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AutoCon 2012 Provides A Powerful Alternative To Fall Automotive Conferences

At the 2012 Automotive Boot Camp, Ralph Paglia announced that Automotive Media Partners (AMP) will be hosting AutoCon 2012 in Las Vegas this fall.  This gives dealers and suppliers another choice to consider this fall.  Is another Fall Conference a good idea or a distraction?

Do We Need Another Fall Conference?

My answer is YES.  Please check my math.

There are approximately 18,000 franchise dealers in the USA; not including Canada.  At each dealership, I can easily recommend to the dealer principals that they INVEST in educating at least six members of their staff on a regular basis.  


The educational investment would include themselves, General Managers, General Sales Managers, Internet/BDC Managers, Fixed Operations Managers, and Marketing/Social Media Managers.


This small minority of dealership employees (excluding sales professionals, service advisors, COO, CFO, CMO, etc.) yields over 100,000 people. Ironically, outside of the annual NADA Convention, no other conference consistently attracts more than 1,000 people.

That means that  over 95% of key dealership leaders do not attend annual conferences.

AutoCon 2012 Breaks New Ground


The 2012 AutoConnections Conference & Expo (AutoCon 2012) breaks new ground in the fall automotive conference circuit.  Ralph Paglia, Chris Saraceno, and Mike Myers have created a unique and compelling offer to dealers:

  • Dealer Principals receive complimentary admission.
  • Room rates are affordable at $99/night; compare fall prices.
  • Attendees will receive supplier vouchers valued at over $5,000.
  • Breakfast is included in registration.
  • Plated Lunch is included in registration.
  • Evening cocktail receptions are included.  (Read: NO Drink Tickets)
  • Conference WiFi access is included in registration.

AutoCon 2012 is a Game Changer. 


AutoCon 2012 sets a new standard for automotive conferences by increasing the value that each attendee receives for their investment.   The conference rewards the initiative that Dealer Principals make in leaving their dealership and investing in education.

2012 Automotive Website Awards

As host of the 2012 AWA Awards Ceremony, I am pleased to announce that AutoCon 2012 will be the home of this years industry event.  


The AWA Ceremony will commence on September 11, 2012 after the opening AutoCon General Session.


This year the AWA Awards will recognize excellence in seven categories and I am so pleased to know that hundreds of dealers will be rooting for their favorite suppliers this year.  


Additional information on the 2012 AWA Awards can be found at:

Early Bird Special


For a limited time, dealership employees can take advantage of a $200 discount for AutoCon 2012 until June 20, 2012.  To register for the conference at this Early Bird rate, you can signup at:


So what are you waiting For?


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Comment by Ralph Paglia on July 14, 2012 at 4:46pm
Comment by Ralph Paglia on May 27, 2012 at 12:29am
Comment by Chris Saraceno on May 26, 2012 at 10:07am

This will be a wonderful event for all Automotive leader's and learner's

Comment by Stan Sher on May 23, 2012 at 9:38am

Working on a topic to submit a speaking application for.  This is going to be huge.

Comment by Lisa Sarata on May 23, 2012 at 5:05am

Tarry - The last conference I went to was a Digital Dealer one a couple years ago. We'll go to AutoCon but it is not replacing anything else.

Comment by Tarry Shebesta on May 22, 2012 at 9:55am


How do you think this will affect your attendance to other conferences? Will you attend them all or will this replace any of them that you may have already considered attending?


Comment by Lisa Sarata on May 22, 2012 at 9:15am

I just spoke to Chris Saraceno (a personal friend) and he tells me that he is actively involved in selecting the speakers and session topics, working together with Ralph Paglia (my brother0, Mike Myers and Carrie Hemphill.  Ralph and Chris have confirmed with me that they have commitments from Grant Cardone, Dave Anderson, David Lewis and Jim Ziegler plus executives and product experts from Google, Facebook, several mobile carriers and other outside experts.  I am looking forward to seeing the agenda get published.

Comment by Lisa Sarata on May 22, 2012 at 8:56am

As far as I can tell, my dealer and i can attend AutoCon for less than $500 each.

Comment by Tarry Shebesta on May 22, 2012 at 8:21am

That's a good hook but from my experience in running the NVLA conferences for years, we tried to stay around the $500 mark to get good participation as not all owners can attend these things.

The conference space is starting to get crowded and offering good value to both dealers and vendors will create the best environment. It will be interesting to see how the sessions and speakers are selected.


Comment by Ralph Paglia on May 22, 2012 at 8:11am

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