McLEAN, VA – Responding to an overwhelming number of positive comments from members in its post-convention survey, the leadership of the American Truck Dealers (ATD) has decided once again to hold its 2013 Convention and Expo in conjunction with the National Automobile Dealers Association’s (NADA) annual event in Orlando, Fla., in February 2013.

The two events will run simultaneously at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando from Feb. 8-11, 2013. The Peabody Hotel will serve as the meeting headquarters for both conventions.

According to the survey, nearly 77 percent of respondents who attended the ATD convention in 2012, which was held together with the NADA convention in Las Vegas this past February, indicated they favored holding future ATD conventions in conjunction with NADA.

According to ATD Chairman Dick Witcher, there are several advantages of holding the NADA and ATD conventions at the same time.

“Commercial truck dealers can attend a broader array of workshops and meet with vendors who typically would not exhibit at the ATD convention,” said Witcher, who is president of Minuteman Trucks in Walpole, Mass. “There are so many common interests of car and truck dealers. We can both benefit from understanding each other’s public policy issues, dealership operations and business philosophies in a better way.”

All ATD activities, such as the general sessions, workshops, dealer franchise meetings, and shopping the expo floor will be held at the convention center.

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