It was exhilarating, resourceful, focused an exhausting, HDA Truck Pride says. All in just three days.
The group says its 2018 Annual Membership Meeting, held earlier this month in San Diego, accomplished the organization’s mission of directing member and supplier attention to “Navigating sustainable growth,” both now and into the future.
HDA Truck Pride says the entire event tied together with a patriotic nautical tone; from the recognition of Veterans amongst attendees, to keynote speaker and retired Navy SEAL, to final celebrations aboard the USS Midway.
“Our industry is changing more rapidly than ever. Our message to our members and supplier partners is very simple ‘Grow or die,’” says HDA Truck Pride President and CEO Don Reimondo. “Our mission at HDA Truck Pride is to assist our members in every way possible to be sustainable, profitable entities within the commercial vehicle independent aftermarket and partnering with our suppliers to accomplish that.
“We unequivocally accomplished our goal to make our members keenly aware of the tools and resources available to them to grow their businesses. And now, the real work begins, as we assist with the implementation.”
The meeting commenced April 4 and built upon the stepping stones placed last year, focus on growth. HDA Truck Pride says staff and member peers delivered compelling messages for embracing growth in a variety of manners: through training and investment in people, product category management expansion, telematics, sales tools and information technology.
Keynote Speaker Alden Mills, a former Navy SEAL, delivered a compelling message centered around actions and attitudes as keys to constantly moving the needle forward for growth. Mills’ message and unrivaled storytelling delivery was right on target impacting members, suppliers and industry associates to think beyond perceived obstacles.
Additionally, through a combination of speed-networking sessions, a traditional booth show venue and a twist on Monopoly, more than 175 supplier partners enlightened the membership on new products, new technology and training that can help members grow their business, HDA Truck Pride says.
Finally, the group says that while success can be measured in different ways, it’s clear from several angles that this year’s meeting was a good one.
“If measuring in member response to show specials, 2018 has set new standards with record breaking order placement,” HDA Truck Pride says. “If measuring in new business development, the number of new business leads has also been record breaking. If the key indicator is awareness of growth opportunities, then the 2018 HDA Truck Pride Annual Meeting accomplished its mission.”