The AADA General Session is a crucial component of the AADA National Dealer Convention & Expo.

It is the report card session that informs Dealers of the achievements of the past year and the goals for the next 12 months.

AADA CEO, James Voortman, will address this session in the AADA Opening Statement. James will inform members of the work AADA has done over the past year, including submissions into the Banking Royal Commission and its impact on point of sale exemption status, add-on insurance changes, pre-budget submissions on LCT and tariff removals, data sharing and the ongoing development of an Automotive Franchise Code.

James will speak on the progress in each of these areas – and more – and outline the priorities for the AADA Secretariat in 2020 + Beyond.

AADA does a power of work behind the scenes, advocating for Dealers’ interests, negotiating on their behalf with governments and regulators, helping shape policy and generally promoting the cause of retail automotive Dealers.

In the first quarter of this year AADA attended 190 meetings with politicians, members and industry stakeholders. This included 38 political meetings, 62 member/AMDC meetings and 90 industry meetings.

AADA was mentioned in the media 240 times in the first three months of the year, issued 10 media releases, seven Dealer bulletins and 100 social media posts. Your industry association also made four submissions to government and had 8,252 website views.

The General Session will also feature an address by Andy Koblenz, NADA’s Executive Vice President, Legal & Regulatory Affairs, and General Counsel. He will present the results of research commissioned by NADA into the evolving attitudes of various demographic groups towards car ownership and use now and into the future.

Following these two we move into the panel sessions, with four expert panels addressing some of the hottest topics facing our industry today. It makes for a meaty first morning of the Convention – one no Dealer, wishing to stay abreast of the latest, will want to miss.

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