ORLANDO, Fla. — Organizers of the annual Industry Summit announced that this year’s event will include the first-ever Technology Shootout, one of several new features planned for this year’s show. Industry Summit 2018 will be held Oct. 8–10 at the Caribe Royale Orlando in Orlando, Fla.
The Technology Shootout will feature 10 companies selected by organizers to deliver a live, 10-minute presentation on a new and exciting dealer- or F&I-targeted solution or a fresh twist on an existing software category or product type. The winner will be chosen by audience vote.
“As the industry evolves and progresses, so must Industry Summit, and you will see plenty of evidence of that this year,” said David Gesualdo, show chair and publisher of F&I and Showroom and Auto Dealer Today. “The Technology Shootout is only one example.”
An all-new RV and Powersports track also is expected to make its debut at this year’s show, joining such returning features and events as sales and F&I training, Compliance Summit, and compliance training and certification by Automotive Compliance Education (ACE).
This year marks Industry Summit’s second visit to Orlando and third time away from its longtime home of Las Vegas. Last year’s event, held at Dallas’ Gaylord Texan Resort, was a critical success despite a series of devastating hurricanes that kept attendees and speakers from parts of Texas and the Southeast at home.
“Last year’s show was bereft of Florida dealers, and this year’s show could very well be dominated by them,” Gesualdo said. “All we can do is roll with the punches and deliver the best possible event for our attendees and supporters, and we fully expect 2018 to be the best Industry Summit ever.”