The results are in and the 2018 AIMExpo was a huge success. This is great news for the powersports industry. As a supporter of the show and exhibitor for the last two years, I’ve seen the effort that the entire AIMexpo staff puts in to make sure the show goes off without a hitch. Great job by everyone involved.
The show will move east in 2019 back to Colombus. And while I realize that the location in Ohio does not have the glitz and glamor of Las Vegas and will probably lose some of the West Coast dealers, having it back in the middle of the country makes it much more accessible to more dealers in the country and the lower prices on hotels and travel could encourage more dealers to bring more P&A and service staff. After all, it’s probably easier to tell the boss you want to go to a trade show in Ohio rather than Las Vegas. 😳
Below is the press release from the show’s organizers. Stay tuned for more information on AIMExpo 2019, I will post it here when it becomes available.
IRVINE, Calif. (October 30, 2018) – The inaugural foray to the western United States proved to be a resounding success for the American International Motorcycle Expo presented by Nationwide (AIMExpo), as North America’s premier event for the greater powersports marketplace enjoyed a record number of trade attendees in Las Vegas. In total, more than 7,000 dealers, media members, industry personnel, and exhibitor attendees spent time on the show floor and at AIMExpo Outdoors! over the course of four days at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center, resulting in an impressive 12-percent increase over the 2017 event.
The record number was anchored by the largest dealer presence to date at AIMExpo presented by Nationwide. More than 2,500 dealers made the trip to Las Vegas, with representation from all 50 states and more than 50 different countries. These retailers were eager to see the latest products from the 505 exhibiting companies that filled the show floor to capacity, and also take advantage of the inaugural Dealer Summit.
Following a keynote address by the Department of Interior’s Senior Advisor for Recreation, Rick May, attending dealers were given an array of opportunities to stimulate their business, completely free of charge. From the “Dealers Only Luncheon presented by KTM” to the Powersports DEALER Seminars @ AIMExpo presented by Powersports Business, retailers were given critical education toward enhancing their business and key insights on how to evolve to better serve the millennial consumer. Additionally, dealers were able to take advantage of countless networking opportunities and conduct new business by interacting directly with exhibitors and fellow trade members.
“With the move to Las Vegas and our commitment to providing dealers with activities that will ultimately impact their bottom line, we saw a dramatic increase in dealer registration and attendance this year at AIMExpo presented by Nationwide,” said Larry Little, Vice President & General Manager, MIC Events. “The introduction of Dealer Summit, and its specially curated elements aimed at benefitting their business helped bring the largest breadth of dealer attendees we’ve seen yet, with an incredible increase of more than 21 percent compared to last year. AIMExpo presented by Nationwide is a show for dealers, first and foremost, and this year’s success is indicative of our continued push to provide retailers with every opportunity we can to help maximize their business.”
Thanks to an array of global, North American and public debuts of new models from exhibiting manufacturers like Honda, Kawasaki, Vanderhall Motor Works, and Yamaha, along with gear companies like Bell Helmets and Simpson, the number of attending media also reached historic levels. In total, nearly 250 members of the media, representing more than 100 different publications from around the world, were on hand at AIMExpo presented by Nationwide, reporting on the truly diverse array of new products being introduced and showcased in Las Vegas.
As the centerpiece of the inaugural Powersports Industry Week℠, which also included Las Vegas BikeFest, Monster Energy Cup, Suzuki Sunday and the Las Vegas Ride for Kids charity ride, consumers came with excitement and passion to AIMExpo presented by Nationwide as well. The chance to see the newest vehicles coming to the marketplace, and the opportunity to demo several of them at AIMExpo Outdoors!, was simply too good of an opportunity for any motorcycle enthusiast to pass up. As a result, registration for demo rides at AIMExpo Outdoors! was at capacity throughout the weekend, while a total of nearly 9,000 consumers paid a visit to the Mandalay Bay Convention Center.
“Bringing the show to the west ultimately resulted in what was one of the most successful shows for AIMExpo presented by Nationwide to date,” said Cinnamon Kernes, Show Director. “We saw record attendance numbers on the trade side and the quality and level of engagement that exhibitors received in Las Vegas throughout the show were unparalleled. We’ve received positive feedback regarding all aspects of the show and from every attending segment, and we’ll continue to build on that towards making an even better show next September, when we return to Columbus, Ohio.”
The 2019 AIMExpo presented by Nationwide will make its second visit to the capital city of Ohio from September 26-29, taking over the Greater Columbus Convention Center. With its prime geographic location, the city of Columbus sits within 500 miles of the highest concentration of powersports dealers and enthusiasts in the country, setting the stage for even more growth for the industry’s premier trade show.
