After making its debut at AIMExpo last year, the National Powersports Dealer Association (NPDA) will be back at our industry trade show bigger and better than ever! While the NPDA’s first year included a booth at AIMExpo 2022, the association is going all-in for the February 15-17, 2023 event. "We will show a sizable increase," notes NPDA Chairman Bob Althoff.
“We work hard for hard-working dealers, and our members are going to get some of our best work at AIMExpo 2023,” adds Althoff. “If 2022 is any indication, next year is going to start strong and be outstanding in our efforts to promote retail excellence in our industry.” Along with its presence at AIMExpo 2022, other successes by the NPDA this year include:
• Membership level increased to more than 200 members, along with 15 partners
• Hiring of Organizational Director to help lead efforts
• Revamped, user-friendly website and newsletter
• Membership survey and webinar series launched
• State franchise laws study commissioned, published
• Opposition statement with Auto, Marine & RV dealers on proposed FTC rules;
• Harley-Davidson Dealer Council created.
The NPDA’s plans for the 2023 AIMExpo will include meetings and gatherings planned by its Harley-Davidson Dealer Council specifically for its H-D dealer members. This will include specific programming and guest speakers, along with the opportunity for Harley-Davidson dealer members to connect and socialize. “The overwhelming request from H-D dealers we’ve surveyed is a dealer gathering,” said George Gatto, Chairman of the NPDA H-D Dealer Council and Dealer Principal of Three Rivers Harley-Davidson in Pittsburgh, PA. “The AIMExpo is our best opportunity for Powersports dealers from around the country to learn about new products and services and gain valuable insight from experts, and the NPDA’s gatherings for Harley-Davidson dealers will provide much-needed connectivity among the ‘Bar & Shield’ crowd.”
The NPDA is also looking to sponsor the return of the Dealernews “Top 100” program honoring Powersports dealers. Details are still in the works but could include unveiling the “Dealer of the Year” at the AIMExpo. "Nothing epitomizes retail excellence in our industry like the Top 100 Dealer program,” Althoff said. “Your Dealership may be one of the best in our business – we look forward to learning more about what makes it great!”
“As a former winner of honors when I wore my ‘Marketing Director’ hat for a Dealership, I can attest that the Top 100 is a big deal in our industry," adds Blackford, NPDA Organizational Director: Founded in May 2021, NPDA currently has more than 225 franchised and independent dealer members, including 130 Harley-Davidson dealers. The Board of Directors consists of six men and three women who are dealers of various brands with businesses from Alaska to Virginia, Ohio to Texas. For more information or to join the NPDA, please visit:
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