There’s something magical and mystical about New Orleans. I lived there for a year once. I was only 20 at the time, and every day was an adventure. Of course, I celebrated my 21st birthday on Bourbon Street. Young, dumb, intoxicated and … Well, you get the picture.
Every fourth year, the National Automobile Dealers Association (NADA) rolls back around to “The Big Easy” and I find myself filled with anticipation. The New Orleans conventions are always the best.
I’ve attended every single one since 1987. I remember conventions in Atlanta and Dallas before they settled on the rotation between San Francisco, Orlando, Las Vegas and New Orleans. San Francisco is okay, but I never cared much for the conventions in Orlando. I am totally burned out on Vegas.
But I still love New Orleans, where the only rule is to laissez les bon temps rouler — let the good times roll! From the food, to the atmosphere, to the rich history and heritage, the city screams “party.” And when the car dealers come to town, we do exactly that. It’s fitting that we return to New Orleans for this year’s convention, when our industry is riding high and times are good. Some of us remember the last time we were here, when the mood was less optimistic.
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