MTA/Motovan Saw Record Attendance at Scottsdale Dealer Expo. That’s good news. I was fortunate to attend the event last week in the very sunny, and very warm Scottsdale, Arizona.
The luxurious Phoenician Resort was the site for the 4-day event with 2 days of rep training followed by 2 days of dealer-rep-vendor interaction.
MTA/Motovan indicated that there was a record turnout with over 100 vendors and 400 North American (the US and Canada) dealers on hand to meet and discuss the latest products from the powersports industry.
The format of the show with combines lunches and evening events was well received by all and I personally liked that everything was in a single location.
As I’ve written before, I believe industry events are essential to the growth of the powersports business. It allows like-minded individuals the opportunity to bench race, make connections and build business relationships that will last a lifetime.
While many in the industry look down at doing shows, I for one really enjoy them and the new connections I make.
Last week Tucker Rocky announced a rebranding of their company. Now, named Tucker, the change represents a fresh start for the company that has been through quite a lot in the past 8 months. In November, the Mag Group, Tucker Rocky’s parent company filed chapter 11 bankruptcy announcing $440 million in debt. The company restructured and emerged from bankruptcy in April. The rebranding of the popular Tucker Rocky brand will serve as a fresh start to the powersports distribution company.
Learn more in their press release below and in the videos they produced announcing the new Tucker.
The new look for Tucker
Tucker Press Release
Introducing the new Tucker, a rebranding of Tucker Rocky that honors the company’s rich heritage and showcases its status as a world-class leader in powersports distribution.
“The Tucker of today offers unrivaled services to our dealers and brand partners,” emphasizes Eric Cagle, President of Tucker. “From distribution, sales and customer service; to marketing, advertising and brand building, we are dedicated to the support and growth of powersports.”
As part of the rebranding, Tucker proudly introduces a new logo. The forward-facing square and large notched “T” combine to create a symbol of speed and innovation. Bold red was chosen to represent Tucker’s passion to deliver the best brands in powersports. Known in the industry for being dedicated to supporting its customers, the all-lowercase “tucker” is appropriately friendly.
“The need for speed is innate in powersports enthusiasts and imperative as a distributor,” explains Taz Sobotka, Senior Manager of Marketing. “The Tucker ‘Power T’ logo conveys the visual allusion of speed and movement that represents the feeling of freedom we all love about powersports.”
The individual pieces of the new Tucker logo come together as one to symbolize the unified qualities that make the company a world-class distributor. The new name symbolizes the vision and values of Ed Tucker’s humble beginnings when he started the company in 1967. Over 50 years later Tucker continues to deliver the most powerful brands in powersports.
Look for the new look June 16th on location at the American Flat Track OKC Mile with Cory Texter and his CTR crew, and the High Point AMA Pro Motocross National in Mt. Morris, PA with EBR Performance/Altus Motorsports Yamaha and rider Ramy Alves.
Featuring the most powerful portfolio of parts, accessories and apparel brands in powersports, Tucker is the go-to supplier for retailers across the nation. In addition to an unmatched product selection, Tucker is proud of its relentlessly customer-centric culture and unwavering pledge to on-time delivery. Because of its uncompromising commitment to continuous improvement, Tucker has been earning the trust of the best dealers in the industry for over 50 years.
So what does this mean for the iconic brand? Only time will tell but the fresh clean look and the new blood they are bringing in should set the company up for growth in the near future. The bankruptcy really only lasted a short time and I don’t feel that the dealers were negatively affected. True they lost some vendors, but they also brought some new ones in.
I’m always a bit confused at publically directed marketing by distributors, after all, they don’t sell direct to consumers but I guess when you figure in the employees at the 5000+ powersports dealers it makes sense. Parts Unlimited did it for many years with supercross. Now with WPS is taking over from them, the distributors must see a value in the marketing spend. I am happy to see Tucker Rocky, or should I say, Tucker emerge from the bankruptcy strong and excited about whats coming next. It is good news for the powersports industry.
The AIMExpo has just announced that the Dealer registration is open for their 2018 event. If you are a dealer in the United States and have the slightest bit of interest in improving your business then you need to get to this show. Sure it’s Vegas and flying there from the East Coast can be a little pricey, but you owe it to your bottom line. And dealer principles, this isn’t a trip for you and your wife and kids, it’s for you, and your parts manager, accessory manager, and service manager to attend.
There are dealer seminars you can sign up for where you can learn the latest trends in all aspects of your business. Plus where else would you have the opportunity to speak directly with the people behind the brands you sell?
So there are my 2 cents on why you need to go to Vegas in October. What are you waiting for?
Complete AMIExpo Press Release below.
FREE registration now open for the 2018 AIMExpo presented by Nationwide!
