From the President: 2019 AED Events 
Are in Full Swing!

2019 is in full swing, and right around the corner is our first conference after Summit: the Financial/HR Symposium, which will take place from April 24-26 at the InterContinental Chicago Magnificent Mile.

The Financial/HR Symposium brings together industry financial and human resources professionals who want to learn about the issues specifically impacting their businesses. This event is perfect for both new and seasoned professionals, as a place to learn from one another and hear industry experts share their knowledge, with the goal of giving attendees educational solutions for threats and opportunities affecting their companies.

This year’s sessions will focus on the topics of leadership, coaching, new technology, economic opportunities and much more. In addition to hearing new ideas, learning about best practices, and receiving regulatory and legal updates, attendees will have several opportunities to brainstorm and network with like-minded dealership professionals.
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Many of the sessions are focused by topic, either financial or HR, to give you the chance to surround yourself with your professional peers and learn from one another. But don’t worry, there will also be shared sessions to give you the opportunity to meet and connect with all those in attendance in one location.

The AED Foundation will be bringing back some of our popular seminars this spring. The Basic Rental Management Seminar will take place March 14-15 in Houston, Texas. If you are newer to the rental side of your dealership, or if your company has a smaller rental fleet, this is the perfect introductory course for you. This seminar will focus on the evolution of the rental market, what drives the market and what it takes to be a competitor within the field.

The Basic Parts Management Seminar and the Basic Service Management Seminar will be held in Long Beach, California, at the Hotel Maya. The Basic Parts seminar will take place March 19-20, with the Basic Service seminar following on March 21-22. These one-and-a-half-day seminars will give you an overview of the fundamental skills that are needed to successfully run either a parts or a service department.

For more information about the events above, or to take a look at everything we have coming up for 2019, visit We hope you will find a program offered by AED that meets the needs of you and your team. We look forward to seeing you out and about at an upcoming AED event!

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