Disruptive innovation is a term in the field of business administration that refers to an innovation that creates a new market and value network and eventually disrupts an existing market and value.
This year’s Dealers of Tomorrow programs will focus on disruption. We’re going to talk about big ideas that go far beyond mere changes – these are concepts that require a company to rethink everything – their processes – their business model – how they conduct business. We’ll talk about things that have changed, things that are changing – and how you can become a change agent to create the innovations that make the most sense for you.
Once again, participants will have the opportunity to attend a major league baseball game featuring the Texas Rangers. We have reserved a luxury suite for both games, so you can enjoy the evening in air-conditioned comfort or brave the heat and sit in stadium seats.
Either way, it’s a great way to see a game and enjoy the company of other dealers to discuss the day’s activities or how to solve day-to-day management issues.
Plan to attend this informative program in either location. You’ll have the opportunity to meet and visit with other dealers/managers like you. Be a part of this exciting program.
What Does Equipment Electrification Mean for Your Dealership?—Kraig Schulz, CEO, Autonomous Tractor
Vehicle electrification is everywhere – Tesla, GM, Toyota, BMW, Mercedes and many others. It is the future not only for on-road vehicles, but it is coming to off-road vehicles like tractors, sprayers and combines as well. Deere, AGCO, Mahindra, Farmtrac and many others have announced their intention to produce field-ready, electric agricultural equipment….and the implications for agricultural equipment dealers are enormous.
Why doesn’t Tesla have dealerships in every major town like GM or Toyota does? They don’t need that kind of coverage because there is virtually no service or maintenance required due to its significantly enhanced simplicity and durability. And the skills in a Tesla dealership are unlike those of conventional car dealerships, more focused on sales and depth in electronics and software. Are you ready for the electrification revolution in ag?
The Amazon Effect—Denise Keating, President, DATAgility
The Amazon effect is the ongoing evolution and disruption of the retail market, both online and in physical outlets, resulting from increased e-commerce. The name is an acknowledgement of Amazon’s early and continuing domination in online sales, which has driven much of the disruption.” (TechTarget)
If you believe your business can’t be a victim of the Amazon effect, think again. The way Amazon does business has changed customers’ expectations about the retail experience. They want the transaction to go quickly and smoothly. They expect to find information online about the product they’re seeking. And, if they can get the same thing online more quickly and for less money, they’ll order it that way.
So, is there any hope? How can a traditional business compete in this new world of retail? Denise Keating will help you understand the proven strategies that can help you be competitive in this new environment.
Out-of-the-Box Leadership – Larry Cole, Dealer Institute Trainer
Leadership development is a life-long journey of continuing to learn and improve your leadership impact. Leaders must remember that what you’ve done to get you where you are today may not get you where you want to go tomorrow. For this reason, this seminar focuses on:
- The two psychological requirements for leadership improvement.
- The two “whys” that drive change.
- The use of your most precious resource — time.
- Silos are important on the farm, but they are disastrous to the Store.
- Strategies to work with toxic work environments
Special Bonus Session:
Governmental Affairs Federal & State Overview—Eric Wareham, WEDA VP Government Affairs
This past year has seen plenty of activity on the federal and state level. You’ll hear in-depth information about federal tax reform and the role WEDA played in securing the Floor Plan Interest Amendment, as well as state issues like Right to Repair and bills to eliminate farm equipment sales tax exemptions. We will also be discussing how you can be involved in the legislative conversation to influence what happens in your state and national capitols.
At both programs, participating dealers are invited to attend a major league baseball game — at either Globe Life Park in Arlington. You’ll see an exciting major league game from our private luxury suite. These are some of the best seats in the house, and you’ll enjoy an upscale menu in air-conditioned comfort. Or, step through the doors to outside seating. Either way, you’ll get the VIP treatment. Small additional charge of $60 to participate in this event, valued at $155 per person. Transportation provided.
Who Should Attend?
This workshop is for owners, mid-level managers, department managers, and key dealership personnel. Consider bringing several staff members so they can share ideas and return to implement them at your dealership.
While the Dealers of Tomorrow programs are planned by younger dealers, the programs are designed for everyone – no matter your age, line of equipment, or management position. If you want to be up-to-date on managing your dealership in a 21st century way, plan to attend.
Tax Deductible Education Expense – Under certain circumstances, the Internal Revenue Service allows an income tax deduction for education expenses undertaken to maintain or improve professional skills, including registration, meals, travel and lodging. Please consult your tax professional before taking any deduction.
Special Needs or More Information – If anyone requires disability assistance, a special diet, or special accommodations during the seminar, or if you need more information, please contact Olivia Holcombe at 816-561-5323 or 800-762-5616.