Registering to attend this year’s show in Las Vegas is EASY! Click on the link below for Motorcycle & Powersports News preferred access registration. You can also register other attendees from your dealership. It’s simple and it’s FREE!
AIMExpo presented by Nationwide is THE Powersports Industry’s Expo, and it’s going to be the best one yet! This year’s show forms the cornerstone of Industry Week in Las Vegas with Monster Energy Cup and Las Vegas BikeFest. With the Mandalay Bay serving as our venue and housing partner, there are many great dining and entertainment venues for after show hours networking. Join us October 11-14 as Powersports takes center stage under the bright lights of Las Vegas!
With FREE registration you will:
IMPROVE your business by attending the FREE Powersports DEALER Seminars presented by Powersports Business
CONNECT face-to-face with 500+ motorcycle and Powersports exhibitors including top distributors Parts Unlimited/Drag Specialties and Tucker Rocky
SEE New 2019 Model and Product Launches
SAVE with exclusive show specials
Test ride the newest models from your favorite OEMs with DEMO rides at AIMExpo Outdoors!
If you have any questions about the registration process or the show, please contact Jack Young, Operations Manager (949) 517-7513 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Last month, Tucker Rocky announced that they would be exhibiting at the AIMExpo in Las Vegas this October. This news comes as Tucker Rocky is restructuring following declaring bankruptcy in late 2017. The trade show landscape in the powersports business has been fascinating lately. In October 2017, it was announced that there would be no V-Twin expo in 2018 after a 17-year run. But the AIMExpo seems to experience success. The announcement of Tucker Rocky as an exhibitor is big news, coupled with the statement in November 2017 from Parts Unlimited and Drag Specialties where they signed a 2-year commitment to the show. Of the Big 3 US Distributors, only Western Powersports remains uncommitted to the show. Each distributor continues to hold their own dealer/rep shows in various locations around the country, but the AIMExpo is the only opportunity for reps, dealers, and consumers to all experience the powersports industry in a single location.
The show will be held in Las Vegas in 2018 and returns to Colombus Ohio in 2019. The addition of both Parts Unlimited/Drag Specialties and Tucker Rocky are considerable additions to the show as the AIMExpo group tries to regain the show glory of Indianapolis Dealer Expo of years past.
Will they be successful? Only time will tell, but I think they are moving in the right direction.
Tucker Rocky to Exhibit at AIMExpo presented by Nationwide this October
Leading Texas-Based Distributor Joins the Industry in Las Vegas
IRVINE, Calif. – The American International Motorcycle Expo presented by Nationwide (AIMExpo) has added another industry powerhouse to its showfloor with Tucker Rocky making its commitment to the 2018 show this October 11-14 at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center in Las Vegas. The sixth-annual event makes its West Coast debut where it will again serve as the rallying point for collectively moving the powersports industry forward. The Texas-based distributor will have a significant presence on the showfloor, as the company recognizes the importance of the show and its impact on the future of the industry.
“AIMExpo is a great venue to engage dealers and to showcase new products with our brand partners,” said Kenan Ikels, Vice President of Sales and Marketing, Tucker Rocky. “The Motorcycle Industry Council produced show serves an important purpose as the place for the industry to come together for business today, while building a future path for dealers and the rest of the industry. That’s why Tucker Rocky will be in Las Vegas, and we invite our customers to join us.”
As one of the leading distributors of motorcycle and ATV aftermarket parts, accessories and apparel, Tucker Rocky offers tens of thousands of products to its large dealerbase. Tucker Rocky recognizes the critical role dealers play in the future of the powersports business and reaffirms its commitment by engaging with these dealers and joining the industry in Las Vegas.
“As an important distributor partner to dealers, Tucker Rocky is a key addition to the show. Research from prior shows indicates the top reasons dealers attend are to see new product and meet with their distributor, and we welcome the Texas-based company’s plans to do exactly that,” said Larry Little VP and GM of MIC Events. “This is a very important time in the powersports business and we look forward to working closely with the Tucker Rocky team, communicating to their dealers the value of attending this year’s show and uniting the industry in Las Vegas.”
Be sure to stay tuned to the AIMExpoUSA.com website and keep up to date on exciting news as it happens by visiting AIMExpo’s social media pages. “Like” the American International Motorcycle Expo on Facebook, and “Follow” on Twitteror Instagram: @AIMExpo.
At that time I suggested that you organize a training program during the winter downtime. Well, did you? Are you already experiencing the fruits of your labor?
Hopefully, you did. But if you’re like a large portion of the industry you got caught up in the day-to-day and never implemented a program. Well, it’s not too late. There is still a little time to invest in your staff before the season gets into full swing.