The 14 Best Automotive Conferences You Need to Attend in 2017

By: Michael Cirillo   |   14 Feb 2017
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When it comes to increasing your professional knowledge, nothing beats attending a conference. From inspiring keynotes, and informative workshops to networking and making new friends, there are plenty of automotive conferences, workshops and seminars to go around.

In fact, there are so many that it might be difficult to figure out which ones you should attend. That's why I've compiled a list of the Top 14 automotive conferences that you should consider attending in 2017. I've either had the pleasure of attending or speaking at these events, and for those that I haven't been to, I've received great non-biased feedback on.

Here's a quick list of each and their location, with a little more information to follow:

Conference

Date

Location

CBT Auto Conference and Expo

March 7 - 9

Atlanta, GA

30 Sales A Month

March 15

Atlanta, GA

Rockstar Automotive Conference

March 17

Dallas, TX

Grant Cardone's 10x Growth Conference

March 17 - 19

Hollywood, FL

Jim Ziegler's Sales Manager Forum

March 23 - 24

Atlanta, GA

AutoRemarketing Canada

April 3 - 4

Toronto, ON

Innovative Dealer Summit

April 4 - 5

Denver, CO

Driving Sales President's Club

April 9 - 10

New York, NY

Digital Dealer 22 and 23

April 11 - 13

Tampa, FL

Digital Marketing Strategies Conference

May 21 - 23

Napa, CA

Women in Automotive

July 9 -11

Orlando, FL

Internet Sales 20 Group

July 10 - 12

Philidelphia, PA

Driving Sales Executive Summit

October 22 - 24

Las Vegas, NV

SEMA

October 31 - Nov 3

Las Vegas, NV

 

CBT Automotive Conference

CBT Automotive Conference and Expo

Known for their daily automotive news broadcast, CTB has assembled a lineup of big names, including Gary Vaynerchuk from VaynerMedia and Scott Stratten from unMarketing to headline their show.

 

30 Sales a Month

30 Sales a Month

Those that know Fran Taylor know that he is the king of prospecting. At his 30 Sales a Month seminar, you'll learn what it takes to prospect and sell more cars. 

 

Rockstar Automotive Conference

Rockstar Auto Conference

Matt Koenig's mission with the Rockstar conference is to make the learning experience unique, fun, and engaging. Rather than hearing the same recycled content, you'll be immersed in a unique environment catered to help you grow. This year, you'll hear from David Villa, Elise Kephart, Frank Lopes, Tim Kintz and several others.

 

Crant Cardone's 10x Growth Conference

Grant Cardone's 10x Growth Con

Get access to the most advanced growth strategies from experts responsible for over $10,000,000,000 in annual sales. Grant has lined up an all-star roster of the most successful entrepreneurs and subject matter experts in the world

 

Jim Ziegler Sales Manager Seminar

Jim Ziegler's Sales Manager Forum Seminar

Taught personally by James A. Ziegler, this workshop was designed to help dealers and managers of all positions in the front-end operation sell more cars with more gross per sale. Jim "Alpha Dawg" Ziegler's track record speaks for itself when it comes to getting results inside the dealership.

 

AutoRemarketing Canada

Auto Remarketing Canada

Auto Remarketing Canada is an annual event that brings together all corners of the remarketing and used-vehicle industry for two days of instruction and networking. This year's event will be hosted at the Westin Harbour Castle in downtown Toronto.

 

Innovative Dealer Summit

Innovative Dealer Summit

The Innovative Dealer Summit in Denver, Colorado has become the definitive management education forum for dealer principals and senior dealer managers. The subject matter includes topics on the most important sales, profitability, tech, and digital best issues in the dealership today.

 

DrivingSales President's Club

DrivingSales President's Club

This individually unique and exclusive event for owners and general managers is not a typical conference. Rather than including keynotes and breakout sessions, President's Club is crafted around critical operations discussions led by real-life experts.

 

Digital Dealer Conference

Digital Dealer 22 and 23

#DD22 fuels the passion that drives the automotive industry's most progressive and highest-grossing dealers. With over 100 sessions to choose from, on a variety of dealership specific topics, Digital Dealer is a must-attend conference for those wanting their cup filled.

 

Digital Marketing Strategies Conference

Digital Marketing Strategies

Developed by Brian and Glenn Pasch of PCG Consulting and PCG Marketing, this workshop was designed for automotive dealers, general managers, and marketing managers to help create a market dominating digital marketing strategy for the year ahead.

 

Women in Automotive Conference

Women in Automotive

Women in Automotive is a conference designed to educate those in and around automotive and start a movement that is focussed on accelerating the role of women in the auto industry. Featuring Ted Talk style keynotes, longer education sessions and plenty of time for networking, it's on our list for must-attend conferences of 2017.

 

Internet Sales 20 Group

Internet Sales 20 Group

Not your traditional 20 Group, Sean V. Bradley, and Dealer Synergy assemble subject matter that is designed to help you dominate your market. This year, IS20G 10 is in Philidelphia, Pennsylvania.

 

Driving Sales Executive Summit

Driving Sales Executive Summit

At #DSES, every speaker, every award, every experience is designed to provide Dealer Principals, General Managers and Dealership Directors insights and innovations that will guide their strategic planning for the coming year. Driving Sales brings together the most progressive automotive dealers to the luxurious Bellagio to have an industry-changing conversation.

 

SEMA Show

SEMA

SEMA Show takes place at the Las Vegas Convention Center and features the automotive aftermarket industry's brightest minds and hottest products. 

 

Conclusion

What auto industry conferences are you planning to attend in 2017? Which ones did we miss? Sound off in the comments below!

Michael Cirillo Author and Speaker

Michael Cirillo

Michael is the CEO and fearless* leader at FlexDealer. An enthusiastic team chearleader and defender of transparent business practices, he relishes long motorcycle rides and big ideas. As a bestselling author and keynote speaker, Michael works with dealerships of all sizes as well as fortune 100 and 500 companies to rise above the clutter and dominate the web. When he's not playing 'dad' to three crazy kids, he's shooting the breeze with industry leaders on his internationally-embraced podcast, The Dealer Playbook.

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