In today’s competitive North American equipment industry, dealership owners are challenged to raise their game—from people management to financial performance and much more, owners are looking for new ideas to stay on the leading edge.
That’s why dealers have marked November 29 to December 1, 2017 at Scottsdale Resort at McCormick Ranch. It’s the 2017 edition of the WEDA Conference and we’ve packed the agenda with insights and fresh thinking you can take home and use profitably right away.
Get answers to your key business issues
Our 2017 Conference features a strong focus on education. We’ve put together panels with the top dealers, manufacturers and trainers in our industry, along with speakers who bring expert insights on key issues. At WEDA 2017, we’re rolling up our sleeves and getting you answers to your key business challenges.
Three focused dealer panels
WEDA is constantly in touch with members, asking what matters to you and which issues you want to know more about. Based on that, the cornerstone of WEDA 2017 is three 60-minute panel discussions with WEDA members and associates who know the issues inside-out. We’ve asked them to take on one specific topic and dive deep.
PANEL ONE: Interdepartmental Relationships
Conflicting relationships and miscommunication between departments can impair efficiency, harm the customer experience and cost you money. Three dealers give their best advice for how to get everyone talking, pulling in the same direction and going all out for your customers.
PANEL TWO: Service Flat Rate
Hourly or flat rate: which is best for your organization? It’s a big question. Beyond your physical facility, the high-tech diagnostic tools and equipment needed to service today’s equipment requires a huge investment. Three dealers who’ve wrestled with hourly vs flat rate take you through their thinking.
PANEL THREE: Metrics of a Successful Dealer
It’s the age of analytics, benchmarks and Big Data. For dealers, the key is to focus on the numbers that best reflect what’s happening in your business. In this panel, three Dealer Institute trainers guide you through the key metrics that drive your performance. Measure what matters and manage accordingly.
WEDA has extended an invitation for U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue to join us as our keynote speaker on Thursday, November 30.
North American agricultural economy
Following the keynote address, Economist J.P. Gervais will outline his views and expectations for the U.S. and Canadian ag economies for 2018.
In addition to top-rated learning sessions, the WEDA 2017 International Conference features plenty of opportunities to connect and network with colleagues and industry thought leaders from across North America in a collaborative and casual setting.
Major line panel discussion and dealer meetings
WEDA 2017 is the place to hear first-hand what the major line manufacturers are thinking, doing and planning for 2018 and beyond. On Thursday, November 30, at 12:45 pm, representatives of leading manufacturers such as AGCO, CASE IH, John Deere, Kubota, and New Holland, will share their news and answer your questions in a 75-minute session. Dealer meetings occur on Friday, December 1, from 9:45 a.m. to 12 noon.