Booths at the GIADA Convention and ExpoAutomotive industry conferences are an excellent way to stay up-to-date on the latest auto industry news. In addition, they are a great way to get introduced to dealer partners and network with other dealers that might share similar experiences. Independent dealers in Georgia recently had the opportunity to attend the Georgia Independent Automobile Dealers Association’s annual conference.

Some dealers are required by individual states to complete continuing education courses to receive their dealer license renewal credits. For Georgia based car dealers, one of the easiest ways to earn state-mandated continuing education credits is to attend an association event. The Georgia Independent Automobile Dealers Association (GIADA) is one of the country’s largest independent dealer associations. This year, the GIADA hosted their annual “Rev Up Your Education” convention.

One of the many great benefits that dealers can receive from the convention is the ability to access the most up-to-date trends and information from thought leaders throughout the entire automotive industry. Workshops and sessions hosted by these industry thought leaders covered a variety of topics, including Cox Automotive’s own Majd Saboura, who discussed how dealers can apply real-time market insights to redefine the evaluation of potential vehicles for purchase.

Some other conference workshop highlights included sessions that covered topics such as legal compliance, updates to the Georgia state title process, wholesale vehicle acquisition, digital retailing as well as other workshops that included insights on small process changes that could help lead dealers to a quicker return on investment.

The conference wasn’t just all work and no play. There are a number of fun entertainment opportunities available to network with other dealers. This year, over 580 car dealers attended GIADA’s annual conference. With such a large number of dealers in one place, dealers had the opportunity to meet and discuss common struggles, challenges, exciting wins and best practices.

If you are a Georgia dealer (or close to that region) and you didn’t have the chance to attend this year’s conference, stay tuned to the GIADA website for more information about the 2017 convention, as well as details about next year’s conference.