IDA President's Commentary

IDAExpo...A Tool to Enhance Your Business

IDA President
Randy Oliver

The 2016 IDAExpo is something you don’t want to miss, so please block out the dates on your calendar. The event will be held in exciting Las Vegas, April 27-30, and will offer another great lineup of educational workshops and speakers. In addition, you’ll benefit from having two days to check out the latest and greatest products and services on the show floor.

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Above and beyond the enlightening workshops, and the products and services you will see, touch, and interact with on the IDAExpo floor, you’ll have plenty of other value-producing opportunities.   These  include socializing with dealers and industry members during the IDA Scholarship Foundation Golf Outing, the Jim Giles Memorial Motorcycle Ride, the President’s Awards Banquet, and while hanging out in between workshops or at a lunch table.  Some of my best takeaways from previous IDAExpos have come from casual conversations with other dealers and industry members.

Our host hotel will be the beautiful Rio All Suite Hotel and Casino where every room is a luxurious suite. The Rio offers an abundance of culinary cuisine with 12 on site restaurants to fit anyone’s taste and budget. For those who love adventure, they even have an 800’ Voodoo Zipline that soars 400 feet in the air while providing  a wonderful 360 degree view of the Las Vegas Strip! You can also check out the amazing and funny Penn and Teller Show or enjoy a night of dancing under the stars at their vibrant Voodoo Rooftop Nightclub and Lounge.

Personally, I have found that attending the IDAExpo each year has always been an investment that consistently pays for itself year after year.  I sincerely encourage you to make the commitment to attend the 2016 IDAExpo. Why? Because in this rapidly changing world you just can’t afford to miss this unique opportunity to learn so much in such a short period of time. The event is without any reservation a tool to help you enhance your business.

Brian Tracy, a past IDAEXPO keynote speaker stated,

“Those people who develop the ability to continuously acquire new and better forms of knowledge that they can apply to their work and to their lives will be the movers and shakers in our society for the indefinite future.”

To paraphrase Mr. Tracy, I’d state, as proven in the past, those who attend the IDAExpo are the present and future movers and shakers in the door and access systems industry.

Schedule of Events

(As of 10/27/2015, subject to change)

Wednesday, April 27, 2016
  • 8am - 5pm: General Registration (at Rio Hotel)
  • 8am - 4pm: Motorcycle Ride
  • 8:30am - 5pm: Educational Workshops
  • Noon - 6pm: Golf Tournament

Thursday, April 28, 2016
  • 7am - 5pm: General Registration (at Rio Hotel)
  • 8am - 5:30pm: Educational Workshops
  • 7pm - 9pm: *President's Awards Banquet
  •                     (Cocktails 6:30pm)

Friday, April 29 2016
  • 8am - 5pm: General Registration (Conv. Center)
  • 8am - 8:30am: IDA Annual Meeting of Members
  • 8:30am - 10am: *Opening Session
  • 10:30am - 5pm: Opening Day of Exhibits
                              (Convention Center)

Saturday, April 30, 2016
  • 9am - Noon: General Registration (Conv. Center)
  • 10:45am - 3pm: Exhibits (Convention Center)

( *Located at the Rio Hotel- ticketed event )


Former Commander of the USS Benfold and author of It's Your Ship

IDAExpo Keynote Speaker
Mike Abrashoff

Mike Abrashoff is at the center of one of the most remarkable modern day stories of organizational transformation. At the age of 36, the Navy selected Mike to become Commander of USS Benfold. At the time he was the most junior commanding officer in the Pacific Fleet – on a ship that was plagued by low morale, high turnover and abysmal performance evaluations. Few thought that the ship could improve - yet 12 months later the ship was ranked #1 in performance – using the same crew. People were amazed and the lesson was clear – leadership matters and culture is everything.

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IDAExpo 2016 Charity Recipient

Semper Fi Fund

Supporters of post 9/11, and wounded members of the U.S. Armed Forces

The Semper Fi Fund, and it’s program America’s Fund, provide immediate financial assistance and lifetime support to post-9/11 wounded, critically ill and injured members of all branches of the U.S. Armed Forces, and their families, ensuring that they have the resources they need during the recovery and transition back to their communities.

“I get a lot from IDA. Going to the IDAExpo has exposed me to worldwide suppliers, educational programs that can’t be found anywhere else, and the ability to learn from people who do the same thing I do and have overcome challenges I’m facing.”

– Richard Neas
Cardinal Door, Inc., St. Louis, Missouri

Get Ready for Las Vegas

About IDAExpo

  • Dealers who attend represent an estimated 75% of the annual U.S. garage door volume
  • Attracts 85 to 90% of garage door manufacturing in terms of dollar value
  • The number of seminars are growing each year; 40 in 2015
  • 3,287 attended seminars at IDAExpo 2015
  • 4,753 hours of education presented in 2015
  • A global event; 22 countries were represented at IDAExpo 2015
  • New faces and products – the 2015 show featured 14 first time exhibitors!
  • Provides fundraising opportunities for the
    IDA Scholarship Foundation
  • Recognizes industry leaders including door technicians

Education. Exhibits. Excitement.

All three well describe the value of attending the IDAExpo. The educational programming produced each year by the Institute of Door Dealer Education and Accreditation (IDEA) continues to set an educational benchmark in our industry. The exhibits provide attendees an opportunity to discover what’s new, and to actually see and touch new products. In addition, visiting with product provider personnel face-to-face is truly invaluable. And, of course, such events as the Golf Outing, Motorcycle Ride and President’s Awards Banquet are very exciting to enjoy.

Future IDAExpos

IDAExpo 2017 - Atlanta, Georgia
Host Hotel: Omni Hotels & Resorts
Location: Georgia World Congress Center (GWCC)
Show Dates: April 21-22, 2017

IDAExpo 2018 - Las Vegas, Nevada
Host Hotel: Rio All Suite Hotel & Casino
Location: Las Vegas Convention Center (LVCC)
Show Dates: April 27-28, 2018