Were the Retailers?
| The 2008 National Auto Glass Conference was
held earlier this week in Tucson, Ariz.
One question was on the mind of many at this week's National Auto
Glass Conference in Tucson: where were the retailers? A brief overview
of the pre-registered attendee list shows there were 32 retail companies
in attendancefor a total of 90 individuals from those companies.
Nineteen of the retail attendees were affiliated with Belron US/Safelite,
making up 9 percent of the entire attendance, and 23 percent of
the retail population.
While retail attendance did seem to be low at the conference, which
this year was designed as management-type conference, those suppliers
seeking meetings with other suppliers did find it successful.
"For Mainstreet, the show was a great time for solidifying relationships
with current customers as well as enhancing business opportunities
with others," said Mark Haeck, sales manager for the Belleville,
Mich.-based company. "There's nothing like a face-to-face meeting
when it comes right down to it. Some of the meetings I had were
timely for us strategically."
||Number of Pre-Registered Attendees
|Belron US/Safelite Affiliates
|Insurance Company Representatives
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