LAS VEGAS – As the RV Dealers Association Convention/Expo wrapped up Thursday afternoon at Bally’s, there seemed to be some energy left in the room.
Sure, there was the typical lag in business for exhibitors as the final hour wound down, but overall, one got a sense of accomplishment at the 2017 show.
A few courses remain to be held this morning, but the Expo portion of the show ended Thursday.
Not only suppliers and F&I providers were reporting successful outcomes to the show, but even some of the handful of manufacturers who had displays reported positive talks with dealers.
RVDA President Phil Ingrassia reported that educational sessions were well attended and that the show planning committee already had received good feedback for some new ideas for next year’s show.
Among changes drawing interest at this year’s show was the new NTP-STAG model store setup in the area normally reserved for manufacturers. Among other features, the NTP-STAG display highlighted the company’s new Parts Via software that is designed to show customers the importance of their local brick-and-mortar shops where they not only can buy products, but also can receive service.
Parts Via allows customers to still buy products online, but the customers can avoid shipping costs by having the parts delivered to a participating dealer and also can arrange to have the parts installed and serviced.
During Wednesday’s general session, new officers were installed and former RVDA President Mike Molino was honored with the James B. Summers Award.
The 2018 Convention/Expo will be held Nov. 5 to 9 around the corner at the Paris Hotel.