The monthly countdown to the nomination deadline for the 2022 Powersports Business Best in Class Dealership Awards will turn from months to weeks in May, thanks to the June 1 deadline. So there's no better time to determine your dealership's No. 1, top-of-the-line strength from 2021 and get that nomination completed. The online form is below. Are you an industry member that engages with a dealership that stands out in a particular segment? Give the shop and its staff a shoutout with a nomination.
Complete the online form below.
The Best in Class Awards are the first of their kind in the industry, allowing individual dealerships to showcase their teams and processes that led to success in 2021. Dealership staff are encouraged to ask their managers to apply in one or more categories. For example, your dealership might choose to apply for Best in Class for F&I - Prepaid Maintenance. All application responses would be related to your dealership's ability to grow its Prepaid Maintenance business in 2021, and the hows and whys behind the growth. Similarly, you might be applying for Best in Class for PG&A - Apparel Sales. Then you would share the strength of that segment of your business. Apply in one category or apply in all categories; dealerships can even create their own category.
"The Dealership Best in Class Awards is another first-of-its-kind program, which seems to be a bit of theme with Powersports Business as we celebrate 25 years in 2022," content director Dave McMahon said. "We've heard from dealers about the benefits they receive from sharing ideas and learning from their dealer peers through the magazine and our in-person events. This program will facilitate that process regardless of how large or small the dealership is. And as always, we'll help celebrate, promote and showcase the selected dealerships via a myriad of channels."
For starters, the inaugural Best in Class Dealerships will be announced during the Powersports Business Honors night at the 2022 Accelerate Conference, being held Nov. 14-16 at the Caribe Royale Resort in Orlando. Multiple winners may be selected in the various categories. Profiles of the award winners will appear in the December 2022 print and digital edition of the magazine.
Sponsors of the 2022 Accelerate Conference are as follows:
Dealerships that will have owners and/or staff in attendance at the 2022 Powersports Business Accelerate Conference are as follows (register today to be added to the list):
• Flip My Cycle, Fayetteville, NC
• Crossroad Powersports, Upper Darby, PA
• St. Paul Harley-Davidson, St. Paul, MN
• Wild Prairie Harley-Davidson, Eden Prairie, MN
• Southern Thunder Harley-Davidson, Southaven, MS
• Team Powersports, Raleigh, NC
• Team Powersports, Garner, NC
• Hawg Powersports, Savannah, GA
• Hawg Scooters, Columbia, SC
• Simply Ride, Eden Prairie, MN
• Great Western Motorcycles, Statesville, NC
• Red Hills Powersports, Tallahassee, FL
• Logan Motorcycle Sales, Logan, WV
• Hatfield McCoy Powersports, Belfry, KY
• Powersports Plus, Albany, GA
• Ag1 Farmers Co-op Powersports, Livingston, TN
Here's a look at the Accelerate Conference schedule
2022 Powersports Business Accelerate Conference Schedule
Monday, Nov. 14
4:00-5:00 p.m., Caribbean 1
Interview with the General Managers
Powersports Business content Dave McMahon will be joined by dealership general managers for a discussion. Join the conversation as we take a look at the year that was, share challenges and successes and identify trends for the future. With Justin Alpiser, Team Powersports; and Eric Osner, Crossroad Powersports.
5:00-7:00 p.m., Caribbean 3&4
Welcome Networking Reception
Toast to the past year and learn about the future from your dealership and industry peers with appetizes and drinks provided by the conference’s sponsoring brands. Meet new dealer peers and connect with companies that can add to your profitability in 2023. It’s a great place to make dinner plans for the evening.
Tuesday, Nov. 15
8:00-8:30 a.m., Caribbean Foyer, Coffee
8:30-9:15 a.m., Caribbean 1, Education Session 1
9:15-10:00 a.m., Caribbean 1, Education Session 2
10:15 a.m.-11:15 a.m., Caribbean 1, Education Session 3
11:15 a.m.-Noon, Caribbean 1, Education Session 4
Noon-1:30 p.m., Caribbean 3&4, Networking Lunch
1:30 p.m.-2:15 p.m., Caribbean 1, Education Session 5
2:15 p.m.-3:00 p.m., Caribbean 1, Education Session 6
3:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m., Caribbean 1, Education Session 7
4:00 p.m.-5:30 p.m., Caribbean 3&4, Networking Reception
5:45 p.m.-7:00 p.m., Caribbean 1, Powersports Business Honors
Join us as we celebrate the dealership owners and staff who moving their businesses into the future with flare. We’ll honor and recognize the 2022 Class of 40 Under 40 Dealers; the inaugural class of Dealership Women With Spark; and the 2022 Best in Class Dealers. Grab a seat as we toast to the future success of our award winners. Another great spot to make dinner plans.
Wednesday, Nov. 16
7:45 a.m.-8:15 a.m., Caribbean Foyer, Coffee
8:15 a.m.-9:30 a.m., Caribbean 1, Education Session 8
9:30 a.m.-10:45 a.m., Caribbean 1, Education Session 9
10:45 a.m-11:30 a.m., Caribbean 1, Education Session 10
11:30 a.m-1:00 p.m., Caribbean 3&4, Networking Lunch
1:00 p.m.-2:00 p.m., Caribbean 1, Education Session 11
2:00 p.m.-3:15 p.m., Caribbean 1, Education Session 12