NAAA Convention to Join with
National Remarketing Conference in 2016
FREDERICK, MD and CARY, NC --- The National Auto Auction Association has reached an agreement with Cherokee Automotive Group, publishers of Auto Remarketing, to combine its annual convention with CAG’s National Remarketing Conference, beginning in the fall of 2016. The combined meeting will be known as the National Remarketing Conference and National Auto Auction Association Convention and will be held each year during the CAG’s Used Car Week.
To be billed publicly as the “National Remarketing Conference/NAAA Convention,” the event will take place annually during CAG’s Used Car Week held every November. The venue for the first united gathering of the two groups in 2016 will be the Red Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, Nev.
“We are extremely pleased that NAAA now will hold its annual convention in combination with the NRC,” said Bill Zadeits, CAG president. “The addition of NAAA’s convention to Used Car Week is a natural fit for everyone concerned and allows industry professionals to concentrate their networking.”
Dave Angelicchio, a past NAAA president who spearheaded the unification effort, said, “I am extremely pleased that we have reached agreement to combine our conferences,” adding that one of the many benefits to be realized will be when people can make one conference trip instead of two. Current NAAA President Jack Neshe also expressed his enthusiastic support, explaining that, unfortunately, existing hotel contracts prevented implementing the agreement for next year.
The two organizations, noted Zadeits, will begin working more closely together this year to lay the groundwork for the inaugural NRC/NAAA meeting in 2016. “We will be meeting soon to find the common grounds to build a solid foundation upon which to grow,” he said.
One registration fee will be used for the NRC/NAAA, according to Frank Hackett, NAAA’s chief executive officer. He observed that some professionals who normally attend a NAAA convention but not the NRC will now be able to network with other industry professionals, and the same is true in reverse as there are some people who traditionally attend NRC but not NAAA. “This will be a great value to everyone involved,” he said.
Ron Smith, CAG’s chairman, said the new relationship with NAAA further enhances the value and importance of Used Car Week. “The vision we’ve always had for UCW was that professionals from different segments of the industry can meet over a one week period to get to know each other better and find common areas where it is beneficial for them to work together,” he said.
Other conferences held during Used Car Week include the CPO Forum, Sub-Prime Forum and Re3 (repossession, recovery, remarketing).