Powersports Business launches dealer conference

Powersports Business is stepping forward to fill a dealer training void left by the downturn in the economy.

The Affinity Media publication will host a two-day dealership training conference and expo this summer, a time that traditionally has seen the market’s largest manufacturers host national dealer meetings. Many of those meetings, however, have been canceled or postponed until 2010 as a result of the current economic challenges.

“We want to carry on, if not improve, the training that has occurred at these annual manufacturer meetings,” says Tammy Galvin, Affinity Media vice president. “Let’s face it: Our industry is seeing dealer attrition that is likely to continue. It’s clear to us the survivors will be those arming themselves with every conceivable best practice available, and that’s precisely what we will deliver.”

The Powersports Business Conference & Expo, under the theme of “Profit Xcelerator,” will be held Monday and Tuesday, Aug. 31 and Sept. 1, in Indianapolis. It will follow the Indianapolis MotoGP, an event that drew more than 90,000 motorcycle racing fans in 2008 in addition to a large dealer audience.

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Profit Xcelerator will feature seminars from leading training consultants and other industry leaders on panels and nearly 14,000 square feet of exhibition space for leading industry suppliers. The event will feature two tracks of seminars that will touch on a number of key dealership departments.

“Our goal is to provide actionable content related to every profit center in a powersports dealership,” says Powersports Business Editor-in-Chief Neil Pascale. “We are building the educational content to reflect the needs of today’s dealers, and will be presenting real-world solutions, so they can return to their dealerships ready to make the right decisions at the right time.”

Powersports Business is working with dealer development executives from some of the leading powersports manufacturers to fine-tune its seminar schedule. That schedule will include representatives from the industry’s leading 20 group providers, Gart Sutton and Steve Jones of GSA & Associates, John Spader of Spader Business Management, Kent Meadows and Mike Boolos of Assurant Solutions, Glenn Roller of the Glenn Roller Institute, Tory Hornsby of Dealership University, Fran O’Hagan of Pied Piper Management Co., and Hal Ethington of ADP Lightspeed.


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For more information on this year’s Powersports Business Conference & Expo, visit www.powersportbusiness.com/psbce or call Editor Neil Pascale at 763/383-4422.

Sales packages have been made available for all ranges of exhibitor and sponsor needs, from exhibitor-only to full-on, title sponsorships. Please contact Associate Publisher Dave Voll (763/383-4421) or National Accounts Manager Allison Gruhn (763/383-4467) for information on exhibiting or sponsoring the event.

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