sign up for the party, go to dealerbuilt.com/nada. Come join us in celebrating our clients, business partners, and the NADA Show with libations and great company.
As most of you would also like to know about the premier parties that feature exciting and famous guests and rock stars, keep reading, as we have you covered there as well!
Noteworthy Events that are sure to be popular
On Valentine’s Day, there is just one event that is not to be missed –The Joe, Arnold & Shaun Karaokethon! This event has been part of almost every auto industry conference for the past eight years and is a favorite among attendees. Come and sing (or listen) while enjoying an open bar. This event will be at The Thunderbird Saloon from 8pm to 1am. All are welcome, whether you are a dealer, ATAE, Allied Industry, or Exhibitor registrant. Just show up with your badge! Learn more here: [LINK]
On Sunday, February 15, there are so many great choices that you may have to party hop.
The first event starts at 6:00pm, hosted by Digital Air Strike. Named the “Notorious Ballers,” this party will feature meet and greets by famous baseball player Pete Rose and pro football player Brian Bosworth, followed up by a concert by Rob Base, Tone Loc & Coolio! It will be held at the Brooklyn in the LINQ and will end at 9:30pm. We’re pretty sure that tickets will go fast, so you might want to secure yours ASAP!
Overlapping this event by a half-hour is AutoAlert’s AutoBash After Dark held at the House of Blues, which features a concert by Uncle Kracker. It starts at 9pm and ends when they kick you out! These tickets will also be very popular so you would be wise to try and secure yours as soon as possible, so you don’t miss out. For more information click here: [LINK]
Dealer-Specific Networking Opportunities
If you are a dealer, you most likely have already been invited to a specific event. If you didn’t get the invite, you might want to look in your spam folder. Or, if you are part of the group, and have not received an invite, you should contact your district manager as the following events are by invitation only.
From 6:30pm until 9:30pm, the Washington Area New Auto Dealers Association is co-hosting a reception with the Virginia Auto Dealers Association at the Beer Park.
The Missouri Auto Dealers Association is holding a reception from 7:00pm until 9:00pm at the Eastside Lounge located at the Encore.
The Connecticut Auto Dealers Association is hosting a welcome luncheon at the Lake Mead/Red Rock room located in the Las Vegas Marriott from 12pm until 2pm.
FCA is hosting a dealer reception in the Orovada Ballroom at the Aria from 5:30pm until 7:30pm. This event is for FCA dealers only.
Northwood University is hosting a networking event for alumni and friends in the Mouton 1 room at the Wynn from 5:30pm until 7:30pm.
The California New Car Dealers Association is throwing a welcome party for its dealers from 6:00 pm to 8:00pm on the Sunset Terrace at the Wynn.
Ford and Lincoln dealers have a reception at the Intrigue at the Wynn from 6:00pm until 8:00pm.
Infiniti has a welcome reception at the NoMad Restaurant Parlor Room at the Park MGM from 7:00pm until 9:30pm.
Colorado dealers can enjoy a free breakfast from 7:15am until 9:00am in the Grand Ballroom at the Las Vegas Marriott.
From 11:00am until 1:30pm, the Pennsylvania Auto Dealers Association is hosting a brunch for its dealers at the Chopin located in the Encore.
General Motors is hosting its dealer reception in the Lafite Ballroom at the Wynn from 5:00pm until 7:00pm.
Subaru is holding a cocktail reception at the Chateau Rooftop Garden location in the Paris from 6:30pm until 9:00pm.
The AIDA is holding its annual meeting and luncheon at the Westgate Resort & Casino in the Paradise North Ballroom from 11:30pm until 1:00pm.
In summary, there will be plenty of events at the NADA 2020 show, ranging from happy hours to cocktail receptions. While this list does not include all of them (can any list do that?), it should provide an excellent summary of available events to help you decide which are worth attending.
There are other NADA-sanctioned events that all registrants will have access to during the registration process. These are mostly ticketed events that registrants can choose from. They can also be found in the NADA Show app, which you can download here: [LINK].
We hope that this list is useful to you. Enjoy the show. Take the opportunity to learn as much as you can, network with your peers, visit your existing vendors, and explore new technologies. And, at the end of those long days, find a little respite from the chaos and enjoy the many entertainment opportunities the show provides. Here’s to a great show!