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Several of our HBS Systems dealer information systems team members had the unique opportunity to be tourists in our town, all in the name of work. But when your work involves delving into the fascinating world of equipment dealerships – an industry that supports farmers, ranchers, and construction companies, playing a crucial role in feeding the world and building the infrastructure we enjoy – it feels almost inappropriate to label it as “work.” The North American Equipment Dealers Association (NAEDA) conference was not just a professional event; it was an immersive experience that deepened my appreciation for the incredible work we do at HBS Systems providing dealer information systems to support the equipment dealer industry.

Here are some key takeaways that are poised to reshape the agriculture equipment industry.

At the core of this industry lies the intricate dance between agriculture and construction, two pillars that shape our world in profound ways. Serving the needs of farmers, ranchers, contractors, and construction companies, the equipment dealership industry is the backbone of progress. As we navigated the conference, the common thread weaving through every conversation and session was the profound impact these industries have on our daily lives.

Amidst the hum of industry discussions, the real gem of this experience was the people. Colleagues, customers, partners, and friends – all coming together, united by a shared passion for an industry that goes beyond profit margins. The individuals we met were more than just professionals; they were genuinely kind, honest, hardworking, and brilliant minds contributing to the growth of their respective fields.

The week kicked off with a keynote address by Sid Miller, Texas Commissioner of Agriculture. His insights, grounded in a deep understanding of the agricultural landscape, set the tone for an educational and informative experience. Numerous educational sessions led by Dealer Institute instructors provided worthwhile breakouts discussing important topics such as, “Interdepartmental Cooperation: Parts, Service, and Wholegoods Integration,” where we strengthened our knowledge pertaining to how aligning parts, service, and wholegoods departments can boost customer satisfaction, streamline operations, and drive profitability while another breakout focused on “The Crucial Role of Basic Financial Understanding in Achieving Departmental Success” where we discussed how financial understanding is vital for all team members to boost growth and profitability in the competitive world of equipment dealerships.  

The grand finale came in the form of an inspirational session on culture by Matt Mayberry, a former Indiana University Bloomington and Chicago Bears football player. Drawing from his experiences with coaches and business leaders, Mayberry shared valuable insights that led to his authoring of “Culture Is the Way,” a Wall Street Journal bestseller. The prospect of reading this book with our executive team at HBS Systems is a promising opportunity to further enhance the already incredible culture we cherish at our company. A festive and fun Casino Night ended the conference and provided hours of competition, laughter, and prizes.

As the conference came to a close, we couldn’t help but extend our gratitude to the NAEDA team for orchestrating a memorable and impactful week. Their dedication and hard work were evident in every aspect of the event, making it a seamless and enriching experience for all attendees.

Additionally, a special acknowledgment goes to Renaissance Hotel Dallas and its exceptional team. From valet to check-in, concierge lounge to maid service, every member went above and beyond to ensure our group felt not just welcomed but truly cared for.

In retrospect, being tourists in our city for the NAEDA annual conference was more than just a professional gathering, it was a reminder of the collective strength, passion, and dedication that fuels the equipment dealership industry. Here’s to the people who make it all worthwhile, the lessons learned, and the promising future of an industry that continues to shape the world.

If you are looking for an award-winning dealership information systems team to partner with your equipment dealership, call 800-376-6376, email, or click here to book a demo today.


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